Category: Holidays

  • It was on the 5th of December, 2022 which we stopped by at Toast in Port Jefferson which they also have another location in Patchogue. The whole group went out for some brunch and had a wonderful time with delicious food and had some interesting conversations. I had Cinnamon bun pancakes which it was really delicious out of this world. There has to be stories about Scrooge and his life and time in the Victorian Era in the United Kingdom. Knowing old times of England is really good to know about their history and their past generations.

    We got to the Charles Dickens Festival Port Jefferson, New York. Next we stopped by to see some interesting events and people being all dressed up for “A Christmas Carol” which it was Charles Dickens famous plays in the local theatre for the performing arts. The show also popular in books, tv shows, movies, live plays, and other media sites. There was a campfire where everyone gathered and roast up their marshmallow with the whole crowd. I also saw a couple of people dressed up as Ebenezer Scrooge and saw other people being all dressed as people of London during the Industrial Revolution. Going back to the 1800s was interesting to see what was life back then. I took a picture with Ebenezer Scrooge with the cast of the “A Christmas Carol” and saw so much more live events. I saw a group of singing carol’s and then saw a horse on a wagon carried passengers around the Town Centre. At the end we saw the fire truck and get to see Santa Claus.

  • Crysencio Summerville a young Dutch Player who has been an outstanding player to create winning goals and helped his team to stay in the Premier League as soon he was ready to play. He helped Leeds win against Fulham and then took a massive win against Liverpool at Anfield but now it time to determine to take victory at Elland Road in Leeds, England which is home for Leeds United.

    The Match started with Leeds taking the advantage but Marcos Sense from Bournemouth tripped Summerville and give Leeds the Penalty in the 1st minute, which could Give Leeds the opportunity to get the early goal. Rodrigo got the goal and Leeds United took the lead 1-0 which it was a perfect start for Leeds United. He made the goalie moved to the right while he kicked it to the left which was a perfect example to give themself the lead. Not for the long when Bournemouth scored before the 10th minute and they quickly respond to level it up which Marcus Tavernier give Bourenmouth the chance to score the goal 1-1. During the 18th Minute Marcos Senesi did a long kick to Marcus Tavernier tried to get the goal but Illan Meslier saved it from going which he had other plans to pass it to Philip Billing and skyrocketing into the net which Mesliler didn’t saved it and let it roll in the net and that’s when Bournemouth took the lead 2-1. Leeds tried to keep the ball and shoot it on target but Bournemouth made it harder for them but to find a way. During the rest of the 1st Half it was all Bournemouth who controlled the ball which they should’ve had a chance to get high scoring but Leeds were lucky to avoid another mistake. Illan Meslier had so many opportunities to save the ball so many times to avoid a costly mistake but Leeds United give up before halftime. Jefferson Lerma fouled Summerville and the Refree saw a quick reaction which he used his body to tackle down which give him the automatic yellow card.

    During Halftime Jesse Marsch asked his players to wake up and play the firmly so they don’t back to their losing performance while hoping to make miracles to catch up for the win. When the 2nd Half of the match began foBourenmouth had a capital idea to give Leeds United to resume the pressure while Marcus Tavernier ran the ball and passed it to Dominic Solanke slowly kicked it in the center of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier with a cross following a fast break which gives Bournemouth the lead 3-1. Minutes after when they took the lead, Chris Mepham give Rodrigo a minor concussion, he is shown the yellow card for a bad foul which it was very good referring. By the time when Sam Greenwood replaced Marc Roca in the 55th minute, Leeds United was finally slowly getting more momentum of the ball and passing it to their teamates. During the 60th Minute, Pascal Struijk had the moment to shot it in the left side of the box which it was attempt blocked from Mepham, especially great assists from Crysencio Summerville. The moment when the ball rolled back Sam Greenwood used his left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner like sky high rocket. Leeds are trailing back 3-2 but needed a goal to level it up. The crowd was pumped up and started believing again because its not over yet while there still plenty of time for an opportunity for the win. Moments later Rasmus kristensen fouled Bourenmouth and got the yellow card for tripping and the referee was standing behind him which the lies don’t count. Afterwards, Summerville passed it to Rodrigo but kicked it too high which Leeds should’ve been a 3-3 draw.

    Then Sam Greenwood at the 68th minute took the corner kick to provide the perfect shot and Liam Cooper got it header from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. The fans started roaring their chant to believe that they will take the win. This could be the greatest comeback in Leeds United History so far this season. By the time it was 73rd minute, Stacey from Bournemouth had the perfect chance to take winning goal which it was far left wide out therefore Leeds had an extra life of pendent.

    When it was the 83rd minute Lewis Cook was gonna pass it to his teammates for the free kick but Wilfried Gnonto blocked it and ran the ball all the way to the other side. The fans stand up and saw him passed to Crysencio Summerville and got the winning Goal for Leeds United which the ground of the fans were hyped up that finally took the lead again from 3-1 down to 4-3 up front which might be the winning moment. Everyone ran on the pitch and huddle down to celebrate with Summerville with his tremendous goal to take the win like what he did at Liverpool. The whole squad will be Marching on Together and this will be a November to remember in Leeds United History. Summerville has a heroic performance with a great contribution by helping his player to go in the right direction. Summerville had 2 match winners in a row since Liverpool especially a young player which he can be the next Flying Dutchman. It was a major turnaround from Leeds United by being awesome superstars in this half. Jesse Marsch was thrilled about his players for working as a team and choose to work as a team to get what they want to get the win with all of the home fans. There was also fireworks at the Stadium which fans outside the stadium of Elland Road decided to celebrate the victory. The fans in the stands also sing about Summerville which it was pure heart for diehard Leeds Fans. During the last few minutes of stoppage time, Leeds did everything to keep the ball to themselves but the last of Bournemouth was about go in and Meslier saved the ball into the finishing seconds which this would wrapped up the match.

    When the match was over, everyone cheered like they won the finals because it was massive performance even an outstanding performance with a major turnaround for Leeds United, and fans outside of the stadium release more fireworks while other fans reflected that there celebrating the United States of America especially Jesse Marsch. Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson. Most importantly, the whole stadium celebrated the massive victory from Summerville especially he did at Anfield against Liverpool last week. Now everyone would reflect the moment of a November to remember and others would sing about the memories of the match against Bournemouth. There was also post match interviews from the player who helped Leeds United another victory Summerville. There was also Jesse Marsch the Manager who helped his team to find their voices to get them into victory and Goalkeeper Illan Meslier who was massive during most of the match and got some lucky saves.

  • By Nicole Magee

    Holidays bring a lot of joy, but they can also bring a lot of stress.

    I have created Nicole’s Creative Visualizations to help you take time out of your stressful days.

    There are many benefits of visualizations. It can be a part of daily meditations to help you and give you the opportunnity to relax. Visualizations are meant to help you imagine, build, and focus on mental scenes in your mind. If you make these scenes positive and happy, it can help you manifest and achieve goals you set. Happy visualizations can change your mental attitude for the better, and this can help attract positive events in your life.

    Happy Holidays from Carolina - The University of North Carolina at Chapel  Hill. The image features a blue and white graphic of buildings covered in snow. These buildings are surrounded by snow covered land and trees. In the foreground, you can see a snowman with a scarf and hat.
    Happy Holidays to everyone!

    I have developed a holiday visualization for all of you to enjoy.

    Find a comfortable quiet place to either sit or lie down. Then, imagine the warmth of the fire place as you breathe in and out. Imagine enjoying the taste of eggnog that you made with your family as you breathe in and out. You feel grateful as you hear the sound of your family laughing and telling fun jokes. As you breathe, you touch hands with everyone to pray for this wonderful meal your going to begin to enjoy. The taste of goose and sugar plums makes my mouth water, as I breathe. I smell Daddy’s favorite pasta recipe that we are so happy to enjoy! We end our meal with my favourite chocolate mouse pie. We all lay down to listen to the sounds of our favourite christmas music. Do you have a favorite christmas song you can imagine?

    Take a deep breathe in and out knowing you can create your own visualization whenever you like.

    Edited by avanicole23

  • by Nicole Magee

    My name is Nicole and I am your creative visualization blogger for Autisticana. I love creative visualizations and storytelling because it helps me create and meditate – which promotes happiness and relaxation for me.

    Thanksgiving is a very important holiday for me because it is all about gratitude, sharing and being with others.

    I also love to be with all of my family and help prepare for our festive dinner with them. I like to be involved with the fun of cooking, baking and spending hours with my wonderful family.

    I wanted to share one of my favorite gluten free stuffing recipes with you all. It is yummy and can help prevent stomach issues, so this recipe will be delicious and healthy for the whole family.

    Holiday Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe:


    2 loaves of gluten free white bread

    1 loaf of gluten free grain bread

    1/2 cup of vegan butter

    fresh rosemary sprigs

    3 eggs

    1 cup of chicken broth

    Package of mushrooms of your choice

    2 packs of organic apple and chicken sausage

    chopped onion

    salt and pepper to taste

    a stalk of celery


    1. Place the loaves on a tray and brown them to dry out
    2. Cut the three little loaves into cubes
    3. Saute the mushrooms, onions, and butter in a pan
    4. Broil the sausages until brown ( you can even air fry them)
    5. Cut the sausage links into little strips
    6. Place bread in a bowl and stir the eggs in and combine the sauted celery, onions and mushrooms and chicken broth
    7. Then add cut up sausages
    8. Take a pan and wipe with vegan butter
    9. Place ingredients in a well greased pan
    10. Place tin foil over pan and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees
    11. Take cover off top, drizzle a little butter on top add salt and pepper and let cook broil for another 10 minutes to brown
    12. Let cool for 20 minutes and enjoy
    A photo of a pot of Thanksgiving gluten free stuffing. The stuffing is comprised of various bread pieces, sausage, dried cranberries, apple chunks, chopped onion, and celery.
    Nicole’s favorite gluten free stuffing

    Nicole’s Thanksgiving Visualization:

    1. Breathe
    2. Relax
    3. Enjoy!

    Edited by avanicole23

  • I can not tell you the joy this group and this blog brings to me. As a kid growing up, I always had special or intense interests to keep me occupied and helped me release my fears and anxieties, so I could focus on being my best self. I now use all the tools – I have learned along the way – to inspire all these kids. I am so proud of the work that my News Makers group has accomplished. From art pieces to poetry, creative writing to movie and TV reviews, the creative work and inspiration continue. The talent behind these teens and young adults never ceases to impress me.

    A photo of Dr Christine Grimaldi, a white woman with long brown hair, at her Halloween party. She is smiling in the photo, and wearing lion ears, a gray short sleeve T-shirt and blue jeans. She is hugging Gina, one of her clients - who is dressed as Wenesday Adams. Gina is smiling with her teeth showing. Gina also wears a pair of brown glasses. In the background, you can see the white marble kitchen counters.
    A photo of Dr Christine Grimaldi and her client Gina at the Halloween party Christine hosted.

    Autistic intense interests and experiences are the focus of this blog, and all are welcome to join and have wonderful field experiences with us. We are stronger as a community of talented neurodivergent individuals than we are alone.

    We continue to share and inspire. We welcome all to join.

    Some videos and pictures from our festive Halloween party are below.

    Blessings to all,

    Dr. Christine Grimaldi

    Edited by avanicole23