Saturday, March 16, 2019

Weekend Spirit: Rumi




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"Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place." -Rumi

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March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month


In honor of March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, this guy. I will always love him. 

My forever muse.

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Love Wins


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These are especially difficult times in our country and world. Hate, violence, lack of civility, dishonesty and darkness seem to be the new norm.

But I believe strongly that eventually love, goodness, humanity, compassion and light triumph all. 

Powerful stuff.

The song "Love Wins" by Carrie Underwood seems to be an anthem and a light for me right now. Maybe it will brighten your life, too.

Few things are a sure bet. But this much I do know.

Music holds the power to heal us.

If only for a few moments of much-needed respite.

And, Love Wins. 

Listen here.

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Love not Hate



My thoughts are with the people of New Zealand during this time of unspeakable horror and tremendous grief and loss. 

Love not hate.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Weekend Spirit


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"As she waits for the future, she leans into the present, for there are truly beautiful things to be gathered there." -Morgan Harper Nichols

Do you see them?

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day




In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, and all those that fight for equality and justice for all, especially for our children, I share with you this powerful battle cry: "The Champion" by Carrie Underwood and Co. Never give up.

You're far more powerful than you know.

Watch Champion here.

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Facebook Reminder



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As we take on the many challenges of 2019, a friendly reminder that you'll find more regular posts (usually daily) on my professional Facebook page.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

CHRISTMAS REFLECTION 2018



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Christmas Reflection. 

Each December, when my heart and soul start to feel a bit off in light of all the holiday magic, festivities and lovely holiday updates from others, I take time to check in with my son.

Eric passed away unexpectedly in 2003 at age 12 from complications of cerebral palsy.

At this especially emotional and frantic time of year, I gift myself respect and attention for the place in my heart that will never full heal, a sacred place reserved just for a mom and her beloved son.

With powerful emotions never far from the surface.

Holding Eric close to my heart at Christmas is a healing tradition that helps center my holiday world.

Makes it a tad brighter, too.

If you're grieving, and I know many people that are right now, I hope this post helps grant you permission to honor your loss, even embrace some new traditions in time.

Forget other people's expectations.

Loss is hard. Carrying it around forever is hard, too. Remember to take care of yourself. Be gentle. Patient. Loving. Hide under the covers if needed.

Try not to drink.

The intensity of grief won't last forever.

If you're trying to support someone that has experienced great loss, don't go silent.

Show up.

Ask about his/her loved one, then listen to the resulting, heartfelt, emotional words.

Your full attention is a sacred, healing gift that never gets old. No matter how much time has passed.

And for the record, a parent never gets over losing a child. Ever.

I will always be the mother of two children. Just ask me.


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HOLIDAYS TIPS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILIES



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One from the archives. 

My Holidays Tips for Special Needs Families. 

Still timely.

'Tis the season, after all.

Feel free to add your own.

Watch mine here.

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MADELINE STUART HAS HEART SURGERY


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Madeline Stuart, that popular, ground-breaking model with Down syndrome, recently had open-heart surgery. 

Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers for full healing. Stuart has been a big part of helping redefine beauty in the fashion world.

Read about her recent health news here.

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Monday, December 03, 2018

DECEMBER PARENTING FOOD FOR THOUGHT




SANTA DOG REMINDS YOU TO CHECK OUT MY FACEBOOK PAGE!





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Want more disability updates more quickly? 
Santa Dog reminds you to check out my professional Facebook page, where I usually post daily. 
Find, Like and Follow the page here.


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MONDAY DISABILITY NEWS RECAP



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Here's a Monday recap with just a few of the stories about disability currently making news.

George H.W. Bush and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). THV11.COM.
Here.

George H.W. Bush's service dog rests near casket in moving photo: "Mission Complete." USAToday.com. Here.

Jenni 'Jwoww' Farley's 2-year-old Son Diagnosed with Autism. People.com.
Here.

Twelve students with Down Syndrome complete noncredit college course at BCTC. ABC 36 News
Here.

Children with special needs share magical moment with Santa at Oakland Mall in Troy. CLICKONDETROIT.COM.  Here.


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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2018



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A valuable post in honor of today's International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 

One billion people worldwide. World's largest minority group. Too often ignored, mocked, maligned, undervalued, and left out of the diversity discussion.

That's finally changing, evidenced in part, by this timely CNN.com piece, "Join the world in in recognizing the strengths and struggles of people with disabilities."

Long overdue. Much work remains.

Read it here.

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Thursday, October 04, 2018

OCTOBER IS DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH



DID YOU KNOW?

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

For more, click here. 

Judy Winter with actor Blair Williamson. LA Buddy Walk.


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Monday, October 01, 2018

MONDAY MANTRA: CARLOS CASTANADA.


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Monday Mantra: Carlos Castanada.
"We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same."

Food for powerful thought.

What's your attitude like going into this brand new week of possibilities?

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WELCOME TO OCTOBER!



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Welcome to October!

It's one of my favorite times of the year after September, which birthed both my babies and forever has my heart.

What do you love most about fall?

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NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH


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DID YOU KNOW?

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Hiring individuals with disabilities is good for business.

Find our more at: 

What can YOU do: the campaign for Disability Employment.


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Friday, September 21, 2018

Eric 'RicStar' Winter 2018 Music Video


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Take a look at the 2018 RicStar's Camp music video, This is Me. :)

Celebrate abilities and diversity.

Watch it here.

Weekend Spirit: John Burroughs


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Weekend Spirit: John Burroughs:

"I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in order."

Get outside and play this weekend, people. It's good for your health and your family. Start small and build on your successes.


Filmmaker Dan Habib & Intelligent Lives



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Award-winning filmmaker, and father of a son with cerebral palsy, Dan Habib, is making waves and breaking barriers with his new film Intelligent Lives.

Read a little about the film buzz here.
The Intelligent Lives website is here.

Catching Up! Beginning with news of the BBC.



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Because I've been traveling a lot since spring and because I tend to update my professional Facebook page more regularly than this blog, my posts here have been a little behind. 

My apologies if you've been waiting patiently for new stuff here.

Wait over. 

Here we go!

The BBC is among those broadcasters supporting an initiative to increase the percentage of people with disabilities working on screen or behind the scenes in television.

Let's hope it's just the beginning of such industry efforts worldwide.

Efforts long overdue.

Read all about it here.