Loneliness

Who here has ever felt the sting of losing a good friend, or perhaps moving to a foreign city? I have. Very recently, in fact. But that’s not why I’m lonely. JACO has abandoned me. Packed up and left, gone to vacation in the Canadian wilds. (Does Canada...

Stuff I’ve Done: Installment 2

Life spins on. Mine, it seems, is moving ever faster in a veritable sprint towards the future; I’m approaching the end of high school, planning in earnest to move away to college. Anyone experienced with disability knows that we need twice the regular amount of...
A Day In the Life

A Day In the Life

What’s a day in my life like? (Busy, obviously, or you’d be seeing more of me on here!) Recently, though, I was able to get together with the JACO guys and monologue a bit about myself. They did a wonderful job of converting that into… This video! A...
O Christmas Tree!

O Christmas Tree!

A dear friend of mine recently posted a picture on Facebook that I found pretty hilarious and entirely relatable. She’s also in a wheelchair, and it’s a sad truth that when we decorate the Christmas tree, this is about how it comes out. This year,...

What is THAT?

The first day I took JACO to school was… Hilarious. Epic. Impossibly odd. Everyone I talked to (and it was a lot more people than usual) had something to say, and their reactions were so amusing that I wrote them all down for your enjoyment! So here they are....

Thanksgiving

This has been a good week. It’s given me pause, and given me a chance to remember all of the many, many, really innumerable things that I have to be grateful for. I’ve got a roof over my head and four solid walls around me. How many people are there in...

My Old Enemy…

Now, I have a love-hate relationship with mail. On the one hand, I love getting letters. On the other hand, I really don’t love getting letters out of the box. I admit I’ve tried periodically over the years, always with the same success level: zero. I...

What Crippled Means

These are not complaints. They are simply facts. You lose your grip and drop something: anger snaps across your face for an instant before you bury it in your limitless calm. You drive yourself as you drive your chair. The self is not as well built as the chair....

Meeting the Mastermind

A few weeks after I got JACO, I was granted the huge privilege of getting to meet its creator, Charles Deguire. He had flown down from Canada, JACO’s birthplace, to meet with the powers that be (aka the Kinova USA guys), and ended up accompanying them to a...