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As the mother of four wonderful teenage boys Tsara spends a lot of time figuring out who she is so she can teach her sons to do the same. She also hears herself holler, "Stop Eating!" an awful lot! As her boys get older, she gets louder while sharing her beliefs and ideas. Again, as a way to comfortably ask them to do the same. Being the sister, daughter and mom of autism, much of what she has to say comes from what the challenges of living surrounded by so much difference taught her. Though her posts are rarely specifically about autism or parenting, they are always stories grown from the fertile and organic thinking soil that can be found where the two come together. Tsara is the author of the new book Spinning In Circles And Learning From Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up.



Tsara Shelton is also a volunteer photo editor here on OEN.
She had the honor of being interviewed on the Envision This! podcast, hosted by Burl Hall (a contributor to OEN) and his wife, Merry. Follow this link to listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/envision-this/2015/07/08/tsara-shelton--the-trials-and-triumphs-of-a-life-lived-on-the-edge-of-society

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       Friday, July 20, 2018
The Men Who Found Me I wrote this piece several years ago as a reminder to see the value of men and women as teammates. As equals. It was an issue for me because of a childhood trauma, and a lesson I learned with the help of my husband and our four sons.
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       Monday, March 5, 2018
Inclusion Rider (and Other Oscar Night Insights) At the Oscars last night there was a bit of diversity. That was nice. But it wasn't until Frances McDormand gave her Oscar-winning acceptance speech that I learned the term "Inclusion Rider" and discovered the power and necessity of this contract clause.
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       Friday, November 24, 2017
No Means No - And Even More You Need Permission "No means no. Even if you think it's a game, even if nobody is screaming, no means no. Every time. Not only that, you need to get permission. You need to be told yes. Every time." That was the thing a judge said to me and my rapist. It was an important thing. Because, you see, I hadn't known. My rapist hadn't known. We were equally surprised to learn it.
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       Sunday, January 15, 2017
When Our Uncles And Our Stories Are Murdered Stories are powerful. The freedom to be who we are, to share our cultures, to tell tales to new generation, is necessary. When my uncle was murdered so were his stories. How many stories will we murder? Either at our own hands or by standing by and allowing it. I hope: No more.
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       Tuesday, November 1, 2016
For Our Youth - Not Clinton Or Trump The things that have been said about Clinton and Trump, the memes that have been shared, the jokes that have been abused, are too cruel. At this point if either one of them wins our children will have seen that winner - the next president - abused and represented in unprecedented ways.
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       Friday, August 12, 2016
We Create (Story Poem) A short story/poem about the power of stories. Video included.
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       Thursday, April 7, 2016
Walk A Mile In Their Shoes But Tell A Good Story You can walk a mile in my shoes but you'll get more joy out of the journey if you tell a good story. It's up to you. Either way, you walked a mile. Some thoughts about learning from experience via intentional storytelling.

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       Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Choosing a Leader I have a permanent resident card and love my life here in the United States. I cannot vote, so I tend to engage in the election seasons a little bit differently. I debate concepts, I have conversations with my sons, and I write articles. In this article I share my thoughts on choosing a leader. Highlighting the value of taking the time to define for ourselves what we expect from them.
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       Thursday, September 17, 2015
We Talked About Trump (plus, My Son Votes for Soda) My seventeen year old son bought himself a soda, "voting" with his money. Then he compared the soda to Donald Trump in insightful and hilarious and important ways.
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       Thursday, August 20, 2015
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee -- A Personal Book Review I spent the last two days reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. This article highlights a few of my feelings and thoughts, personal in nature. In a nutshell: I loved the book, it made me angry, like Jean Louise, I want all of us to grow up a notch.
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       Friday, July 17, 2015
Learning To Live Together: Lessons Learned When I Moved In With My Husband My husband and I have been happily married for fifteen years. For thirteen of those years we lived in separate homes. Eventually, the children and I moved in with my husband. We learned a few things about living together. Things that are helpful when living together with the world.

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       Friday, July 3, 2015
Parenting Propaganda - Recognizing Complicity and Celebrating Independence I had no idea when I drove to the grocery store today that I'd be swallowed up by this truth of parenting propaganda; how it can come from a place of absolute love and even encourage beautiful things while also having the power to taint absolutely.
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       Saturday, May 23, 2015
Thought Seeds and Insights from The Flower Project My youngest son turned in The Flower Project yesterday. After helping three of my four sons discover and name up to sixty different Texas wildflowers, I have also learned a few things thanks to this school assignment. Here I share some wildflower seeds of thought with you.

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       Sunday, May 10, 2015
Coffee, Mom, and Me --Mother's Day Tribute and Book Excerpt When I was a little girl I would watch my mom with eyes that wanted to mimic and learn. As she sipped coffee and sang to us I knew that it was wonderful to be a grown up. Mom's have the honor of igniting passions. It is powerful and important honor. Happy Mother's Day!
Series: Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Book of Stories that Grow Up (6 Articles, 9637 views)
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       Thursday, April 23, 2015
They're so Big, These Small Silly Things In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month I share a memory. The time my abuser gave me his apology scribbled on the inside of a drug store greeting card. It seemed like a silly small thing. And yet, it really wasn't.
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       Monday, April 20, 2015
Slow Down, My Brother is Talking (Book Excerpt) This is an excerpt from my book, Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself. It's a look at the gifts I've been offered thanks to my autistic brother's slow and hard to understand words. I invite you to slow down and discover gifts with me.
Series: Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Book of Stories that Grow Up (6 Articles, 9637 views)
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       Sunday, March 22, 2015
About a Book and The Power of Stories Storytellers are powerful, and we are all storytellers. This article is both a call to action and an introduction to my new book: Spinning in Circles and Learning From Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow-Up. I truly hope you consider both.
Series: Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Book of Stories that Grow Up (6 Articles, 9637 views)
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       Sunday, December 7, 2014
Talk About Issues With Your Children (Not At Them) #BlackLivesMatter When there are big things happening in our communities and in our world we sometimes wonder how to discuss them with our kids. I think the magic lies in following our child's interest and ability to understand, a willingness to play with the edges, and the important skill of talking with, not at.
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       Monday, December 1, 2014
My Softhearted Naivete Battles Prejudice A little naivete can go a long way.

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       Thursday, November 20, 2014
Bi-Sexual and Dating: My Mom Had a "Type" When all eight of us kids were growing up, my mom dated. Because she was bi-sexual and open minded, her dates were all shapes, sizes, genders, and abilities! But without question, she had a "Type". And we learned important dating and life lessons because of it.
Series: Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Book of Stories that Grow Up (6 Articles, 9637 views)

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