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THE ROLLING REVIEWER: LIGHT SABERS AND LINE JUMPERS--OH MY!

By Janelle Eckardt

 

August 15, 2009 (San Diego)--A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Oh, wait, wrong introduction. Sorry. Not so long ago in a lovely convention center downtown, thousands of people flocked from all corners of the globe to revel in the Mecca of pop culture that is Comic-Con International.

 

The largest convention of its kind may also be the most accessible to attendees with disabilities and extrasensory powers alike.

THE ROLLING REVIEWER: JET SETTING TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY STYLE

 

By Janelle Eckardt

 

July 1, 2009 (San Diego)--Wake up in Hawaii and take a deep breathe of sea-scented air; go to sleep in New York and exhale to the rhythm of sirens and honking horns. Such foreign lands are invigorating, enchanting, infuriating, and utterly impossible to forget. Travelling offers that strange cocktail of emotions: Relief to come home to old routines after even the best of holidays, soon chased by the anxious need to leave again. Craving the dizzy high of exploring a strange land? Still hung over from your last time-zone-hopping extravaganza? In either case, I recommend brushing up on some travel tips that might just be your raw egg and Tabasco sauce cure to the awesome migraine known as jet setting.

THE ROLLING REVIEWER: A NEW SOCIAL BUTTERFLY TAKES FLIGHT

Our Guide to the Best Disability-Based Websites on the Net

By Janelle Eckardt

 

May 1, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)--The concept of having a “social life” doesn’t exactly mean the same thing it did twenty, ten, or even five years ago. Interfacing with family and friends seldom actually involves meeting face-to-face, and meeting someone new is only one click away. Chat room chat-ups and instant messaging marathons have, whether or not many of us would like to admit it, become integral elements to our link to the world around us.

 

This month, I’m celebrating some of the best disability-based websites I’ve found for learning, socializing, and sharing. Here are some of the sites I return to again and again – whether I’m looking for wheelchair-friendly travel ideas or a reason to laugh, these sites never disappoint.

 

THE ROLLING REVIEWER: A PRICK OF CONSCIOUSNESS

By Janelle Eckardt

March 1, 2009 (El Cajon) — Hello friends! Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? The answer to all your problems is in this little needle. Really! Acupuncture just might be your ticket to feeling better and living better. I've discovered a respectable acupuncture facility right here in the East County that actually serves the community without milking it dry. Just for reading this article you get a brief history of acupuncture, my personal account of a session, and a one-on-one interview with the owner of Healthy Community Acupuncture, in El Cajon.

Get the point?

The Rolling Reviewer: Show Me the Money! Wait, Bring It Back!

Janelle EckhartFebruary 1, 2009 (San Diego) — The tide of economic prosperity seems to be in the ebb-phase of the cycle as insecurity and doubt flows swiftly in, and millions of job-seekers are finding themselves in strange and unsettling waters. For thousands of disabled individuals eager to enter the workforce -- whether for the first time or after a leave of absence -- the seas can be especially treacherous.

The Rolling Reviewer- A Few of My Favorite Things

By Janelle Eckardt

January
1, 2008 (San Diego) —
 There is no denying that the oversaturation
of bright lights, holiday music, and the overabundance of sales successfully
lures us into shopping every year for that one special thing we may have written
off as excessive two months ago, but that is suddenly now budding into a necessity.
And while that glorious gadget that will simultaneously style your hair and
reorganize your PDA is still out-of-stock in January, you may consider marrying
your urge to boost the economy with the interest to provide a true necessity
for someone special in your life. Whether you're shopping for someone you know
or for yourself this year, it pays to be on top of all the new and exciting
adaptive technology coming out daily. So look out Burp-Me-Elmo, I'm highlighting
some of the best sources and products sure to bring lasting smiles long after
the holiday season.

THE ROLLING REVIEWER -- A TRAIL FIT TO BE WHEELED

By Janelle Eckardt

Dec. 1, 2008 (San Diego) —  Native San Diegans
are quick to admit that we enjoy arguably the best weather in the entire country – boasting
a balmy 74 degree average in November.  While the North East freezes each
winter, we oftentimes forget to even wear a coat to work.  But as a wise
person once noted, perfection grows weary; East County’s weather can
be so predictable and mild that we revel in the slightest “pattern” or “flow.” And
I am no exception. The first gloomy sign of autumn inspired me to head out
for a day of hiking at one of our most wheelchair-friendly parks: the Mission
Trails Regional Park (MTRP).

THE ROLLING REVIEWER: ROLLING WITH THE LUCK

By Janelle Eckardt         

November 1, 2008 (Alpine) - I
firmly believe that we make our own luck. We each control how we react to different
situations, therefore we play a hand in the ultimate outcome of any given scenario.
If we’re
lucky, we come out on top as clear victors--though sometimes we hit when we
should have stayed and lose our entire pot. The majority of the time, however,
we simply enjoy the fact we’re still in the game. I also believe in reading
signs and rewarding yourself when you deserve it. Now, it has been my experience
that these two philosophies work really well in building a happy life. But
I had to wonder how they’d pan out as actual gambling tactics. When looking
the dealer in the eye, do we really control the fate of our hand, or are we
at the mercy of the deck?

THE ROLLING REVIEWER - AN ANTIQUE STORY

By Janelle Eckardt
October 1, 2008 (La Mesa) --  When considering a place and/or attraction in the East County to highlight from my perspective as a 20-something woman in a wheelchair, La Mesa’s long row of antique shops didn’t immediately rank high on my list. This is not to say that I don’t appreciate the fine crafts of generations past–I was raised in a household of jukeboxes, ice boxes, and radios the size of large robots–But after years of watching “The Antique Road Show” with my mother, I’m ashamed to say it is still beyond me to tell the difference between a hand-carved wooden horse from the nineteenth century and one carved in a middle school class by a kid with an acne problem.  So I decided to roll outside my comfort zone and head off on a modern day treasure hunt.

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