People often want to know how I drive. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I figured a video would be even better. My friend Leslie Ostrander – a quad who uses a different type of hand controls – shot this video while she was visiting town. Click on the photo below to watch this video at BardCard.
For about a year I’ve been digging in to the subject of resiliency. In some ways I think I’m an expert on the subject. At other times I don’t feel resilient in any form or fashion.
So what is resiliency? A simple definition is it’s the ability to bounce back after experiencing hardships or trauma.Continue reading “A Model of Living Resiliently in the Midst of Suffering”
As I mentioned in a previous post, I attended and spoke at a conference in Knoxville. On the return trip, my mom and I planned a visit to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Cumberland Falls is in Corbin, Kentucky; it’s about a three-hour drive from Louisville and two hours from Lexington, Kentucky.Continue reading “Cumberland Falls: A Beautiful and Accessible Getaway”
Have you seen the movie The Greatest Showman? It’s the fictional story of Phineas T. Barnum. However, the stars of the show – and the ones with whom I resonate – are Lettie (the bearded woman), Anne (trapeze artists), Charles (the little person General Tom Thumb) and the other performers who are hired as “unique persons” for Barnum’s museum and show.
It’s these characters’ sense of feeling like an outcast – and eventually embracing their differences – that has had me watching/listening to the movie over and over again.Continue reading “What ‘The Greatest Showman’ Can Teach Us About Accepting Ourselves”
Every seven or eight (or nine) years the process begins: It’s time for a new power chair. There are few decisions in life that affect me as much as what chair I use during the 15+ hours a day I am in it. Read this BardCare article for tips on how to choose the perfect power chair. Click on the photo below.
Finding clothes that fit well when seated can be challenging after a spinal cord injury. The good news is I’ve discovered quite a few things that work well for me (including The Most Awesome Dress Pants Ever Made). Read this BardCare article by clicking the photo below.
At the beginning of the year I decided I need to see more of Kentucky. I’ve lived in Louisville since I was 11 years old, but I haven’t seen the majority of the state. So when I found out I was going to go to and speak at Quality Life Association conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, I decided to make it an opportunity to see some sites along the way.Continue reading “Berea, Kentucky: A Beautiful Series of Unfortunate Events”
I had been debating whether I should get a home security system. But after a neighbor’s house was broken into, I decided I would rather be safe than sorry. Click on the photo below to read this BardCare article about how I chose a home security system.
Let’s be honest. Cooking with a disability takes quite a bit of time and effort. With my Quadly Cooking recipes, I offer Tips & Tricks to making healthy meals. But in addition to easy shortcuts, good cooking utensils, gadgets and appliances are necessary. So I have made a list of my favorite things in the kitchen.Continue reading “My Favorite Things in the Kitchen”
Taking a dance lesson took more courage than any other physical activity I’ve attempted. Yes, I row and play tennis and wheelchair rugby. I’ve tried adaptive rock climbing, sled hockey and downhill skiing. But dancing from my wheelchair has always been off-limits.Continue reading “The Courage to Dance (video)”