Mikelle and I feel compelled to write about life with a disability, not just the challenges but the opportunities, the friendships, the innovations, and the brilliance of our communities in action as we share our everyday life living with a disability. With a little more information, motivation, we hope to share how our life is shining beautiful and maybe help you to shine beautiful, too.


Wait! What Happened to Our Community?

Creating Community in the Time of Social Distancing.   Mikelle looks longing out our second-story window reminiscing about the days when her routine included a …

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Soul Mates. A Story of Love and Friendship

Fifteen years ago, a thoughtful high school teacher introduced Mikelle Learned and Jerome Stewart, she had a hunch these two might become the best of …

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! As we begin this new year, I am aware of two things.  One, I am getting older. Two, the world is changing …

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Holiday Harmony

Many of you, who came of age in the 1970s like me, remember being inspired by a television commercial. It was a Coca Cola commercial, …

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Holiday Blessings

Bless our hearts.  The heart, our capable and vigorous organ pumps our life force throughout our body. It pumps while we wake, slumber, worry, laugh, …

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Feeling Out of Balance?

Whoa! Does the world appear to be a little off-balance these days or what? Let’s be real. Most of what we knew growing up no …

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Jim Warne, Ogalala Lakota film producer meets Mikelle!

Recently, Mikelle and I had the honor of interviewing Jim Warne, film producer of the documentary, 7th Generation. I met Jim at the Washington Initiative …

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Welcome, Sunshine!

Why is it important to announce a new team member? For one thing, we love to share the sunshine in our lives! Take a look, …

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Clock In/Clock Out

Electronic Visit Verification is raging across the country. See how two families are dealing with it in Colorado.

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Stitches in Time

To Mom on your 90th Birthday. Your life made mine and mine have shaped Mikelle’s and has sewn into the hearts of many to live …

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Saying Sayonara

Saying Goodbye to Liz… By Taylor Mason, Shining Beautiful Team Member When you work with an individual as unique as Mikelle Learned as long as …

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Mom to Mom. The Importance of Having a Vision.

From the time our children are born, we worry about where they will live when they become adults. What will their lives be like? We …

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