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The meaning of Memorial Day by Rachael Thompson

When I was a kid I LOVED Memorial day. I didn’t know the true meaning behind it but I knew that meant Family reunion. My father’s family always held a giant memorial weekend family reunion. My grandma would pick me up from school on Friday and we would be together by the pool and in [...]

By | May 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coming Home by Rachael Thompson

My family has a strong group of military personnel in it. My father was in the Army reserves, my uncle was a Marine in Vietnam, my grandfather was in Germany during World War 2 with the Navy and 7 of my father’s cousins were in the military as well. So it was not really a [...]

By | May 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

From Apple Trees to Fairy Doors

It’s never dull at PILR; last week the excitement happened in my office. Debbie came to talk to me about something and suddenly asks, “How long has that door been in your office?” Now I am seriously confused. The only door I know of is the one she walked through to enter my office. She [...]

By | April 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Understanding Life in a Wheelchair By Janice Talyor

When we were out in the public, I started noticing disturbing reactions from some people. Most people were helpful and opened doors for me or let us pass first. But sometimes people would bump into me when passing; they never stopped to apologize. They didn’t seem to have much patience if I was in front [...]

By | April 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Life hacks for all of us.

We see them on every form of social media almost daily. They get sent to our emails and they even show up on the news, these so called Life Hacks are everywhere. They take almost anything and show us neat ways to make life easier, but are they really useful? Are they good for everyone? [...]

By | March 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Neurodiversity” new buzz word or new Autism movement?

There’s a new word floating around that is being used to help describe people on the Autism spectrum. Neurodiversity is being pushed to describe developmental differences in children and adults. The hope is that by relabeling those on the Autism spectrum it will level the playing field and create a wider range of acceptance further [...]

By | March 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Barbie branching out.

For 60 years the Barbie brand has been creating toys for girls. Amid controversy and backlash, Barbie has thrived as the world’s leading doll maker. Over the years dolls of every shape, age, size, nationality, gender and hair type have emerged. Now, the doll company is branching out yet again. For the first time, the [...]

By | March 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Labels, are they more harmful than helpful?

I remember being a teenager in the 90’s, the fight to end labels. Being a teen with ADD I was active in that fight. What I have is not who I am and we didn’t want to be tagged with something that would change the rest of our lives. Now in 2019, the younger generation [...]

By | March 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments