Monday, November 20, 2017

Hooray for being home!

I've traveled back to see my family in Michigan for Thanksgiving day holiday and I must say I'm very glad to be back with my family! If you celebrate Thanksgiving coming up I hope you have a very happy one with your family. If you do not celebrate Thanksgiving, I still wish you a very happy week with lots of things to feel happy about!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Funny for a Sundee

I saw this video that made me laugh and feel really good because although I like seeing people happy and laughing generally,  I particularly like seeing kids happy. Anyway, I wish everyone a very happy Sunday!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

How I learned to speak up more

"A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together."-Margaret Atwood
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When I was younger I used to get really frustrated when I felt like there were so many things that seemed wrong and people were being harmed and I hated it because I felt like there was little I could do to help. I remember my mother saying that it wasn't any good being frustrated and feeling helpless and if I was upset about stuff I should channel the anger I felt into doing something good and speaking up. That idea has influenced most of the things I do now. Although I still get frustrated with things and especially things that negatively impact people with disabilities, I know that I can do a lot with my voice and although it might not make everything all right again, it is something I can do to make things a bit better for others. With those in mind I feel more at peace. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

I send you the sweetest of dreams

One thing I miss about being a small child, as corny as it might sound, is that my parents used to say good night to me and my siblings by wishing us sweet dreams. When I think  of it now, what I take from it now is the fact that it made me feel safe and loved and comforted. So in attempt to send a bit of comfort to everyone,  I wish you all the best dreams and a good rest!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Congratulations on a job well done!

Tonight was Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL's) annual meeting tonight where some of my friends received awards for being BCIL Warriors. Please awesome women spent much of this year fighting to preserve healthcare and community-based services for people with  They demonstrated on Capitol Hill with ADAPT, a network of disability rights activists. They continue to work to ensure that people with disabilities can live in the community and get the services they need. I really admire these womenthis opportunity to congratulate my friends Olivia Richard, Colleen Flanagan, Nancy  Houghton and Rhoda Gibson for being fighters and always staying strong!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Do the impossible!

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible"-Walt Disney

There are many things that seemed impossible to me at one time or another.  When I was younger I thought riding bikes and doing math were unsurmountable obstacles at times. However, I can still ride a bike and although I still don't like math much, it's something I can do in times of need. As I grew older there were other things I never thought I could do like move away from where I grew up, and live on my own. It's funny because looking back,  I've done many things I once thought were impossible and I feel like I grew as a person from doing them. Plus, in some ways, they were fun! So that is why I'd encourage everyone to do the impossible!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Music to celebrate people!

The composer Aaron Copeland was born today in 1900 and among the music he composed is a piece called "Fanfare For The Common Man." It's a big brassy song that I still rather like because it seems to me like it celebrates the good things in people and the good things that people can do, especially for each other. So I celebrate the goodness in people with the song below because things people do to make others happy and to live better lives are things to be celebrated!