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Hearing Elmo · 5d ago

When You Want to Smack ‘Em With Your Cane

When you are differently-abled, going to the bathroom can be a pain in the… well? … BUTT. If you are partnered with a service dog, it can make the process even trickier until you get… More
Hearing Elmo · 3W ago

This is My Fight Song

The first time I heard Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song“, it was actually sung by a different  young woman who had faced a life threatening illness and “won”. You can find Calysta Bevier’s audit...
Hearing Elmo · 1M ago

A Prisoner of STIGMA

Tonight (4/19/17) is the 2nd annual d.A.M.N. event (disABILITY Memoirs and Notes) at Anne Arundel Community College. I was asked to share my presentation on Hearing Elmo. PowerPoint: https:/...
Hearing Elmo · 2M ago

Why YOU Should be a Disability Advocate

In a recent class discussion, I asked my students what advocacy, community service, or non-profit organizations they were involved in and what prompted them to do so. Young Americans get a l...
Hearing Elmo · 3M ago

Sometimes It Takes Work to Stay Positive

When my alarm goes off, Milo (who is laying in a ginormous dog bed on the floor by me) hops up and nudges my face and arms. There are days where my eyes pop open… More
Hearing Elmo · 3M ago

Half a Stick of Juicy Fruit Gum

I miss my grandmother (Vina Jewell Burhenn – Isn’t her name the GREATEST?). As I stopped to think about how to approach my subject for Hearing Elmo this week, I found myself thinking of a… M...
Hearing Elmo · 4M ago

Coming to Terms

It is always a treat when guest writers post for “Hearing Elmo”. I never wanted this blog space to be all about “me” and my own issues. Please let me know if YOU would like… More
Hearing Elmo · 4M ago

Civility and Respect

Milo-bear and I have been partners eighteen months now. I would have to say most of the wrinkles have been ironed out. I suppose anyone who has had a service dog long enough to be… More
Hearing Elmo · 5M ago

You Don’t Just Decide

… to not be depressed. I should have gone into acting. My students and coworkers would be so surprised to learn how tough this past month has been. I have been struggling to write, but hones...
Hearing Elmo · 6M ago

One-Eyed, One Horn, Flying Purple People Eater

Sheb Wooley released a song in 1958 called the “One-Eyed, One Horn, Flying Purple People Eater“. I know this not because I was there (ahem), but heard the song throughout my childhood. If yo...