neurodiversity


Why Get Political? A Love Letter.

“Don’t mix business with politics.” If you follow Practical Sanctuary on social media, you know I break that rule. This is why. One of my core values, in life and in business, is inclusiveness. It’s been that way since preschool. My rule, “be kind to the awkward kid,” means […]

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How To Avoid Being Swallowed

It’s impossible to overstate how big an effect your environment has on your nervous system. Living in urban environments, it’s easy to forget that human beings evolved, literally, in nature. Our nervous systems are attuned to cues that have been in place for millions of years–when to wake up (light gets […]


The Patron from Hell

I am that patron. I am the patron who enters your establishment, inhales a toxic odor, and writes a review about it. I am the patron who asks that the music be turned down, five times, of five different people, including the manager, then takes the party onto the […]


Scream Machines and Big Design

  One of the people I loved most in the world could not recognize his own mother in photos. He invented a system of hacks to disguise his inability to read social cues. His understanding of spatial relationships was so nuanced that he broke every test he took. He […]