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Love & Peace Haiku

Love and Peace – What the World Needs
By Katherine Baker, October 1, 2018
I do pray for peace
May we rediscover love
The signs of both – Doves.

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Ableism

Ableism

Simply put, ableism is discrimination or bias against a person with a disability. About 20% of us have some sort of disability. Therefore, ableism is a construct in our society that we cannot remove too soon. The problem is that it is deeply rooted in our vocabulary and in our subconscious. We need to stop viewing people with disabilities as defective and different (in a negative light). After all, we all have similarities and differences. In other words, we must do away with the idea that we need to be “fixed” and that we have no gift or talent to offer others. The ablest ideal allows us to be marginalized, discriminated against and treated as though we have far less value than nondisabled people. (Zellwinger, 2015) This figure will continue to rise as those born between 1946 – 1964 continue to age.
As a society, we often fail to offer full accessibility beyond getting in the front door – wheelchair ramps. After all, are wheelchair ramps, larger restrooms, curb cuts, larger dressing rooms etc. a huge bother for nondisabled people? Other accommodations can also include “braille, seeing-eye dogs/assistant dogs, ergonomic workspaces, easy to grip tools, closed captions … class note-takers, recording devices for lectures” and other services and accommodative devices or equipment. Lack of these restrict our autonomy and make us more dependent on others. Not only that, it takes away from our well-being and self-esteem. We begin to feel like a “burden.” More than that, a person with a disability often does not always have full access to healthcare. How does a person in a wheelchair get on an exam table? How does a nonverbal person communicate their problems and medical needs without a caregiver there? Medical providers need to be more aware of these difficulties (Zellwinger, 2015)
The language of ableism leads to both individual oppression as well as societal oppression as a whole. Inclusion should be the goal. Such pejorative terms include: mentally retarded, moron, high functioning, incapacitated person etc. I realize that many of these terms are used to describe a condition, or level of a condition, but more work needs to be done to find and use language with a more positive connotation. As I have said previously, I prefer the term “challenged” because a challenge does not have a negative feeling; it is just something to be dealt with or overcome. Finally, it is very important to remember that not disabilities are visible, however, that does not make them any less real.
People with disabilities should have the same rights to housing, employment, medical care, and educational access as anyone else who is considered nondisabled. In other words, they should be treated with respect and humanity individually and referring to them as a group. People with disabilities deserve to lead the best life possible.
I have been pouring countless hours into school these past seven years. I am about to start my field hours to finish my master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. I hope and pray that I will be seen as a capable person and not only as an inspirational person with limited abilities. It did not work out well for my BA degree in Human Services Degree because I cannot drive or do CPR. However, I CAN do more than most people think I can; all that I am asking for is the opportunity to prove it!Abilism photo

Heroes All

This is a poem I wrote in Sept. 2001.
Heroes All
They took so many lives, fractured countless others,
They made us all weep.
In our collective sorrow, 
we came together and found
our pride & faith deep.
As we face the very difficult days ahead,
Let them remain in our hearts for keeps.
I pray for the rescue workers, the victims and the armed forces
heroes all,
Nobody asked for this horror, but you
stepped up and answered the call.
\May God heal your hearts and minds,
Keeping you standing proud and tall,
You show our enemy and the world
That we won’t give up, we won’t break & fall.
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Something to Think About……

Discrimination in any form, no matter the reason, should not be tolerated. As a person with Cerebral Palsy, the video below hurt me to the core. Far too often, I find that I have to remind myself that it is 2018.  Discrimination hurts! We have not come as far as I thought. I turned 4 years old in late 1968, so I don’t  recall the chaos of the 60’s. But I have read about it, and I have watched some clips about it on TV. It may well have seemed like Hell on earth to many minority groups who had few laws to protect them in those days. Fast forward to today. We have some of the necessary laws, but many people lack humanity and empathy. This couple just wanted something to eat. Additionally, employees need to learn how to treat customers! Treat others nicely, like you wish to be treated!

 

The Gift of His Grace

busThe Gift of His Grace

 

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” Ephesians 4:26-27 (NASB)

Today has been a test and I did not totally fail, but I could have shown much more grace,

I was in a rush and missed two busses. The ones I did catch stopped at every stop – a snail’s pace.

I tried to buy a paratransit pass, the lady did not understand, I just showed her my upset face.

I did not show the woman grace, frustration, not a smile, was in its place.

The man at the DSHS office deserved it too, I did not yell out loud, but I was in my head space.

2 weeks I waited for his call, but not a word did I hear about my case.

Preschoolers came on there and back singing The Wheels on the Bus…& perked up the place

Trying to contain their joy, off to the fire station they wished to race.

God, help my heart overflow with your grace and not get off base.

 

God’s Paint Brush – Be Better Stewards

God’s Paint Brush

Nature is my beat,

God’s beauty is my party,

Renews my tired mind.

Photo of Whatcom Falls Park - Bellingham, WA, United States. Whatcom Falls at Whatcom Falls Park - October 28, 2016

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Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham, WA

As we understand that, “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,” (Psalm 24:1) we can see that we are merely temporary possessors (or stewards) of things that He owns.

May we become better stewards of our temporary home, God bless!