My Ancestors

Though our political and social attitudes could not have been more different, my paternal grandfather and I shared an intense emotional connection. During the last years of his life we talked on the phone almost every evening and I visited him several times a year. Most often, our conversations focused on the minutiae of daily life, but not infrequently my grandfather lamented the physical distance between us and wished aloud that my father, my sister,…
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Susan

In the mid-1950s, when she was in her late teens, Deb’s cousin Susan was diagnosed with a progressive form of MS and the constant progression of her disease curtailed any plans she had for attending college and enjoying a career. Instead, she spent much of her life confined to a manual wheelchair and isolated in her own home. By the time the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990, Susan was already…
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