"love is larger than the universe, but contained complete in you and me"
Love Poems for Leah is a collection of poems that illustrates love's potential to connect two souls together and empower them to create much more than the sum of their individual capabilities. Through its journey - awakening love, intense love, love empowering, heartbreak, and love of family and friends - the heart soars, crashes, grows, and inspires.
Surrounding this collection of poems is the story of a non-verbal autistic young adult and her father/caregiver (the author) and how his development prepared him to provide for her unique needs and love her more than words can say!
The Leah Books
Leah's story is quite beautiful, the ultimate paradox of a special needs person and her family. Leah is a spectacular individual just as she is, but I cannot help imagining what she might have been and how much the world is missing.
The Leah Books series tells her story wrapped around books of poems (leah is a masterpiece and love poems for leah) and quotations (messages for anthony, daniel, and leah) that shaped my development and prepared me to care for her and love her just as she is! It also includes a cookbook of the meals that I prepare for her (cooking for leah- late 2018), and a book that explains how we care for her, a non-verbal, autistic young adult (caring for leah - 2019). All proceeds from the Leah Books will go to her special needs trust fund.
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About the Author
Much of my life and energy is focused on caring for my autistic daughter Leah. My two older sons have graduated from college and are starting their lives. I love them as dearly as I love my daughter.
My history has equipped me to handle whatever comes our way. Certainly, ever since a turning point admonishment / encouragement from my late father at the age of 16 and probably even before that, I have been an "active actor" in life as opposed to a "passive participant".
While I did not do anything great in my life (if measured by historical standards), I did a lot of little good things. This included being a Resident Advisor in college, Big Brother during and after college, tutoring in my children's classes, coaching baseball and soccer, volunteering with special needs children, and providing career counseling for young people. Along the way, I've built houses and baked bread (and lots of cookies too). I have planted hundreds of trees and hundreds of ideas.
I am very fortunate to have preserved on paper many of the thoughts that roamed through my then young, elastic, vigorous, and optimistic mind 30 to 40 years ago. It helps keep me grounded and prevents me from falling into traps that my young self anticipated back then ("realism will crush your idealism" and "when i grow up, do i wise up or do i give up?").