Just Wait and See

I didn’t even notice it at first, but when I looked down and saw the results of my actions, I let out a screech of alarm. I had been to Wal-Mart a couple of hours previously and was unloading the cleaning supplies that belonged in my bathroom. Since the mold in my...

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When There’s a Will…

"Do you need a ride?"    The question caught me off guard. Not because I didn't have the need, but because of who it came from. Will Katz is the Director of the Small Business Development Center at KU and over the years I have met him several times. I have sought his...

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Because I Am Strong

I haven't wanted to talk about it publicly. I'm embarrassed. Ashamed even. Confused as to how it got to the point that it did. For the last few months, I have been dependent on someone who thought it was okay to treat me less than respectfully. And every time I stood...

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Wow, I want to be you!

It happens every year, not long after my birthday and before the President pardons a turkey. A few weeks before Halloween, I start seeing pictures and stories on Facebook about how to deck out a wheelchair to be part of an amazing costume. I love the concept, and my...

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Tacos where?

Living my life surrounded by caregivers makes things much easier for me most of the time. And then there are some times when it makes life much more interesting. Working with a team of caregivers often means that I have to get creative in working around their...

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I’m a Lover…

It was the summer of the best-laid plans. My first book launched in May. The signing was fabulous and lots of books were sold there. But getting my book out wasn't the only thing that I wanted to accomplish. I also planned to get in shape. To eat better. To see if I...

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God Knows

I got the call at about 12: 30 this afternoon. It’s official. My sister has Parkinson’s Disease. It wasn’t a shock really. She has had numerous symptoms over the last couple of months. She lost her balance at a graduation ceremony. A few weeks later she fell and broke...

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By George…

When I first met him, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d had numerous counselors before. Some were good. Most were average. So when I went to the mental health center that day to meet him for the first time, I didn’t think much would come of it. For the first few...

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If I Look For It

Somehow I just knew that the news just would not be good. As I sat in that little room waiting for my doctor to come in, the sinking feeling in my stomach only got stronger. He showed me the x-ray. There is a stone taking up residence in my right kidney that is about...

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A Little Confidence

I guess it was something of a crisis of confidence. The night before I was in panic mode because the grocery store had sold out of the size of bottles of water that I had planned on serving. When I heard that, I was convinced it was a bad omen and that it meant that...

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