Category Archives: self determination

Cesar Chavez Taught Me to Love Climbing Mountains

  A little late, but I was reminded to share this when I took my 78-year-old father, my 89-year-old father-in-law and my 22-month-old grandson to visit Helen and Cesar at the National Memorial. I mentioned to my mom as we … Continue reading

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for our sisters and daughters; our brothers and sons

Empowerment is a word I often used.  No more. Yesterday at the Women’s March on Sacramento I stood in the cold as I heard a woman representing the disabled community say that telling someone you are empowering them presumes that you … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez Taught Me to Love Climbing Mountains

I grew up in Arvin, California.   This small town sits at the foot of Bear Mountain, toward the south-eastern end of the Central Valley. I recall that if it were a good year, the snow level might reach down past the foothills to … Continue reading

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Let Go. Be.

Oliver Sacks, upon learning of his diagnosis of terminal cancer wrote: “I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer … Continue reading

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