Category Archives: Independence

Give Me Dignity…

In one of my college classes, someone shared his opinion that when Patrick Henry said “give me liberty or give me death,” he meant that if he could not be in control of his life, then he didn’t want to … 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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“I’ll Always Make You Different.”

When I was a senior in high school, I was in a kick ass creative writing class. The woman who taught it had also taught me junior English and I liked her immensely. In fact, thanks to Facebook, we are … 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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Look Beyond!

A few decades ago, when I had fewer miles on my wheelchair and significantly less self-esteem, I spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out my place in the world.  As I started college, I was hundreds of … Continue reading

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Cheeseburgers Mean Freedom!

I am probably more excited than most.  This plan potentially means that I can go get a cheeseburger whenever I want, and in my case, cheeseburgers mean freedom. I spent part of the afternoon on Tuesday meeting with some cool … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Have to Start Scared to Succeed

My local Center for Independent Living had a couple of focus groups that I was invited to participate in over the last few days.  Those gatherings are kind of my thing because I love to give opinions and describe my … Continue reading

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