A Bond That Goes Far Beyond Brotherhood

Here is a guest piece written by my nephew for Autism Awareness and National Siblings Day about his oldest brother.  It’s filled with love and appreciation of the beauty each one of us holds and has to share with the other!

Dalton & Brody

brodyman_Happy #NationalSiblingDay and #AutismAwareness Month from the big bro and I! Can’t thank this dude enough for all the love and support he has given me throughout the years. There is a quote that reads “autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It’s that you’re destroying the peg.” With that having been said I just want to say I wouldn’t change a thing about this man. Never. So as the month of April continues on I genuinely hope that all people take some time to make themselves aware of what autism really is and what it entails. After all, square pegs don’t fit into round holes for a reason… Embrace it. Love it. Be thankful for it. The difference is what makes them unique. For example, over the years I have watched Dalton befriend numerous people of an assortment of backgrounds due to his genuinely positive outlook on everyday life. He loves and takes joy from the little things like meeting new people, getting to watch trains pass by, and petting dogs. I admire that, and if we all lived our lives that way the world as we know it would be a much happier place. Therefore, I am proud to say I ❤️ someone with autism. 😌 6/4/93


Here is the link to the original: “A bond that goes far beyond brotherhood..



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Spring’s Promise

Mother Nature keeps us on our toes, never letting us get too complacent with


what we perceive to be the status quo. Her beauty and power surprise us as we tear off the trappings of winter, stow away our heavy coats and dream of hot days and cool grass between our toes.

Boom! And there she goes, turning our world upside down and laughing one more time at our foolishness….of course she’s in charge!

We’ve all seen the jokes out there about Springtime in Iowa featuring many a fun photo due to the daily variant in temperature. Dressing in layers we never know if we’ll be hot or cold, chilled to the bone with a 20160209_075302(5)~2dampness that seeps to the very soul, or basking in the sunshine from an unexpected “heat wave” reaching into the 50’s.


Photo courtesy of Melseyeview

But I do love it! I always have. The winds of change flowing from so many directions bring an unexpected and always joy filled beauty…a promise of transformation that produces miracles in its wake. Hope for another day and the wonder that is

Spring.           Single Tulip

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