Clyde and I watched it last night, and we were both blown away. Claire Danes and Julia Ormond are terrific, and the story is amazing. We tuned in because have an abiding interest in cattle–we ranched years ago–and the On Demand synopsis drew us in.
This amazing woman was named one of Time magazine’s picks for 100 most influential people (at least half the names make you go “Huh?”) for shedding light on autism AND for her work in devising humane methods and equipment for handling livestock. You really have to see this. Autism is a gift for Temple. She thinks in pictures, and she’s able to see the world in ways that most human minds don’t, but we’re able to get an idea of how her mind works through the visuals in the movie. Masterfully done. The real Temple has at least two web sites, one about her work with livestock and one about autism. She’s written several books, and I’m going shopping for them. I have a proposal waiting to be written in my series about a wild horse sanctuary, and it involves horses and special needs children.
Here’s the real Temple Grandin. She graduated from high school in 1966. It was a very good year.
Happy Mother’s Day, everybody!