“Make your own, unique chess set. If you don’t like chess, how about checkers?”

This afternoon my book group met here to discuss “The Reason I Jump” by Naoki Higashida, who is autistic and chronicled his life at the age of 13. We were in the middle of talking about how autism is diagnosed and how brain function is very individuated. We wondered if we were children now if certain behavioral characteristics we had as children would have tossed us into the autism pool? I was looking at all the chopsticks on the table and thought, even though the form is the same, each stick is individuated, but only can only serve its purpose when paired with another stick. This led me to the 3×5 idea.

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