doozeedad 3/365: Help! The post 3/365: Help! appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Thu, Apr 16 2015
2/365: Hello Flower
doozeedad The post 2/365: Hello Flower appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Wed, Apr 15 2015
1/365: Coming Home
doozeedad What better time to start a “365” photography project?! So here we go. 1/365. Coming home. The post 1/365: Coming Home appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Tue, Apr 14 2015
Taming the iPhone
doozeedad I had my iphone stolen 5 months ago, in Mexico. The replacement that I received couldn’t be activated in Mexico, so I went without. Now, I’m a person that loved my iphone with a passion. I was tethered whenever, wherever. I’d try to be subtle about it, but I’d be sneaking peaks all.the.time. It drove […] The post Taming the iPhone appeared first on A Littl...
Sun, Apr 12 2015
Preparing for Life Again Off the Grid
doozeedad “Coming home” for us doesn’t mean driving up to an abode, opening the door, flipping on the light and unpacking our stuff before stepping into the shower to wash the travel off. It doesn’t mean peeking in the fridge before we make a list and head off to Safeway to get the ingredients for some spaghetti. […] The post Preparing for Life Again Off the Grid a...
Tue, Apr 07 2015
11 Things That Gave Us Culture Shock, Mexico – US
doozeedad We were traveling around Mexico for 5 months, which in the grand scope of everything, really isn’t a long time. But we still got shocked by some nuggets when we returned to the United States. Here they are: Free, Drinkable Tap Water We adored the little taco stands and street eateries we frequented in Mexico. […] The post 11 Things That Gave Us Culture Shock, Me...
Wed, Apr 01 2015
doozeedad My first picture with my phone!! I had to share that first because – holy cow – 2 weeks without a camera of ANY kind….!! Rainbow Sparkle Farts You know how you have all those layers in rainbow cakes, one upon another and it is layered with frosting and then something on the very, very […] The post Rainbow Farts appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Mon, Mar 30 2015
A Big Update!
doozeedad I don’t even know what to say, you guys. So much has happened, you have given me so much and I’m really fricking overwhelmed right now with life, with questions, with gratitude, with love, and with more questions. THANK YOU. For everyone who has contributed to our GoFundMe account, helping us get our stuff back, THANK […] The post A Big Update! appeared first...
Mon, Mar 23 2015
All of Our Stuff Got Stolen
doozeedad We were driving from Guanajuato to Zacatecas when we pulled into a roadside diner for lunch. While we were eating, our truck was broken into and pretty much everything we have of material value was stolen, including my laptop, both of my cameras, the iPad, iPod, iPhone, kindle fire. My laptop getting stolen was the […] The post All of Our Stuff Got Stolen appeared...
Sun, Mar 15 2015
A Day in Moxie’s Life
doozeedad This post is for the A Day in the Life with Down syndrome project. The short term goal of the project is to celebrate World Down syndrome Day (coming up on 3/21) through stories about a typical day in a life lived with Down syndrome. The long term goal of the project is to have […] The post A Day in Moxie’s Life appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Thu, Mar 12 2015
Banditos and Caravans, Part 1
doozeedad There’s this book that everyone seems to use called, Traveler’s Guide to Mexican Camping: Explore Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize with Your RV or Tent (Traveler’s Guide series) It’s by the Churches, but it hasn’t been updated in 6 years. Plenty of campgrounds they write of have been closed, names changed, new campgrounds opened. But since there […] The po...
Wed, Mar 11 2015
…About That Touching Samsung Deaf Ad…
doozeedad This ad by Samsung is going viral – I know this because I was sent it by no less than 5 people and whenever I’m sent something by no less than 5 people, something is seriously going VIRAL! Here it is: The product itself looks cool and I want to know more about it. But […] The post …About That Touching Samsung Deaf Ad… appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Tue, Mar 10 2015
Stories, Not Socks: Another Way to Celebrate World Down...
doozeedad If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know how outraged I was when the Word Down syndrome Day committee came up with the “Odd Socks” theme to celebrate World Down syndrome Day. World Down syndrome Day (WDSD) falls on March 21st, which is New Years in Persia and in the Baha’i Faith. […] The post Stories, Not Socks: Another Way to Celebrate World...
Tue, Mar 10 2015
Mexico: “Don’t Go There! It’s Not Safe!”
doozeedad I lived in Japan for 5 years. Now, Japan is supposedly one of the safest countries in the world. Some of the worst stuff that has happened to me in my life happened there. Those bad things happened to me despite my Japanese language skills being pretty good, despite the fact that I am white […] The post Mexico: “Don’t Go There! It’s Not Safe!” appeared fir...
Mon, Mar 09 2015
Why Freedom Shores is a Big Deal
doozeedad When we were in Cancun, my friend Corbett sent me the link to Freedom Shores, an RV-Park/Hotel in Campeche, Mexico, and asked me if I could check it out and get the scoop on how accessible it really is. So we made our way on over and sussed it out. This is the story: Bill […] The post Why Freedom Shores is a Big Deal appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Mar 06 2015
How Cruise Ship Passengers Made a Good Beach, Great
doozeedad We were on our way to Xcalac when Mikey pulled into the Blue Kay campground in Mahahual, more of a mental afterthought than anything. We had no intention of staying there. While we were turning around, a friend of ours from the campground in Puerto Morelos ran out to say hi – and told us […] The post How Cruise Ship Passengers Made a Good Beach, Great appeared f...
Wed, Mar 04 2015
“Special” is the new “Retard”
doozeedad In 2015, the annual day for “r-word awareness” is March 4. This day highlights the mission of many allies and advocates of people with developmental disabilities in “spreading the word to end the word.” And by that, it is meant to end the use of the word, “retard.” I hosted blog hops for two years in […] The post “Special” is the new “Retard” ...
Tue, Mar 03 2015
9 Reasons You DON’T Want to Travel in Mexico with Your...
doozeedad Mexico. The land of sunshine, good food and music. But ripe and flooded with crime. News reports of Bad Stuff happening in Mexico is all over the place. We ourselves travel with our 3 small children (aged 2, 4 and 6 and one with Down syndrome) for months out of every year, and have done […] The post 9 Reasons You DON’T Want to Travel in Mexico with Your Kids app...
Sun, Mar 01 2015
doozeedad I was reading some article recently on giving your blog readers WHAT THEY WANT and I was kind of stymied because I don’t actually know WHAT YOU WANT. While I try and stay within the parameters of traveling, disability and parenting, I’m pretty much all over the place with this blog. Kind of like in […] The post Marital Glue appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Feb 27 2015
Tulum, Yoga & Walking Birth Control
doozeedad Tulum is kind of like the hippie version of Cancun. It’s still got the refined-flour like white sand, stunning ocean, weather and sky, but the resorts are tucked amongst all the trees, so it doesn’t all seem as grossly glaring. The resorts are different too – they practically drip with new-agey wholesomeness, yoga-camps and aromatherapy. […] The post Tulum, ...
Thu, Feb 26 2015
It’s weird to be content.
doozeedad It’s weird to be content. You know, I am not sure if it’s because I’m deaf, but I’ve always been highly driven. I graduated from university when I was 19, simultaneously working full-time to put myself through. I went back to school when I was 24 to get my Master’s in International Management and kept […] The post It’s weird to be content. appeared fir...
Mon, Feb 23 2015
“Far From the Tree”: The Deaf Chapter
doozeedad Andrew Solomon wrote a book called “Far From the Tree” that was all the rage a couple of years ago. In it, he explores identity through analyzing multiple disabilities, along with homosexuality, children of rape, prodigies and transgendered people. It has taken me literally all this time to work my way through the deaf chapter. Whenever […] The post “Far Fr...
Sun, Feb 22 2015
Micah, The Crocodile and Celestun (Photo Essay)
doozeedad We splurged on a boat trip in Celestun and it was absolute magic. Our guide (“Jesus” was his name) took us to the flamingos, by islands chock full of Pelicans, through a mangrove tunnel and to a natural hot spring. He didn’t, however, tell us to watch out for crocodiles in the hot spring… and […] The post Micah, The Crocodile and Celestun (Photo Essay) app...
Fri, Feb 20 2015
Pete the Cat and Chichen Itza
doozeedad Do you know Pete the Cat? We were introduced by Katie when we visited her in Fresno. Our kids fell head over heels in love with that cool cat and what do you know? We’ve been reading his stuff Every. Single. Night. No breaks from Pete, man. Those kids are hooked. He’s good, all about […] The post Pete the Cat and Chichen Itza appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Tue, Feb 17 2015
Who Has Special Needs?
doozeedad You all know how much I loathe the way people use the term “special needs” interchangeably with “disability”(my post about that is here ). The term was originally an educational one, designed for kids with extremely unique learning needs. Plenty of people who have real educational “special needs” do not have a disability and plenty of […] The post Who...
Sun, Feb 15 2015
doozeedad Cenote: “seh-NO-teh”: Noun. Magical underground water wonderland. The post Cenote: Wonderland appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Thu, Feb 12 2015
The No-Tell Motel, an Iguana and Cancun
doozeedad We hated Cancun. Oh, balmy air, sand so fine it felt like refined flour. Ocean water with all the blues your kaleidoscope can contain, and birds chirping so loudly and melodiously that I thought Micah’s “Big Business” app was perpetually on. It wasn’t the balmy air, fine sand and melodious chirping of course; it was […] The post The No-Tell Motel, an Iguan...
Mon, Feb 09 2015
Walk With Me
doozeedad 4 years ago, I wrote a post called The Choice to Suffer. In it, I was talking about how caring for an elderly man in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s helped me to heal. I was about as wounded as a soul can get when I met him, and he taught me how to hold hands […] The post Walk With Me appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Wed, Feb 04 2015
doozeedad My Mom came to visit us for a week. In Cancun. Because, you know, since she’s an organic crunchy granola hippie, a bona-fide prism-carrying energy medicine healer, and devout (non-drinking) Baha’i ,Cancun is totally her scene! Here are some photos: *** In real-time news of our world, I’m going back to the podiatrist tomorrow to see if the swelling has ... Read M...
Mon, Feb 02 2015
2015: The Year of the Deaf Child
doozeedad 2015: The Year of the Deaf Child, guest post by Julie Rems Smario ******************** It hit me hard again… The Deaf child rarely tells the stories. If you search for stories about raising Deaf children, you will find stories of hearing mothers and fathers and grandparents of Deaf children. Their stories are focused on impairments, and how the surrounding family .....
Sun, Feb 01 2015
doozeedad The foot. It’s still broken. It’s still got to be elevated because (10 days later) the swelling hasn’t come down. Mikey is having a BLAST taking care of the kids, solo, in addition to cooking, cleaning, porta-potty duties and more! Here is a photo essay – The post Photo Essay appeared first on A Little Moxie.
Fri, Jan 30 2015
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
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
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