Posts from — September 2010

Celebrating the safety pin

September 30, 2010   Comments Off on Celebrating the safety pin

Today, 30 September, the safety pin was invented by Walter Hunt, a farmer and inventor from New York.  The name comes from the design of the pin which kept a person’s fingers safe from injury.

So, thanks, Walter!  I’m a big fan of safety pins and daily wear one that keeps my pedometer from being lost (working on that daily 10,000 steps). 

 The other reason for my celebration of the safety pin is for what it does: fastens things together so things don’t fall away or get lost.  How can you not like anything that has that as a purpose?!!?

Advocacy Lesson #18: Make connections both personally with folks who keep you “in the game” and in advocacy with persons, players and stakeholders who have a stake and a say in what are your issues.

In closing, a favorite quote: “Only connect,” E.M. Forster

sj;

Your answer…

September 24, 2010   Comments Off on Your answer…

Tomorrow, 25 September, marks the first Global Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day.  In honor of this remarkable woman and committed champion to the rights and opportunities for persons with disabilities, I want to share what was a frequent question she often posed: “What have you done today to make the world a better place?”

Advocacy Lesson #17: Do one action every day that answers Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s question.

Know your why; give of your talents; make the most of the opportunities afforded and be willing to make your own.  Do something that betters the world.

sj;

Seriously???

September 23, 2010   Comments Off on Seriously???

On the six-month anniversary of the passage of health care reform, one must read this story about the latest maneuver from the insurance industry:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_700879.html

Employment Issues for persons with disabilities

September 23, 2010   Comments Off on Employment Issues for persons with disabilities

An insightful article in this past Sunday’s PG featuring insights from young persons with disabilities and the challenge of finding, securing, and retaining good, competitive employment: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10262/1088359-28.stm

The Boss

September 23, 2010   Comments Off on The Boss

Today, 23 September, is the birthday of “The Boss,” yes, Bruce Springsteen.  An artist who has frequent appearances on my i-pod, perhaps one of my favorite Springsteen lyrics is from the song “Thunder Road” when Bruce sings: “You ain’t a beauty, but hey you’re alright.” 

Today’s advocacy lesson #16 is from the Boss: Don’t compare yourself to others…just be yourself and be yourself beautifully and consistently.

Strong and consistent advocacy comes from a pleasant mix of self-confidence and belief and passion for the issue for which one advocates.

Be you, join in, and to quote another Springsteen gem, “talk about a dream, try to make it real.” (Badlands)

 sj;

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