The Clock Doesn’t Stop

You want it too; that special effect time-warp thing in the movies whereby the hero is able to dodge bullets, arrows, falling buildings, some peril. Your grass is growing and needs to be cut, dishes are piled in the sink, and the mortgage will come due at the first of the month. Life. Goes. On. […]

Cruising with Special Needs Children

Anna's post chemo cruise beads

Hands down, our favorite vacation is the cruise we took after Anna completed her 14 months of chemotherapy. Our travel agent forwarded a couple of special requests for room assignment to the cruise line and Robin and I were able to relax for a week. We have never again had so much time to ourselves […]

Of Compliments and Criticism

Table balance

My kids taught a college class yesterday and I fussed at them afterward about it. Well, I didn’t cause a much of a flap, I just pointed out to them that JP’s showmanship was a bit much and both kids should have turned to face the class a bit more than they did. I did […]

Fun4All: Accessible Outdoor Recreation

Rafe Ellisor and Fun4All

I invited myself to sit at the Fun4All booth today at the South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo. Fun4All is a South Carolina non-profit organization founded by Rafe Ellisor and Michelle Rogers to give those with disabilities outdoor recreational activities. Rafe loves the outdoors; he has always loved the outdoors. The accident that put him in […]

Patience is not Procrastination

Anna and her turkey

The gobbler came out of the swamp and surveyed his tract as the sun rose as he had done many mornings before. Today, unlike most mornings, he was not the only turkey on the road. Dal Dyches, our guide, spotted our decoys at the crest of the small hill within sight of either end of […]

Partners in Policymaking

For the past 5 months, I have participated in the South Carolina Partners in Policymaking course. Partners in Policymaking is a leadership training program teaching disabled self-advocates and parents of special needs children to be community leaders and to obtain the best available services for themselves and others. The goal of the program is to […]

Teaching Gratitude

Anna at the USC Dance Marathon

I began thinking about writing about gratitude last Saturday night when Anna spoke to the University of South Carolina Dance Marathon, thanking them for raising more than $300,000 for our local children’s hospital. Anna is hosting a mini marathon at her high school and I could not be prouder of her heart. The appreciation idea […]