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Remember the Progress

It was a practice that was living up to its name because I certainly wasn’t improving. That day on the track I couldn’t make anything work. My body was just not in synch with my chair. The wind was almost … Continue reading

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“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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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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More the Same than Different

In her poem “Human Families,” one of Maya Angelou’s lines is “We are more alike my friends┬áthan we are unalike.” __________________________________ The trip was more than thirty years ago, but because the lesson I learned was so profound, in many … 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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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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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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