“Don’t you think I’m handling this well?”: Angels in America and the AIDS Stigma

Fear can be a deadly poison. It spreads quietly and without warning for reasons we cannot always understand. It tears us apart from loved ones, and keeps out all other emotions: joy, anger, remorse, grief. Few understand fear’s silent power like victims of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a disease just as poisonous as the fear […]

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Transition: A Universal Experience

We all have things about ourselves that we wish we could change. For transgender people, this anxiety is amplified by the disconnect between the inner being and physical body. While reading Jennifer Finney Boylan’s She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, I was struck by the on-going process the character takes from child to […]

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Musuems and Laerning Disadilitys

This week we read An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks.  In the book Sacks looks at seven different cases of people who are not “normal.” Each person written about has something that, as a society, people might find off or that shows quite clearly how little we understand about the brain.  One man lost […]

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Creative Growth

Judith Scott, born in 1943, spent 35 years separated from her family in an institution of the State of Ohio. She was born with Down syndrome and lost her hearing as a baby due to Scarlet Fever. With her deafness undiagnosed, when she was tested for schools at age 7 they determined she was severely […]

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