When you hear the name, “Montel Williams” what do you think? A daytime-Emmy award winner? A well renowned talk show host for the past 17 years?
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When you were a child, didn’t you grow up wishing you could “be somebody?” Somebody that people would recognize, look up to, admire, almost idolize. Ever since I was a small child I desperately wanted to be something great, probably as most children do. Maybe go to the moon, run for president, play professional sports, become an award winning singer or actor, anything!! Every child’s dream is to be: GREAT.
Plants are simple, or so they’d like you to think. Any 7th grade science textbook would tell you that plants require three things to grow: some form of sunlight, carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and water often. However, if that was truly the case and it was really this simple, we’d all be bushwacking through the jungles in our front yards, business parking lots, and literally everywhere in between.
One of the most shocking moments this week was experienced in a routine moment of rolling through the hallways of the high school where I teach, long after the kids had been excused to roam on their own accord. Just shy of my office, another teacher passed by and asked, almost mechanically, how I was. My response? Something to the nature of, “Same old.”
Twice this week I have been privy to a realization that most people try to avoid: there is always an end. In this world, physical and tangible things are dreadfully impermanent. One second they may be there, and the next gone. These feelings often bring shivers and shudders to those who allow them to play chords through their own synapses.
Harriet McBryde Johnson was an amazingly open-minded, wise, humorous, and fair person who believed that disabilities do not keep a person from living a good life. She was a lawyer, a writer, and a disability activist who believed that there is no singular way in which a person can live a valued life. During her working life Harriet came up against people who were curious, some who were condescending, and even some who were dedicated to the opposite view: that people with disabilities did not deserve to live. She faced such assaults face-forward and directly.
The National MS Society just completed a campaign called, “We Keep Moving.” A team of 3 individuals diagnosed with MS traveled to 10 different locations around the United States interviewing people that were diagnosed with MS based on a nation-wide vote. The individuals ranged from a 19 year old girl that was diagnosed at the age of 15 to a man that has lived with MS for over 30 years.