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Tuesday morning, two days before Thanksgiving I slowly stirred after eight solid hours of sleep. Instead of feeling rested, ready to rise and tackle my to do list for the day, I felt listless, shivery cold and nauseated. While still horizontal I began a mental checklist of my symptoms, body aches, slight headache, chills, fatigue and nausea. Read More
I’m a tea drinker. I drink it first thing in the morning as an eye-opener. I drink it in the evening to clam me for a good nights rest. I drink it when I need to take a pause in my life action for reflection. I drink it to warm up after an outing in the cold and to cool down from the heat of summer. I drink it with toast when I’m ailing and for celebration or social for occasions when my friends are hailing. I offer it in hospitality and I drink it for my health and to dream of my wealth. A lovely hot steaming cup of tea, oh that’s enough quencher for me. Read More
How often is it that we, the people with defined disabilities, have a captive audience of 2.7 million members under the age of eighteen and I million adult volunteers waiting with eager expressions, listening with both ears and open minds for the truth? The truth of what, say you? The actuality of disability, of course. Read More
Recently I was asked to create a list of five to ten outcomes that would benefit me, personally, should the U.S. ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD)
and decide to climb to the Summit of Human Rights. I hadn’t put a conscious personal twist on the efficacy of ratification. Previously I had limited the CRPD perks as well as my focal point to the 57 million people in this country and the 1 Billion people globally with disabilities. Read More
Do you feel irritable, weak and exhausted? Are these body and mind sensations happening more often than not? Well, you could take a look at what you’re eating or you could go visit a doctor and get a bunch of tests, say a blood chemistry profile. It might be a worthwhile experiment and easier on the budget to keep a food diary for a few days to uncover if a Magnesium
deficiency could be the culprit. If your body is low on Magnesium it’s a snap to put the mineral back. Read More
Today is National Call-In Day for the Disability Treaty.
This is all you have to do:
1. Sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) (Disability Treaty) petition.
2. Call the Senators on the USICD call list and ask them to support the Disability Treaty.
3. Send an “ I support the CRPD and so should you” email to my state Senators.
4. Copy this information and send it in an email to friends, colleagues, social media and family to do all of the above tasks on To Do List. Read More
We are being called to action and that means every American. Senator Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has now held two meetings concerning the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(CRPD) by the United States of America. The first was in Washington, DC on October 9th and the second meeting was held on October 24th in West Orange, New Jersey at the Kessler Foundation
. Both sessions addressed the issues for the stakeholders as well as what and how people can do to support the ratification. Read More
Trees enhance our external environments. They’re nice to look at; they offer shade, they’re fun places for games of hide and seek and birds hang out in them. Trees improve our air quality, prevent soil erosion and can make great gifts. Read More
Well the 35th Ironman in Kona Hawaii is over. Ever since 2004 I have perked up and taken sharp notice as the date rolls around. Before this date I never took much interest in the Ironman race. I knew Dave Scott, Mark Allen, Julie Moss, Paula Newby-Fraser, all triathletes from the road racing running scene so I would check in a little from time to time during the event. Read More
Early in my life I caught on that I’m an emotion eater. I would stare blankly at the inside of the refrigerator not able to recognize what I was looking at or how I got there. All I could process was I wanted to eat something and I wasn’t hungry, it was due to the fact that I was feeling strong emotions. It could have been any feeling, happiness or accomplishment or frustration or anger or sadness. It didn’t matter what the emotion was, if it was strong I needed to calm it and food was my tranquilizer. Read More
A long time ago I decide that my meditation had to happen during my aerobic exercise of pushing my racing chair or riding my bike or sliding on my cross country skis. I had to do a moving meditation because I just could not settle my mind if I just sat. It‘s true that during aerobic exercise I can focus so totally on my breath or my technique my mind will still it’s clutching, endless grabbing and making of lists. I can feel the ease of flow at such times. I was resting my mind, well sort of, but not my body. Read More
This is the second part of the Falling Apart blog (read Part 1
), the exercises for beginning a relaxation meditation practice. This practice isn’t just about learning to sit and breath. It’s about changing the way we think about stress so we can become healthier in our bodies and minds. Thinking stress is a positive rather than negative changes everything. 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’m taking a risk, jumping out of my box, doing something completely different with my published writing. A first for me. I’m taking a risk and hoping you will too. Read More
Living with a SCI has made me aware of the many details in life that I took for granted that should just take care of them selves. Details, for instance, I would enter a building through the front door or my precious bodily fluids would monitor themselves, but one detail I know I would have paid close attention to no matter what happened in my life, is my weight. I’m a woman that came of age in the 60’s when the mass media of television, movies and magazines was the high demand gospel and I paid attention. Read More