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Murray Siple's "Carts of Darkness"

In March of 2005, Mike showed me an article in Dwell Magazine called The Siple Life, about a wheelchair accesible home designed for Murray Siple. There are few wheelchair accessible house designs featured in such magazines, so of course, this one piqued my interest. We read that Siple had made snowboarding films before a car accident turned the course of his life. Mike and I later discovered that he was still making films. Carts of Darkness is one such film. I am not encouraging the cart riding practice here- “Oh my heart!”, but the film does focus in on a way of life that most of us can only imagine.

Siple says, "I discovered the story behind "Carts of Darkness" when I was grocery shopping one evening. I noticed some loud individuals who were cashing in bottles. I had a romantic vision that both of our lifestyles were stereotypes to the passing customers: the drunken and comically disordered bottle returners, and me, wheelchair-bound and precarious in my adapted vehicle…

Tattooed Titanium! Rock on! Roll on!

I always thought a wheelchair was a wheelchair.  I never had need to know better.

The chair has a lightweight titanium frame and is  handmade in America by Tilite. 

But of course, the design, materials, weight and propulsion matter! 
My chair was a used/demo chair, so the specs were predetermined. 
Yes. My chair has a tattoo.

Tatooed titanium right out there in front.  I can only imagine the wild night it rolled into  a tattoo shop and got the “Rock and ‘Roll’” tattoo! 

 Rock on! Roll on!

Birthday Buzz: Lili turned 2!

Lily turned 2!

 A candle stuck into a cake then lit with a match!  Strange idea, but perfectly normal at a birthday party!  She was momentarily mesmerized.
She got a lot of nice presents.  She shared with her sister and brother. She enjoyed the gift bags the most. She filled them up with toys, tissue paper and stuffed bears and walked around. A favorite bag had the word "Celebration" printed on both sides. I sang her the song "Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the music!"
All I could remember of the song was, "Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the music!" 
 The video helped explain why. Lily sang her version which was CUTE! 

Mama and Daddy served yummy cake and ice cream! Lilyana's Mama!
More guests: Grandad  Great-grandma Marylin
Great-grandad Dale (holding Eleanor)
He loves his Great-grandchildren!

Many bears were there. Chloe took some bea

You Have Me

"Out on the farthest edge
There in the silence
You were there

My faith was torn to shreds
Caught in the balance
But You were there

Always faithful, always good
You still have me"

Take comfort.

Psalm 139 For the choir director. 
A Psalm of David

1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar.
3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold…

Build some Happy little Clouds and Trees

"I believe. I believe."

Our grandson, Sean didn't use a canvas, paints and brushes. 
He used multi-purpose paper and crayons 
to build these happy little clouds and trees.
They bring a lot of good thoughts to my heart
and I hope to his too! 

"When Death Dies" by Gungor

Like the waters flooding the desert Like the sunrise showing all things
Where it comes flowers grow Lions sleep, gravestones roll Where death dies all things live Where it comes poor men feast Kings fall down to their knees When death dies all things live All things live
Like a woman searching and finding love Like an ocean buried and bursting forth
Where it comes flowers grow Lions sleep, gravestones roll Where death dies all things come alive Where it comes water’s clean Children fed All believe When death dies all things live All things live

"Please Be My Strength" by Gungor

"I'm looking for a place
Where I can plant my faith
one thing I know for sure
I cannot create it
and I cannot sustain it
It’s Your love that’s keeping me

Please be my strength…"

"The Siple Life" (Murray Siple) and The Possibilities

In March of 2005, I’d been diagnosed with MS long enough to wonder about mobility and practicality. I needed a walker. I would most likely need a wheelchair. Though the prospect of mobility challenges was discouraging, I was encouraged when Mike shared an article from  a March 2005, Dwell magazine featuring Murray Siple. My eyes were opened to a vista I’d never explored. My preconceived ideas of mobility were challenged and I learned that: 1. Wheelchairs don’t have to look or drive like "tanks".  2. Customizing a home for wheelchair use can have an artful outcome. I am not aware of many truly wheelchair accessible plans, but Siple’s home design has fueled my imagination. Here is a slideshow of Siple's home photos and the Dwell Magazine article.

Watermelon Man

Mmmm Hmmm. Get it while it's ripe.

Michael Hedges covers Willis Alan Ramsey