Friday, August 27, 2010

Why the Sky is Blue ..

While waiting for the bus this morning, Miles threw a first out to me. He simply pointed at the sky saying, 'blue - why?' I explained why the sky was blue, how the grass was green and why the sun was a bright burst of hot yellow. He clung and laughed as we talked about the big questions that will undoubtably get bigger in his growing kindergartent brain ..

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Willow Tree

The latest thrill ride for Miles has been a tree house of sorts his brother hollowed out in the middle of a Willow Tree in the front yard. It's a daily thing he wants to get his brain immersed in ..

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

1st Official Mascot Jersey

Thanks to Coach Jason and Jennie for making Miles his own soccer jersey. It's a part of his brother Zen's soccer team .. He loves it ..

Monday, August 23, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Green Car Pal

Over the summer, Miles spent a good amount of time with his babysitter, Megan, which Miles has dubbed her "green car" because Megan is hard to pronounce for him. It's a habit of sorts for him to associate names with objects becuase the actual name is too much. At the close of the summer, Megan sent Miles a little drawing of them going to the zoo. Here's a look ..

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Miles: Aha Moment

The Mutual of Omaha piece on Miles is now live on the web. Check it out ..
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Miles Profiled on

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your family?

The Dimino family resides in Belton, Missouri (suburb of Kansas City). It includes Joe, Carrie (lovely wife of 6 years), Zen (12-year old brother) and Miles (5). Joe is an IT technician by day and a visual artist, videographer/photographer and writer at all other times. Carrie is a professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, an avid reader and a skilled writer. Zen is entering middle school this fall and is excellent in both karate and soccer, along with being a very avid fisherman. Miles is going to be in Kindergarten and he loves to swim, play and make art. Our entire family is very close and thrives off the time that we all have together to do a host of things whether in the house or on a run. Carrie and I are conscious advocates for Miles in the autism spectrum and very involved in both of our boy’s lives.

How did you find out about the My Baby Rides the Short Bus, anthology?

My wife, Carrie, follows an Autism support listserv out of Lee’s Summit, MO and someone posted a notice to submit a story for a new book that would be released in the Fall of 2010. From there, I began crafting a story that my wife embellished and made into a workable slice of work that appears in the Short Bus book.

How did you choose to submit “Watching My Son Grow: An Illustrated Timeline from Birth to Three Years Old?”

I really believed in the overall project of shedding more light on parents that live with both Autism and the Autism Spectrum on a daily basis. To weave together an anthology of stories that share the tragedy and triumph of daily life in both a raw and clever ways ultimately swayed me. Overall, I’m not shy about being a proponent and advocate for my son and the Autism Spectrum. I find that every effort a parent or family touched by autism only makes it more plausible for folks to understand and help the momentum of passing needed legislation to assist families tackling high expenses in conjunction with therapy and other needs.

Miles has been going to the doctor a bit more this year and he’s really taking a shine to it. In fact, he has been telling us lately that he wants to be a doctor when he grows up. On a recent trip to the doctor’s office, he was ecstatic to get a pic with one of his doctors. Enjoy …

You can buy a copy of My Baby Rides the Short Bus by clicking the link!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Rudy to Young Olympian

I did an interview with Rudy Ruettiger (the inspiration behind the movie 'Rudy') about a month ago for Current TV. After the interview and the piece was produced, I requested several autographs for the boys. Rudy, as he was in my interview, was a class act and complied. Zen and Miles quite dig their autos ..