Tag Archives: autism

In the Time of Miracle

Our grandson, Joey Bingen, has severe autism. He is fourteen years old and cannot communicate with words. He does have a couple of sign language signs and uses them when he wants something, but has basically not been able to communicate with his parents, brother, or anyone else. Then . . .

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working with the therapist he wrote this message on his iPad, which, in the past, he has only used to play games. He has followed these words up with additional communications, the beginnings of written conversation. Fourteen years of silence and then words!

Where will this sudden ability to communicate lead? What will it mean in Joey’s life? His parent’s life? His grandparent’s life? Ethel and I believe in miracles at the moment. We believe in miracles.


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On the Wondrous Light of Being

a photograph of our grandson by Sonja Bingen, our daughter

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Boy and Horse

a photograph by Sonja Bingen, our daughter

Boy and Horse

Joey is our grandson. He is autistic, but he is excited about horses. His mother has been taking him to ride them since he was very young, and visiting horses is one of many joys in his life. Ethel and I love him deeply.


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Fireworks in May

a photo essay by Sonja Bingen, our daughter

Note: One of Joe’s favorite times of the year is a fireworks display held in May in Burlington, Wisconsin. His severe autism seems to disappear as his eyes grow round and he smiles at explosions of light in the sky. His brother Will likes the fireworks just as much.


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Inside the Museum Beside the Lake

Photograph by Sonja Bingen

The Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin is a magnificent work of art. Quadracci Pavilion is a sculptural, postmodern addition designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. A moveable sunscreen, with a 217-foot wingspan, unfolds and folds twice daily, soaring above Lake Michigan in the afternoon sun like a huge sail ready to take off on a journey without end. Ethel Mortenson Davis is walking with Joey, our autistic grandchild, while William, the artist, is by the window in this room dappled with sun and shadow, looking out at shining lake waters.


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Into the World

a photograph by Sonja Bingen

Our youngest grandson, Joey, is autistic. His mother, Sonja, and father, Bill, have patience, grace, and courage in abundance. As a result Joey has discovered fun.


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