Nod to the Special Olympics

A friend showed me to this post and I thought it was an exceptional response. Once again, I am awed by the capacity we as humans have for both such callousness as well as compassion and, quite frankly, just being awesome in John’s case. Well worth sharing.

The World of Special Olympics

The following is a guest post in the form of an open letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to Ann Coulter after this tweet during last night’s Presidential debate.

Dear Ann Coulter,

Come on Ms. Coulter, you aren’t dumb and you aren’t shallow.  So why are you continually using a word like the R-word as an insult?

I’m a 30 year old man with Down syndrome who has struggled with the public’s perception that an intellectual disability means that I am dumb and shallow.  I am not either of those things, but I do process information more slowly than the rest of you.  In fact it has taken me all day to figure out how to respond to your use of the R-word last night.

I thought first of asking whether you meant to describe the President as someone who was bullied as a child…

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My Muchness

Remember the days when you were a child and the world held endless possibilities, free from the weight of fiscal responsibility, the obligation of being punctual, if not early, to one’s job, and your imagination really was the limit?  I was sitting at work today and was struck by the quote from Alice in Wonderland … Continue reading My Muchness

My Muse: Inspiring or Vexing? Both…

That vexing, frustrating, intangible personage that appears intermittently to give me inspiration at the best and worst possible times and leave me hanging in a similar position.  Her origin is generally attributed to Ancient Greece where she and her siblings were known as the 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (memory personified).  She has several … Continue reading My Muse: Inspiring or Vexing? Both…