Writing in Reverse

“If you can’t believe in miracles, then believe in yourself. When you want something bad enough, let that drive push you to make it happen. Sometimes you’ll run into brick walls that are put there to test you. Find a way around them and stay focused on your dream. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” ...more

Can our greatest teachers be Persons born with Disabilities?

So many people are sad and have lost their ability to find the simple joys in life. My Mom is one of those people and as she has aged she has become more and more negative and sad. She has always been the half-empty type person but when we lost my Dad last year her filters went with him. ...more

How do you define Happiness?

Happiness can be elusive and many people struggle with happiness.  As we move through the different stages in our life we have the opportunity to redefine our personal definition of happiness.  How do you define happiness?  Is happiness a form of contentment, safety or joy?  Or is it more complicated and a combination of many things?  I find that I am defining happiness differently as I walk through my life....more

6 ways to parent a toddler

As Jason is more mobile and entering into walking, I need to step up my game. Like every baby his age, he wants to and should explore the world. However, the world isn't the safest place all of the time.  ...more

Grandpas (or why we love Grumpy Old Men)

Back in first grade, my boy was given a writing prompt that asked, "How Do You Have Fun With Your Grandparents?"And he wrote:"I play wii with my grandpa. I beat him every time because he is a handicap."We laughed. It's okay to laugh. It's a funny sentence.My boy is very competitive.He is also a bit too young to understand the important lexical and connotational differences between someone having a handicap and someone being a handicap....more

What I Have, Not Who I Am

Something has been on my mind for many years but surfaces only occasionally. This something has to deal with the stigma surrounding disabilities. Being apart of a couple mommy groups, I get to "see" a variety of people from all over the world of various backgrounds, some of these backgrounds include disabilities....more

Own little worlds

Last week my mum and my adopted aunt went to the theatre in Edinburgh to see Cats, which was amazing, I’d seen it before but it was as good as I remembered it.  During the intermission the cast member who played Old Deuteronomy remained on the stage to sign autographs. ...more

All Growed Up

   "18 and Life to go" --Skid Row...more
@akaMonty i hope the squashed asses didnt fall far from the treemore

Jenny is ready to jump!

So here we go….My name is Jenny and I am crazy about this sport. After nearly 8 years of watching from the beach, following Christophe’s developments and achievements, I was being faced with constant “NO! You can't kite, you are disabled”, “It is too dangerous”, “I can't help you”, or simply just ignoring me. I finally found a group of what I now call friends in Northern Ireland who made my dream possible and linked me to the GKF and to them I am forever grateful....more

Too Close To Home

I couldn't really watch all of Grey's Anatomy last night, once I saw that tiny "micro-preemie" baby.In fact, any time they have a show with one of those kids as a large part of the episode, I can't watch.Maybe it's ridiculous after all this time, but all it takes is a few minutes of seeing one of those little one-pounders to make me feel right back there in the NICU.After 17 years, it still seems like yesterday, like last night, like an hour ago....more