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My grandmother had rubella while carrying her middle child - my father- and his birth defects

very much changed the trajectory of his life.

I am glad to hear of this important milestone.

Anti-vaccination nuts should take a trip to any third world country to see how that's working out for those unlucky families.
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Apr 30, 2015, 05:04 PM (0 replies)

My great great uncle August enlisted with the 1st Missouri Infantry, Company A, mustered...

out of Franklyn County, Misssouri. Missouri was a divided state and their journey to Saint Louis was nearly stopped by Confederate forces. The account goes that as the train carrying the men of !st Missouri neared a station full of Confederate enlistees, the captain persuaded the engineer - with a pistol to his head - to NOT make this particular regular stop. The train was peppered with gunfire as it continued on through, down along the Missouri River to St. Louis.

The encryption reads on the old brass framed photo we found of him says that he was "wounded in the knee and died later of his wounds". It doesn't say which battle. Or how many he fought before being wounded.

Before we found these photos, we had always wondered why his branch on the family tree drawing ended so abruptly.

Today's 150th anniversary of the peace treaty signing at Appomattox Court House is indeed a good date to celebrate.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Apr 9, 2015, 01:41 PM (1 replies)

My father joined hundreds of clergy when MLK led the return to the Pettus Bridge on March 9th 1965

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Mon Jan 19, 2015, 03:01 PM (0 replies)

Bipartisian support is a good -and so rare- thing. The ADA would not have passed without

strong support by Republicans Bob Dole, John McCain, Richard Thornburgh, Justin Dart, Sandra Parrino, Evan Kemp, C. Boyden Gray, and of course President GHW Bush. (In the iconic photo of the signing of the ADA, the lone Democrat on the stage was Reverend Harold Wilke)

Of course 20 years later Republicans like Kansas Senator Jerry Moran helped shoot down Congress ratifing an international treaty expanding the rights of people with disabilities worldwide, even as Bob Dole sat there in front of them in his wheelchair. Their argument? One was that then 'The U.N. would have control over your son or daughter if they happen to wear glasses' !! (I'm not making this up)


Thanks for your posting Omaha Steve.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Wed Dec 3, 2014, 10:52 AM (0 replies)

So sorry to hear of your loss, Will. That eulogy is good, but you express yourself so well in

writing, that -once you get over the initial shock and collect yourself - your eulogy for you friend will be amazing. If you make the effort, which I'm sure you will, your heartfelt words will mean so much to his family, and your whole constellation of friends.

My younger brother died of pancreatic cancer not long ago, and many of his friends were journalists. I gotta tell you, the eulogies were so good...and comforting to all of us.

But that task is down the road for you. I'm sure now you are just 'there' for the family.


Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Fri Nov 21, 2014, 09:55 AM (0 replies)

525,600 minutes...each one precious...and yes, they do speed up...as you realize

you can't get a single one back.
However, if you make the most of them, with love in your heart and good will toward all, you may not regret too many of those...moments of your life.

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Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sun Nov 16, 2014, 08:49 PM (0 replies)

Bethel near Bielefeld, Germany was sort of similar for people with epilepsy, as well as

people with mental health issues, but minus all the camera monitors. People could lead normal lives there knowing that if they had an epileptic episode, people all around them - the bus driver, the store clerk, a passerby - would not be alarmed and would know how to assist. The town had been functioning that way since the mid 1800's.

(We lived in Bethel in the mid sixties while my father was working with thalidimide children and their families all over Europe)
Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sun Nov 16, 2014, 10:24 AM (0 replies)

Tell that to these 'illiterates':

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Thu Oct 30, 2014, 02:48 PM (1 replies)

Burglar... or jealous classmate? Your post jogged a memory of a viking ship assignment

I had long ago in grade school. Most kids bought the Revell plastic model, I chose to build from scratch. Mine had balsa wood hull, toothpick oars, tiny painted shields along the gunnels, etc. The teacher gave me a lower grade saying it wasn't as detailed as the other kids (kit) ones (!). I remember being somewhat disenchanted with that teacher from then on. And one day the display area got wacked by some kid, and mine ship was the only casualty. Coincidence? I think not.

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sun Oct 19, 2014, 01:45 PM (1 replies)

Your significant other need not give up on TV and movies. Descriptive Video Service (DVS) provides

audio track narration of many TV shows and a large roster of movies. I would guess this may not be high on your lists of immediate concerns right now, but in time your pal may like to check it out. It was first pioneered at public TV WGBH station in Boston in the early 1990's. DVS is easily acessed by turning on the SAP (separate audio channel) channel button on your TV.

Link for more info:


"The Descriptive Video Service (DVS) is a major United States producer of video description, which makes visual media, such as television programs, feature films, and home videos, more accessible to people who are blind or otherwise visually impaired. DVS often is used to describe the product itself. It is a special audio track that includes extra descriptions of what is happening on screen for the visually impaired."

P.S. Dear snot, I would like to add my voice to the many here who are distraught to hear of the new direction your life is taking, but are encouraging you to seek out the myriad resources available to one of the oldest and most supported of disabling conditions. I have been amoung people with disabilities all my life and know many people who are blind or visually impaired. They lead successful, fulfilling lives. Keep your courage up!

Posted by FailureToCommunicate | Sun Sep 28, 2014, 09:34 PM (1 replies)
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