Posts Tagged 'life'

Opportunity in Disguise I-Montel Williams

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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?

Posted by Jess Jul 21, 2011 Posted in Disability, Uncategorized No Comments

A Disability, Perhaps an Opportunity in Disguise

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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.

Posted by Jess Jul 20, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

The Power of Plants

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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.

Posted by Ryan McLean Jul 11, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

The Up & Down Emotions of a Diagnosis Part IV-To go or not to go: A Personal Battle

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As the date for the camp drew near, I felt myself getting more and more apprehensive. I reached out to friends and family searching for a solution to my thoughts and feelings.

Posted by Jess May 25, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

The Power of Perception

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Music is an integral part of my life. I often find myself using it to create soundtracks to those daily events that would be considered far less interesting otherwise.

Posted by Ryan McLean May 09, 2011 Posted in Disability 1 Comment

The Power of Today

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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.”

Posted by Ryan McLean Apr 25, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

The Power of the End

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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.

Posted by Ryan McLean Apr 18, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments

“Too Late to Die Young”

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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.

Posted by Tanya Apr 12, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Our Competitive Life Views

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Ours is a culture that values success in any venue. Competition and the ideal of ‘winning’ are key in any type of competition and every area and aspect of life is one in which we believe competition takes place. For example, in the arenas of beauty, attractiveness, music, making money, size of house, amount of money, disposable income, talent, athletics…it is clear to all of us that winning is the only acceptable goal. We heap riches and praise on winners, we ignore or ridicule losers. Even being the “most pitiful” is rewarded over being merely “pitiful”. Being America’s Most Greedy is rewarded over being simply greedy. It is almost impossible to engage someone in a conversation about an artist, athlete or other prominent person without comparing their performance to that of another person in the same field- with the clear task of deciding which is better.

Posted by Tanya Mar 08, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

No Matter the Outcome; Individuals Continue to Beat MS

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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.

Posted by Jess Mar 02, 2011 Posted in Disability No Comments