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Queen for a Day (with Muscular Dystrophy)

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Whether you're dealing with the hardships of a bodily condition or the intrigues of an expanding empire, Catherine the Great was right: "If you feel unhappy, raise your self above unhappiness, and so act that your happiness may be independent of all eventualities." She never said, however, that maintained optimism in difficult circumstances was easy. … Continue reading Queen for a Day (with Muscular Dystrophy)

Beyond the Casino: Top Accessible Travel in Reno-Sparks, NV

If you're looking for excellent accessible travel experiences in the Silver State beyond casinos, Reno-Sparks has some wonderful choices. Here are our top picks for where to sightsee, stay, and spin your wheels in "The Biggest Little City in the World": Where to sightsee National Automobile Museum What I look forward to most on any … Continue reading Beyond the Casino: Top Accessible Travel in Reno-Sparks, NV

Where to Play and Stay in Accessible Santa Fe

Santa Fe, the country's oldest state capital, is chock full of accessible adventure. Whether you're going for the art, a fabulous meal, incredible (window) shopping, or an outdoor spin, this picturesque city delivers in spades. Maximize your experience by knowing the best places to play and stay for accessibility. Here are our top picks: Where … Continue reading Where to Play and Stay in Accessible Santa Fe

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe

Uplifting and informative, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is an accessible travel must. This collection of works by the "Mother of American modernism" exudes the empowering dynamics of a talented artist who learned the rules, and then unabashedly proceeded to reinvent them on her own terms with great commercial success - yeah, she rocked the 20th … Continue reading Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe

How a Musical is Changing Perceptions About Disabilities, Including Mine

Caregivers wheeled Luke Hogan Laurenson and me into the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Angus Bowmer Theater: me with muscular dystrophy to my seat; him with cerebral palsy onto the stage for his role in Hairspray. By the musical's finale - an uptempo collective promise for social progress - we would both be assisted onto our feet, … Continue reading How a Musical is Changing Perceptions About Disabilities, Including Mine

Accessibility at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

In July 2019, I attended four Utah Shakespeare Festival performances in three different theaters, all via motorized powerchair. Uber-talented actors, gorgeous costumes, and state-of-the-art set design made it clear that "the play's the thing" at this Cedar City based event. Each production was simply jaw dropping fantastic, most notably Twelfth Night. The ADA accessibility and … Continue reading Accessibility at the Utah Shakespeare Festival

Scottsdale: Hell on Wheels

Note: Although this post specifies my Scottsdale home base, its cautionary message applies nationwide, urging increased driver awareness of mobility device users sharing the road. Dangerously so, it happened again this morning: Scottsdale drivers came close to hitting my mobility scooter while I was transiting a crosswalk. Many of these chronic traffic violators are on … Continue reading Scottsdale: Hell on Wheels

10 Top Tips for Buying a Mobility Scooter

Mobility is nobility in any form it takes, including riding a mobility scooter. Whether I'm cruising around the block for some fresh air or scootering the biking trails of a national park, I'm happy to be moving on my own accord. Pride PursuitTo that end, my candy apple red Pride Pursuit mobility scooter is one … Continue reading 10 Top Tips for Buying a Mobility Scooter

Top ADA Spins Along The Loop in Tucson, AZ

Blooming brittlebrush, hummingbirds tipping the tops of Palo Verde trees, the occasional equestrian, beautiful ironwork bridges, mountain vistas and accessible paved trails for any kind of mobility device...there are plenty of reasons why spinning The Loop in Tucson is addictive outdoor adventure. With a network of 120 miles of shared-use paths (soon to be 131 … Continue reading Top ADA Spins Along The Loop in Tucson, AZ

The 10 Best Ways I Keep Anxiety at Bay

Disclaimer: This post is not a substitution for professional medical care. Sometimes people undergoing a significant life transition or living with a chronic condition develop anxiety, anxiety that can lead to a panic attack. As someone living with progressive FSH muscular dystrophy, I am one of those people. The good news is that anxiety is … Continue reading The 10 Best Ways I Keep Anxiety at Bay

Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 4, Adventures in Healing

Despite the ups and downs of this intense life chapter - or maybe because of them - I find my connection with Claire deepening, not knowing that I could give and accept love with such intensity. Over the past two years, my wife has needed, not one but two, kidney stones surgically removed and a … Continue reading Confessions of a Caregiver, Vol. 4, Adventures in Healing

Rehabbing at Sante of North Scottsdale

Accidents happen, even red scooter accidents. In mid January, I fell off my zippy mobility scooter after taking a curbed curve too quickly and fractured my pelvis in three places. Ouch! After a brief hospital stay, I was transferred to Sante of North Scottsdale where I convalesed for over a month. What follows is a … Continue reading Rehabbing at Sante of North Scottsdale

Accessibility at Portland’s International Rose Test Garden

With over 10,000 roses on display, there's a lot of ground to cover--4.5 acres to be exact--at Portland’s International Rose Test Garden (commonly referred to as Portland Rose Garden). Thanks to voters’ passage of the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond, enhanced ADA accessibility makes exploring this beautifully landscaped park easier for those of us with a … Continue reading Accessibility at Portland’s International Rose Test Garden

Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Improves Accessibility

Access advocacy works! Many thanks to everyone who contributed constructive comments regarding the need for ADA automatic front door openers at Regal Cinemas. After my original post (Where are the ADA automatic front door openers at Regal Cinemas?) and other collaborative calls for action, this critical accessibility feature was added in Fall 2018 at Regal Cinemas … Continue reading Regal Cinemas Bridgeport Improves Accessibility

Scootering the Row River Trail, Oregon

The unassuming city of Cottage Grove is the home of one of Oregon’s most gorgeous recreational multi-use trails, the Row River Trail. The paved, mostly flat path offers the perfect adventure: spectacular scenery, interesting history and great accessibility for mobility devices of all kinds. It’s a perennial day trip from Portland for my husband and … Continue reading Scootering the Row River Trail, Oregon

“Scooter Person” Jane Fonda

Karma? Serendipity? Call it what you will… I’ve only written to one celebrity in my life, Jane Fonda, and that was just a few months ago (read below). Then, last night at dinner in Ashland, Oregon I shook hands with her. Lovely lady. My post to Jane Fonda's website on embracing one’s inner “scooter person”: … Continue reading “Scooter Person” Jane Fonda

Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas

Sure, like so many others on mobility devices, we took in dinner and a show after cruising The Strip. (I got around easily in my Jazzy red power chair.) But, by far, the most interesting thing my husband Lou and I did in Las Vegas was to take a one-hour guided tour of the Neon … Continue reading Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas

Accessible Adventure at Vernonia Lake and Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Oregon

In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle Although the entire 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail has felt the tred of my red scooter tires, the section my husband and I return to most frequently starts at the Vernonia Lake adjunct. (See map.) Super accessibility The paved loop around Vernonia Lake … Continue reading Accessible Adventure at Vernonia Lake and Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Oregon

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

I have often teared up at a theater, but at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, I teared up because of the theater. Let me explain: OSF‘s dedication to Access for All its patrons is an impressive example of social responsibility — and a smart move for the ongoing success of the theater organization. From the recent … Continue reading Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Where are the ADA automatic front door openers at Regal Cinemas?

Making Accessibility Happen Here's what I e-mailed the corporate headquarters of Regal Cinemas (a recently acquired subsidiary of the Cineworld Group), and why I say that their motto “The Best Place to Watch a Movie!” only applies if you can get in the door. Copy sent to: Regal Entertainment Group; Regal Oregon, Washington, Idaho DM, Shane … Continue reading Where are the ADA automatic front door openers at Regal Cinemas?