Soup from your Heart & Soul!

It seems like eons since I talked to you directly. I know you have been busy with the child in your life with autism and I have been busy redesigning my website to make it more user-friendly and interactive. Now that Autism Today is becoming more streamlined, I have much more time for you and even my children too. In fact I took my daughter, Christina, out to dinner last night and we had the best heart to heart talk we have ever had. She even came up with a magnificent idea.

“Mom, she said, people don’t like to get a lot of email telling them to buy stuff all the time. They want to read fun stuff, share stories and read jokes. You’re a Chicken Soup for the Soul co-author; in fact, you are the only Chicken Soup author with a book about children with special needs, why don’t you send out stories for people to share? Then if they want to go to the site to check things out, just have a link back to the site”

Brilliant! I replied. In fact, I was at lunch with my friend’s wife and another mother last week and what do you think we chatted about? Our stories! You know, the time Jonny got stuck in the pot and we had to squeeze him out by putting baby oil all over him. The time another child almost caught their house on fire, and oh yes, the time the bathtub overflowed and the water dripped through to the floor below! We’ve all been there.

So here is what I am proposing. I want to hear YOUR stories so that we can share them with others, “Soup from your Heart & Soul”, style! I am going to create a blog entry on the Autism Today site and invite everyone to submit your (500 words or less) story for possibly sharing with our readers each week. We will call this the “Soup from Heart and Soul”. Who knows, we may even make a book or E-Book out of them with your permission. By sharing your story, you offer hope, inspiration and a vision for dreams that really can come true.

Also, if you have anything you want to talk with me directly about you can email me at and since I’m not getting and having to handle all of the administrative emails I used to get (things kind of snowballed), I now have time to schmooze with YOU!

Ta ta for now and here’s to successful, happy parenting, teaching, treating and supporting our many loved ones on the autism spectrum.

With much love,
Karen Simmons
CEO, Founder, Autism Today
“Chicken Soup for the Soul, Children with Special Needs”

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