|New Home! Beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina [Description: Daytime image of the Charlotte uptown skyline]|
As difficult at that time was, life had continue to evolve for us, and after some difficult decisions (relocating to Charlotte in 2010, a 2nd divorce in 2011), I wanted to enjoy life, look at it with some fun and hope, and get away from the hardship that permeated my first blogging attempt.
At the same time, some parts of life continue. Oldest son is older, but we still deal with autism on a daily basis. Youngest son is in remission, but his memory and executive functioning have never returned to pre-sickness levels. I am better and yet, not better. After working for 15 months in a virtual supervisory role, I returned to disability because despite advances in technology, I, like many others who deal with disabling conditions, found the availability of jobs remain at an all time low.
So, as I embarked on new adventures: a computer class, a new relationship, volunteer opportunities, the desire became stronger and stronger to write again. This time, there would be a different purpose. This time I would talk about things I am passionate about! What are those things, you ask?
FOOD, TECHNOLOGY, DISABILITY ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS, FOOD, FRIENDS AND FAMILY, FOOD...I think you get the gist.
It seemed that in the midst of many of the hardest times past, I pulled together a meal that held our little family (affectionately known as The Little Rag-Tag Band!) close. Sometimes, if I couldn't sleep (from whatever disorder made it difficult that night), I sat at the computer compiling more and more recipes. Shopping excursions always involved looking for items to use in a dish I saw on TV, on the Internet, in a magazine, etc. And, even when things were changing and rearranging financially, Groupon and Living Social and every other site like them made it possible for me to go to some of the best spots in town for a fraction of the cost.
Food has figured into my life very deeply.
|Vegan BBQ Strips, Feta Cheese with Tossed Greens! [Description: White bowl with salad greens, diced tomatoes, bbg vegan riblet slices and feta cheese chunks]|
The purposed of this blog is to explore how food brings life, love and quality of living to my family and others in the world. I will look at how disabling conditions change the canvas of food expectancy, availability and social connection. Also, how does technology continues to enable us to communicate and connect with food and each other.
And, of course, this blog gives me a chance to talk about how much I love good food, great restaurants, people who really get accessibility in dining and living. Sometimes, I will allow guest bloggers to bring their perspective to the table. It might be edgy, in-your-face activism or it may be a sentimental journey to kitchens past. At my table, all are always welcome.
If you have an idea, a personal story or a site that you would like to share, please feel free to post it in the comments, and let's talk about it.
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Okay, let's get started!