Fast Forward

About thirty years ago when I was encountering some major challenges in my life I devised a mind-game I played with myself to help me step out of the turmoil and make good, clear, and conscious choices. I called the game “fast forward.” In the game I would imagine I had died and I was…

Coloring Books

Over the last two years, many people have brought the new explosion of adult coloring books to my attention. Numerous people have spoken to me about how much they love the process of coloring in these books. This led me to explore the phenomenon myself. I personally do not like coloring in predesigned coloring books…

Grandfather’s Wisdom

When I was growing up I was lead to believe that I was bad. This negative view of myself then led to more rule breaking and even more criticism. I truly tried to behave, but no matter how hard I tried I would eventually behave inappropriately and get in trouble. One day my grandfather’s response…

A Gold Mine of Problem-Solvers

  Why do we continue to view individuals with learning challenges as damaged, broken, or less than? Why are we blind to the wealth of knowledge and unique abilities they possess, not in spite of, but because of the unique wiring of their mind? Almost every week I meet someone who is still shackled with…

The Wall

Randy Pausch, in his last lecture, said, “…Brick walls are there for a reason: they are there to prove how badly we want something…” “…A wall is not necessarily created to stop you, but rather to stop the people who don’t want something as much as you do.” Growing up with multiple learning disabilities, I…