Wednesday Writer – James Guttman

Today we have the fantastic James as our featured writer. His blog is superb and so are his family.

HEY JAMES, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DRINK WHILE WE ARE CONDUCTING THIS INTERVIEW WITH YOU?

I’m good with water, although this one is warm.

Landscape, Winter, Glass, Water, Mirror

COULD YOU TELL US YOUR BLOGGING NAME AND THE NAME OF YOUR SITE PLEASE.

My blogging name is James Guttman, and my site is Hi Blog! I’m Dad

WHEN DID YOU START BLOGGING?

I have been writing since 2002, but I began my blog in 2017.

James has also published a fabulous book – perfect for expectant Dads – available on Amazon:

WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

I wanted to show the world that parenting a child with special needs isn’t dire or overwhelming. The goal was to normalize people like my son, who is non-verbal with autism, and demonstrate the similarities a family like ours has with many others.

WHICH IS THE MOST POPULAR POST ON YOUR SITE?

Out of all, I’d say the top two have been “When You’re The First To Spot Autism’s Early Signs” and “I’m Sorry My Son Drank Your Coffee

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BLOGGING?

I enjoy the honesty and getting to hear from others who relate to stories and situations that would have felt isolated and unique without the outlet to share with others.

FOOD THAT MAKES YOU SMILE?

Hmm. Ice cream? My daughter and I are kind of ice cream junkies.

IF I WAS GOING TO SEND YOU FLOWERS AS A THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME INTERVIEW, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

No preference. I have a wishing well at my house that I keep as a planter. So whatever will overflow over the sides.

James, I am not an expert when it comes to gardening, but I love the way little bellflowers seem to grow in amongst cracks in the stone. They would make the wishing well look glorious.

DO YOU HAVE A SONG? ONE THAT FITS YOU AS A PERSON OR YOUR LIFE?

I feel like I gravitate to different songs at different periods of my life. Hearing them again brings me back each time. Out of all of them, I’d go with the one that I replayed after my bypass surgery, “Come Healing” By Leonard Cohen.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING IN LIFE?

For the first time ever, I think I might.

WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU WANT YOUR BLOG TO TELL THE WORLD?

This is the only life you get for sure. Don’t waste it worrying about things that might never happen and wanting the lives of others who are most likely more miserable than you are. You don’t get a new hand of cards just because you complain about what you have.  You have to play them and hope for the best.

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That’s a great attitude James and it can help us deal with the circumstances we are in and learn to thrive. It’s been an honour to have you as a guest and to feature you as this week’s WEDNESAY WRITER.

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