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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
- Saturday, March 10, 2012
- Service dogs become members of the family
- Saturday, February 11, 2012
Adapted in TC: Relationship's strength is at its core
In the beginning when we take our vows, few of us think "in sickness" applies right then. Perhaps we'll have to deal with that when we're really old or maybe everything will stay right until we die. In this moment, such matters are not in our reality.Continued ...
- Saturday, January 14, 2012
- Adapted in TC: I'm not hoping for a miracle
- Saturday, December 10, 2011
- Adapted in TC: Holiday humor helps
- Saturday, November 12, 2011
- Adapted in TC: I try to wear my disability well
- Saturday, October 8, 2011
- Adapted in TC: Make anger work
- Adapted in TC: Learning to help yourself can be tough