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Tag Archives: Wrestling With My Mind

“SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR” from Marco Orlando

“SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR” Marco Orlando I had a discussion with members of the Bangor Chapter recently, and I drew some parallels between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the concurring federal disability rights efforts that came about not soon after. I talked a little bit about how people like Ed Roberts and Judi Heinch helped lead that crusade and put those wheels in motion back then. I explained that many of us with a disability may have a lot more in common…

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Between Perception and Reality from Marco Orlando

“BETWEEN PERCEPTION AND REALITY” Marco Orlando One of my favorite clips on YouTube comes from a 2006 press conference immediately following Monday Night Football. Dennis Green was the head coach of a struggling Arizona Cardinals team at the time, and they’d just had the rug pulled out from underneath them by an undefeated yet one-dimensional Chicago Bears team that finished 13-3 that season and lost to the Indianapolis Colts at Super Bowl XLI. The common refrain from Dennis Green’s memorable outburst after losing was “They…

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“Under Review” from Marco Orlando

“UNDER REVIEW” Marco Orlando In the NFL, the head coach of each team carries a red challenge flag on their person during every game. Each head coach is permitted to use this challenge flag twice during each game to initiate a booth review of certain plays to either confirm or reverse an official’s ruling on the field. In rare instances, a head coach is awarded a third challenge during a game, but only if both of their initial challenges were successful. When I first began…

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QUALITY WORKERS from Marco Orlando

“QUALITY WORKERS” Marco Orlando My background in social and human services, and especially being on both sides of the field for as long as I have, gives me an interesting perspective on how certain aspects of social and human services can improve. I’ve often said it’s hard for any agency to provide a quality service without quality workers. I do not envy the human resources department of any agency and I would hate to be in on any discussion pertaining to hiring or firing people…

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“Rewriting The Script” from Marco Orlando

“REWRITING THE SCRIPT” Marco Orlando It’s been said that our lives are 20% what happens to us and 80% how we respond to what happens to us. To an extent, I would be inclined to agree. Life comes at us pretty fast sometimes, and for some of us, it takes us a little longer to process how we feel about past events, especially traumatic ones that we don’t really enjoy talking about much. I know I don’t always think so clearly when I’m angry or…

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Getting Into The Habit of Writing from Marco Orlando

We welcome you all back to our regularly scheduled posts from Marco Orlando. “GETTING INTO THE HABIT OF WRITING” Marco Orlando I’ve had people ask me recently how I got into the habit of writing in the beginning and how it seems to come so naturally to me. In a way, writing kind of runs in my family. My mother and grandmother before me are both creative people in their own way. Writing is one of numerous ways their creativity shines through in different things…

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“Better Than / Less Than / Different Than” from Marco Orlando

“BETTER THAN / LESS THAN / DIFFERENT THAN” Marco Orlando My approach to life is similar to what Eric Bischoff describes in his book Controversy Creates Cash when he discusses pitching WCW Monday Nitro to Turner Broadcasting executives. I don’t want to put on airs and give people the idea that I’m “better than” everybody else, because I’m not. But at the same time, I don’t want to come across as a complete pushover to give people the impression that I’m “less than” everybody else.…

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Collapsing The Learning Curve from Marco Orlando

“COLLAPSING THE LEARNING CURVE” Marco Orlando Most people seem to have a lot of preconceived notions about those of us with disabilities and what we’re capable of, several of which revolve around our perceived level of functioning and our ability to further our education beyond a high school diploma or GED. To an extent, it’s true that a traditional classroom setting isn’t for everybody because not everyone learns things the same way. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that post-secondary education isn’t entirely outside the realm…

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Career Daze from Marco Orlando

Thank you to Marco Orlando for sharing this next post with us. “CAREER DAZE” Marco Orlando Before I settled into a pattern of office work in social and human services, I had a few other interesting work related experiences along the way with mixed results. I may not have lasted as long as I would have liked at the time, but I came away from each of these experiences learning a few things about myself in the end. I did some physically demanding work in…

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“LOS ORLANDOS: ORIGINS” from Marco Orlando

We welcome Marco back to the blog as he shares about his family. “LOS ORLANDOS: ORIGINS” Marco Orlando I joke about there being three generations of Orlandos in my immediate family between my mother and father and me, with each of us very much a product of the era that we each grew up in. My father is a “baby boomer” with an “old school” mentality. He’s been around long enough that he’s basically earned the right to say and do whatever he wants. My…

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