Have you been following the news out of New Jersey? I have, partly because I was born there (Camden, to be exact but we didn’t stay long), but mostly because of the possible implications of what’s happening. We all know that law suits and state legislation can end up setting a precedent that everyone has […]Read More 2 Cent Tuesday – What’s Happening in New Jersey?
One of this week’s top stories has been about Jeremy Meeks. If you happened to miss his name, he’s the guy whose dreamy blue eyes convinced women to make his mug shot go viral. Thousands were so enthralled with his looks that the facts behind his arrest didn’t seem to matter. While I’ll admit, he’s got […]Read More 2 Cent Tuesday – Why Do We Give?
This week, my Twitter feed was loaded with photos and comments on the 2014 USA Special Olympics games. We raise the Special Olympics flag for everyone who dares to dream, all the world to see #2014USAGames @SONYinfo pic.twitter.com/DOqJ5QKYkA — Onolee Stephan (@onolee_s) June 15, 2014 It got me thinking about how there are two […]Read More 2 Cent Tuesday – Special Olympics
One of the stories that was trending yesterday featured country music singer Brad Paisley. Apparently the Westboro Baptist “Church” decided to stage one of their protests outside of his upcoming concert by carrying signs that said “God hates drunks.” Brad decided to take a picture with these “parishioners” and share it on Twitter. Westboro Baptist Selfie!! […]Read More 2 Cent Tuesday – Hate Speech and Prejudice
Sorry I’m a day late – story of my life… nothing in the news caught my attention yesterday so I was going to skip it… then this piece of sad news came across my screen. It’s a different kind of sad. Different from the violence in Santa Barbara. Different from the sadness that came over […]Read More 2 Cent Tuesday – Maya Angelou
There’s been a lot of talk about news articles that feature young adults who have Down syndrome and are nominated as Prom King or Queen. One of my favorite blogger/writers, Professor David Perry sums up the criticism of these pieces in his articles about “sweetness porn.” I question the significance of voting kids with DS […]Read More 2 Cent Tuesday – Down syndrome & Prom Porn
Tuesdays will be the days I give my 2 cents on a topic that’s in the news. Let’s start by talking about social media and activism/awareness. Many in the Down syndrome community have condemned the use of social media to raise awareness. Some restrict their criticism to “cute photos” and “happy stories,” but still, […]Read More 2 Cent Tuesday