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Changes in relationships after brain injury

Dating has never been what you’d call “easy” for me. Almost all of my girlfriends I’ve met over the internet. That’s also true of my most recent girlfriend, T. We met on Whisper a little over a year ago. Before I met her, I hadn’t had a girlfriend in over five years. Though in those

Things to do in Tampa Bay!

This is an article I wrote for a travel writing course I took several months ago. I’m driving across the Howard Frankland Bridge from Tampa, Florida with my destination, St. Petersburg, on the horizon. As I get closer to the shore I begin to see the many pelicans and seagulls that are fixtures of the

Why I’m Supporting Bernie Sanders

Why I’m supporting Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election. I got quite a bit of flack for backing and voting for Gary Johnson in the 2012 election. Most people’s chief complaint seemed to be that, as a result of my living in Florida (a swing state), that I might make it easier for Mitt Romney

I (finally) get over to ABILHouse!

This past Tuesday I (finally!) got over to ABILHouse, which is basically a local “brain injury clubhouse.” On their website, this is what it says the clubhouse is all about: “At ABILHouse, our mission is to promote self-sufficiency and ensure community re-integration for veterans and others living with brain injuries.” I went over there with

Why I likely need more rest than you

I don’t always have the same energy level that I used to have, before my injury. This means that I will often nap during the day. In fact, before I started writing this, I was laying down on my couch, ready to fall into a blissful sleep. But then I got this idea to write

Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

  This easy meatless Ziti recipe is sure to knock your socks off! Or, you could always use a meat sauce with it, too. This Easy Baked Ziti Recipe has been adapted so that it’s easy to follow. Preparation: 20-25 min Cooking time: 25 – 35 minutes Serves: 4 (main dish) or 8 (side dish)  

Ian does some TABE testing

A couple of weeks ago I went down to my local Boley Centers office to do some TABE testing. TABE stands for Tests of Adult Basic Education. In these tests they were testing my math and English skills. On the English and reading/comprehension parts of the test, I scored excellent. On those parts of the

“The Wolf” – a short story by Ian Casey

  The wolf crept up on his prey. He was hungry. He hadn’t eaten in three days. The bird looked to be just the right size to fill up his starving belly. Through the bushes and thickets he crept, inching closer and closer. Almost there. Careful not to make too much noise. Slowly, slowly… he

Why I love feeding birds

Why I love feeding birds, and you might too. I first got a bird feeder in 2011 when I was living in my last house. I was just out of a wheelchair, and not terribly mobile yet, so watching the birds from my easy chair would give me intense amounts of pleasure. Fast forward to today,

Dating after a brain injury

Why is dating so hard, especially after a brain injury? I know I'm not as confident as I used to be, but I still think I'm a good person. I've been on about four dates total since my injury, and haven't even come close to having a girlfriend, which is something I want very much.