This made me cry. As an issue that is very close to my heart, I hope you read this. I love you for being so brave, John Franklin Stephens.

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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New Year’s Ponderings

So last year my only New Year’s resolution was to be a bit more free-spirited and not to put myself under such pressure. Mission ACCOMPLISHED! This year I have a few more on the list. I am under no illusion that I won’t falter on some (if not all) of these. But, hey, it is time my horizons were broadened:

Which will be very difficult while it stays this cold.

1.] I will log 9 miles in my running journal every week.

ZZZZZzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz.........

2.] I will stop being so lazy in the kitchen! Time to get back to cooking REAL food!

Maybe I'll shoot for something healthier...

3.] I will cook at least one completely new dish every month. (Which brings me to #4…)

Do it. Do it. Do it!

4.] I will stop neglecting my blog-child so cruelly.

*ping* *ping* *ping* *ping*

5.] I will try not to over-think so many things; men are at the TOP of that list.

Hey! I'm already halfway there!

6.] I will complete the Mini-Marathon on April 28, 2012, in NO MORE than 2.5 hours.

Someone buy me some band-aids.

7.] I will complete the sewing projects that are stacked up around my sewing machine.

Eh?

8.] I will visit at least 2 new countries.

nom nom nom nom

9.] No more junk food to be kept in the house. I have no illusion that I will go the whole year without eating any, but SkinnySara will at least make it more difficult for FatSara to have her way.

ugh. I don't want to talk about my feelings.

10.] This one is a little personal; I will tell someone new that I love them. Of the 4 men who have professed their love for me, I have yet to say it back. I think it might be time to stop being so guarded and frigid.

This list is part of that last one. I am very guarded with my thoughts and feelings. I figured that a good place to start being more open was with those of you who deem my thoughts worth your time to read. So go easy on me.

Oh. And Howard says that his New Year’s resolution is to learn one new sign every month. So if you happen to come across a blog dedicated to training deaf dogs… I’d peep it. Love you all, so very, very much.

This particular trick is called Lazy-Blanket-Volcano-Puppy

Cute, But Lazy.

 
Favorite band of the moment, meet The Civil Wars. Band member: Not Johnny Depp, Girl with a lot of teeth.

Stuck in My Ambiguity

Okay, so, of course, today I’ve been hearing/reading all about the death of Osama bin Laden. 

 Here’s where I’m feeling a bit indeterminate: The victory over bin Laden is NOT the defeat of terrorism. It is not the end of this war. It is not an excuse for a mid-week bender. It is not the fix-all-bandage for the families of 9/11 and the families of the service men/women lost in Afghanistan/Iraq. 

The death of bin Laden will not crumble al-Qaeda. If anything, it has created a leadership vacuum that is going to result in a surge of terrorist activity. It has also invigorated an entire group of people with a renewed sense of hatred and sent them racing for reprisal. The surge in activity in the Middle East will mean that the troops will not be soon in returning home.

Please, don’t think I’m saying that we [meaning the Armed Forces] shouldn’t have gotten him. It’s war. People die. What I’m saying is that this is not an occasion for lighthearted comedy and Facebook posting.

Let me start on the half-witted, imbecilic Facebook posts today: It really makes me angry to read this thought-deficient trash that makes light of serious events. I actually wanted to copy some of them on here, but I’m not going to do that. Hear this, though: I am talking about YOUR post, whether you care or not. 

I stole this quote from one, Ms. Kelli Thornberry:
I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”-Martin Luther King, Jr

The death of Osama bin Laden has not eased the wounds I feel of those lost in this war. It has not brought fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters or friends back from the grave. It will not dry the tears that have been shed or ease the hurt of those who feel they have lost all that matters to them.

Please let me say this, I support our troops 100%. They make sacrifices that I cannot imagine and I have NOTHING but respect for the path they have chosen. I support standing up for people who cannot defend themselves. I didn’t mean for this post to seem anti-patriotic. I am proud of our military, especially our AMAZING Navy. I do not, however, want the hate to be multiplied any further, so I am letting my hate go. Do with yours what you please.