Hello, and happy holidays!
|Me and Santa Claus in Littleton, Colorado, on Christmas Eve, 2017.|
There have been a number of wonderful developments in the last year!
|Me speaking on Capitol Hill with a sign language interpreter.|
After graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in disability studies, I moved to Washington, DC, on November 1 of last year. I have had a very productive time advocating for disability rights, and lobbying for things such as healthcare, housing, and other things that we, in the disability population, as well as people in general, may need. I have lobbied a number of my legislators, and even made friends with one of my Senators, Chris Van Hollen, as well as my Representative, Jamie Raskin. I have also gotten to speak a number of times, such as at an affordable housing rally in Baltimore, and also twice on Capitol Hill. In November, I attended the Ruderman Inclusion Summit in Boston. I have also attended endless other conferences, and meetings both formal and informal to further the disability cause.
|My boss, Jd Michaels, and me in the library of BBDO Worldwide.|
The biggest professional development is as follows. Three days after moving to the Washington, DC area, I was invited to a function at the Obama White House. At that function, I met a man by the name of Jd Michaels. Jd is the Executive Vice President of a prestigious ad firm in New York City called BBDO Worldwide. Jd has decided to help me out a great deal. He has hired me for at least a year to be an editor on an anthology of stories written by the disability community. The pay is very good. My boss has also decided to give me a book deal. Those of you who are familiar with my previous “book” will know that that was actually more like a pamphlet. This upcoming book will be much, much larger, and will include a great number of essays on disability, reviews of pop culture, and everything in between, which is a lot! In order to do this book, I am reviewing a great number of movies, television shows, and other pop-culture phenomena. To make this easier, my boss has generously helped me get access to various services to access these phenomena. I am eternally grateful to him. In addition, a number of my essays for my master’s degree and my blog will also be included in the book. At some point, hopefully around March to May of next year, this book will be available. It will be available in accessible format for the visually impaired and other people with issues reading. In addition, I will most likely be promoting this book at New York Comic Con. Furthermore, around the same time the book comes out, I will be starting my own podcast to talk about a number of issues including but not limited to disability, pop-culture, social life, and much, much more. Finally, sometime around a year from now, I will most likely be getting a TED Talk. I am also very thankful for my friend and colleague Tari Hartman Squire, and all she has done to enable these efforts professionally.
|Tari Hartman Squire and me in the South Congressional Meeting Room of the Capitol Visitors Center.|
|Kenny Kalman and me at the National Air and Space Museum.|
I am making endless friends in the Washington, DC area. My best friend tends to be Kenny Kalman. I am also still very strong friends with my professional mentor, Mat McCullough. In addition, I am friends with many others, including Heidi Jane Wangelin, Marilyn Pifer, and many more. I have also begun seeing a couple living in Washington, DC, which may at some point become something much more. This year, I have also taken two vacations, one to Florida, one to Ithaca, New York. The trip to Florida was with my fan group for James Cameron’s Avatar, and we saw the alien moon of Pandora, as well as the active spaceport at the Kennedy Space Center. I also spent a long weekend with fellow Twilight fans, celebrating our friendship and creativity.
|The Valley of Mo'ara on Pandora.|
My brother Nick is doing extremely well, having found his professional calling in life. He is working promoting a music festival in Ithaca, New York, called the Finger Lakes Thaw. He has also moved to that town after living in New York City for some time. He and I are much friendlier than we have been in years. Furthermore, he is in a relationship himself. He has always been good at formulating new concepts and pushing new ideas, and I am very, very proud of him.
|Mee with mom on Thanksgiving, 2017.|
Mom almost died earlier this year from a progressive worsening of her ongoing medical conditions. It was getting to the point where she could no longer breathe, even with assistance from technology. Nevertheless, she is arguably the strongest person I have ever met, and refuses to give in. After being told by two hospitals that there was very little hope, she went somewhere that was able to help her, and she has rallied significantly, although she will probably not be where she was before. Fantastically, she still has a wonderful social life with friends and family. I love her tremendously, and I think her for raising me to become the person I am today.
|Dad cooking steaks outback of his house the day before Christmas Eve, 2017.|
Dad continues to do his amazing business in journalism and consulting around the world. Earlier this year, he went to Belgium and had a fantastic time seeing the sights as well as doing business. I am writing this letter from his home in Edgewater, Colorado, where we are having an absolutely magical holiday season! During my time with him, we have seen family and done many fun things. Of course, dad has also visited me in Takoma Park, Maryland, and has been very helpful at getting me set up!
|Me with my fellow Twilight fans.|
I am very thankful to all of you, my friends, business contacts, and more.
|Me with the beautiful cherry blossoms in Washington, DC.|
Many fond wishes, and a happy new year!
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