Category: Family Synapse

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Seven Snippets of Inspiration

— 1 — The Paralympics 2012 has been a game changer for people with disabilities. Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee from South Africa also known as the Blade Runner, put them on the map when he competed in the Olympic Games this summer. The Paralympic Committee worked hard to get commentators who are athletes with disabilities and former Paralympians. This served to educate the public as we watched the Games. And the people came, and...

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What’s Up with Courtesy Medals?

I’ve been glued to the Paralympics this week and love how this event puts people with disabilities center stage based on their own achievements. There’s just one thing that bugs me; why are guide runners getting medals? After watching Wheelchair Rugby, we’ve all learned never to pet someone who uses a wheelchair, right? Sometimes people with disabilities are accompanied by a caretaker, interpreter, or guide. The rule is, if you want to speak to the...

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Why I Love Wheelchair Rubgy

They’re kickin’ a** and taking names. Wheelchair rugby is played on a basketball court and is a mix of rugby, basketball,and handball. So why do they call it Murderball? I could tell you that the term was popluarized with the release of the 2005 documentary of the same name which was made to raise funds for the US Paralympic team, or you could watch this: And the US has not lost a World Championship nor...

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They Did Whaaaat?

Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to acknowledge the amazing achievements happening at the London 2012 Paralympics. What incredible things are happening in London right now, you ask? Besides the Irish runner whose mom got to present him with the gold medal, or the blind runner who held up a marriage proposal sign after crossing the finish, or the big Oscar Pistorius upset, or my...

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Smokin’ Hot Bods

Thank-you to reader Hannah who asked, “How can two people with such varied disabilities race against each other?” It’s important to note that these athletes are in top physical shape for whatever their bodies allow. Also, great effort has gone into making these Games fair and competitive so the athletes are earning their medals. The Paralympics cover competitions for athletes that fit into 1 of 10 impairments types. Some of these include impaired muscle power...

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Double Dog Dare

  So I know you didn’t see the opening ceremonies of the Paralympics if you’re one of my American readers. How do I know, you ask? The US Olympic Committee only sold 5.5 hours of broadcasting rights to NBC. If you’re in Australia you may see 100 hours and, of course, the Brits will get to watch up to 400 hours of programming. This is interesting because the US Olympic committee seems to think we’re...

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Thankful Thursday – Hard Knocks Edition

So this had been a hard couple of weeks for just about everyone I’ve spoken to. There is real and messy heaviness in the air. This is exactly the moment thankful thursdays are good for. I sat down to write this post one hour ago and have done exactly everything except contemplate gratitude. It feels as if pain would be cheated if I wrote about good things, but, of course, it won’t. Pain is here....

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Tribute to Mary Patenaude

Laughter, courage, joy, imagination. These are a few things that come to mind when we think of Mary. David and Mary were married for 45 years and have two beautiful children, David Jr.and Jennifer. Mary’s poise, class, and elegance made David look good. He was lucky to have wooed Mary away from a future in the convent when he did. Their marriage was full to overflowing with compassion, tenderness, and laughter.  As someone who was affectionately...

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Just Breathe

We live and breathe as we grow from one moment to the next and the gift is in the noticing. Noticing when the children are putting on yet another dress up play; or when they think they’ve managed to run away from home by walking down the beach; noticing the noise and song and food and drink that accumulate when families gather; noticing which lobster will win the race before meeting its delicious doom; noticing...

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Seven Snippets of a Baldwin

— 1 — Here’s the HuffPo article on Stephen Baldwin rushing to the aid of a woman who had a seizure. There are a few things worth pointing out. — 2 — First, as is specifically mentioned in this article about the same event, Baldwin was comfortable responding to this event because he’s been exposed to someone with seizures in his family. This is a great example of how familiarity can breed comfort and knowledge....