Monthly Archives: May 2016

‘Me Before You’ Reveals a Selfish Bias Against Disabled People

The highly anticipated movie version of the bestselling book Me Before You opens nationwide next weekend. Excited fans already have their tissues ready for this tearjerker about the love story between newly “wheelchair bound” Will Traynor and his caregiver Louisa … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday – Putting It That Way

**Every Friday, I reach into the past and drag out one of my favorites that you might have missed.** The other day at our local coffee shop, I overheard some teenage girls talking about their lives.  It started off with … Continue reading

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The Story of How Ella Got Wheels And Why It Matters To You

Once upon a time last year, we sat in our living room with the third denial letter from the insurance company in our hands and wondered what to do. They had once again approved the frame of Ella’s wheelchair but … Continue reading

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My 40s, Self-Discovery, and Skateboards

Something happened when I turned forty a couple years back. People had warned me that they had “come into their own” at that age, or that they “had stopped caring what other people thought.” I don’t really know what it … Continue reading

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A Bowl of Dandelions

The Four-Year-Old just brought me a bowl of dandelions, and every few minutes she comes in with another flower to add to the collection. “I’ve broughted you these beautiful flowers because I love you very much,” she told me. My … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday – Those $#*&@ Skater Kids

**I’m reaching back into the archives on Friday afternoons and pulling out some of my favorites that you might have missed.** The first time we went to the skate park on a non- WCMX night, I began to have a … Continue reading

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Heading Back To The Kitchen Table

A few months ago, I wrote about leaving the cloister of homeschooling. I was done, I declared. After 15 years of teaching my children at our kitchen table (and the coffee table, the back yard, in the car…) I was … Continue reading

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When We Were Reality TV Stars

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A few weeks back, we lived the life of reality television stars. For six days a crew from the BBC followed us (mostly Ella) and the rest of our family to see what it looks like to be a WCMX … Continue reading

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Until He Was Ready To Meet His Lord

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Our 9-year-old made his First Communion on Saturday. It was a year beyond the “second grade” which seems to be the norm, but it was at exactly the right time for him. When he was a second-grader working his way … Continue reading

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The Courage To Dance

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I spent the last hour sitting on the couch hemming my son’s ballet pants for his recital tonight. He’s spent the last hour hopping around me like a little duck, flapping his hands a little with each bounce. There needs … Continue reading

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