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Janet Grillo

Entries by Janet Grillo

Not Why But How

(8) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 1:46 PM

This week we begin Autism Awareness Month. Two weeks ago, the CDC announced that 1 in 50 American children is diagnosed with Autism. A staggering increase from 1 in 500, when my own son was diagnosed 16 years ago, and from 1 in 110 when I made the...

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Fly Away: Causes and Cures... But Meantime, Consequences

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 9:41 PM

As my good friend and "sister from another mother," Beth Broderick, wrote in her current blog, we joined forces with a team of talented women, including her own sister Laura, to make a movie: Fly Away. It's an ultra-low budget feature, which we shot in 14 days, for less than...

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A Film of One's Own

(6) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 12:40 PM

It's been 81 years since Virginia Woolf published her famously-quoted essay, based on lectures she delivered at Cambridge a year prior. And it's been decades since I read it. It has taken me just about that long to finally follow her advice; " a woman must have a room of...

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A Wall That Has Not Yet Fallen

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2009 | 10:07 AM

Days ago, millions celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But this year also marks the 30th anniversary of the United States' refusal to break down another crucial wall; the barrier between women and their fundamental rights. Few know what the acronym CEDAW stands for. Which...

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My Autistic Son is Not a Political Pawn

(203) Comments | Posted October 16, 2008 | 8:02 PM

Here's the good news and the bad news; autism has become a "hot issue" in the presidential campaign. Bad news because our ranks have grown to a full 1% of the American population and counting. Good news because the crisis this epidemic poses to our society at large is, at...

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(11) Comments | Posted July 7, 2007 | 9:32 PM

Seven weeks ago I moved into a beach cottage in Venice. In the morning the air smells of sea and jasmine. I awaken to birdsongs. Sometimes they are not songs, but caws. Sometimes the caws are outright shrieks. With the sea come the gulls. With the infinite majesty of the...

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What is it Every New Mother Fears?

(8) Comments | Posted November 2, 2006 | 1:40 PM

What is it every pregnant mother fears? That her child will not be born, that her child will be born dead, that her child will be born unwell, unable to live a whole and healthy life. The day my son arrived I counted his toes and fingers and gazed into...

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Why Not Faith Based Liberals?

(66) Comments | Posted October 28, 2005 | 2:40 AM

How did it happen that the only people in America who openly claim Faith Based Initiatives are Conservatives? How did they get to lay claim to Jesus’ intentions when His mysterious, koan-like parables have perplexed theologians for centuries? What commeds their moral assertions when Christ’s resounding message is to care...

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Here's What We Do Know

(7) Comments | Posted June 24, 2005 | 12:37 PM

Last night I did something highly unusual for a parent of a child with Autism...I left the house before my son was asleep. I went out to dinner with the parent of another Autistic boy. We swapped war stories...his son ran out of the car in the middle of Wilshire...

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Not Right or Left, but Right or Wrong

(5) Comments | Posted June 4, 2005 | 7:53 PM

If anyone can cause me to pause in my Pro-Choice ferver and consider the opposing point of view, it's my dear friend, Patty Heaton. And not just because of the martinis that usually lubricate our monthly lunchtime downloads. But because we share an inner passion; motherhood. We both carried...

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Vaccines and Autism: My Story

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2005 | 8:04 PM

Eleven years ago, almost to the month, my son Matthew received his first set of childhood inoculations. At the time, my husband had protested. Vaccinations made him nervous, he wasn’t sure we should proceed, he had heard rumors. Friends of friends had said something about immunizations being linked to neurological...

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