First and foremost, I’m a mom. I brag about my kid a lot. Deal with it.
Second only to my incredibly awesome progeny are my “girls.” I share my home with two beautiful 110-pound Dobermans who are every bit as challenging and in-your-face as I am. Actually, they’re cows… with really big teeth… but sweet loving babies nonetheless.
I regularly mangle my mother tongue enough to cause a linguist whiplash. I use a surfer-girl “Dood,” a southern “Ya’ll” and a north prairie “Eh?” Often all in one sentence. As in “Dude, when ya’ll come over, bring more beer, eh?
I love hockey, MMA and beer. I also love marathoning, wine and good literature. My political views are mostly progressive. I believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and yes, I have read them.
I am a victim of gun violence, a gun owner and an advocate for sanity in our gun laws here in Arizona.
I serve on a number of boards and committees. My views are mine and do not reflect any organization with which I’m affiliated.
Oh, I’m a full-time wheelchair user. I am paralyzed from a spinal cord injury. I write about that too.
Comments are moderated only to filter out devotees (if you don’t know what that means then you aren’t one). You can disagree with me and it will be posted.
Since we’re talking about devotees, I do not welcome your attention. Please, go away.
Here’s the boring stuff…
Chair, Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues.
Member, Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Public Impact Advisor – Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
Adjunct Trainer, Maricopa County Elections Department teaching civil rights of voters with disabilities; how to ensure that polling places are accessible on Election Day; and providing good customer service to all people.
Guest Lecturer, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University
2010 Recipient Unbeaten Spirit Award which honors individuals who have shown an indomitable spirit for their work on behalf of the disability community.
Adult Educator, Speaker, Writer and Advocate, creating educational modules for groups with a focus on disability awareness, accessibility and diversity.