My Mom Sang Like an Angel

My Mom, Genevieve Crovo Gelles (aka Ginny Owens) had the most beautiful voice. She began her singing career as a child, and took private lessons from Madge Fairfax. Soon she had to make the decision between opera or Broadway. She choose Broadway. You see, the Hammerstein’s (Dorothy and Richard) recognized Mom’s talent and asked her to come audition In New York.


The fewer minds, the greater share of honour. God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one mind more. We few, we happy few, we band of a11y brothers; And a11y experts now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here, And hold their essence cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon ACAA day.… Continue reading ACAA Day

Hope & Healing: Please consider becoming an Organ Donor and Signing up to Donate Bone Marrow

A friend of a friend is dealing with a life threatening situation with her 10 year old son. On spring break, while on a cruise, the child, Justin, become very ill. A helicopter came to get him and fly him to a hospital where it was discovered he has acute leukemia. I cannot even imagine… Continue reading Hope & Healing: Please consider becoming an Organ Donor and Signing up to Donate Bone Marrow

Global Hug Campaign – Shooting for Guinness World Record!

Dearest darlingest friends ‘o mine, It will come as no surprise to you, that I’m part of a global ‘Hug Campaign’ sponsored by GISHWHES – a Guinness World Record attempt to collect at least 100,000 images of people hugging… and I need YOUR hugs! (by 3pm central time on Sunday, August 18, 2013) All you… Continue reading Global Hug Campaign – Shooting for Guinness World Record!

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The Beginning of Something Beautiful – Yana Sims


The Sims family is ever increasing. Marriages followed by new baby Sims have left the mantel at Christmas overflowing with stockings. This year we will be adding two stockings, one for baby Brynnley and one for Yana. As thrilled as I am about the newest baby in the family, I’m even more excited about the newest addition, Yana.

Yana is a beautiful 14 year old who grew up in Russia. She lived in an orphanage in Zhytomyr, which is closing. Her only living relative is an older sister, who is 18 and just barely able to support herself.

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Dreams Come True at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

I have always wanted to go to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. In fact, it has been on my list at for over 5 years. Then, my dear friend and colleague, Sharron Rush, asked me to speak at the Southwest Conference on Disabilities (which just happens to occur in Albuquerque during the International Balloon Fiesta). I could hardly contain my excitement, as I planned my trip.

Plain and Simple

A lifetime ago, or so it seems, I read a book that became a part of my heart. The book is “Plain and Simple” by Sue Bender. It is about the journey Sue took to live with the Amish and what she learned. For me, “Plain and Simple” was a breath of fresh air. I… Continue reading Plain and Simple

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