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Good News, Bad News

Good News, Bad News

The Good News is I am not so mute anymore.  No need to alert the Vatican  –  the Jewish star responsible for this miracle is Dr. Andrew Solomon.  You see, last week’s show featuring part 2 with Dr. Solomon, best selling author and Viral TED talk veteran, was a HUGE hit! It turns out India is loving some “Loud Mute Radio”.  Here is a bakers dozen of our listenership in order of popularity by country:  United States, India, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Kenya, Sweden, Romania, Greece, Chile, and New Zealand. I invite you to weight in on that show’s “Ask Barb” question about science and the morality of “fixing” autism.  Here is a direct link to that show = http://bit.ly/1E86puf That brings us to the bad news. I try not to dwell on bad; instead I offer this solution to run on this week’s show:  Listen below: Luke Fixed AD Sound clip transcript for those who are not feeling the click: This part read by my sweet producer Chad: “Note to listeners from Barb being announced by the hunkiest Australian a creative gal could conjure – why? – because it’s her show silly.” This part read by real life 6’8 Aussie, Luke = “Dear listeners, unfortunately we lost all your incoming emails from the last 6 shows.  I am not pointing any fingers because mine is busy pecking out this script, but the Polak responsible knows who she is.   Please re-email your “ASK Barb” questions, Ad requests and all other comments to info@loudmuteradio.com that is info@loudmuteradio.com not to just “loudmuteradio.com” which apparently not everybody can clearly see is an... read more
Cool Kids Table

Cool Kids Table

Show 2 starring from left to right: Dr. Caren Gallaher, MD., Sister Barb Rentenbach, ASD and Dr. X, Ph.D. The cool kids table is now open. I love revolution! Loud Mute Radio show 1: “Teenage Authenticity, Autism, and Neurodiversity” starring the sassy/sweet Jess Wilson was a hit – a big hit.  It is no wonder Jess often goes viral.  People want to catch compassion and light; but must first remove their masks. Show #2: “Genetics, Autism, & Cancer Prevention” is now available on iTunes.  Simply type in Loud Mute Radio, subscribe and enjoy.  At LMR we amplify voices of people who are excited about what they do.   Dr. Caren Gallaher, MD is featured on this show and exemplifies this mission. Plus it was fun to make breast specialists jokes. Stay tuned for Andrew Solomon, Dr. Jessica Lester, Ph.D. and other cool kids soon. Can I tell you what this feels like?  (Yea, I’m practicing asking questions again…rhetorical I know, but quiet baby steps…)  It feels like being on the right side of history…history I helped make. I am asking people to sit with me – and they are. This is new to me. This excerpt from my last book best describes how the table has turned: “Some skinny coed is repulsed and reported me to the etiquette authorities. No shi#. A teacher comes up to me and in all seriousness, tells me I am going to have to eat somewhere else because I am making the other children sick. “God knows I did not wish to stand in the way of the nutritional demands of hundreds of growing normals.... read more
Feds Gagging a Mute

Feds Gagging a Mute

The title of this newsletter was, “Open for Healing”,  but that was before my first censorship.  How exciting! Healing is the process of making sound again – and the reason this mute is in radio. Our first show was a peak experience for me.  Thank you Jake Yount, Jess Wilson, and The Hangar Studios.  Show 1 will air Monday September 29th, 2014 on iTunes.  Our iTunes address is https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/loud-mute-radio-barb-rentenbach/id920942582?mt=2 . Please be sure to subscribe to our show. Subscriptions are the key to successful mutes.  Subscriptions are the key to successful mutes.  (I am rarely redundant so this must be important.) Healing remains on my mind. The body has a head. And so does this show.  Everybody knows mules are good at bringing in drugs. I had my mule skip that step and courier in the cure.  Not “The Cure”  – the 80s are over.  I mean professional healers.  I have written about the healing powers of being heard:  “We are all each other’s cure.  God cares about us all through us all”   Barb at work with SS and Producer, Chad Dougatz (aka Mr. Clean),  – see photo bomb in mirror.  Make sure producer is not a vampire = Show 2 will feature four (scratch that – “three”, see Federal gag order below) enthusiastic healers from different disciplines and perspectives because the focus is transdisciplinary healing. 1. Dr. XXXX XXXXXX, Ph.D. (Oak Ridge National Lab scientist XXX XXXX XXXXXXX XX XXX XXXXXXX-XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXXXXXXX XXXX synthetic biology development).  *Note to readers: This was redacted by the feds, not even kidding here.  Wow! I... read more
There once was a girl from Nantucket…

There once was a girl from Nantucket…

OK, OK, our first guest is not actually from Nantucket. Jess Wilson of Huffington Post and Diary of a Mom fame was just vacationing there when we made our “Loud Mute Radio” show arrangements. I figured anticipation of the f-bomb would help our open rates. “It once occurred to a certain king, that if he always knew the right
 time to begin everything; if he knew who were the right people to 
listen to, and whom to avoid; and, above all, if he always knew what
 was the most important thing to do, he would never fail in anything
 he might undertake.” (“Three Questions” by Leo Tolstoy) Spoiler alert: The right time is now. The right person is in front of you. And the most important thing to do is share happiness. So, lets get to it, shall we? (Look at me practicing asking questions.) Here is my 3 questions told story: This week one of my jobs is to email 3 questions to our first guest. On-air interviewing is not an autistic mute strength, so I type my 2 cents prior as part of my self-declared accommodations. If you told me a year ago that I would have a radio show and another book coming out (my previous personal best was 30 years of dirty prep work plus 10 years of pecking letters = one book); I would be worried about my memory blackout concerning my trip to Lourdes. The email below to Jess Wilson is how my questionable journey began. On Aug 28, 2014, at 11:23 AM, Barb Rentenbach wrote: Hi Jess. Barb and I are working together... read more
How to Make a Mute Radio Show

How to Make a Mute Radio Show

Last newsletter we began our crusade to improve employment and wages for individuals with disabilities. Please recall, “Mule and Muse Productions (a fancy name for me and Lois) plan to discriminate. Individuals with disabilities will be given preference and probably complimentary drinks and other cool swag. Bye bye ableism – see ya, wouldn’t want to be ya.” Projects thrive with neurodiversity and we are not afraid to say it or make fun of everyone involved to maximize joy. “How to make a mute radio show” is decidedly more difficult than “How to mute a radio show” so we offer these steps: (Red by Barb; Blue by Lois) Step one = You will need a mute star. They are rare. But keep standards high. The right mute makes all the difference in the world. Affable, opinionated mutes are preferred. And those who are not easily offended, a must. I have never heard my silent partner complain. Step two = Get a not so mute – not so rare, sidekick. I recommend one with as many warts as possible for maximum punch lines. Personally, I could not ask for a better sidekick. Mine comes fully loaded with the following joke options: Polish, Short, ADHD, Gay, Fashion impaired, Bowlegged, and Dyslexic. (Educator B note to readers: It is a common misnomer that all girl gays are fashion impaired. The traits are correlated sure, but my longitudinal observations reveal many have a keen sense of style – not SS of course; 99% of her wardrobe came from DICKS. God I love irony. Luckily, its radio.) Step three = Select music for segment breaks:... read more
Loud Mute Radio Show

Loud Mute Radio Show

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  For once, I am performing ahead of schedule. We just signed a contract with Hangar Studios NYC, to produce a weekly podcast/radio show. I am officially a working stiff – albeit a rather doughy one. The “Ask Barb” part of the show needs your help.  (How did you think having a mute on the air would work? Radio silence went with the cold war.) Please submit any question you like here– preferably ones you are too afraid or polite to ask someone with autism.  (Ratings, people! You know we will pick the titillating stuff for the show.)  I do not know everything about autism but I promise to be an open book and believe me I will have an opinion no matter the topic. Which reminds me of a non-pc joke (my favorite kind): The United Nations conducted a worldwide survey with one single question: “Would you please give your opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?” The survey was a huge failure: *In Latin America they didn’t know what please meant. *In China, they didn’t know what opinion meant.< *In the Middle East, they didn’t know what solution meant.< *In Europe, they didn’t know what shortage meant. *In Africa, they didn’t know what food meant. AND in the United States, they didn’t know what the rest of the world meant.  < If SS (aka Lois for “Smiling Shrink” not some kind of Nazi special police. Although our mission does embrace discrimination but in a way that does not involve violence or God forbid a hunger... read more
Dream Action

Dream Action

While researching neurodiversity for our new book I came across this: “DSM is one important lens on the field of psychopathology.  The challenge is to use this tool while understanding how it bends the light.”  ~Greg Murray in A Critical Introduction to DSM I don’t want to add to the field of psychopathology.  I want to be part of evening playing fields.   Because I was working this weekend when I wanted to be out with my family playing, I decided to take a passive resistance protest nap.   I awoke with an idea so bright to me I consciously kept my eyes closed to complete the brilliant series of applications that flooded. “A dream you dream alone is only a dream.  A dream you dream together is reality.”  ~John Lennon *Invention’s working title = “Light it UP“   *The durable indoor/outdoor portable device will make it possible to play soccer, football, rugby, basketball, pole vaulting, target shooting, practice throwing, dog training, horse jumping, volleyball, frisbee golf, high jump, baggo, etc. almost anywhere. “Light it UP” brings extra fun to any field, beach, park, gym, trampoline/skating park, ski terrain, etc. Gaming options would be only limited to the player’s imaginations. X-Gaming options are mind blowing and simply make me giddy.   *An adjustable motion-detecting visible light field opens the door to many treatment applications for ADHD, anxiety, depression, ASD, and dementia. (Which means this counts as work so I was able to present my idea to my business partner, Barb, on Monday morning in lieu of a new chapter with very little pinching or biting).   After relishing about... read more

Media Controversy

After Lois spoke on the news regarding a study correlating autism rates and air pollution, Mule and Muse Productions was bombarded with feedback that was not all flattering – which happens when looking in valuable mirrors.  Turns out unauthorized and unappreciated chin hairs are the least of our worries.  We discuss doing better: Barb = My words should be in red. Lois = I just learned of a study which found men and woman regarded human faces with red backgrounds as more sexy and attractive. Barb = Right I’ll be red.  You should be beige. Lois = That won’t show up in print. Barb = What’s your point? Lois = The irony of playing your straight man is not lost on me. Barb = The camera adds 10 lbs, but it is not supposed to be in hair, unless it is a Nashville production. Lois = So, with the exception of my over-combed Gene Simmons coiffure, I thought the WBIR interview went well.   I was surprised at the backlash from the autism community. Barb = LOL!  You are adorkable. I need to make my point before I get hangry and Pluto you like a hanging chad. SS, language matters.  We the people determine what words get in the dictionary and how they are defined and used.  I just watched Anne Curzan’s Ted talk, “What Makes a Word Real” and it fortifies my people’s argument that traditional medical language used by psychologists and other “fix it” specialists pathologizes autism. Lois = I am getting it.  It seems many of the big lessons I learn in life result from my impulsive... read more

Play: Easy as ABC…

“If you want to know what your thoughts were like in the past, look at your body today.  If you want to know what your body will be like in the future, look at your thoughts today.” Deepak Chopra Take a minute to think of a few of your best memories. Were they in moments of play?  We often feel most alive and connected in playful times. Play is practicing a sustained state of relaxed alertness and is the chicken soup (or matzo ball soup for those of you who know the value of a dollar) of mental and physical health. Children are masters of this fully present state of effortless learning and creativity. We are wise to take       note – get out your purple crayons. Stewart Brown, MD in Play How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, reminds us that play, “shapes the brain and makes animals smarter and more adaptable.  In higher animals it fosters empathy and makes possible complex social groups.  For us, play lies at the core of the creativity and innovation.” Play is all natural, free, and legal in most states.  It’s as easy as ABC: A.  ADAPTABLE. Adaptability is key to survival and well-being. Children are usually more flexible and resilient than adults.  Why?  The answer is child’s play. Science confirms we learn almost effortlessly thorough play as more brain regions are activated. Then the brain releases hormones and here come the good drugs many folk would risk Orange is the New Black fashion to get: norepinephrine, oxytocin, and serotonin. But our culture is changing... read more

Solomon Says…

This not so little mute wrote a long letter to Andrew Solomon, the award winning and best selling author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Far from the Tree.   The later won “Best book of 2012” from all the literary powerhouses except my dear Smother who was partial to my 2012, I Might Be You: An Exploration of Autism and Connection. I wrote the famously fussy Mr. Solomon in response to his March 17th, 2014 New Yorker article, “The Reckoning” about the Sandy Hook Killer where he wrote, “Both autism and psychopathology entail a lack of empathy. Psychologists, though, distinguish between the ‘cognitive empathy’ deficits of autism (difficulty understanding what emotions are, trouble interpreting other people’s non-verbal signs) and the “emotional empathy’ deficits of psychopathy (lack of concern about hurting other people, an inability to share their feelings).” In honor of Autism Awareness month and having nothing better to do than change the world, I sought to start the dialogue to have that “cognitive empathy” component be considered for removal from the “scientific” definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Remember it was not a scientific breakthrough that removed the prejudicial diagnosis of homosexuality as a mental disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).   What changed the DSM in 1986, was gay people kicking up a fuss.  It’s 2014 and time for auts to kick some rut. Who better to help megaphone my fuss than the brilliant Andrew Solomon.  In his generous response letter to me that follows (originally posted in the comments on “Diary of a Mom“), please note he now writes, “So I don’t think that all autistic people are entirely bereft of cognitive empathy. I... read more

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