I Broke My Foot
doozeedad I broke my foot. In Pelenque, but not after I had gone exploring and everything, no, I broke it right after we arrived and had set up camp. IT SUCKED. ... The post I Broke My Foot appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Tue, Jan 27 2015 · 19 minutes ago
The Temazcal and Catemaco
doozeedad We spent a few days in Catemaco. It was simultaneously lovely and not. The campground (Tepetapan, 200 pesos) was lovely. It’s huge, green, on the edge of a river, with trees all around. Lushly gorgeous. And the kids and Kianna had fun playing But the town… sigh. It had the sad appearance of a town come […] The post The Temazcal and Catemaco appeared first on A...
Sun, Jan 25 2015
Alight: A Travel Story from a Long Time Ago
doozeedad When I was 17 years old, I was living in Fukuoka, Japan. I was studying in an all-Chinese prep school to pass the Japanese university entrance exam. I was paying for my school and living expenses by teaching English to yakuza (mafia). Both studying Japanese in an all-Chinese school and teaching English to the yakuza […] The post Alight: A Travel Story from a Long T...
Sat, Jan 24 2015
Veracruz…And the Truth About Traveling with 3 Kids
doozeedad We drove from Teotihuacan to Veracruz with a stop in charming Cholula. Delicious mole poblano, snow-capped Mt “Popo” in the background… we would have stayed longer had accommodation been easier. But no one was at the Cholula campground to open it, and finding hotels to take Kianna was such a major pain the butt that […] The post Veracruz…And the Truth About...
Fri, Jan 23 2015
7 Reasons to Roadschool
doozeedad Roadschool: if pressed, you can define it as “homeschool on the road” – teaching your own children while you travel. While roadschooling, you may or may not follow a set curriculum, but integrating aspects of travel and learning from the road are what fundamentally sets it apart from homeschooling. We roadschool. We follow some curriculum […] The post 7 Reaso...
Wed, Jan 21 2015
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Mexico City (“DF”) Subway
doozeedad I have to write a little post about the subway in Mexico City. And I have to do this because I just wanted it OUT THERE, on the internet, that this is an excellent subway system, so easy that our 6 year old learned how to navigate it. 5 pesos a ride, anywhere. Trains come every […] The post Mexico City (“DF”) Subway appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Tue, Jan 20 2015
Why Frida Kahlo Remains Relevant
doozeedad “Oh my God!”, Mikey exclaimed as he read about Frida Kahlo for the first time, “she’s like someone you would be crazy about; a painter AND disabled!” Later he added that if she were alive, I’d probably be stalking her. I started my “Frida Period” when I lived in Tucson, Arizona about 20 years ago. I […] The post Why Frida Kahlo Remains Relevant app...
Mon, Jan 19 2015
Book Review: Small Talk, by Amy Julia Becker (&...
doozeedad I am always slightly embarrassed to talk about how much I love religion (in general) and God (in particular), how important spirituality and faith are to me and my life. In undergrad, it just so happened that every single elective that I took had something to do with religion, which was how it came to […] The post Book Review: Small Talk, by Amy Julia Becker (& Giv...
Sun, Jan 18 2015
Some Thoughts on Senate Bill 334, Abortion & Disability
doozeedad A new proposal by a state senator seeks to make it criminal to abort a fetus on the basis of its disability or gender. Since women rarely abort in the United States on the basis of gender, it appears (as David Perry aptly stated), as if gender is simply a smokescreen for the real Trojan […] The post Some Thoughts on Senate Bill 334, Abortion & Disability appeared f...
Sat, Jan 17 2015
I Was So Wrong About Mexico City
doozeedad I was trying to put my finger on why I thought that Mexico City would look like this: A smog-laden valley of rampant pollution. I think it was my Japanese high school in Tokyo that made me think it was a den of ick. There were a lot of photos, you see, in my Japanese […] The post I Was So Wrong About Mexico City appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Jan 16 2015
doozeedad This post has been a long time coming. I think one thing I want to be clear about is that we are not rig people, per se. We don’t exclusively stay in campgrounds or boondock, never have. We enjoy staying in hostels, hotels and motels, we like the break from driving and getting to know […] The post Our Rig appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Wed, Jan 14 2015
doozeedad I don’t even know. I was just in cranky mood for pretty much the whole time we were there. I am generally a pretty cheerful person, so that’s just not normal and I blame it on.. what… I blame it on the freezing cold weather there, on the greyness that seemed to perpetuate everything, on […] The post Teotihuacan appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Mon, Jan 12 2015
How Many Stairs Can You Climb in One Day?
doozeedad Janitzio is an island off of Patzcuaro that was on Globe Trekker. I’m think I may have seen it in the blur of one of my three post-partum periods (which one, I don’t recall), but I remember absolutely nothing about it. Mikey assures me it was a good show. Anyway. So we piled into a cab from Patzcuaro, piled […] The post How Many Stairs Can You Climb in One ...
Sat, Jan 10 2015
And Then We Fell in Love: Patzcuaro
doozeedad We didn’t expect to love Patzcuaro. We expected to have some fun admiring crafts but that was it. I was dead-sick when we arrived, completely non-functioning and in stupid pain (I ended up seeing a doctor and got knocked up with antibiotics). We wanted to find a hotel to stay in because it was COLD […] The post And Then We Fell in Love: Patzcuaro appeared first o...
Thu, Jan 08 2015
“I don’t think of you as having a disability!”
doozeedad When people say that they don’t associate the word “disability” with me or with Moxie, I think they mean it as a compliment. It certainly has that tone. “I don’t think of you as having a disability!” I’m not insulted by these statements. I sense the love for us behind the words, I don’t take […] The post “I don’t think of you as having a disabil...
Wed, Jan 07 2015
Would You Just Quit Saying “Special Needs”?!
doozeedad I am an adult with a disability. I have a child with a disability (different from my own). And I am a professional educator. I have come to loathe the term “special needs”. I feel like it’s a watered-down euphemism for “disability”, originating in the educational sphere and has since been misused all over the […] The post Would You Just Quit Saying “Spe...
Sun, Jan 04 2015
Ajijic, Chapala and Serendipity
doozeedad Around Christmas last year, we camped next to Tim and Ann, a couple that we came to be good friends with. They are older and very much an inspiration to me with the no-holds-barred way in which they live their lives. Well, at that time, we were just meeting them and Ann said I really […] The post Ajijic, Chapala and Serendipity appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Jan 02 2015
2014: A Wild Ride
doozeedad 2014 both started and ended with us in Mexico. And in between, we moved to a yurt on the Lost Coast of California, learned to skin a deer, kill a bear, harvest fruit (before the animals get it), use an outhouse and outdoor shower and deal with mice that make nests in printers. And the […] The post 2014: A Wild Ride appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Wed, Dec 31 2014
A Pleasant Place to Get Sick
doozeedad Villa Corona is an adorable little town about an hour from Guadalajara. It looks just like I thought a small town in Mexico would. Sleepy and colourful, with efficient, friendly beautiful and hospitable people. Amazing food. A rich weekly market with vegetables that could be placed directly in a Whole Foods display. Fresh cheese mongers, bakers, […] The post A Ple...
Mon, Dec 29 2014
5 Things I Learned When My iPhone Was Stolen
doozeedad I had been sick. That’s really my main excuse. I was sick and fuzzy brained and lulled by the quiet small town that we were staying near. The sun was warm. I had recently had an attack of Montezuma’s Revenge and was weak, sitting by my beloved across the street from the truck (wherein the […] The post 5 Things I Learned When My iPhone Was Stolen appeared first ...
Fri, Dec 26 2014
doozeedad After being sick for the better part of a week, offline because of the loss of my iPhone and the malfunctioning of my portable modem and just…out of it… I’m catching up with some news, photos and posts. Here are the remaining photos from Guadalajara! The post Guadalajara 2 appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Thu, Dec 25 2014
#imready: I AM READY!
doozeedad So, when my friend Heather’s daughter went viral in her Target ad, she decided to do something staunchly in the way of a true ally for us with disabilities: she reached out to Katie of Changing the Face of Beauty and asked what could be done to include EVERYONE with a disability in a media/ad […] The post #imready: I AM READY! appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Thu, Dec 25 2014
RV Parks in Mexico
doozeedad I can’t say I like RV parks anywhere. It feels so much like camping in a parking lot to me. Everyone is so close to each other, there’s all that concrete going on and those monster buses! Holy cow! Blow. Me. Away. Part of me wants to ask why those people are traveling anyway, if […] The post RV Parks in Mexico appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Mon, Dec 22 2014
doozeedad One month on the road: here’s an update on what’s happening with the roadschooling. Before we left the Bay Area, I popped into Lakeshore Learning and spent a pretty penny on supplementary materials for the kids. I had also spent a few months downloading and printing from the Lost Coast, in preparation, and had created a […] The post Roadschool Update appeared ...
Fri, Dec 19 2014
Adventures in Guadalajara
doozeedad I think the thing about travel that I’ve always found so addicting is the unfolding of an adventure. Sure, that happens at home too. In the Lost Coast more than anywhere else I’ve lived in, but the thing about traveling is that you the opportunity to have an adventure in something just completely, utterly unexpected. […] The post Adventures in Guadalajara appea...
Thu, Dec 18 2014
Photos that Moxie Took: A Photo Essay
doozeedad Moxie is an exceptionally visual child. She has a natural propensity and talent for the visual arts – drawing, painting and photography. So we have been taking photo walks together – she uses our old iPhone (in the lifeproof case) and plays with some of the photo apps (- mostly Hipstamatic). Here are some of her […] The post Photos that Moxie Took: A Photo Ess...
Tue, Dec 16 2014
Tepic Tales: When We Got Kicked Out of a Hotel
doozeedad We were driving through the state of Nayarit (I didn’t even know there was a state in Mexico called Nayarit until we drove through it, isn’t that sad?) and I kept being reminded of Taiwan. The jungle-y-ness of the green, the wild, the feeling that if you had some gumption, energy (and maybe connections) you […] The post Tepic Tales: When We Got Kicked Out of a ...
Mon, Dec 15 2014
Sinaloa (+ Book Winner)
doozeedad And so. With the federali barring the train to the Copper Canyon, we decided to just head south. If we return to the US via Arizona, we’ll stop at Creel and the Canyon from the north. Sinaloa is farmland. And us being farmers, well, it felt pretty comfortable to be driving by all the fields […] The post Sinaloa (+ Book Winner) appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Dec 12 2014
Federali vs. Service Dog
doozeedad The point of going to El Fuerte was to catch the train to the Copper Canyon. Now, we had been planning on that train ride for a LONG TIME. Since it’s expensive (for us), we’d been saving specifically for that trip. We had read about it, purchased maps, researched the train and actually put more […] The post Federali vs. Service Dog appeared first on A Littl...
Wed, Dec 10 2014
Mourning Stella Young
doozeedad I heard that Stella Young died while the sun was setting on our camp on the coast of Sinaloa, Mexico. The sky was exploding in a multitude of colours, all bright, all fiery. Like she was herself – bright and fiery. It hit me hard. I lay awake with my children sleeping on and around […] The post Mourning Stella Young appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Mon, Dec 08 2014
El Fuerte (& Korea. Sort of)
doozeedad I lived in Asia for 10 years. I know that doesn’t sound like a long time, but let me put it this way: it was one quarter of my life. It was the place where I learned my first lessons in real work, life on my own; it’s where I fell in love for the […] The post El Fuerte (& Korea. Sort of) appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Mon, Dec 08 2014
Thoughts on the ABLE Act
doozeedad I’m not a political junkie and my brain isn’t particularly suited to understanding the processes of politics. But there are some things that I know – as a person with a disability, as the mother of a person with a disability, as a professional who worked with disability and employment for a decade. One of […] The post Thoughts on the ABLE Act appeared first o...
Sun, Dec 07 2014
Just Cross in Nogales
doozeedad I was tense, very tense as we were crossing the border. Oh, nothing about Mexico or it being dangerous or anything like that; it was just the nature of border crossings and US; last time, we had to do it twice, remember? Both ways to boot. We are just slightly scatter-brained, we start singing along […] The post Just Cross in Nogales appeared first on A Little Moxi...
Sat, Dec 06 2014
A Reason for a Holiday Card
doozeedad I’m not a holiday card person. Oh sure, I love receiving them! But having been brought up Baha’i and without the the tradition of sending cards, I never got into the habit of making them. Sometimes I try. Like that time I sent everyone at work one of those cards that come from a box […] The post A Reason for a Holiday Card appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Dec 05 2014
A Gift for You, A Gift for Me
doozeedad Today is International Day of the Disabled. I’m sitting on the floor of a motel room in Mexico with my beloved, beautiful daughter next to me. She’s trying to bat her eyelashes at me and ask for Dora. She is winsome. She is charming. She is completely and utterly adorable. I think about disability – […] The post A Gift for You, A Gift for Me appeared first on...
Wed, Dec 03 2014
doozeedad Arizona kicked us out. It was just too cold for us wimps, we can’t handle seeing our breath freeze and crack in front of us, chipping the ice off of our tailgate and wearing woolen long underwear so we have some feeling in our limbs. Okay, I’m exaggerating a little, but NOT MUCH. Arizona is […] The post Arizona appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Tue, Dec 02 2014
Hansel and Gretel – a Fairy Tale with a Down syndrome...
doozeedad When I was contacted to review Hansel and Gretal, I was more intrigued than not. “A Fairy Tale with a Down syndrome twist”? I wondered how Down syndrome would be worked into the tale and was a little skeptical about it all. My recent experiences with reviewing things with titles that I hesitate over (- […] The post Hansel and Gretel – a Fairy Tale with a Down...
Mon, Dec 01 2014
A Story of the Grand Canyon: Photo Essay
doozeedad Stories form in my head as we travel but somehow in the dark of the morning when I sit down to write, they are gone. Maybe they ran away with my sleeping dreams, maybe they are just hiding, but I have an empty space where they once were. I think for this post I’ll simply […] The post A Story of the Grand Canyon: Photo Essay appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Nov 28 2014
We All Matter
doozeedad I’ve been wanting to talk about Ferguson but I keep doubting myself. I feel like if I am not black, if I wasn’t there, if I’m not part of that story, then I shouldn’t. I don’t have a right, none of us white folk do. But then I take away the lens of race and […] The post We All Matter appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Thu, Nov 27 2014
Zombie Town: Oatman
doozeedad Oatman was another ghost town that we, the Ghost Town Lovin’ Clan, visited. Now, I gotta say… Oatman was a total surprise. We were expecting something along the lines of Calico, which we had just visited, or maybe Bodie or Darwin. We were definitely NOT expecting what Oatman actually was. And what it was is […] The post Zombie Town: Oatman appeared first on A L...
Tue, Nov 25 2014
ghost town: calico
doozeedad We have a thing for ghost towns. We love the ‘POW!’ that goes on with our imaginations when we go to one, the reminder of impermanence in life, that everything can change in an instant with the drop of a literal dime. I’m talking about both Mikey and I; I don’t think Moxie and Mac-Q […] The post ghost town: calico appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Mon, Nov 24 2014
doozeedad Murphy’s Law. That’s the bit that says that if something can go wrong, it will. We experienced a smidgen of that when we discovered that the hydrolic pistons on our Alaskan Camper – you know, the pistons that I *only just* got installed in Washington?!! – were leaking piston juice all over the place. Having paid […] The post Barstow appeared first on A Lit...
Sat, Nov 22 2014
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doozeedad We left the Bay Area and headed for Fresno, where my friend Katie had recently moved. Like, really recently, still-not-totally-unpacked, recently. Katie and her family were attracted to the idea of moving to Fresno primarily to watch people’s reactions when they told them they were leaving Oakland…for Fresno! Nah, just joking. Really, it was a […] The post Fres...
Wed, Nov 19 2014
Family & Food
doozeedad We took my Grandpa Jack out to celebrate his 91st birthday while we were in the Bay Area. Grandpa Jack holds a special place in our lives. He’s the grandfather figure for not just Mikey and I; he’s also the grandfather figure for Micah and the kids. I know I wrote about this the last […] The post Family & Food appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Mon, Nov 17 2014
doozeedad We packed our place as tightly as we could. There was something very satisfying about seeing all of our belongings neatly tucked into sturdy black and yellow Costco construction-grade totes. All in all, we don’t have much. Everything we can call ours fits in about 6 totes and that pleases me. You know what else […] The post 101 South appeared first on A Little Mo...
Sat, Nov 15 2014
I Get Down
doozeedad I felt this wave of mope hit yesterday. It was partly just being in the city again – the lady who sat in her car and honked and honked and honnnnnkkkkkkkkkked some 10 feet away, and then yelled at us because she had to wait for Mikey. The guy who felt the need to waddle […] The post I Get Down appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Nov 14 2014
Horse Therapy and Creative Brains
doozeedad Random: I was brushing Micah’s hair on the morning of School Photo Day, trying my best to create a less “mad scientist” look for him when he turned to me and said, “you know, you love my creativity so I don’t think you should be brushing my hair, Mommy.” - huh? “Yeah, my hair is attached […] The post Horse Therapy and Creative Brains appeared first...
Tue, Nov 11 2014
6 Months on the Lost Coast
doozeedad 6 months ago we had to abort the Pan American Highway trip that we had planned and worked hard on for over two years. We felt kicked in the gut, forsaken, and had absolutely no idea that the Lost Coast would actually be what we were looking for: a place to call “home”. We have all fallen […] The post 6 Months on the Lost Coast appeared first on A Little Moxie...
Sun, Nov 09 2014
Disability and the License to Kill
doozeedad Difficult conversations are the uncomfortable conversations, and I think, the ones that we often shirk by the very nature of that discomfort. But they are usually the ones that we need to have. I think this whole conversation of assisted suicide and killing children with disabilities is one that is extremely uncomfortable. And one that […] The post Disability and t...
Sat, Nov 08 2014
doozeedad Mikey and I agreed that after my heavy solo-parenting gig of the summer and also solo-care of our chitlins during stretches when Mikey left the farm to buy a truck (or visit friends), I deserved a break, a Momcation. Like, a real momcation, without even one child with me, completely solo. So I signed up […] The post The ‘Momcation’ appeared first on A Little Mo...
Thu, Nov 06 2014
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