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Author: Alycia Neighbours

Alycia Neighbours is a wife, mother of seven, wrangler of a domestic petting zoo, writer, photographer and a mystification. Well, maybe not a mystification, but she couldn't sum up who she is in three sentences. You will have to read her blog, Diary of “... and frankly” to understand.

  • Unfashionable Autism

    Unfashionable Autism

    February 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm 5 comments
    It's true that words like "Autism" or "Aspergers" are quickly becoming unfashionable. After all, most criminals wear one of those labels these days. In fact, we usually hear about a killer having a mental health issue being on the autism spectrum as soon as the drooling reporters hit the crime scene. It's been so publicized and misused that a mom like me hesitates before I tell anyone. Thank you society for pushing me here. There is no mistaking when you've spent some time with my youngest that there is something different. Yes, there is a beauty underneath that curly mop of hair, but you likely will never see her eyes because she won't make eye contact with anybody she doesn't know very well. If you bend down and address her directly, she will run. It doesn't really matter if she does run, because she is non-verbal. But for goodness sake, don't ask me why she is the way she is, because I don't want to use the word "Autistic" anymore. I don't want you to visualize a pimply kid in a trench coat sporting assault weapons. Then again, they have you looking at a .22 hunting rifle as an assault weapon, so maybe all of our definitions and views are slightly askew.
  • Liberals and Mustard Politics

    Liberals and Mustard Politics

    February 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm 0 comments
    In a world of common sense, we would simply shrug our shoulders at the person and hand them a bottle of ketchup. After all, this is a free country and we are allowed to like different things without causing a warehouse to shut down. Right? Mustard Politics is exactly what we are being forced to choke down on our hot dogs today. Let a Christian company that creates the most addictive chicken sandwich have their owner voice his personal values and business model...Let's shut them down by banning them because we don't want the mustard on our chicken sandwich. What happens when a large corporation refuses to force their employees to comply with a medical mandate...Let's fine them so heavily that they can't help but comply.
  • G.I. Joe > Gun Nut

    G.I. Joe > Gun Nut

    February 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm 1 comment
    What is with this feeling that being legally stripped of your right to bear arms is making a safer world for you?
  • The Rainbow Badge

    The Rainbow Badge

    February 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm 1 comment
    This is not about turning my boys into homophobic little minions. I have never forbid them from playing with dolls or being a stand-in princess at a sister's tea party. I don't cringe when they wear pink, but I probably would draw the line of them donning a tutu for school just because it would make swinging from the monkey bars difficult. My boys are wanna-be football players and war heroes. They would be downright insulted if their Pack Leader focused more on the sewing technique and color coordination of their knees socks. They would want a badge they earned pinned directly to their bare little chests in a menacing growl and whoop. They don't have time for any namby-pamby-group-feel-good hugs. You better high five or fist bump them and make it sting.
  • Raising Bullies Against Policy

    Raising Bullies Against Policy

    January 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm 0 comments
    I'm sure by policy standards I am raising bullies, because anytime anybody stands on a line in the sand they are now branded a "bully" or a deliverer of "hate speech."
  • The Good Egg

    The Good Egg

    January 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm 3 comments
    How did we get to a point that we take those early moments in a human pregnancy and get lost in the shape of it and forget that it is the beginning of life?
  • No More Cowgirls

    No More Cowgirls

    January 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm 2 comments
    I have to explain to my daughter that she needs to pack away her boots and embrace being something that is tolerated in society. Something not so strong, something more conformed, and something that doesn't challenge authority no matter the innocent that could be harmed.
  • We The Families

    We The Families

    January 18, 2013 at 10:07 am 1 comment
    We, the people. At the forefront of American politics today is a people so strong and so fanatical they spend all their time neck deep in the trenches. They fight daily the wave of media that leans strongly to the […]
  • The Writing On The Wall

    The Writing On The Wall

    January 18, 2013 at 9:58 am 1 comment
    Journal Entry: Monday Everywhere I look is the horrific aftermath of the incident that made me want to put new laws into place. The walls, the doors and even the windows showed the evidence of a crime of passion. Something […]