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April is Autism Awareness Month…

Left With The Dead, A "Gathering Dead" Novella

Art for Left With The Dead, A “Gathering Dead” Novella. Artwork by Jared Rackler

…and both Gartrell and McDaniels want you to push Left with the Dead on everyone you know, because all proceeds for this month will be donated to Autism Speaks. The crusty first sergeant might have failed in his mission, but you can complete yours, and without fighting the dead. Autism is everywhere, folks. Do what you can to help the professionals figure it out, so parents with those afflicted might one day find some respite from the constant worry that always gnaws at them. And bonus points for helping those who have fallen victim to the disorder, as well!

For myself, my little boy was diagnosed with autism when he was about three. He doesn’t speak, has some emotional distress conditions, but he’s beautiful and happy. Poppa Knight and Momma Knight ship him off to the best schools in the area, and we keep him growing and learning as best as we can. Despite everything we do, though, his road will be a hard one. So give a kid a hand and tell folks there’s this little book out there that might add some pennies to the war effort, eh?

I don’t normally post personal pictures and the like here, but I’ll bust open the piggy bank this time. Say hello to my son, Brian.


  1. zombiemutts
    April 1, 2013 at 10:32 am

    I couldn’t be more proud of you for doing this, Stephen. Autism Speaks is a wonderful program!

    I’m an instructor to adults with ASD and relates issues. We teach them everything possible. It’s become my biggest passion in life and its wonderful to see a patent get so involved.

    Next time your in Dallas you have to come tour the non-profit I work at. I’d love for you to see how people taking care of the 21+ crowd.

    • April 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

      Heh, am actually looking to relo to Dallas–I just need to find out which school system can handle my kid!

      • April 1, 2013 at 11:54 am


        A place to start 🙂

        I’ll be at their charity event in April.

      • April 1, 2013 at 11:30 pm

        Hey, that works! Would like a mixed environment though, where he’s not always surrounded by only special needs tykes. How’s the Richardson school system?

      • zombiemutts
        April 1, 2013 at 11:42 pm

        Oh of course. For sure you need full socialization.

        Richardson is good but try to get into the Plano district. One zip code over and it’s a whole new world of property taxes filling that school budget.
        Check your email…

  2. April 4, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Brian is so sweet; what a cutie he is!

  3. May 28, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Brian is such a handsome boy, Stephen! I hope you do get to move to Texas soon so you can have Whataburger, among other things! Look into Garland too. It has expanded big time but if you move closer to George Bush Fwy., you’ll have close access to Richardson, Plano, Dallas, etc. and be in one of the best, award winning school districts. I love Richardson because it is so diverse too and centrally located. A great city!

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