What Betty Ford Taught Me

"It was like going to a party you're terrified of, and finding out to your amazement that you're having a good time." That's how Betty Ford, who passed away today at 93, described her life in the White House during one of the most turbulent times in U.S. history. I was only 10 years old when she became First Lady. I didn't fully appreciate, until I was older, how much she influenced my life. She didn't shy away from her struggles, she talked openly about them. ...more

Would You Buy a Vibrator at a Drugstore?

Janine placed the pregnancy test on the counter to be rung up. The woman behind it hardly gave a glance as she took it to ring it up. “You’re having sex,” she said. It wasn’t a question. The woman motioned dismissively to the condoms on an aisle nearby. Janine blushed, mortified. “It’s obviously a little late for that, isn’t it?” she stammered. ...more

I like trade shows, because it's all out there for you to see, check out and talk to reps about. ...more

Welcome Table and the Fight for Accommodation

Maybelle has Down syndrome. She was born in 2008, into a cultural moment that was ready for her in ways it would not have been even a few decades earlier. A few decades later, shortly after Maybelle was born, I was told, “The College of Charleston is starting a college program for people with cognitive disabilities!” It’s a very different world. And yet it’s still a world in which many people have a hard time seeing my daughter as fully human. ...more

Thanks, Alex--I find that exploring ways to invite more people in can be great fun, and very ...more

What Happens When You Ask People Not to Say "Retard"

Let's say you have a child with disabilities who has cognitive delays, and when people jokingly use the word "retard" to call someone stupid, it bothers you. Let's say that in honor of Spread The Word To End The Word day, you decide to do a little project: For a few days you will message people on Twitter who use the word "retard" and let them know the r-word is derogatory to people with disabilities. You don't actually expect the word to disappear anytime soon or that people will instantly chop it out of their vocabularies. But maybe, just maybe, you can raise a little awareness. ...more

Well I tried to get some people in a chat I frequent to stop using the r-word. They won't, in ...more

Look Down: I'm in the Wheelchair

I didn't send out our Holiday cards this year. There were about 400 million reasons, from my hand cramping while trying to write your address to me just being lazy. But I'm sort of mad I didn't, because I need you to see me. See me as I am. As I am, right now, if I need to do anything that would require more than a walk around the block. I need you to see me in a wheelchair. ...more

One of my dearest friends in this life had RA. There were times, especially if we went to a ...more

Women Networking and Social Sites

Its funny how full circle I have come. I really was not searching for networking with other women, I started out by using the internet for stress reduction, I think I have found the end of the internet. When you start going back into yourself and seeking out humans then you know you have come to the end of the net. No longer satisfied by the virtual world, I seek other women and men too who I can identify with and bond with on a real human experience level....more

I too have the same interests as you. Just started blogging last month. You can visit by blog ...more

Our Dependence & Our Dependents

If you are paying attention to news and economics you will eventually come across people warning about a financial calamity on the horizon.      These dooms-dayers are advising that we stock up on gold, learn to grow our own vegetables, buy a goat, get a few chickens, and ready our weapons.   They claim that dark days are upon us. ...more

One and Done

My husband and I want only one child. You may not know this (especially if you've been able to survive the baby epidemic up until now) but having or wanting only one child makes you a bit of an anomaly. In fact, sometimes I feel as if people treat me like I'm contagious, as if my willingness to allow my uterus to shrivel up will most certainly send theirs into early retirement. I assure you I'm not that powerful.  For the most part....more

Fear and A Frenchman

My blog was inspired by my son, my biggest fears and a hunky actor from France. If asked before I was a Mom what my biggest fears were, I would have told you the petty truth....more