Trapped

Exactly one week ago today, I was enjoying the best concert I have ever been to. Funny—it was a show by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Yes, the 80s rock singer of Born in the U.S.A. The guy that led me to tell my mom nearly 10 years ago, after meeting my now-husband Dan, “Sure he’s cute and all but Mom, Dan likes Bruce Springsteen. Yuck!!” But in these last 10 years, I’ve gotten familiar with and fond of Springsteen’s vast catalogue of music. It is so much more than Jersey bar band music and Born in the U.S.A. I’ve even seen Bruce and company live...

You’re invited!

National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week is March 12-18, and we have an incredible opportunity to increase people’s understanding of this chronic disease of the central nervous system. Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library has invited us to present as part of its annual Speaker Series, and our event is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Park Library right at the heart of MS Awareness Week. Check out this flyer that’s being used to promote our special presentation, which you all are invited to attend! And we encourage you all to do...

For You: Another open letter to Bruce Sp...

We wrote an open letter to Bruce Springsteen before we saw him in concert a couple years ago. Assuming he didn’t get the letter (he didn’t play our request), we thought we’d try again for the concert coming up in a couple months… Dear Bruce Springsteen, As you scan the sea of signs surrounding the stage that plead for you to play one of your vintage classics at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 12, my wife, Jennifer, and I won’t be there. Instead, we’ll be holding up our “4 U” request all the way across the arena in one of its handicap-accessible...

See a quarter, pick it up

You all know the storied good-fortune saying about the copper one-cent coin featuring the 16th president of the United States. “See a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck.” OK, so really. If you’re walking or rolling along the sidewalk and you see a penny sporting Abraham Lincoln’s silhouette, do you really stop and pick it up? And if you do, are you really feeling destined for great things on this day because it’s in your pocket or coin purse? Either way, imagine if instead of a penny you saw a quarter. A silver profile of George Washington...

Not today

I think I don’t want to have MS today. I don’t want to take my injection today, because really, are you sure it is anything more than glorified water? And I’m tired of asking for help all of the time. “Will you help me in the bathroom?” or “Will you drive me to the store?” or “Can you help me get dressed?” Because that is what my MS has done to me… turned me into a grown-up child. And today, I’ve decided I don’t want to deal with it. I just want my life, my future, my dignity, and my privacy back, which means I don’t want MS today. Truth be told,...

Living history • Game 6, 1986

Most people from my parent’s generation can tell you exactly where they were the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Exactly where, when the United States’ 35th president was shot at 12:29 p.m. Dallas time on Nov. 22, 1963. Among similar events that I experienced with my fellow Generation Xers while growing up, I can tell you that I was: • Riding the school bus home from elementary school when I first heard John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981; • Sitting down in the junior high cafeteria when I first learned of the...