I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started my Christmas shopping. Supply chain issues are moving the holiday gift buying timeline up for a lot of us, so I wanted to help you out by providing some gift ideas for the readers in your life. (Or you can add them to your own wish list!) Continue reading
Thank You for Your Generosity!
Last month I posted an invitation to help me celebrate ten years of LIVING with ALS by donating to the ALS Association. Once again, you came through and helped me raise over $22k for ALSA. I have the best blog readers! Continue reading
This is my annual plea for donations to the ALS Association, but this year is a little different. I’m commemorating ten years of living with ALS by setting some lofty fundraising goals. Continue reading
I have ALS so this request is very personal.
This is my annual request for donations to my ALS walk team. Nationwide walks are the ALS Association’s primary fundraiser. This year the walks are virtual. I’m a bit worried that will have a negative impact on fundraising and I’ve vowed to do my part to raise money.
As many of you know, I was diagnosed with ALS in 2011 and I’ve been paralyzed and on a ventilator for about 6 1/2 years. Luckily, the disease hasn’t silenced me – I use eye gaze technology to communicate, which includes writing this blog.
Only about 20,000 Americans have ALS. We’re a select group that absolutely no one wants to be a part of. Because the number of people with ALS is so low, care and research funding tend to get shortchanged. However, the ALS Association advocates for us and provides much needed resources.
Please consider donating to my walk team to support the ALS Association’s ongoing work by clicking this link.
My talented college roommate, Alison Macor, is an accomplished author and film expert. In honor of National Library Week, she’s giving away a copy of her first book, Chainsaws, Slackers, and Spy Kids: Thirty Years of Filmmaking in Austin, Texas. Here’s a description: Continue reading
I had a terrific childhood. For five years during grade school I lived in an idyllic children’s wonderland called… Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. I know, I know, “there’s a prison there, right?” Very true, but the prison is just a very small part of the post. For people assigned there voluntarily it’s more like a beautiful, old college campus than a prison site or even a traditional Army post. And, in fact, it’s a hub of Army learning, so the campus image is fitting. Continue reading
I realize I’m preaching to choir here, but this is a great time to read. But if you’re like me, sometimes the books on your “to be read” list just don’t appeal to whatever you’re in the mood for. A good, go-to book series can be just the thing to cure this ailment – the characters are like old friends and you trust the author to deliver a good story. Continue reading
Sydney is one of my 17-year-old twin daughters, and I’m wildly proud of her! She’s imaginative and a “maker,” which I think is a great combination. Currently, she aims those skills at making elaborate costumes for comic-cons, but it’s also fun to imagine how she might use her talents in a career she really loves – architect? Animator? Game designer? Time will tell. Continue reading
Need a new year’s resolution? Look no further! The 2020 Thoughtful Reading Challenge is designed to indulge your reading habit while also nudging you out of the box of your usual genres. I really enjoyed the 2019 challenge and found myself loving books I wouldn’t have typically read, like Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry and The Martian by Andy Weir. Continue reading