On Friday February 19, 1965, General William Westmoreland was on the cover of Time Magazine. Closer to home, Ken and Joan Gillespie were in the process of welcoming their second son, Bradley Kent Gillespie into the world. That would be me. From what I am told, I was not the easiest baby. I seemed toContinue reading “Beginnings”

Wordless Wednesday*Merced River At Yosemite National Park

So glad you’re here, you make me smile and feel good inside. Keep the comments coming. Historical artifacts create an area of historic and cultural significance along the river. The continuum of human use along the Merced River and South Fork of the Merced River encompasses millennia of diverse peoples, cultures and uses. American Indian…

2013: Loose Ends

That was the end of the notes that I kept documenting my go around with AMN. I wrote the following, today, 2 August 2021, based on what I can remember. Looking at it all in retrospect, it seems like a continuous, drawn-out rollercoaster ride, with high highs, low lows, loop de loops and hairpin turns,Continue reading “2013: Loose Ends”

Scoring Your Disability

I do not know diddly about the Stages of MS Chart, but I have some familiarity with The Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS). It was developed to keep track of MS patients and is also used for AMN. Well. At least it was for me. I do not expect that there are enough AMNers toContinue reading “Scoring Your Disability”

What the heck does it mean to be disabled?

I expect that most people think that they have a pretty good idea of what it means to be disabled. I know that I did. I was singularly focused on my inability to walk and do things that I used to do. Thursday evening, I had the privilege of participating in a Halifax, Nova Scotia-basedContinue reading “What the heck does it mean to be disabled?”

Mental Health Haven: 4 Ways To Create One In Your Home

It’s an unfortunate fact that many people are not able to get the mental health support they need. Unfortunately, this can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, making physical and mental health worse. But you don’t have to let this happen. There are four easy ways that anyone can create a haven for themselves…

Easy Backyard Access

I was in a bad spot. Before disability, I got great satisfaction from my yard. Keeping the grass trimmed, the trees pruned and the bird and squirrel bellies full. The wheel chair did not enhance the enjoyment, I tell you. I needed a solution. I built with my own two hands, from the comfort ofContinue reading “Easy Backyard Access”

Steps To Take To Improve Your Self-Worth

Many people struggle with confidence and self-worth, and if you’re one of those people, there are lots of things you can do to start reversing the situation. Taking positive steps in the right direction will enable you to start feeling better about yourself and more confident on a day-to-day basis. We’re going to talk now…