• Teacher Thoughts

    Teacher Thoughts

    As we grow up, we remember being told over and over, “think before we speak”, “don’t judge a book by its cover”, and at some point in our teens most of us are told to “walk in another’s shoes”. As a kindergarten teacher, some of these phrases, I say more often than none. It is amazing to me though, that so many adults should be told this too. In the work place, it is very easy to get caught up in the rumors and drama; bringing the team down as a whole resulting in extreme negativity.
  • What if I had a time machine?

    What if I had a time machine?

    It has always been a bit of a thought experiment for me to ponder what I would tell my 10-year-old self if I had the chance to do so. When I was recently asked by TEDxVienna to give a short talk on the theme of “What if,” I jumped at the chance to explore exactly that: What if I had a time machine? Watch the talk here: https://youtu.be/dbx_rzZYH5Q?list=PL8yrjrxWR4NM-427mfr3Ef8K4u9oZkAyj
  • Yakety Yak

    Yakety Yak

    I recently lost my voice as a result of strep throat, an upper respiratory infection and pharyngitis. {Yes, when I get sick I really commit!} As my voice gradually starting coming back, my husband joked that I sounded like Barry White! Raspy, gravely pitiful are the words best used to describe it. Every effort I made to get it back seemed to make it worse instead of better. Cough drops? No. Hot tea with honey? Nah. Gargling with warm salty water? Nope. I was driving to the doctor and my favorite song came on the radio.
  • Sometimes you have to paint…to survive

    Sometimes you have to paint…to survive

    Applying for SSD

    Maintaining a positive attitude is my goal each day when I awake. I generally do a pretty good job of living well despite my chronic diseases; but I am a fallible human being with emotions and physical sensations. I experience stress, sadness, anger, and helplessness just like you. I have a wonderful support system and many coping strategies at my disposal, so I can usually get through any situation.
  • 5 Centimeters Per Second

    5 Centimeters Per Second

    Today I visited Powell’s, a famous bookstore in Portland. I had been excited for quite some time to go there so I could buy some books and kill some gift cards. Instead of taking my wheelchair, I chose to walk, which was not an insignificant choice for me. I had to envisage myself as strong enough to get everything I wanted; exploration suddenly became very daunting. For the past few months – 11 and a half by my count – I have been struggling with problems of strength. In the past, my legs were more capable of supporting my weight.