Delta Rae pianist on stage, blue concert lights
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I want to dance in the graveyards

Fine Line accessibility report I went to the Delta Rae concert at the Fine Line last week. Accessibility, like at most venues, was a mixed bag. There is no information on their web page about accessibility.  I emailed them to ask about wheelchair accessibility or accessible tickets. They replied pretty quickly and informed me to… Continue reading I want to dance in the graveyards

Back of Justin in his wheelchair covered with pins for MN DFL candidates looking at yard signs for DFL candidates
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Another Justin

I am extremely excited that my friend, Justin Stofferahn, is running to be my State Senator (SD 38). I met Justin at a Walz event in 2017 and got to know him through the caucus, district convention, State DFL Convention, and in volunteering for Governor Walz and my State Representative Ami Wazlawik. I know Justin… Continue reading Another Justin

Justin at computer
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NaNoWriMo and More

What is that? Are you making up words? Happy NaNoWriMo and what am I talking about? November is National Novel Writing Month in which people attempt to write fifty thousand words in a month. Thanks to my friend, Annie, who let me know about this. We’ve been friends/writing buddies ever since going to Nerdcon in… Continue reading NaNoWriMo and More

Justin Smith and Mary Lucia smiling
Accessibility (#A11y), Advocacy, Music

Talking Accessibility @ The Current

Wait, what? Ok, this was a big awesome week! Unbelievably big and awesome! Who knew when I wrote my last post about seeing Maggie Rogers and accessibility at the Armory, that Mary Lucia from Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current would reach out and ask to interview me? Of course, I said yes – anything to… Continue reading Talking Accessibility @ The Current

Concert stage
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Maggie Rogers at the Armory: Accessibility Check

Ok, that question that everyone is asking about: how accessible was the Armory and how was the music? First part of the question is definitely what I want to talk about, but starting with the music - amazing. NowNow was the opening band. I’ve been listening to their music and interviews so was familiar with… Continue reading Maggie Rogers at the Armory: Accessibility Check

tshirt that says Imagine
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My Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a short story about a 19th century woman who probably has depression due to having a baby. She is forbidden from socializing, writing, pretty much doing anything by her “psychiatrist” husband who prescribed a “rest” cure. Mental health treatment in the 19th century sucked! So she is forced… Continue reading My Yellow Wallpaper

Justin smiling in wheelchair on path with flowers
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Appearances may be deceiving OR how something might appear accessible but in reality…

Here's a quick story of what was to be a short walk with my mom, on a lovely sunny day,  to the new accessible little park down by the lake. And when I say accessible, I mean NOT really at all accessible for me or probably any other wheelchair user. In fact, they probably could… Continue reading Appearances may be deceiving OR how something might appear accessible but in reality…

Justin looking at computer monitor with hand on joystick mouse
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Pride, Prejudice & Accessibility

It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that this blog must be in want of a classic accessibility check and a Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennett. Jane Austen’s books are great, but Pride and Prejudice is one of the perfect examples of what is it that constitutes 19th century love. Take Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.… Continue reading Pride, Prejudice & Accessibility

Justin smiling in front of ancient Greek vases
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Ready for AFC Wimbledon, Art & Writing

Six days till the new season We get to play seven new teams this year. As many of long-time readers know, I LOVE AFC Wimbledon football (aka soccer). Love the idea of fan-owned teams and the story of the club. Excited for the new season and going to The Local in Minneapolis to watch some matches.… Continue reading Ready for AFC Wimbledon, Art & Writing