Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 2 - Page 27

John and Maripat in Texas, 2013 know how to use it yourself?” I thought that was a pretty tame response considering the circumstances. The town was grateful to John and Julian because the storm was such a disaster that the road crew was overwhelmed and probably wouldn’t have gotten to the street for days. Zoom: What is a typical day like for you? Is it all book signings and autism conferences? Maripat: When we aren’t travelling, my alarm clock is John saying, “Feed Me?” I’m not a morning person (you know what that’s a euphemism for), so sometimes I decline. But usually, I do get up and cook something for him before he leaves for work. Then the deliciousness of being retired starts. I have breakfast on the deck and listen to the birds sing and watch them feed. It’s quite the show. If the garden’s in full swing, I walk through the woods to it and utilize all of my marketing skills to persuade the bad bugs to scram since every- thing’s organic. If they don’t comply, I squish them. I’m a vegetarian, but I do squish bugs. Last year, becoming a Master Gardener showed me how little I know even though I’ve been growing vegetables for decades. I’m also building out the perennial beds around the house because I’m happiest when my fingers are in the dirt. I hike for an hour with the dogs nearly every day, do yoga, meditate, work on the book (Maripat is in the process of writing her story, a book we at Zoom cannot wait to read!), sometimes also the blog, and generally run around stoking the appliances. We have two in college living back at home right now, so the housekeeping has picked right up. All of this is pretty welcome after thirty-four years in publishing, advertising and broadcasting. The last dozen years were in TV sales management, which is the perfect job for executive burnout. I never, ever, miss that business. Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses 27