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

Wheelchair driving away on road
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“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road”

Green Day has this quote from the song, Good Riddance (Time of your Life), that I keep listening to over and over and over. I am at a turning point in my writing career, with my first book I wrote and I just can’t decide whether or not to throw it away. It’s hundreds of… Continue reading “Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road”

Justin in wheelchair typing on communication device
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Everyday conversations and shortcuts

We might not think about how often we use shortcuts for everyday conversations. If you use an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) device like I do, you might streamline what you want to say. For non-AAC users, it is like texting. You know what you want to say, but you know there is only a… Continue reading Everyday conversations and shortcuts

Dad holding Justin in hospital bed
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Time to Act in Minnesota

According to the Arc Minnesota “the 2% provider tax on health care services is the main source of funding for the Health Care Access Fund, which contributes nearly $450 million to Medical Assistance in Minnesota. The provider tax is scheduled to expire or “sunset” at the end of 2019, which would leave a hole of more… Continue reading Time to Act in Minnesota