A couple of months ago, I stopped writing things that I thought other people wanted to read, and started writing stuff about topics that I found interesting. It’s much simpler. No more mind reading and second guessing. No more self flagellation if an article didn’t make it to a top ten list.

Now, I write about I want to learn about or people that I want to talk to. It’s really fun. With the Atlantic title, even super busy people return my calls. I’ve met some real characters in the past year. People have cried. I was offered a bribe.

One of my favorite pieces to research was the one that I did on Sesame Street and autism, because I met so many inspirational people. Actually, I think I cried during one of those interviews. I talked to one woman who organizes Broadway-frendly shows for autistic kids in her spare time. I also talked to a representative from the Yale Child Study Team who provided technical support for this Sesame Street initiative. In the course of the conversation, I mentioned that I had a kid with autism. When she offered to put him on the top of their two-year waiting list for an evaluation, I quickly said yes.

Next week, I’m working on a piece about hunger on college campuses. It’s going to be a tough week to squeeze in interviews, because we’ll be in New Haven half the time, so I’m lining up tomorrow’s early morning phone calls right now.


4 thoughts on “Curious

  1. With the Atlantic title, even super busy people return my calls.

    Do people generally google to check that title before returning calls or just return the call? Asking for a friend.


  2. Yay for jumping the queue for the evaluation! And huzzah for writing what you want to write about. That energy will come through in your articles too.


  3. As a mom with an autistic child I’m happy for you and your child for the sudden top placement for the eval because we want the best and most for our children.

    As a mom with an autistic child I’m sad for those who have waited two years to be the next in line only to be bumped and the rest behind them who also have to wait that much longer for their call.


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