Category Archives: Accommodations

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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More the Same than Different

In her poem “Human Families,” one of Maya Angelou’s lines is “We are more alike my friends than 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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For Wayne…

I have been thinking of him often lately, although I can’t really explain why. Wayne and I met when I started graduate school, both a part of the Baptist Student Union on campus.  We clicked instantly.  As we got to … Continue reading

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Thank God It’s Today!

Icy prickles of anxiety flooded through me with such intensity that I was sure I had just swallowed Alaska.  My health teacher, who was with me for moral support, had assured me that the man I was about to meet … Continue reading

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What’s Your Chocolate Cake?

I am a big fan of TED talks.  That is Technology, Entertainment Design talks.  Not all of them, mind you.  Anything over about 15 minutes has to work hard to hold my attention.  But every once in awhile I do … Continue reading

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Hands Down!

For me, the decision to attend graduate school was not a difficult one. The university where I had gotten my Bachelor’s degree had a Master’s program that had my name written all over it. Rehabilitation Counseling. The field of study … Continue reading

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The Power of Perspective

For many years now, I have been fascinated by self-improvement.  How can I move from where I am to where I want to be?  How can I lose some of my negative habits?  So I often find myself reading various … Continue reading

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