Thirty years ago, I was introduced to a guy at a party who said he was a writer. Reader, I married him. His non-fiction sketch, Bus Portraits, got published this morning by X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine. The physicality of this piece knocks me out. And yes, it does belong on a blog about disability.
Tom Grogan, a writer in my Tuesday workshop, recently wrote an eloquent essay about the pain and loss he felt when he gave up driving. It was published by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
As far as I know, the two men have never shared a bus ride together.
On June 23, I finally realized I shouldn’t reduce my blog to being just about me as a person with MS. I’ve got a lot more going on than a chronic disease. When I’m not telling my own stories, I’m working to help others tell their stories. And often enough, my students have successes that ought to be shared. I vowed on this post, ” From now on, when one of my students deserve a pat on the back, I’m going to go ahead and pat.”
A long time member of The Clifton Writer’s Workshop, a group I facilitate, just had a fine editorial published in The Cincinnati Enquirer.
I do hope you follow this link and read Andrea Rotterman’s nuanced piece about a her dual roles as gun owner and gun violence survivor. She labored over this essay, because she wanted to get the details right. All too often, the press presents gun ownership as an issue that is black and white. I love that her editorial ends with questions, not answers.
Does a link to an editorial on gun violence belong on a blog about multiple sclerosis? Gun violence is a more pervasive health problem in this country than multiple sclerosis. There’s only about 10,000 new MS cases diagnosed a year. The CDC published data showing 38,658 gun deaths for 2016, including suicides. It seems to me it should be easier to eradicate gun deaths than it’s been to eradicate MS. But as Andrea’s editorial shows, nothing is as easy as it looks.
I’m so proud of Andrea for joining in our national conversation. It takes a lot of guts!
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