Thursday, September 20, 2018
Sunday, September 16, 2018
America will always be a work in progress, because that is what it is to be human. just because someone is voted to be our leader does not mean they have the perfect answer and no law is without it's flaws. That is why I voted since the age of 18, so I could be part of the debate and hopefully shape the world into a better place. I might not see the effect in my life time, our jub is to give guidance for future generations.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
In preparation for the hurricanes, @CMSGov developed a set of tools on the strategies available to support Medicaid operations and beneficiaries in times of crisis. You can view them here:
Hurricane Florence and Disaster Housing Recovery
Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities (Red Cross)
Hurricane Preparedness for People with Disabilities | FEMA.gov
Disaster and Emergency Planning: Seniors and Disabled
Federal Emergency Management AgencyFrom Wikipedia
evacuating populations with special needs - FHWA Office of Operations
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Monday, July 9, 2018
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Art is Like Playing Monopoly As some of you remember I was represented by the Phyllis Kind Gallery for many years, this was a good time in my life. The Oscars just fell into tour laps and HBO wanted to connect me to a gallery, that is how Phyllis I crossed path. From the moment we met, she referred to my work as my children. Really, each art piece is a child, the seed is the idea and they bloom into their own identity as we work on them. Phyllis had the philosophy of finding the right buyer for each piece. I was off to a good run; my first solo show was a huge success. Then 9/11 occurred and understandable other things took precedence to art. I always knew art is more of luxury in life, face it I never did art for the money that is more of a bonus. Over the next few years I had two more solo shows at the Kind Gallery.
Then in 2006, I got a call no Artist would ever what to receive. Time to come pick up your work because the gallery is moving to a smaller place. To me this is mix emotions since my work is going into storage, but at least I have the opportunity to get my kids back. Whoever has taken an Art history class, has heard many stories about galleries closing and the Artist can’t find their work. Interesting enough when Dena and I went to pick up the kids, Phyllis kept a hand full of my work. To be honest, I was frustrated that they kept the prints that I worked on in the summer of 2002. That summer I basically took over the print shop at Towson University and hired Dawn, Jessica and Brian to run edition for me, thanks to Tonia Mathews. All of women/men power and supplies were out of pocket, I think you would see why I would be worried about what happened to the editions. For the next dozen years, I had no idea of what happen to Phyllis, or my work. Even the producers of King Gimp could not get through to the gallery.
Two weeks ago, an email popped up in my inbox from Phyllis’ daughter, saying the gallery is finally closed and would I like to come get the rest of my work? Right away; I’m reply yes and I am thinking self, the flipping prints! I wanted to ask about how Phyllis is doing in person. Last Saturday Dena, Daisy and I packed into our van and set out for NYC. When Dena and Rachel put the first load into the van, I did tear up. This is not only the end of a chapter in my life, but an end of an era in the Art world. As they finished loading the work, Rachel says it must feel good getting your children back. I know that is something her Mom would say, I hope she is having a relaxing retirement living on the West coast. Before we headed back home, I asked Rachel to please kiss her mom for me. As we were heading home, I asked Dena; honey do you know what we have here? This was Phyllis’ private collection of my work. You know she handpicked what she wanted to keep, because she knew it’s value. Rachel said as she was moving my work to lobby, people ask if it was for sell. The thing about art, the Artist know it’s value, people like Phyllis tell you it’s value but there is no proof unless people see the dollars flowing.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
This is one of many emails I receive from students and educators to share my view about living as a person with a disability.
What do you talk about in your motivational speeches?
I mostly tell stories from my life, a lot of is related to living as a person with a disability but really they can relate to everyone. We all have challenges in life, but I want to show people there is always a way to get over them. If one way is not work try another, it is okay to ask for help. I also talk about find your passion in life, because they become asks of kindness that can change our world for the better. Even the smallest can change a life for the good.
How do you communicate in different ways?
The biggest one is my art, I do a lot of social media to keep up with disability topics and to put my thoughts out for people to think about. I really am not one to talk about my daily life on it, but put out a lot of my art and things that I feel passionate about. I feel like social media has open a new world of communication for the disabled community.
How has cerebral palsy affected your life? How do you express yourself?
Having CP is just about doing things differently, I can do what ever I want just with twist. It is a life style that chose me, it might take longer to do things but I get them done. If might take me twice as long to have a conversation in the end my thoughts may be valuable then others.
What is your belief about cerebral palsy?
I still feel that I do have CP, but it does not control me. It does present more challenges in life, but CP is just part of my personality and help lead me down the path I am taking in life. I have never asked why I have CP, or if there was a way to fixed it. Once I was visiting a school and a student asked me the magic pill question to take away my CP. I replied, I would not take it because having CP is only way of life I know. To take away my CP would be like dropping off to live on another planet