The New Thing I'm Up To

Dear Beloved Blog Readers,

 

Joy is in the air as we move in to spring.

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I am so happy to tell you that I am participating in a story telling event that is going to be delightful. I’m happy that I was encouraged by Elizabeth Sightler to write a story. I have never done a story for an event and I so look forward to it sharing the stage with ten others.

I’m really excited that our show will be at the Main Street Landing Film House. That is where I opened people’s eyes with my movie. Now, I will lovingly tell the story of how I was able to make my movie. I am totally loving this story telling process and hope to do more.

The theme of the stories is ‘Belonging.’ Emily made a ‘Belonging fairy.’ I love it.

I am really a big fan of the concept of thinking positive thoughts. These fairies assist people in doing that together.

I am happy to also tell you what a great nice thing it is to have the storms of winter behind.  If, however, it didn’t storm two weeks ago, I could not have gotten my story started. I needed the quiet of the snow to help bring the story out all at once.

I am so hopeful you will come to the show. It’s Thursday, May 10th at 7:00 with a cocktail hour at 6:00.

It’s a benefit for Champlain Community Services so it has a big ticket price of $25. It’s worth every penny.

I am wishing you lots of cool things and I am totally safely saying the snow is behind us.

Have fun.

Mark

The Weather Man

The Full Vermont Statehouse

Dear Beloved Blog Readers,

I am now, totally a very fond, hopeful attendee of Disability Awareness Day.

 Disability Awareness Day February 28, 2018

Disability Awareness Day February 28, 2018

I went yesterday with my advocacy group and my communication supporter, Shaunna.

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It was such a great scene. I greatly enjoyed how we were welcomed into the Statehouse.

I am sure many of you know that we in Developmental Services have a 'livable wage issue.' I certainly was pleased that last year a bill was passed that assisted giving 'Direct Support Staff' the raises they deserved.
 

How great that was.
 

Now, the 2nd phase of the workforce investment needs to happen. We can't go backwards. That would be awful.


I, and my fellow advocates, took the time to gather together to grow strength in numbers.

Now, we will contact our legislators. We all need to joyfully find ways to make people know we exist. I am totally excited we have such a big group. We are fun and focused.


I am totally wishing you good days until we meet again.
 

Fondly

Mark
The Advocate for Change
 

I am Ready to Talk with the Powers That Be

Dear Beloved Blog Readers,

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I am really happy today to say that we are now over half way to Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere.

I am finding things happening in my world to be hopeful but other things are distressing.

I want to share my wish, in answer to Secretary Hasan of Champlain Voices (my advocacy group).

Hasan- What kind of opportunity would you like to get?

Mark- I want to gather the great thinkers of the world so I can advise them on combating the illness of greed for money and power. I think that the solution is to give everyone the sole responsibility to really live in harmony with the world and all life on it.

Do you want to help me get there?

Then let’s go!

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I know Thomas is on board.

Fondly,

Mark

Gatherer of Big Thinkers