Baby Magic

I must admit the last few weeks have been very difficult for me. As I have mentioned previously, I struggle at times with depression and anxiety. These feelings have been amplified by the events that are occurring throughout the world today. It is difficult to stay positive when the lives of many are crumbling onContinue reading “Baby Magic”

Happy Little Accidents…

I have never been the most artistic person in the world. Despite this I appreciate art very much. It is enjoyable to stroll through Chicago’s Art Institute. There you can see paintings by some of the greatest artists who have ever lived, such as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Georges Seurat. I have oftenContinue reading “Happy Little Accidents…”

Boot Heel Fever

If there is one thing that frustrates me the most about having spina bifida, it is the fact that I have to wear leg braces. It is often hard to find shoes that I like that will fit over my braces. It is especially difficult when the orthotist (the person who makes said braces) getsContinue reading “Boot Heel Fever”

The House Call

Growing up I received some of the best medical care that was available for people who were born with spina bifida. I was fortunate to live just a couple of hours west of Chicago, which was home to Children’s Memorial Hospital. If you have read some of my earlier posts, you might recall my fondnessContinue reading “The House Call”

Bleeding Cubbie Blue

In celebration of the of the Major League Baseball season getting underway this week the following is a story that I shared on Facebook a few years ago after one of the best days of my life: So, let me tell you my story.  It all began at 2:30 a.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016.Continue reading “Bleeding Cubbie Blue”

Roger That!

In a few previous posts I have written about my time at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  It perhaps is a place that I could write dozens of stories about, as there were all kinds of people that I met there as a young boy.  I was exposed to individuals from various ethnicities, religions,Continue reading “Roger That!”

Dew Shine

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra As winter slowly melts into spring here in Northwest Illinois, my thoughts are turning more and more to being outdoors and to soak up the sunshine.  The sun is something that we do not see much during the winter. OneContinue reading “Dew Shine”

A Mother’s Perspective

For today’s post I asked my mother to contribute a story in which she gives her perspective on raising a child with spina bifida. What follows is her story. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3 NKJ) On March 13,1977 the Lord blessed my husband Tom and me withContinue reading “A Mother’s Perspective”

Air Jordan

I’ve heard it said that one should never meet their heroes. I believe there is some truth to this, as it does diminish some of the mystique surrounding their persona. However, as a 14-year-old boy I did meet one of my heroes and it something that I will remember for a lifetime. It was Saturday,Continue reading “Air Jordan”

The Summer of Ryan

“Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.” – Thomas Merton The “Summer of Ryan” began innocently enough.  It was 2004 and I was employed as a teacher’s aide at a small, private school near my home in Illinois.  Working at a school meant that I had summers off to do whatever I wanted.Continue reading “The Summer of Ryan”