I had a really interesting conversation with a few friends the other day. We were talking about what types of clothing makes us look the most trim. The answers ranged from no clothes at all, to sweaters and long pants, and a few options in between. While we were talking I made the comment that sometimes I look and the mirror in the morning and I think,
The lifestyle of an athlete is one that is chosen, for it takes a certain amount of guile and discipline to be able to function in the athletic world. At the University of Illinois, those that were on the wheelchair basketball team had a very tedious schedule. While most people are still sleeping at 5:00 AM, we were up and preparing for our 6:30 AM practices. As “normal” people were dreaming, we were out on the court trying to make our dreams a reality. Before we could even get on the court, we had to make sure our chairs were ready. Chair maintenance is a tedious but necessary part of being a wheelchair basketball player, if the slightest thing is off about our chairs it can mean the difference between a win or a loss.
An Aquatic Drama
A 2 person play in 1 act
Aquatic Specialist (AS):
a professional with certifications in aquatics, lifeguarding, cpr, and first aid, who works with people in water and possesses knowledge of the human body and the properties of water
New Aquatic Person (NAP):
person who has not been in a pool for a long time or perhaps never been in a pool
This one is going to be short and sweet, contain wise words from my mother (she’s brilliant) and may help you put the reigns on all the extra holiday calories.
Like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. I saw a someEcard the other day that said “Every time someone puts up a tree before Thanksgiving, an elf drowns a baby reindeer” I think this was aimed at the departments stores that put their Christmas decorations up before Halloween even happened…
For as long as I’ve been involved in adapted sports, there has been a struggle to find those who will participate. I am often told by people I approach at local gyms, schools, and parks that there are not people with disabilities around to participate. The classic line is “I’ve never seen anyone with a disability around.” That statement is probably true, but
Have you heard about the potential dangers of arsenic in the rice we eat and fruit juice we drink? Well I have the facts and current research that will put your worries to bed and your mind at rest. Recently I watched a webinar presented by Dr. Julie Jones who is a distinguished scholar and professor at the St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She cleared up many misconceptions that people have today due to media scares from the Dr. Oz Show and Consumer Report studies.
I grew up in east side Long Beach, where the drugs overflowed the streets and kept the gangs at war. The only refuge from the dangers of the outside world, were my family and sports. I am the first American born in my family. My mother and father escaped from the war in Cambodia and came to America with hopes of a better lifestyle for their kids. Little did they know, my brother, sister, and I would be exposed to drug abuse, gang violence, and discrimination early on in our lives.
It’s fall here in Alabama and every year I wait for these two trees at work to put on their party dresses and turn the most brilliant shade of red! Fall is by far my favorite time of year. Growing up in Miami I really didn’t get to experience what fall was all about; I mean palm trees don’t exactly change colors when October rolls around. So now every year I anxiously await the changing of the colors, and this year my two trees were slow to show. All the other leaves had changed and were starting to fall to the ground but not my two trees; they were just barely starting to turn. So every morning I would drive in to work to see if today would be the day they shined. And FINALLY after all the other trees had turned and I began to think that my two trees just weren’t going to show off this year- they did! So of course it got me thinking. Every year I give God the props for the beauty He created and those two gorgeous trees that just love to show off His handiwork. So why would I even doubt that their party dresses would eventually come out, which was a perfect reminder of LIFE this fall as well.
This one is short and sweet, but highly opinionated. I have recently noticed a dramatic increase in the number of my friends who are participating in 5k and 10k races, fun runs, adventure races, even a race up the stairs of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in Chicago. Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled to see so many of my friends living healthy, active lifestyles and I wouldn’t be completely opposed to a race titled “The Hot Chocolate 10k” on a chilly November weekend in Chicago, but……why are we paying so much money to go for a run?
I’m sitting in a session at a disability disclosure conference at the University of Delaware, and I learned of the one thing I didn’t expect to learn: one of the keynote speakers who are from a different generation than myself (older) informed me about a hip-hop duo. I was locked in Bizzaro World.