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I know we are going into the week of Thanksgiving, but I promised I would write up a blog on how I made my Vegas winning costume. And to go with the week of Thanksgiving I am very thankful that I won the trip to Las Vegas
!! I’m still shocked at the fact that we are headed to LAS VEGAS
!! I hope my win is encouraging to others and you too will seek out local contests in your home towns and strive for the prize in making the most epic Halloween
costumes next year. I want to see them. Read More
I can now reveal what I am for Halloween – I can’t believe I kept it a secret for almost an entire year. Very few people knew what I was going to be. Only those that were either going with me or were helping with the making of it knew. And everyone kept it quiet so I thank them as the surprise of what I am going to be is half the fun and if it turns out to be a total disaster when making it then no one is the wiser. I did kind of spill the beans at my birthday party on what I was going to be, but at that point I had already made half of it. Read More
I am pretty much done with my Halloween costume for 2013 and it is FANTASTIC! It’s still a secret though! The little I can tell you about it is that I am doing my own spin on a character. I’m going to be a little more eccentric and scarier than the one you see in the movies. Read More
Outdoor recreation has been an important part of my life that has been severely restricted since my spinal cord injury in 1988. Early in that period, there were few outdoor areas that had any type of trails that would accommodate a power wheelchair. My attempts to accompany friends on excursions into the redwoods or even a short jaunt onto a beach or a 'hike' into the desert or forests usually resulted in me being stuck in the sand or hung up on a rock or tree root. Read More
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Well, it’s officially my favorite time of year – I just celebrated another birthday, football season has started, and HALLOWEEN
is just around the corner! Which means if you are going to make your costume around your wheelchair this year you better get a move on! Read More
I was a Jack in the Box (or if you want to get technical since I am a girl - a Jane in the Box) a couple of years ago and it was by far one of my most favorite costumes to date and we all know how much I love my Halloween costumes! This costume was fairly easy to make and did not cost a lot. This costume can be made for both young and old, any color, pattern, and size. With the box basically being an empty canvas you have the ability to decorate any way you want. Read More
I attended the Dallas Cowboys
vs Kansas City Chiefs
game at Aarowhead Stadium
on September 15th as an early birthday present. My friend Carrie (also in a wheelchair), her friend Maria, and my dad attended the game with me. We had great seats in the club level near the end zone. We could see everything on the field and everything around it. The seats were some of the best I have had when it came to seeing a football game. However, I was a little ticked off at how many able bodied people were in this section. Now, I understand that there is a rule out there that the stadium and/or venues can sell those tickets if the game is sold out and those are the only seats available. That’s all fine and good, but Carrie and I went through hell to get the accessible tickets a couple of months ago. Read More
The new Guinness commercial
has sparked one of the details I find most beautiful about this life we live and each human being. We are all viewing the same image and coming to very different perspectives creating a priceless opportunity to interweave our views scratching around toward growth, understanding, empathy, kindness, curiosity, insight and change. Read More
I make no secret of my gushing fandom of Teal Sherer's scripted comedy, My Gimpy Life. I find it smart, realistically funny and some of the most impactful advocacy I've ever witnessed. Over the last year, I've been fortunate to get to know Teal and I was really lucky that in between pre-production meetings she was able to speak to me about her life and her show for this blog. Read More
We've talked before about my decision to sell my already modified home in order to move closer to the neighborhood where I spend most of my time. That's going to mean renovations to make whatever home I purchase accessible so that I can function independently.
I'm excited and frightened in equal measure. I got some things wrong when I did this house, moving will allow me the opportunity to get those things right. But, what if? What if I can't find an acceptable home to modify or I start and run into unforeseen problems or what if I don't budget properly or I get something painfully wrong? “What if” keeps me up a lot of nights.Read More
The following is not one of my normal blogs, but I felt that it was of enough significance to post it here for your information. As some of you know, I am not a great aficionado when it comes to floating around the oceans in a hotel room for a week at a time, or perhaps even longer. I like my hotel rooms to be on solid ground, without difficulty getting from the door of the hotel into whatever environment is outside. Read More
This was my fourth year attending the annual North Central Paralyzed Veterans of America fishing trip in Oacoma, SD (near Chamberlain) and this year I left with quite an adventure. My dad and everyone that is a part of this event look forward to this every year. A lot of times this is the only time we get out fishing throughout the year. Read More
Hollywood can't have it both ways. If audiences are open to stories about people with disabilities should actors with disabilities be cast in those roles? Is it acceptable for able actors to portray characters with disabilities and if so, is there an obligation toward accuracy and authenticity?Read More