Author: Shari Cooper

Aging Lessons

Sometimes you’ll meet a person and know you need he or she in your life. For me, Dr. Julie Williams, a professor at Wright State University, is that person. Not only is Julie smart, but she’s funny. What I love most about Julie is that she is real. When you have a disability, you often... Read more »
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A Mother’s Love

I love to celebrate Mother’s Day. Afterall, you only get one mother to cherish and if are you blessed to have one like mine, she’s the apple of your eye. My mother has taught me so much throughout my life that there’s not anything I can give or do to repay her. What I found... Read more »
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Shaking Those COVID Pounds

Like most in the world, you’ve probably gained weight during the COVID pandemic. Whether you were quarantining, social distancing, furloughed, or stressed out, the pounds started to add up. Unfortunately, many turned to food for comfort during this time and as a result have unwanted pounds stuck to them. I’m happy to be back working... Read more »
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Vacation Ready

This past year, Because of COVID19, we have all been stuck in the house, so who’s ready for a vacation? I love to travel! Going to new places, doing new things, and seeing different faces, really excites me. Another thing I love about traveling is planning activities so I can see all the sites.  I... Read more »
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Crip Camp Goes For Gold

As we prepare to tune in to this year’s Academy Awards, there are a few films I have selected for Oscar gold. My picks are Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Night in Miami, and Crip Camp; all are outstanding and must-see films. But there is one movie that really hits home, and I want it... Read more »
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My Second Chance

As I continue to celebrate Second Chance’s in the month of April, I’m always impressed by those who’ve managed to take the opportunity to make the best out of a difficult situation.  My friend, Robert Shuemak, is one of those people. Not only is Robert my friend, he’s also a strong advocate for people with... Read more »
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Second Lease On Life

Sometimes in life, you’re not always given a second chance, but if you do get one, take advantage of it.  Often when there seems to be no way out, an opportunity is there to give you that new lease on life. We often think of just humans getting second chances at life, but there are times an animal... Read more »
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PAC-MAN THERAPY

When I was a kid, back in the 80’s, my brother Jay received an Atari gaming system for Christmas.  One of the games that came along with it was Pac-Man.  I would annoy my brother daily to play.  Most of the time he would give in; sometimes just to get me to stop pestering him.... Read more »
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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month A Year After COVID

I look forward every year to celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. As a person with a disability, I understand the everyday challenges we face. Having a disability can be difficult, especially when you have some who refuse to see your worth and a system that’s forced a value on fairness.  It’s a much better situation... Read more »
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