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
It was time for the annual updating of the Reader Rec’s page, so we added about 35 new books to the list, bringing the grand total to just under 175. Wow! Hope you find this page useful when looking for your next good read. 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
You might have noticed that I haven’t posted many book reviews recently. It’s for a really good reason – I landed a big freelance writing job with some pretty tight deadlines. Typing with my eyes is really cool technology, but frustratingly slow compared to when I could type with my fingers. I find this project is taking most of my time and with two kids approaching college age … well, it trumps my free reading habit. For now. Continue reading
I was diagnosed with ALS 8 years ago. It was devastating, but the ALS Association made it a little less overwhelming. They sponsor multidisciplinary clinics, fund research, facilitate support groups and offer assistive devices, to name just a few of their services. Continue reading
I was recently doing some very important research on Pinterest (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), when I came across the concept of book sculpting. In book sculpting, artists use one or multiple books as their medium and carve, cut, fold and paint them to create unique pieces of art. I have to admit that the idea of carving up a book made me a bit squeamish at first, but I also recognize that this is a great way to recycle unwanted books. So, once my toes uncurled, I was able appreciate the beauty of many of these pieces. Continue reading