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Good morning, all! I can’t believe how quickly June went by, but today is release day for Giving Best, the second installment in the Foxes of Synn summer serial!

Giving Best is the story of Cleo Malimore’s first challenge as a Ranger: defending her home and family while maintaining her commitment against physical violence.

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Redefining Disability Challenge – Question 20

Originally posted on DeeScribes:

Each Wednesday, I post my response to a question from the Redefining Disability Challenge. This is my response to the twentieth question in the Challenge. As usual, I am not looking ahead to future questions, so I may inadvertently address some topics which will come up later in the Challenge.

Here is this week’s question:

Do you have preferred language when it comes to disability?

I have been waiting for the “language question.” As a speech-language pathologist, I recognize the importance of language. As a person with a disability, I am particularly sensitive to language used to describe me and others like me who live with disability. As you read this post today, please remember I am writing from my point of view and not on behalf of all people with disabilities. Language is important to many, and there is more to using respectful language than just being “politically correct.”

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Connecting Through Star Wars, Part III: Bonding as Podcasters by Johnamarie Macias

Originally posted on Natacha Guyot:

In fact, online is how a lot fans become friends, couples, and even parents themselves. Take MakingStarWars.net’s Jason and Amanda Ward, for example. They initially became friends through a Star Wars forum in 2003, and today, they’re loving parents of two children, showering them with all things Star Wars. They’re the perfect example of how Star Wars transcends distance, and later on, connects through the generations–like me and my mom.

Her first experience with Star Wars was on the big screen in the late 70s, and even though she didn’t become a hardcord fan, it made an impression long enough to affect me when I eventually came into the picture.

“The reason I said yes without thinking–without questioning–it’s because as children grow older, they tend to have and develop their own relationships and their own lives,” my mom said during the fan question portion of one of our…

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Cool Costumes for Kids Using Wheelchairs

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Someone recently found my blog by searching “Superhero costume for disabled child.”

I’m assuming the child in question is a wheelchair user because I don’t see any other reason why there would be an issue about Halloween costumes. There’s no reason why Batman and Superman can’t just be sitting in a color coordinated a wheelchair with a logo design on it, but there’s a lot of buzz about costumes that make the chair into some kind of vehicle or prop. I don’t know what superhero you’re interested in, and not sure what your child would like in a costume, so I can’t point to specific heroes.  I think it’s all a matter of attitude and preference on the child’s part, but if you’re looking for costume inspiration these are my favorites.The ones with thrones, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Pee Wee Herman particularly cool because they don’t rely on a vehicle to create the motif.

#RedefiningDisability Awareness Challenge — Week Five

Originally posted on The Rattling Bones:

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Every Monday for the next 48 weeks, I will be participating in Rose Fischer’s Redefining Disability Awareness Challenge. It is my hope that by sharing my stories about my disability of mental illness, that I can be a beacon of hope to others suffering the same debilitating illness.


What are some significant moments/events in your life that connect to disability?

The first significant moment for me was when I got my first official diagnosis. I didn’t necessarily want to be labeled, but I did want to know what was wrong with me. When the psych doctor told me that I was Bipolar, I finally had a name to my illness, something concrete that I could research. What I discovered though was that this couldn’t be the whole of my diagnosis. I had more depressive episodes than I did manic ones. And yet, I was doing things that were considered…

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Feminist Friday: Girl Talk

Originally posted on Part Time Monster:

Girl.

It’s a small word. A common word. And like many small, common words, it is saturated with meaning.

Sure, “girl” means “female child.” The basic meaning is relatively simple. But we use it in a lot of other ways, too. And that’s wonderful, actually. One of the things I like about words is their strange ability to be both precise and elastic, to have both an exact meaning and a host of other associations and idiosyncrasies.

Some of the associations we have with the term “girl,” though, are ultimately damaging. Living in the South, I’m also not unfamiliar with the racial connotations that may accompany the word, though the racial implications of “boy” are more often discussed and debated. We’re probably all familiar with the phrase “like a girl” as a pejorative meaning that something wasn’t done very well. And many of us, especially of a certain generation, have been called girls by bosses…

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