Christmas Eve traditions

Our family is weird. But tradition is tradition and when you live with autism, you cling to a tradition that works like Velcro. Here’s what we’re doing today (although, I admit I’m limited today due to my surgery recovery): Frantically cleaning every corner and wrapping every forgotten gift we can find. I usually cook all day but that won’t happen …

Autism, Christmas and Miracles

  Source: Facebook I am home from the hospital recovering from surgery and I am not a very good patient. I whine, cry, moan and throw little fits. In my defense, I am allergic to most pain medications. They make me so nauseous and dizzy I simply can’t take them. I’ve been dealing with recovering from a major surgery while …

V is for Venice

I’m writing a book about Marco Polo for middle grades, so naturally I’m also learning a lot about Venice, a place I long to visit. Here are some awesome shots of the Grand Canal that runs through the middle of the city. Venice is called the “City of Romance” so it sees a lot of out-of-town weddings! It’s also called …

U is for Ubiquitarianism

Hello, my name is Karla Akins and I am a proponent of Ubiquitarianism. No, I didn’t just sneeze. But thanks for the “bless you.” Generally, those who are Ubiquitarianists (or Ubiquitists) believe that Christ is present everywhere. But throughout history there are some pretty confusing doctrinal off-shoots dealing with whether or not He is with us everywhere in human flesh …

S is for Steamboats

In the 1800s only the high-paying customers got a nice room on the upper decks of the steamboat on major United States rivers. Regular folks had to board with the animals and cargo. And from the diaries and letters I’ve read from the era, the aromas that emanated from these quarters made for a miserable trip.