Adapted in TC: A Mother's Day celebration takes action
I used to loathe Mother’s Day. How could I celebrate when my mother, grandmothers and mother-in-law had all died?Continued ...
Adapted in TC: Language can help or hinder
I was on a panel at the History Center of Traverse City last month with Jim Moore of Disability Network and Melissa Claramunt of the Michigan Civil Rights Office “Words CAN Hurt, and Help: How Changing Labels and Language Empower Persons with Disabilities.”Continued ...
Adapted in TC: Reminiscence offers different view
The stylish, middle-aged woman standing at the mirrored sink washing her hands has her back to me. I’m headed to the other sink just as my small black evening bag slides off my lap.Continued ...
Adapted in TC: Cancer diagnosis brings young man new outlook
Levi Webb is addressing the large ski lodge audience. “I want to thank my family, friends and medical personnel for their prayers and support,” said the 24-year-old.Continued ...
Adapted in TC: Sometimes we just need a different view
One of my students recently shared her personal perspective with her classmates.Continued ...
- Saturday, December 14, 2013
Adapted in TC: Five years on paper and still making a difference
Five years ago this month, I began writing this column about living with a disability. Sixty-two columns later, I’m struck by what I’ve learned.Continued ...
- Saturday, October 19, 2013
Adapted in TC: Learning to help yourself can be tough
Yesterday, as I wheeled through fallen autumn leaves, my tires flicking acorns into the air, I flashed back to another fall, far from northern Michigan.Continued ...
- Saturday, September 21, 2013
Adapted in TC: Nash leaves legacy of kindness
Recently, my beloved friend, Jeff Nash, died. Jeff, 74, a person with quadriplegia since age 19, had several surgeries at Munson in February 2012.Continued ...
- Sunday, August 25, 2013
Susan Odgers: In many ways, growing older has its perspectives
My friend, Vivien Prindl, will be 102 years old this Halloween. Her age, however, is her most remarkable feature. Mrs. Prindl told me she thinks we both care about other people's development. "Life is special. I'm not," she said. "Many people do intContinued ...
- Saturday, July 27, 2013
Adapted in TC: Briton finds similarities, differences
On her very first day in the United States, Wendy, 22, my psychology summer intern from London, was at Cambria Suites in Traverse City listening to pianist Michael Coonrod and a string quintet.Continued ...
- Saturday, June 29, 2013
Adapted in TC: Reality TV: Pushing on with life, disabilities or not
“What do you think of the Sundance Channel’s 'Push Girls'?” Since the program aired in 2012, I’ve often been asked this question. "Push Girls" is a stylized reality TV program that follows four younger, typically attractive women who use wheelchairs.Continued ...
- Saturday, June 1, 2013
Adapted in TC: Patriarchs show love when needed most
As a child, I grew up hearing my paternal grandfather, Roy, described by friends and relatives as the most God-like man anyone had met.Continued ...
- Saturday, May 4, 2013
Adapted in TC: Advice from others only goes so far
Ten days ago, I observed the 37th anniversary of my stroke. As anniversaries go, I had a very busy, long work day followed by a late brief dinner with my husband.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 6, 2013
Adapted in TC: Planning for fire takes on whole new meaning
Fire!!!! For people with disabilities, senior citizens and other high risk populations, this is an especially terrifying declaration.Continued ...
- Saturday, March 9, 2013
Adapted in TC: Dancing with all the other stars
The dancer in me can work with the wheelchair. That’s what I kept telling myself as I nervously waited to go on stage two weeks ago.Continued ...
- Saturday, February 9, 2013
Adapted in TC: Author, retiree inspiring
One of my childhood friends had her leg amputated last year due to infection. She's new to the area and I've gotten reacquainted with her. She's shared some of the trials of living with limb loss.Continued ...
- Saturday, January 12, 2013
Adapted in TC: Assistance doesn't equal abuse
Over the years, many able-bodied people have told me that what they'd fear most about having a disability like mine would be depending upon other people.Continued ...
- Saturday, November 17, 2012
Adapted in TC: Accessibility continues to challenge
From what I've heard, folks are collaborating with many other people with disabilities. They're reaching out to include able-bodied allies. They're writing and calling the owners of the restaurant. Again. Letters are also being written to Mario Batali. They're researching the facts with city and state building code enforcers. They're arranging meetings with elected officials, creating a public education campaign and consulting with legal experts.Continued ...
- Saturday, September 22, 2012
Adapted in TC: Couple starts life together
Today, Dessa and Ryan are getting married in Traverse City. I have the honor of officiating at their wedding. Standing, Dessa is 3'6" tall. Ryan is a man of average height.Continued ...
- Saturday, August 25, 2012
Adapted in TC: Camp challenges writers
I went to summer camp this year.Continued ...
- Saturday, July 28, 2012
Adapted in TC: Friend goes on bizarre trip
My friend Jeff, 73, has been on a bizarre road trip of sorts for the past five months.Continued ...
- Saturday, June 30, 2012
Adapted in TC: Awkward and winning times
After the work week I'd had, I needed a weekend to lounge in bed in my comfy shabby pj's, read books and magazines, sleep, eat great take-out food, watch movies, sleep some more, cover my face in a creamy mint green mak, whip my hair up like Pebbles Flintstone and chill out.Continued ...
- Saturday, June 2, 2012
Adapted in TC: Adapting a home
'Home for sale by owner. Move in condition. Owner moving to condo due to hip & knee replacements. Call for more information & showing."Continued ...
- Saturday, May 5, 2012
Adapted in TC: Great fashion strides
I'm in fashion heaven. Celia Mulder, my personal knitter, just made me a beautiful short cape and flower headband.Continued ...
- Saturday, April 7, 2012
Adapted in TC: ADA is a beginning
A few weeks ago, my husband Tom and I checked into a "suites" hotel downstate for business. When Tom went to check our room, he noticed that the accessible room had a queen bed in it. We had reserved an accessible room with a king bed.Continued ...
- Adapted in TC: A Mother's Day celebration takes action