4 Sept 2016 Different Not Less…doors to new worlds – Temple Grandin (HBO film 2010) Understanding Autism in great minds like Temple Grandin and Nikola Tesla

Hello to you this morning, it’s about 10:07 am as I write to you this lovely Sunday morning.  I’ve been so happy the past few days…nice clear air!  Grateful about that.  Glad we don’t live near Venus TX though.  They have a cement factory and when we drove home from the concert on Friday, we drove through what seemed like a thick fog or even a storm of “stuff” that seemed to be coming from the factory.  I can’t imagine living near that! We suspect the clear, hard droplets that show up on my plants, tree leaves, our house windows, car windows and outdoor furniture may have something to do with this exhaust from the plant more than what is going on with the airplanes.  This substance has existed ever since we got here, 2009, and the plane stuff was hardly going on until just the past couple of years.  I’m not letting the airplane poop off the hook entirely but I don’t think it’s all them that’s causing these “droplets.”


Last nights movie was kind of a surprise.  I had just added the movie about Temple Grandin starring Claire Danes to our cue but hadn’t realized it was moved to the top! So last night we watched it and I’m so glad we did!  I laughed and did a lot of crying too because I felt like I was watching the life of someone I could really relate to.  As soon as I saw the opening of the film I thought, “Nikola Tesla was like this!” Sure enough, this was mentioned in the film.  Nikola was able to design, build, operate and trouble-shoot his inventions in his mind before they were actually created in our reality.  He was probably autistic before there was even a conception of what this condition was….this way of thinking and being and he suffered for it, so did Temple.  The difference between them is Nikola’s condition never had a chance to be understood or even fully appreciated in his lifetime.  Temple is out there going strong, understanding and being understood AND appreciated!  Claire was PHENOMENAL as Temple!  I have linked one of Temple’s presentations and I think you will see just how well Claire studied Temple for the part.

I don’t want to spoil the movie for you if you haven’t seen it but I do want to talk about doors to new worlds, bullying, the love and understanding of animals and other living creatures….being different.

The way going through doors is illustrated in this film resonated with me so much!!  I get teary just thinking about it.  Doors are what I think of a lot!  Even have a prayer my Aunt Ruth and I have said together and continue to use, “May the Doors that need to open, open, May the Doors that need to shut, shut!”  A prayer that has been the “clearing path” for so many great things to happen in our lives and those we care about!

12 July 2005 Jackie drawing

12 July 2005 Jackie drawing


The bullying…this was a large part of my public school experience too.  From first grade on through, I was different and often bullied and teased for it.  In my earliest memories of school, the thing that always got me in trouble was talking out of turn…talking while the teacher was talking.  This behavior is something I still have difficulty with when I’m in a learning setting.  My friend Sarah Brock can give a nod to that!  I had to tell her to give me the “Zip it!” sign like in the Austin Powers movies when she was having groups if I started interrupting too much!  When I’m in said situation, my mind is working so fast and in connection with the person teaching, that it’s hard not to verbalize the connections.  It’s like I get synchronized to the person teaching and I feel like I need to fill in the gaps, missing words…complete the incomplete sentences.

In my later school years one of the coping skills I used was doodling!  Art was and remains one of my greatest coping mechanisms.   Temple see’s and can explain her world with pictures and that’s one way I do it too and of course writing, which she does also.   When you have difficulty expressing yourself verbally, art and writing is the alternative for us.  This blog is such a great outlet for me!  I can be a socially awkward person if I’m not being overly “on” or charismatic…putting a version of me on display so I fit in to a given social setting.  My “filter” can be kind of not there at times and this can be awkward for other people more than myself lol!

I relate better to animals (trees, plants, insects…the beings in nature) and children and usually would prefer to be with them then with most adults!  When I am with  children and animals there are no pretenses…only honesty and being yourself!   When I’m with animals its all about the language of the body….energy.  We talk without words or if there are words, it’s my interpretation of what I sense they are saying.  Humans tend to lie with their body language and the words that come out of their mouths….not always so with animals, beings of nature and most children.   Animals and children that have not yet been tainted by “society” are the most honest beings on the planet!

Sentience is not just a human condition!  Do we even know the true meaning of the word?  Sometimes I think we don’t have a clue!  We don’t speak enough “languages” to even truly know.  Every life form on this planet has it’s own language and until we understand all of them, sentience is yet to be clearly defined. 

Anyhew……I highly recommend this movie.  Whether you have an autistic child, are autistic, are in the cattle/food animal industry or just want to understand human nature better.  Temple has lots of videos on You tube and books you can read to learn more about her and her work with cattle and livestock animals.  Thank you for making this film!

Some Links for you and sources of info about the film and about Temple Grandin and her work:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278469/?ref_=nv_sr_1 – IMDB info on film

Temple Grandin (2010)

TV-PG |  1h 47min  | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 6 February 2010
Temple Grandin Poster

A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.

Director: Mick Jackson

Writers: Temple Grandin (based on the book: “Emergence”),  Margaret Scariano (based on the book: “Emergence”)  | 3 more credits »

Stars: Claire Danes,  Julia Ormond,  David Strathairn  | See full cast & crew »
Temple Grandin – HBO Original Film starring Claire Danes

Temple Grandin: “The Autistic Brain”

http://www.grandin.com/ – Temple’s main web site

https://www.amazon.com/Way-See-Personal-Aspergers-Expanded/dp/1941765254/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1473001988&sr=8-12&keywords=temple+grandin – this book was a book available for us to read when I was at Mesa Springs…my first introduction to Temple…what caught my attention was the title!  It was about the same as my blog title!  “The Way I See It”


This book was my introduction to Temple when I was in the facility at Mesa Springs earlier this year! The title really stuck out for me — gee, I wonder why?!

http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1567.Temple_Grandin – Different, not Less!

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Temple Grandin quotes

“I am different, not less.”
― Temple Grandin
“Nature is cruel, but we don’t have to be.”
― Temple Grandin
“What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool?  You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.”
― Temple Grandin, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s
“Nature is cruel but we don’t have to be”
― Temple Grandin, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s
“I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.”
― Temple Grandin
“I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I’m not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution – know that my life has meaning.”
― Temple Grandin
“You simply cannot tell other people they are stupid, even if they really are stupid.”
― Temple Grandin, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s
“If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.”
― Temple Grandin
“In an ideal world the scientist should find a method to prevent the most severe forms of autism but allow the milder forms to survive. After all, the really social people did not invent the first stone spear. It was probably invented by an Aspie who chipped away at rocks while the other people socialized around the campfire. Without autism traits we might still be living in caves.”
― Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism
“But my favorite of Einstein’s words on religion is “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” I like this because both science and religion are needed to answer life’s great questions.”
― Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
“I believe there is a reason such as autism, severe manic-depression, and schizophrenia remain in our gene pool even though there is much suffering as a result.”
― Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
“The worst thing you can do is nothing. (re: teaching children with autism)”
― Temple Grandin
“I believe that the best way to create good living conditions for any animal, whether it’s a captive animal living in a zoo, a farm animal or a pet, is to base animal welfare programs on the core emotion systems in the brain. My theory is that the environment animals live in should activate their positive emotions as much as possible, and not activate their negative emotions any more than necessary. If we get the animal’s emotions rights, we will have fewer problem behaviors… All animals and people have the same core emotion systems in the brain.”
― Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“Animals make us Human.”
― Temple Grandin
“Unfortunately, most people never observe the natural cycle of birth and death. They do not realize that for one living thing to survive, another living thing must die.”
― Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
“I believe that the place where an animal dies is a sacred one. There is a need to bring ritual into the conventional slaughter plants and use as a means to shape people’s behavior. It would help prevent people from becoming numbed, callous, or cruel. The ritual could be something very simple, such as a moment of silence. In addition to developing better designs and making equipment to insure the humane treatments of all animals, that would be my contribution.”
― Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
“[T]he only place on earth where immortality is provided is in libraries. This is the collective memory of humanity.”
― Temple Grandin, Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism
“The big companies are like steel and activists are like heat. Activists soften the steel, and then I can bend it into pretty grillwork and make reforms.”
― Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“If language naturally evolves to serve the needs of tiny rodents with tiny rodent brains, then what’s unique about language isn’t the brilliant humans who invented it to communicate high-level abstract thoughts. What’s unique about language is that the creatures who develop it are highly vulnerable to being eaten.”
― Temple Grandin
“There’s a saying in engineering: You can build things cheap, fast, or right, but not all three.”
― Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“we raise them for us; that means we owe them some respect. nature is creul but we dont have to be. i wouldnt want to have my guts ripped out by a lion. i’d much rather die in a slaughter house if it were done right.”
― Temple Grandin
― Temple Grandin
“My mind can always separate the two. Even when I am very upset, I keep reviewing the facts over and over until I can come to a logical conclusion.”
― Temple Grandin, Thinking In Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life With Autism
“The word “autism” still conveys a fixed and dreadful meaning to most people—they visualize a child mute, rocking, screaming, inaccessible, cut off from human contact. And we almost always speak of autistic children, never of autistic adults, as if such children never grew up, or were somehow mysteriously spirited off the planet, out of society.”
― Temple Grandin, Thinking In Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life With Autism
“Animals like novelty if they can choose to investigate it; they fear novelty if you shove it in their faces.”
― Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“Neither living nor learning was good without order.”
― Temple Grandin
“Sometimes you have to go outside your field of study to find the right people.”
― Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“We do know, however that almost no animal routinely kills prey animal on an indiscriminate basis.
The only wild animal I’ve seen who will sometimes violate this rule is the coyote. Most of the time a coyote eats the animals he kills, but occasionally coyotes will go on a lamb-killing spree, killing twenty and eating only one. I believe it’s possible coyotes have lost some of their economy of behavior by living in close proximity to humans and overabundant food supplies. A coyote that kills twenty lambs and eats only one isn’t going to have to trek a hundred miles to find more lambs next week. Any sheep rancher will have several hundred other lambs that will be just as easy to catch later on, and the coyote knows it. Wild coyotes have probably lost the knowledge that you shouldn’t waste food or energy.”
― Temple Grandin, Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
“Bad things always happen when an animal is overselected for any single trait. Nature will give you a nasty surprise.”
― Temple Grandin, Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals
“I get great satisfaction out of doing clever things with my mind, but I don’t know what it is like to feel rapturous joy.”
― Temple Grandin, Thinking In Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life With Autism

Temple’s Speech



5 comments on “4 Sept 2016 Different Not Less…doors to new worlds – Temple Grandin (HBO film 2010) Understanding Autism in great minds like Temple Grandin and Nikola Tesla

  1. I sometimes wish that some door would be closed forever… but sadly that doors are open mostly at night and ruin my sleep….hugs to you, maybe we will rule our minds once that this doors will be locked forever :o)

    • Your dreams are keeping you up or something else Easy? Ruined sleep sucks so bad!! Well I will put my paws together that if it’s bad dreams, those bad dream doors shut for you.
      Love to you too my friend(s)!

  2. My observation has been that autism is an unconventionally wired brain, meaning that the information is stored and extracted differently than in the majority of the current population. Perhaps a bridge to expanding Consciousness? 😉 xoxoM

    • Yes! Very possibly. A thought that has come to be about this is may be it’s natures way of protecting people like Temple from what happens to most of us? People like Temple are a way for the things we must know to…flow without the traditional forms of societal obstruction – medicine, therapy, societal norms and rules etc. The message must be delivered and people like Temple are chosen, by this design, to not be obstructed in delivering it. Just what has come to me about it – a theory. Where there is a will, a way will be created.

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