breadth & depth

Right now I’m reading “Same Lake, Different Boat: Identifying With and Ministering Alongside People Touched by Disability,” by Stephanie O. Hubach, which a friend gave me. Mrs. Hubach is a Protestant Christian whose younger son Tim is, in her words, “bright in his own unique way, quite the encourager, occasionally very impulsive, and has a hilarious sense of humor.” He also has Downs Syndrome. This book has depth.

As a paid staff of Friendship Community, I get plenty of breaks from houseparenting. I count my housemates with developmental disability as friends, but on my breaks, I’m elsewhere, in body and spirit. We have our Church, other friends, family, and interests. Parents of children with disabilities are parents 24 hours a day. This is, obviously, a deeper dimension of commitment.

In my thesis and in this blog, I attempt to give a well-rounded picture of the situation of people and families with disabilities. Perhaps there are blind spots. Honestly, I aim at breadth; depth is to be found in the words of persons with disabilities themselves, as well as their family members. Persons with developmental disability may not have strong literary skills, but depth is a matter of the heart, and persons with disability, and their family members, have no lack in that regards; in fact, their adversities give them depth.

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So here, again, is a blog (Abide and Endeavor, listed on the right) by an Orthodox mother with a gifted daughter who also has Downs Syndrome, demonstrating here in her square dancing her gift of kinetic (movement) intelligence:

Here is the  address of the weblog: http://stjuliana.wordpress.com/ 

And also Steve and Tony: http://www.steveandtony.net/index.html

Along with these ongoing weblogs must be placed the article written by Matushka Wendy Cwiklinski, who has four children with disabilities: http://www.oca.org/RHArticle.asp?SID=15&ArticleID=251

I have also found another current, ongoing  weblog of a person with a disability who seeks to explore through it the meaning of suffering. He describes himself as an arch-conservative Roman Catholic Christian. Since it would be a sad day if we suddenly decided that only Orthodox Christians deserve a hearing, let us also hear what he has to say. On August 20 he included a jewel of a quote by St. Gregory of Nazanzius. His name is Mark Pickup: http://markpickup.blogspot.com/

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