Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Awareness of Birds



Toes of sneakers on a dirty sidewalk with a silhouette of a crow blacked into the concrete.*


I think I told ya'll about my new gig, over at Cerebral Palsy Foundation. I will be writing, I think, monthly about various topics related to disability. CPF consults with the television show Speechless, a hilarious sit-com that very accurately portrays a family who lives with disability. The show features a terrific actor, Micah Fowler, who actually has cerebral palsy. Minnie Driver plays the mother, and I have to say that if it weren't for her being incredibly thin and glamorous with a British accent, the part could be mine.

In any case, this writing gig is awesome, and my first short piece is up on their blog. It's called The Awareness of Birds. March was Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, so the topic for the month was "awareness."

Check out the Cerebral Palsy Foundation website, too. Poke around, donate, increase your awareness.











The Awareness of Birds













*I'm learning about how to caption photos for the vision-impaired. I'm bummed that I haven't been doing this all along, but I guess that means that even the most aware of us need to constantly improve and learn and listen.

14 comments:

  1. I loved that piece and I love your new gig. And I love Speechless. Lauren and I watch it together every week and I think that the way they write and the things they write about (inspiration porn? Who knew that could be a topic on a sit-com, and I'm so thrilled it is!) are so smart and salient. But most of all, I love your perspective and the way it opens me up to new ways of seeing. Love.

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  2. Loved the article, as always, so beautifully written.
    Shared it.

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  3. As I said on FB about your post- stunning.

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  4. Love your writing! Congratulations on your new gig.
    Xoxo
    Barbara

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  5. An awareness of birds. May my eyes be open, always. Thank you for your heart and your voice.

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  6. Beautifully written, dear Elizabeth, and your point is well made. Congrats on the new gig. I wonder if one day you will do a post on the responses that you welcome when you are out in public with Sophie. Not stares. Not silence. Not pitying glances. I understand all that. But what response is most affirming of your and Sophie's precious place on this earth? I'm sincerely asking, because I want to learn, and today, I am daring the question, with love.

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  7. Love reading this! We all watch the show every week. Except for the looks and accent I feel like its our family too.

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  8. Loved your awareness article and love your blog.

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  9. Congratulations on your new gig, Ms. Elizabeth.

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  10. You amaze me on how you constantly find things to suit your incredible talents despite having your hands full with the kids. Congratulations. Well done!

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  11. with your dark humor, you ought to help write the show's script. way to go! let's talk soon. xoxoxo

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  12. Love your blog and your writing and photos. Food for the soul. I turn to your pages often lately for solace and peace. Keep it up. Very excited to hear about your new gig.

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  13. That was a terrific debut blog at the CPF. Wishing you much success at this new job.

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