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 Someone I Love  by: Lori Hickman “Someone I love relies on me in ways you will never understand.
Someone I love endures pain and challenges that break my heart and renew my spirit at the same time.
Someone I love is unable to advocate for themselves for things that most of us take for granted. Someone I love will never have the opportunities that every child should have. Someone I love will need unconditional love and support after I am gone, and that frightens me to the core. Someone I love encounters pity, stereotyping responses, and prejudice at every turn because they look, act/or learn differently than others. Someone I love has needs that require me to allow “outsiders” to have power and input in areas that should be mine alone to meet. Someone I love will continue to look to me for everything in life long after other children are able to assume a place as part of the world.
Someone I love has needs that require more time and energy than I can sometimes give. Someone I love has needs that mean I am not able to meet the needs of my own.
Someone I love has needs that have become the driving force behind major decisions my family makes.
Someone I love has changed me in ways I will never be able to describe.
Someone I love has taught me about love and about the really important things in life…
And still others don’t understand what it is like to be me, they aren’t living in my skin.” 



Art and More – By Chris Stein

Chris Stein and Morgan

Chris Stein


by Chris Stein

Unequivocally Wishy‐Washy
Maybe? May Be?
Do you see me?

Yes? No? Maybe? Yes no maybe.
Maybe maybe?
Do you see me As affliction?
Probably Maybe? May Be Probable? Improbably Maybe? Maybe Probably?
Do you see me With affection?
Probably Don’t know. Probably Not sure.
Probably Too scared. Probably Can’t say.
Do you see me In reflection?
Maybe yes? Maybe no? Maybe; so?
Please don’t go.

Ain’t got all day Probably Can’t stay
Maybe I Can.

I see you In evanescence.

Fluctuating Definitely. Make a decision…
I see you evanvescently

The Mighty Equalizer – by Chris Stein

Chris Stein and Morgan the Dog

Chris Stein

Inside a body askew, I ambulate electronically atop four wheels. Alone, I often draw stares as something would from the extra- terrestrial. However, while He prances gleefully by my side, His inviting allure draws a smile from even the most stoic of faces. While as organic as I, He exudes a spirit almost God-like in nature that can be felt by all open to receive it.

Tangibly joined by chain, intangibly joined by all five senses and a sixth; together, we amble through life as one. Apart, we flail aloft as two naked appendages lopped at the soul. Whether about to embark on trundle or slog; I have Him at my side loyally awaiting my every move. With snout held high and ears flapping in the wind with super-hero air, He defies all who question His purpose.

As we end our day, He jumps on my bed and follows by a flick of the tongue on my cheek and bids me a sweet good-night. Curled at my feet, He falls asleep. I wake in the middle of the night to the sounds of His slumber as He dreams the simple dreams of His kind. With a soul as innocent as a three-year-old but as old as the earth itself, He simply laughs off the crazy complexities we add to life. Down there from His perspective, He just doesn’t care. He’s simply a dog. The mighty equalizer.