Can't wait to see what Creative Loafing has to offer next! When I moved here it was the first resource I used to learn where the nightlife was happening, the hottest places to eat and catch up on local news. I've always enjoyed articles and reviews written by Kim Lawson and other CL staff. I can already see the efforts to expand the growth of the Loaf in recent weeks! I couldn't be more excited to see what develops in the future!
Thank you so much for your thorough and thoughtful comment msmelrichard! I especially liked what you said about how we'd view these individuals if society didn't dictate that they were disabled. It's given me a lot to think about. Thanks again!
My brother has cerebral palsy, so I don't really notice when there are others around who are disabled. If someone speaks to me directly that is disabled (I've worked in several restaurants, etc), I treat them like anyone else unless it's clear they need me to slow down, explain more clearly, and then I do but not in a condescending way, just as I would with a person who has never been in a Starbucks and didn't know the difference between a latte and a drip brew. Again, I grew up around not only my brother, but people from his summer camps, Special Olympics teams, etc. so it's kind of second nature. Also, my kids have been around their uncle since their birth, so they have the same kind of inherent acceptance, I think.
My brother has never commented on what it feels like to be stared at...I don't know if he even acknowledges or cares. He's extremely happy and content with life, likes to talk to lots of people, so he works on a college campus where he can meet and talk to lots and lots of people, and he LOVES it. If he's ever been treated differently or poorly, he's never ever mentioned it. Like I said, I don't know if it's even on his radar is someone is staring.
Don't pity them. Admire them, and even envy them a little. My brother seems to have sailed through his teens and twenties with an enormous social life with no worry about what he's going to wear or who's talking about whom or keeping up on gossip...he's SO in the moment it's glorious! He's never met someone he can't befriend in just a few moments. His disability seems to break down social barriers and he has a charm that radiates through it so that he can make anyone smile. That's a gift, and many of his disabled friends are the same way! It's like...if society didn't dictate that they were disabled, perhaps we would think they are actually above us in some way, with their endless love and boundless enthusiasm, curiosity, and zest for life!
To help with your kids, see if you can't volunteer, as a family, with a local Special Olympics or some other event or organization for the disabled. Immersion is key, as I've found with my kids...if you plunge them into an environment, they'll adapt way quicker than you and quicker than you would imagine they could! My kids have volunteered at food banks, shelters, and many other organizations where they are surrounded by people of all different races, backgrounds, etc.
Good luck, and thanks for being sensitive and empathetic enough to reach out and want to help your kids be more compassionate! Great mom!
I've tried to like the Avett Brothers; really, I have. They seem to be all the rage...like pop country from Nashville. Sure, some of the lyrics are good, it's just too bad you have to wade through all of the whiny, over stressed vocals and music that sounds like someone trying to remember what a MTV reality show soundtrack would be with a banjo.
Who's the punk ass? A 17 year old kid getting stalked by an armed adult for no apparent reason, or a grown man who can't handle a fight with an unarmed child, so he shoots him?
NDO, your comment makes it sound like a crime for a black teenager to walk down the street at night. Perhaps it is in your mind, but not in reality. This identifies YOUR argument as painfully stupid.
there is no need to show an id, period, no voter fraud, no bs
I'm still waiting for any member of the "left wing lamestream media" to ask the obvious questions in this fiasco:
"How do you apply the need to show a photo ID to the section of this law that allows one person to pick up multiple absentee ballots?"
"Is it in any way related to the fact that Democrat voters are the largest segment of early voters and Republican voters are the largest segment of absentee voters?"
Still using the picture from when he was fourteen, and immediately identify your argument as painfully stupid.
Trayvon was a thug, plain and simple. Live like a thug, die like a thug. The kid had been in trouble countless times at school (which is why his parents sued to have his record sealed from Zimmerman's attorneys), his 'girlfriend' has now admitted to lying about the phone call she had with him before he was shot, and he'd been moved to his father's because his mother (now a millionaire after suing the homeowner's association) couldn't handle him any more.
Here's what happened. Kid was walking around, not needing to worry about school because he was suspended, looked suspicious, was confronted by an ADULT neighborhood watch officer and decided to 'represent' or whatever the hell it is they say now. He picked a fight with a grown man and ended up getting shot. Had nothing to do with race, had to do with being a punk ass and getting what they get, just desserts. ANYONE, whether they were black or white, would have shot someone attacking regardless of whether they were black or white.
The media ran Trayvon's baby pictures and turned it into a big race deal when two years earlier Zimmerman was organizing the community to help a black homeless man that had been beaten. All Zimmerman really did was save us from having to pay for this loser when he ended up in jail in two years, having god knows how many kids he wasn't going to raise beforehand (like his parents).
Pick a new martyr, even the media knows this story's BS at this point.
To get an idea where Bush/Cheney were coming from, all you have to know is that on 9/11 they hid rather than lead. They were always concentrated on what was good for them. Nothing they did ever had anything to do with the good of this country and its citizens.
Here's a great little video that perfectly shows why commercial TV news sucks. It's called "What You Pay For".
I feel for you, being an only child has put a lot of this on your shoulders. Talk to the elder care social workers (area agency on aging), they can find placements in homes you might not be aware of. A good place to find info about homes and how to afford it is http://www.ncdhhs.gov/aging/nhome.htm
my mom in law lives in another state and had to go into a home, it is so sad, she has no idea where she is or what happened to her stuff. It is an 8 hour drive for us so we only see her 3 times a year. Every conversation I have with her now seems to restate where she is and what happened to her.
I agree, there are much bigger problems in the world than bath time with the grandparent. Being a solo father of a 4 year old daughter, I made the decision to stop taking showers with her at the time when she attempted to point out and grab my "tail." :-) Despite it being easier to wash her hair in the shower, I value the sanctity of a nice, relaxing shower a wee bit more. That being said, when she trots off to visit the family, whether or not the grandparents are taking baths with her is the least of my worries at this age.
The Rethuglicans are old and scared. Their time on this earth is drawing to a close and they will not go quietly.
DLP, I think you are right in part...but do you think the confrontation would've happened if Trayvon had been white?
I don't understand why so many people are trying to use Florida's "stand your ground" law to justify the shooting of Trevon Martin. The confrontation was initiated by an arrogant person who thought being a member of the neighborhood watch made him a law enforcement agent. If anyone had the right to stand his ground it was Trevon.
I bet that confrontation would never have occurred if George Zimmerman had not been armed.
I hasven't seen anything from Obama, Biden, Feinstein, Cuomo, Pelosi or Mr Grooms that would keep guns out of the hands of the mentals without infringing on the Rights of law abidding citizens.
"So far, the General Assembly has outdone even other GOP-controlled legislatures..." Which ones would that be? As pointed out above, the Democrats have controlled our Legislature since the Civil War. Which Democrat Legislatures were our Democrats trying to outdo? Califirnia? New York? Illinois? Michigan?
140 yrs of Liberal Legislation sure hasn't seemed to do the state a lot of good. And so nice of you to completely and totally ignore the role played by Democrats in the "Old South" (up to the 1960s). They were the enforcers of Jim Crow, the faces under the white hoods, the party of Segregation. They despised Kennedy for how he bucked them on racial equality.
Was he as big a bigot as Michelle is?
I hear your concerns, Shane, and we are completely willing — in fact, we would be more than happy — to meet with members of the LGBT community, and we will schedule something as soon as we can arrange a time to do so. Right now there's much going on at Creative Loafing — but take note: We WILL be meeting with you and we WANT to hear your feedback and suggestions.
As for us covering only fancy dinners, nightclubs and drag shows: how many other local non-LGBT publications published not one, but two cover stories — two COVER stories in a row! — on the Amendment One issue? CL has consistently supported the LGBT community and LGBT issues. No, I am not personally a part of the LGBT community and neither is our news editor — and yes, I think we always could use more out-gay reporters and more reporters of other diverse backgrounds. And in fact, we HAVE a new out-gay writer, Charles Easley, whose "Class is in Session" column will be appearing regularly in the paper — most recently, he wrote a piece on one of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights movement, Bayard Rustin. You should give it a read. It is excellent.
Could we do more stories on LGBT issues? Absolutely. We could do more stories on many issues. I wish we still had the number of pages we did several years ago to more thoroughly cover every important issue and every minority group as they SHOULD be covered. Could we assign more stories to out-gay reporters? Yes. And we'd love to. We'd like to hear from any out-gay reporters interested in writing for Creative Loafing. Can we do better? Yes, we all can always do better. But to suggest that all CL does in terms of LGBT issues is cover the parties and drag shows is quite simply disingenuous.
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