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Tsara Shelton: The Trials and Triumphs of a Life Lived on the Edge of Society

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Perhaps Tsara is like me and has never grown up and refuses to be grown up? "Be ye like an infant" Jesus Christ says in unison with Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. Tsara's stories speak to ideas and struggles she has encountered in parenting, autism, sex abuse, mixed-race relationships, and poverty. She writes with a goal of revealing to herself and manifesting in the world her own answers.

Yet, she doesn't mean that in a Burger King kind of way. Not having pickles and onions on one's sandwich is not a statement reflecting a true sense of diversity. Diversity and being of one's taste is NOT in a standardized farming practice that often embraces genetic engineering and mechanical ways of raising animals and plants, as in monoculture cropping and genetic engineering.

These practices take away from who we truly are. That's the point of standardization: To create alienation from the Self--to separate us from I AM. Thus is the motive behind the current educational trends of "Teach to the Test." Yes, this takes away the creative efforts of teacher and student alike. Is this the reason foreign countries have more highly effective educational systems than we in the States? Perhaps they are more supportive of diversity than standardization, or in my terms: McDonald's Educational Centers?

No, Tsara does not take the currently well-traveled (standardized) path, and instead is treading on a more ancient and less structured path. As Frost points out, it is not an untraveled path, just one that has recently (for the last few millennia) been overgrown. Indeed, like my own path, her path is not a path. She is making the path as she travels! This path may mean many thorns in one's backside and legs. It's not a path for the shop-till-you-drop kind of Mom. It may even mean snakebites and mosquitos. Yet, these nuisances are simply participants in the path making. Pests like mosquitoes and the Koch Brothers may even eat us alive. Such is the risk of our being sweet to the taste of varmints like these!

But if we don't suffer these labor pains, how do we give birth? Drugs and alcohol don't cut it. They make us more depressed and keep us stuck. They numb both mother and baby to the ecstasy of one becoming two to rejoin in nourishing love as one.

Robert Frost is one person who, if alive, would give his thumbs up to Tsara! In the end, the Road Less Traveled is the True Path. The McDonald's standardized path is an easy path leading to poor health. That path takes us into Hell. If you live in or near suburbs, take a good hard look at all the box stores. Ah, where has Aphrodite (Beauty) gone? We've killed Nature's Beauty and have chosen the standardized boxes we are now caged and entrapped within. Pickles or no pickles in our food? 2 or 3 bedrooms for our homes? Are these truly freedom and choice?

In addition to editing off-the-wall folks like me on OpEdNews, Tsara is an author of a delightful book: Spinning In Circles, Learning from Myself and a heartfelt blog, Autism Answers. Who of us would in honest reflection not see ourselves in both predicaments? Moving beyond the stuck-filled-drama/horror story inherent in the revolutionary status of being a participant of Western culture, Tsara speaks to an evolution which backs up to Robert Frost's The Road Less Traveled. This is the path towards evolution, not revolution. No more French and American revolutions becoming same manure different day. "No," says Tsara in the non-verbal aspect of her labor "we can't afford that." She proudly loves what so many normal folks tend to ostracize or fear. She is out of the closet as the daughter, sister, and mother of autistic people and the wife in a bi-racial couple. She doesn't fear to celebrate who she is and whom she loves.

And, who is our primary teacher if not the consequences to our actions? How else could we evolve? What are the consequences of being passive in our current culture of standardization? "Don't worry," George Bush JR said upon invading Iraq. "Go shopping--buy duct tape to cover your windows!" Well, Tsara is not a shop-till-ya-drop kind of woman. She has a depth of character, love, intellect and creativity that truly inspires us.

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