Wednesday, 3 April 2013

The Question ?
This came to me while I listened to Simon & Garfunkel’s song call El Condor Pasa ( If I could ). I went back to Mindfulness and how this teaching makes us come into the present moment. Clearing our thoughts of other things, here is the Question: Is the Hammer or the Nail more important?
In mindfulness we are shown that life unfolds in moments, like a “Stream” has a path.
Should we worry about whether we are the Nail or the Hammer then each has its own path or duty to service in its purposes. There is no magic as I have read and studied Mindfulness briefly you learn that the Path of our lives is much calmer than trying to seek for “more”.
Part of the past year time has again been taken up being a Junior B hockey trainer.  This time it gave me more confidence in First Aid that seems to spill over into my own life. If you will, that small voice of doubt leaves me for a time. For that brief season being part of a team and the joy that it brings me.  So often in my personal life I feel like I am looking into the “fish bowl”.
I am also working hard with Susie my wife on developing our online digital business. It is called , where you can make stories come alive, preserve your heritage or do an exciting new style of scrapbooking.  You also can go crazy with your creative side and make memorable gifts for family and friends.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Question about Work

Question about work?
What is work to most of us? Why do we have a need to have a career?  Outside of the obvious, which is that it brings fulfillment, would you not want to work for the best company?  Yet "we" often get caught with jobs or even worse a career that (we just do!)
As a Learning Disabled person, is there a career out there where we become the employee of the month and where we do "fit in" and our social skills are not looked at with a microscope? Does this not sound a lot like high school?
For me, it seems that working on my own brings all the fulfillment I want.  With the help of my wife we are able to have somewhat of a normal life (keeping up with the neighbour's toys) even if we don't need to or want to.
So, if you are Learning Disabled or just Disabled, how important is this whole work idea really? Can't we find another way to earn an income to pay the basic bills?
Socially we would like to think that we are a much better group of people, without the stress and politics that  might come out in the lunch room.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Opening Up About Your Disability

I was on Facebook reading both of these posts and somehow they touched me. They echo parts of my own life. When do you open up about your disability? How would you do it even if you need to, as in the second post? What about if it was a career move you need to get the double income job? Unlike disabilities where you can see what the disability is, here you may not even show your disability. However I found at some point you will have to open up like in the case with the NFL Draft player. You may even at some point be unable to take the meeting notes. Very hard to know what to do as most companies have so many to choose from for your position. I have found out opening up is the best choice, but be careful of how you say you are Learning Disabled. You do not want it to become a stumbling block to your career. Always put your best foot forward…in other words, use your strengths to your advantage.

 LDAC info from their web page.

Katherine Glasgow If you have a Learning Disability it can be a stressful decision whether you disclose your LD to potential employers, or not. Check out this article for some of the advantages, and disadvantages to disclosing.

Disclosing Your LDs During the Interview Process  Youth to Youth, a website for students with LD by students with LD

Katherine Glasgow
Morris Claiborne is a football player considered, by many, to be the best cornerback prospect in the 2012 NFL draft. He also has a learning disability. This is the story of how his rights were violated, and how the NFL failed to protect him.
I received an email a few days ago from a retired NFL coach. It concerns former LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, expected to be a high draft choice this month, and his low 

Thursday, 22 March 2012

My connection to Rick Hansen Relay

When I was down in Vancouver I was involved with Independence 92 which gave me an opportunity to be even more involved with disabilities. I was in a book called A Closer Look which was published by the Government of British Columbia. Rick was a big part of this as the group talked about their disability.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Springing into Life

As March marches by February came and went too, I am now back with my Blog. I have been busy on several projects.

Me & my wife ( Susie ) work together on Heritage Makers, an online story booking company.  We operate as Preserve Life Stories
( ).  We are working to make this the best year ever for us. You never know some of my work may show up on my blog. It has helped in bringing life to my work with poems.

We are also doing a moving car show here in the Okanagan Valley area in May, called Wheels for a Cure ( ) where my other passion came out with old cars. The show is to raise funds for Prostate Cancer. I will use the great opportunity to spread the work about my work here in blog & other projects.

I am now officially a medal bearer for the Rick Hansen Relay
( ) . I remember what joy it was to be involved last time in Independence 92.  I was with this group in Vancouver as I got involved with the message about disabilities.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

New Year's Resolutions?

Now the month of January is almost done and we have had time to write down and think about our New Year's Resolutions.  Would it not be better to call this a goal?  In business there are more titles - they sometimes call it a forecast or outlook.
If you are disabled or have disabilities then such goals can be impossible to be met due to many factors.  I find it better to do some general planning for things that need to get done.  Remember to set a date for each one, otherwise the "project" will never get finished.  This will help to keep you on track.

Happy goal making...and more importantly, succeeding in accomplishing what you set out to do this upcoming year of 2012!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

What do you do in the Winter?

Most of us deal with the cold of winter.  At some point we just want to stay in bed under a warm blanket or in front of a warm fire (fireplace).  We all know that this is the time when there is little sunshine.
So how do we get moving?  Right now I am helping a Junior B Hockey Team as their trainer.  When it is sunny I go for walks.
My advise to everyone is to bundle yourselves up and go and do something, anything, but never nothing!!