Category Archives: disability etiquette

Only Some of Them Had Freckles…

It seemed like something I would really love. When I first heard that a nationally known wheelchair dance company was coming to my city and performing, I knew I wanted to go see them. For several years, another type of … 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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I’ll Do It On Purpose

A few months ago, I wrote a purpose statement for my life.  It was an exercise suggested in the book “The Success Principles” by Jack Canfield.  He is a man I greatly admire for many reasons.  As one of the … Continue reading

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Lightning and A Lightning Bug

Words have always been extremely important to me.  Well, the right ones, anyway.  Mark Twain said it best when he said: “The difference between the right word and almost the right word is like the difference between lightning and a … 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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The Issue Is Only…

Picture it. Me, a seventeen-year-old recent high school graduate, ready to leave behind everything familiar, and looking forward to my future with equal parts excitement and terror. But that wasn’t going to happen for a few months yet. It was … Continue reading

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I Won’t Stand For It!

To The Staff in the Office Where I Had An Appointment Last Week: I won’t stand for it. I saw the look in each of your eyes as soon as I entered the office. The look of fear mixed with … Continue reading

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