Category Archives: disabilities

Amanda Portrait, Day 3

Amanda is a Special Olympics gold medal swimmer and diver. If the ferry boat ever sinks, she is, “under contract to save my sorry cement block butt.” She started out young — Dad wanted her to be confident in the … Continue reading

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Why I Marched

I’ve never invested much time in politics. But if someone helpless, whom you love, starts getting shafted big time by the system, you might find yourself taking an interest darn quick. The state capitol was wrapped in fog as my … Continue reading

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Precedent, Not President

The election of Donald Trump has shaken a large (perhaps the majority – since more people actually voted for Hillary Clinton) part of the population. One faction affects me personally — Hillary had promised to be a champion for people … Continue reading

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Free State of (Disability) Jones

  It’s Independence Day, so I guess it is the ideal time to point out that all Americans are not free. The film Free State of Jones is a triumphant and tragic commentary on how far independence has come. Matthew … Continue reading

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Bad Habits

My sister Amanda has some bad habits. Amanda loves sweets. She loves food in general. She loves to sleep late. She doesn’t like to shower or brush her teeth. Amanda has Down syndrome. She has struggled with her weight throughout her … Continue reading

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A Blog About a Blog About a Book

Once in awhile you just nail it right smack on the ol’ noggin.  These moments are rare and wonderful and they must be savored. Today, that happened for me.  It’s possible that Jisun Lee is a lot more savvy than … Continue reading

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I Still Have One Wish to Make; A Special One For You

It’s my understanding that most people who train horses for therapy work use minis.  It makes perfect sense — it has to be so much more convenient to haul a mini around.  But I have long been interested in having … Continue reading

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