Category Archives: Good Memories

“Drop and Give Me Twenty…”

It was over twenty years ago, and I was a “fresh out of grad school” rookie, eager to do well in my first real job. Although it meant moving from the town where I had attended college and gotten my … Continue reading

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Go Dance!

As a mentor, he came into my life at the perfect time. When I was fourteen years old, I joined a sports team for people with disabilities.  It changed my life.  Because I had always been mainstreamed and up to … Continue reading

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The Morphine Made Me

If I had to come up with the main thing my disability has taught me, I would have to say it is how to be resourceful.  A mirror is tilted above my stove so I can see if a pot … 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 Might Have Been…

A friend of mine posted a video on my Facebook page yesterday. He said he was feeling nostalgic. It made me pause and smile. He gets it. I always get nostalgic when it is time for the summer Olympics. I … 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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It’s the Shoes…

It’s becoming a habit every summer. One that I could get used to. My friend Dale, who is a teacher and a coach by trade, comes up to Lawrence for three days a week, several weeks in a row, and … Continue reading

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Whatever It Takes

  How long does it take to fulfill a lifelong dream?  For me, it was eleven hours fifty-seven minutes and twenty-nine seconds. It started when I was a little kid, back when I was a fan of “Charlie’s Angels” and … Continue reading

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Better Than Disney World

“I want money towards a trip to Disney World,” my nephew said confidently as if there were no other logical answer on the planet.  Excitement filled in his brown eyes, and the long dark hair that usually covered some of … Continue reading

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