Thursday, March 20, 2014

Looking Ahead

As I begin writing this, I can hardly believe that I am planning to do a third printing of 2500 copies of my memoirs, It's Easier to Dance. I have just 42 "hard" copies left and sales have increased on I want to thank those who have written or rewritten book reviews, as I have updated information that generated a new publication date. If you would like to write a book review click the link at the bottom of this post or  email your review to  and be posted as a "guest" on my blog.  You may include a link to your web site.

Many of you have read about "Sense of Adventure," a documentary film about living with cerebral palsy being produced by Kyle Young. While the film depicts examples from my life, it is in essence, about so much more than just one woman of multicultural heritage striving to live in community despite having cerebral palsy, a complex neurological, developmental disability . My hope is that it will encourage all women and men to reach beyond what society has told us we are capable of, what our limitations are, and what our "place" in society is to be. For those of us with diagnosed medical conditions, I believe it's time to start asking questions of our medical providers and seeking second and, if need be, third opinions. It is time to require home based care providers to respect our homes and maintain appropriate boundaries according to our values and beliefs while providing much needed personal care and support. It is with this in mind, that I hope you will continue to donate your support of the production of this important documentary.

Thank you for your ongoing, generous donations!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Unexpected

You never know when the next moment,  the next person you meet, will change your perspective and give you hope and an unexpected friend that was overlooked suddenly is before you again!   That’s what happened to me today when I attended services at State College the United Presbyterian Church where I've been attending since it is in my neighborhood.  A woman had come up to me several weeks ago and told me how much she admired me and that she had read my memoir, It’s Easier to Dance.  I noticed that she had a similar speech impediment and wanted to talk with her further but was unable to understand her speech pattern.  Today she had an iPad with a program that would speak a sentence she had typed when she touched  a button.  Presto!  Just like that………we could communicate as she had no trouble understanding my speech pattern.  I wonder why that is.  Her name is Ann so we should, at least, easily remember each other’s name.  We quickly exchanged contact information (emails & cell phone #s) and made plans to be in touch soon.  Now I have a reason to get an ipad with the program that Ann said is a free download.  How much energy that  will save me!!

This is a great example of what keeps me going when life gets rough as it has this winter.  You never know what is waiting just around the corner; a barrier that was there is suddenly removed by circumstance or, in  this instance, new technology.