Monthly Archives: March 2017

I’m Not “Special”

Special. The word warms my heart in many ways. Except when it is used in the context of my disability. Then it kind of drives me crazy. Maybe it’s the label. When I was in school, I was mainstreamed. It … Continue reading

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Nevertheless…

Nobody could have predicted it. In the last few weeks, the phrase has become nothing short of common. “She was warned, nevertheless, she persisted.” It was a quote from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when he was asked about shutting … Continue reading

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More the Same than Different

In her poem “Human Families,” one of Maya Angelou’s lines is “We are more alike my friends┬áthan we are unalike.” __________________________________ The trip was more than thirty years ago, but because the lesson I learned was so profound, in many … Continue reading

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“Pop Quizzes”

On this blog, I have always tried to be pretty transparent about the fact that I have a psychiatric diagnosis as well as my physical one. And in the same way that my cerebral palsy affects me in a million … Continue reading

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