Category Archives: empowering language

Just Book It!

When I started my blog almost five years ago, I was because I wanted a way to articulate some of the things I was going through. Living with various diagnoses is challenging on the best of days, and can be … Continue reading

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My Intention

A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of mindfulness. I really liked it. The idea of being fully present in every moment, and using our thoughts, senses, and experiences to appreciate every minute that we can. Practicing … 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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It’s About Much More Than Picking Up Pencils…

Joshua Gorenflo is one of my current caregivers. He doesn’t fit the mold of who I usually hire.  He is 29 years old and married to a wonderful woman named Jenny.  He has a degree in Christian ministry.  He is … Continue reading

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Pure Magic

I can do something most people can’t.  I can be part of a magic trick.  Many might think that is kind of cool, but I hate it.  Well, that isn’t exactly accurate.  I will paint a clearer picture.  If Take … Continue reading

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Maybe It’s a Sign

According to a story on Yahoo news, about a month ago New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will update the logo on signs designating spaces for people with disabilities and remove the word “handicapped” from them as … Continue reading

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I Am Not!

When I had a salesman come to my house this evening, I was prepared for a pitch.  I was prepared for him to tell me why he thought what he was selling was necessary for my life.  I was ready … Continue reading

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