Justin looking at Coursera website on computer monitor
Accessibility (#A11y)

Learning stuff

Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), I have a free subscription to Coursera until March 2021. Anyone in Minnesota can sign up for the free online courses and with the subscription, you don't have to pay for the completion certificates. I'm taking a Personal Branding course right now from the… Continue reading Learning stuff

Accessibility (#A11y), Advocacy

My 100th post! #ADA30

It is my 100th post. And it is the thirtieth anniversary of President George HW Bush’s signing of the American with Disabilities Act or ADA. I am going to explain why the ADA matters to me. Why does the ADA matter? I’m going to quote from my speech at the Minnesota State Capitol Grand Opening… Continue reading My 100th post! #ADA30

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor bookcover
Writing

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor: NO SPOILERS REVIEW

How do I describe this book I read in two days and have been waiting for two years? 3 words: GET IT NOW! It’s brilliantly written…OOPS! I’m so excited that I forgot to say that it is a sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (AART) by Hank Green and if you haven’t read AART, where… Continue reading A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor: NO SPOILERS REVIEW

Kris and Justin smiling
Accessibility (#A11y), Advocacy, Political

A New Way

I’m honored to again be chosen as a delegate the Minnesota State DFL Convention. It’s a pretty different experience at the DFL virtual convention this year than in Rochester two years ago. It was exciting to be around all of the people, meet the candidates and other delegates, be part of the action and drama… Continue reading A New Way

Young boy Justin in wheelchair, with mom and younger brother, lake
Accessibility (#A11y)

Thank you, mom

This is a Q&A with my mom, Kris Schulze, in honor of Mother’s Day and Teacher Appreciation Week. As some of you might know, one of my teachers was my mom who homeschooled me half days from 3rd to 6th grade. I know there are a lot of parents who are helping their kids learn… Continue reading Thank you, mom

Justin looking at computer monitor with hand on joystick mouse
Accessibility (#A11y), Writing

Books to read

These are the books that I have read or am reading while staying home: I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall is a survival story about a teenager who is trying to survive the Alaskan wilderness alone. It’s a brilliant book if you like the Hunger Games and if you want to read about… Continue reading Books to read

Justin smiling on floor at Palace Theater
Accessibility (#A11y), Advocacy, Health, Music, Political, Writing

4-year anniversary of Justin Smith Writes

Guess what? Today is my four-year blog-versary. So, I have changed the theme, design, whatever it is to the website. The reason why I changed my design is it felt like a change was needed. And, what else to do when I’m stuck at home. Tour of the new site I created a static home… Continue reading 4-year anniversary of Justin Smith Writes

Justin at computer
Writing

Frequently asked and unasked questions about writing, social media, etc.

Are you ever going to get something published? Maybe I will, might take a while to get this book published.  I have started editing and that can take a while. This is technically my second book. I trashed my first book. Writing anything else? No, I’ve started outlining the next one and I am focusing… Continue reading Frequently asked and unasked questions about writing, social media, etc.

First Avenue crowd on main floor
Accessibility (#A11y), Music

First Time @ First Ave

I am now an official Minnesotan – not only born here but finally have gone to First Avenue! Thanks so much to the Current for the invite and tickets for their 15th Anniversary bash. I got to see a bunch of bands including 26 BATS!, MaLLy, Seratones, The Bad Man, and Grammy-nominated Black Pumas. It was… Continue reading First Time @ First Ave

Justin smiling with MN Governor Walz
Accessibility (#A11y), Advocacy

Seat at the table in #OneMinnesota

On Monday, I went to the Legislative Forum sponsored by the Minnesota Council on Disability. Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan were both there - the first time that a Governor or Lt. Governor has come to this Legislative Forum. It was also great to hear from the legislators who were there to talk about… Continue reading Seat at the table in #OneMinnesota