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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Every now and then I have to let the sports blogger in me get out.

I think the ‪#‎Sixers‬ are going to blow the draft big time tonight. Sam Hinkie’s incognito act smells of fear to me. I would do anything I could to move up to get Jabari Parker. Joel Embiid seems destined to be the next big man to wear a suit on the bench for the Sixers. Andrew Wiggins has bust written all over him. He wet his pants in the NCAA tournament. And I don’t want to hear about the guy from Australia—nobody knows what he is. That said, I don’t know what you can really do. My guess is they’ll be stuck with Embiid, and hopefully they get lucky at 10. Let’s see some of that genius out of Hinkie!
I’m also guessing the U.S. gets a tie in the dullest soccer game ever against Germany. It’s supposedly raining like crazy and both teams advance with a tie—great tournament, by the way. Advance by tying!

Update: I don’t want to put too many posts up about sports, but I have to rant some more about the Sixers. What the Sixers did last night is absurd. Hinkie’s plan seems to be to permanently put success off into the future and to give fans a reason to be happy they’re losing. Maybe that’s his genius—he’s found a way to make losing palatable. They had picks 3 & 10 and come away with two guys who have absolutely no hope to play on opening night, and probably won’t play all year??? Are you f’in’ kidding me? Another year of tanking? They actually draft Russ Smith, who was a winner in college and might be a little bit worth watching, and they traded him for a guy they traded last year. Absolutely absurd. If you pay to go to the Sixers game next year YOU ARE A SUCKER!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Just submitted my third article in two days to various websites . . .

. . . making it a total of five articles written in the last month or so. Hoping it leads to some exposure. That’s it for the summer unless some paid opportunities pop up—want to meet my personal deadline to finish a draft of what I hope will be my first published fiction.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

On the day my niece “graduates” 6th grade, here’s a ‪#‎tbt‬ from my “graduation” from Old Forge School—a school for kids with disabilities.

The concept is all but dead as I understand it with “inclusion” now the model for educating kids with physical disabilities. Overall, that’s the way it should be—kids with physical disabilities being educated alongside everyone else. But along the way of trying to keep up with everyone else, I think we lost a little bit of the importance of kids with disabilities being together. Old Forge had many shortcomings, but it was a place where kids with disabilities were just kids.

Me accepting congratulations from the principal as teachers and aides for the graduating students watch

Myself and other students during the ceremony

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bookstores, Non-profits, Schools / Teachers Can Get 36% Off My Book, I’m Not Here to Inspire You

I just learned that bookstores, retailers, organizations, non-profits, & schools (i.e. teachers/professors, I presume), can get 36% off on my book, I’m Not Here to Inspire You: Essays on disability from a regular guy living with cerebral palsy by ordering directly through And there is no minimum to purchase. You likely need to call to place the order. Contact me if you have a problem. I really believe the book can raise awareness about people with disabilities for high school students, be useful in the right disability studies courses, and, of course, I especially hope young people with disabilities will read it. This is the best offer yet that I’ve been able to offer non-profits and schools/teachers, which I think is the best path to getting the book to the target audience.
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