“I’m sorry, you can’t do that.”- Following your dreams despite what people say

no admittance

[Full disclosure: I have been compensated for writing this post.] Has someone ever told you that you can’t do something that you want to do? If you’re a parent of someone with special needs you may have heard it in a different way. A school official may have said, “That’s not the way we do … Continue reading

Stuck In The Middle — Is There A “Disabled Voice” ?

Stuck in the middle

I’ve been following the discussion about The Mighty and trying to form my own opinion.  I’ve listened to the people using the hashtag #CrippingTheMighty and thought there were some valid complaints being expressed – again.  Most of them I’ve heard before – they are longstanding issues. Then, as I review my own Facebook and Twitter … Continue reading

Bittersweet Birthday

Josh's 28th birthday

How many of your birthdays do you remember in great detail? For me, it’s pretty much the biggies, 16 and 21, because of the privileges that came with them. Yet, as parents, we try to create THE perfect day every year for our kids. Today, my son Josh, celebrates his 28th birthday. He has expectations … Continue reading

On Being an Ally: Passing, Participating, and Pondering My Place

  For years, I may have been complicit in the act of “passing.”  My son’s skin is a beautiful tan in the summer, but for the most part, it could be described as “olive.”   His father has been out of the picture for most of his life, and my own flesh is pasty at best.  … Continue reading

It’s a “Pride” Issue – Erica Garner

Comply or die

  Last night, Erica Garner told Don Lemon on CNN that she didn’t really think the issue is race.  To her, it looked like the NYPD officer who killed her father wanted to prove he could take down a “big guy.” To me, it boils down to one fundamental conflict in our society.         … Continue reading

Dreams, big, small, & gargantuan

USA road trip map

  Every now and then, I get the urge (and the time) to dream. Sometimes it’s a small dream, like, “wouldn’t it be nice to have a huge chocolate sundae?” Sometimes it’s a little bigger and involves finding just the right job or place to live.  Every now and then I allow myself the luxury … Continue reading

Had enough ugliness – I need a “hate free” zone – From the Archives

This was originally posted on 3/28/13 I had to delete one of my Facebook “friends” yesterday.  It was an acquaintance from years ago, and I’m sure they won’t even realize I did it.  The problem was that this person asked what all the ‘red’ was about.  Once they found out, they proceeded to spew hateful … Continue reading

On Being Grateful – Mardra’s Blog Hop

Nothing is Wasted

I turned on the computer and found an invitation to “blog hop” with my friend and team member on The Road – Mardra Sikora.  The topic is “What are you grateful for.”   I know, I’ve already posted today – but since it’s such a great topic, and she asked….  it’ll be a two-fer day. … Continue reading

Everything Important I Learned on Sesame Street

Life Lessons from Sesame Street

    Maybe it’s because of the A to Z Challenge prep I’ve been doing. Maybe it’s because I’ve stumbled on two different bloggers today asking parents to stop judging each other. Maybe it’s the joy Josh and I get on days like today when we watch videos featuring our favorite songs – re-done Muppet style. … Continue reading

Life really is ALL about perspective

Perspective on Walkersvillemom

We all “see” things differently   Borrowed this illustration from a great blog post on perspective as a reader of literature – check it out. Lately, a friend of mine has been encouraging me to “read more blogs” by simply stating the obvious:  “You need to.”   😀  She’s right of course,  I do need … Continue reading

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