By: Alex Bends The universe is an inconceivably massive being that breathes stars and planets into existence, then swallows them whole into the depths of black holes. I think about space a lot. I used to wonder if anyone out there felt as alone and as useless as I did. My name is Alex, and…

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Do you remember your dreams from childhood? How about your dreams as an adult? While I was in seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, I took a class called “Voices of the Nonviolent”, which was one of my most favorite classes. The class spent the semester discussing various historical figures committed to…

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Disability community – any person with any type of disability; their family; their loved ones; disability advocates; disability organizations To the disability community:After spending most of my life trying to “fit” in with a world that does not appreciate my disability, God got my attention in a powerful way. God asked me to stop running…

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mental illness

Unfortunately there were two additional mass shootings – El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH – two weeks ago. These shootings are becoming much more common, and this is a tragedy. An additional tragedy is when the media and others begin to point the finger at mental illness as the blame. This needs to stop immediately!…

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For the longest time, I would take the “stuff” piled in my closets and basement to my local Goodwill. As of today, I will cease to have anything to do with Goodwill in any capacity. There is a situation occurring in Illinois that deserves far greater attention than it is receiving; it concerns paying persons…

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It is time to awaken the sleeping giant that exists in all of our communities–the disability community! There are more than 61 million Americans with disabilities, and this number continues to grow rapidly. Unfortunately, many persons with disabilities are isolated and segregated from society because there is a lack of accessibility and understanding for the…

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The invitation Ever been to a gathering where you do not know anyone? The invitation comes via email, and you click “Yes, I will be there,” and you put it on your calendar. A few moments later, you realize you do not know a soul at this gathering. As the day of the gathering approaches,…

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Symbols are a way of life. Most people can recognize Batman’s symbol, which is an emblem of a bat usually surrounded by a yellow oval. Other symbols hold a lot of meaning for people, such as the heart symbol, which represents love, or the peace symbol, which represents peace. Symbols are important because they communicate…

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When should accessibility concern you? Accessibility means “easy to approach, reach, enter, speak with, or use.” If you live long enough, at some point accessibility will become a major concern in your life. If this is the case, then why do we not prioritize promoting accessibility in all aspects of life? It is often the…

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It does not take long for one to reach the conclusion that today’s society is in shambles.  There is so much hate and animosity between groups, to the point where a conversation cannot be had. Democrats verses Republicans; gun rights verses gun control; immigration rights verses illegal aliens; straws verses banned straws … you get…

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