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May 2, 2019

When I walk on the Naugatuck Valley River Trail, I prefer to walk alone— the steady rhythm of my feet hitting pavement becomes a kind of mantra. Despite that, I do hear voices. In the breezes that sweep along the water, I hear my father’s words, “The wind clears out the cobwebs.” It does for me.

Of course, there are other people on the trail. They pass coming and going wi...

October 31, 2017

When I was planning my speech content for the 2017 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care in Baltimore, I didn’t realize that the delivery was going to be a podcasted interview with Matt Cavallo, founder of the Patient Activation Network.

As I said in my previous blog post, the people I met at the conference were such gifts to me. Meeting Matt was one...

May 18, 2017

How do you react when you encounter someone in a store or restaurant who has an obvious disability? Do you find yourself staring in curiosity?  

When you or someone you love is on the receiving end of the stare, it is a different experience. Other people’s curiosity is something I am learning to adjust to when I am out and about with my granddaughter, Nora, who among her...

April 20, 2017

Back a few years ago when I was looking to purchase a car, I was surprised to find that I was attracted to a red car. Red anything is not typically a color choice for me.

During the week or so of my decision-making process, it seemed that I began to notice red cars wherever I went. It was as if red cars were multiplying all over the place before my eyes! 

I did purchase a...

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