Category Archives: Attitudes

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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There is a Difference

I’ve heard that many people do lots of cleaning in the spring.  I, on the other hand, only clean my office when I can’t stand the clutter anymore.  Such was the case a few weeks ago.  As I was reorganizing … Continue reading

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Not Even A Prayer

Since it hadn’t happened in a very long time, the whole thing shook me to my core. Last Saturday I went to the Women’s March in Topeka. Andrea, a close friend of mine asked me to accompany her, kind of … Continue reading

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“Simply Happy”

There are lots of quirks in my life. Things I happen to do a little differently than most other people. One of them happens to involve my day to day schedule. Since most of my caregivers are college students, the … Continue reading

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I’m Here to Apply…

Back in 1988, I was a brand spankin’ new college sophomore, still a little naive about the way the world worked, and pretty solid in the conviction that the way I had always done things was the only way that … Continue reading

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The Last Two Words Are Important…

This is why I am frightened.  Actually, the word  “terrified’ might be more accurate. Although I am a bit embarrassed to admit this, I confess that I have paid more attention to this election and the events leading up to … Continue reading

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Either Way, I’m Okay…

A caregiver and I were out and about running errands one afternoon a few years ago and decided to stop in a restaurant for lunch before heading home.  Looking the hostess in the eye, I said that we needed a … Continue reading

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