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Next Exit, Joy

It’s so unfortunate that today’s society makes it difficult to take a breather. Our brains are multi-tasked to the max and simple things that give us joy are oftentimes overrun by our obsession with surviving. Our minds become a mangled maze of freeways and toll roads with no off ramps or rest areas. This must stop! We have to ...
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New Column by a Biker With MS

Most men’s midlife crises involve something fast and shiny-or there’s another woman. My midlife crisis involved being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Along with the meds I was prescribed, I decided that my therapy would include a million mile motorcycle journey. I chose to embark upon this long-distance crusade to ...
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Riding the MS Trail

I never claimed to take the easier, shorter, or most traveled road. As a matter of fact, I usually take the path where everyone warns me, “You can’t get there from here!” Pursuing uncharted paths can be rewarding, but it can also whack you in the knees, throw you down and steal your breath away. I don’t know about ...
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What the Farkle?

FARKLE is an acronym for Fancy Accessory Really Kool and Likely Expensive. They are custom items motorcycle enthusiasts install on their bikes. The term is well known among those of us in the sport-touring and long-distance motorcycle communities. To use it in a sentence: A motorcyclist may be in the process of “farkling,” and their completed motorcycle is said ...
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From Pigging Out to Nutrition Classes

Right now, not much racing is happening, so I’ve been doing different things to keep myself busy. Over Easter, my family wanted to see me, so they bought me a plane ticket to come home to Florida for a few days. I had a great visit, spending time with family, going to church and enjoying a huge Easter dinner. ...
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Balancing Work and Play

Recently I did interviews with CNN and Fitness magazine, where the same topic kept coming up: How do I balance work and play? That’s a good question, and I answer it differently than when I first started racing. Back when I was 7 years old, Mom and Dad took care of everything for me. They planned all the races ...
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Switched at Conan

This year I have learned to expect the unexpected with my career. I was asked to be a part of two amazing adventures that I never could have imagined as a professional motocross racer. First, my mom received an email from the casting director of Switched at Birth, who asked if I could stop by their office to do ...
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Sending 2012 Out With a Bang

During the crazy Christmas and New Year’s rush, I still found time to head out to California to do a photo shoot for Alpinestars. They flew us in to Zaca Station in Los Olivos, CA, about an hour northwest of Santa Barbara. When Chris from Alpinestars picked me up from the airport, he was trying to drive, make eye ...
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Ashley Fiolek – Off Season, But Still Racing Around

Once again, it’s the off-season. I love it, but it is super busy, too! My friends never seem to understand. They think, well, you are done racing, so you must be really bored. That is not the case. From February through May, I usually train and get ready for the season, and then in May, I start racing, which ...
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Making the Move

My big move. I just started a new adventure. I moved from my home in St. Augustine, Florida, to California. I travel back and forth so much because most of the motocross industry is in Southern California and most of my friends are here, too, so I decided it was time to head west. Off and on, I’ve been ...
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Joint Replacement — Hard as a Bone

Most people don’t have knee surgery until they reach middle age or beyond, but tennis great Billie Jean King is not most people. Slicing across world-class tennis courts year after year inflicted undue wear and tear on her joints, causing her to undergo the first of many knee surgeries in her early 20s when she was the reigning queen ...
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John Williams — He’s the Man

A featured Business Week columnist and publisher of Assistive Technology News, journalist John M. Williams assures me he’s always accurate in his reporting even though he may not be the quickest. Author John Williams has earned several awards for his achievements in delivering the news to the nation over the past 40 years. His expansive career has focused on ...
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Push Girls — Living Large

It’s happy hour in Los Angeles and cocktails are on the way as four glamorous women discuss sex, overcoming breakups and toasting life—all while being filmed for their own reality TV series called Push Girls. Sound familiar? Not exactly, for this is not a reality spin on Sex and the City, nor does it mimic the unseemly catfights of ...
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China — Exposing the World

While advocating awareness and policies for uncommon health conditions has always been of major global interest, the coverage for what the World Health Organization calls rare disease, or orphan disease, has only begun in recent years to receive the attention it deserves. In China, special medical services for these orphan diseases are still limited and often neglected. Because of ...
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ABILITY Award — Accenture and Prudential

For over twenty years, this publication has championed the emphasis of ability both inside and outside of the workplace. ABILITY Magazine Best Practices Award is designed to single out and celebrate those business practices that have a high level of commitment to inclusion and ingenuity, demonstrate positive results in their efforts, and possess the potential to inspire other organizations. ...
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Billie Jean King — Bouncing Back

From the mid-60s to the mid-70s, professional athlete Billie Jean King dominated women’s tennis. Over the course of a decades-long career, she won a combined 39 Grand Slam titles, including singles, doubles and mixed doubles. In 1973, she triumphed in a famous “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs, himself a former Wimbledon champ. But King, now 68, ...
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Philippe Croizon — Quadruple Amputee Swims Four Straits

In the frigid waters of the Bering Strait, while dodging floating ice, Philippe Croizon relied on his 18 months of training to keep himself focused. “One… two… three… four…” Croizon repeated in his head as the rough waters crashed around his shoulders and face. Croizon had trained his mind to shift away from emotional thoughts and to stick strictly ...
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The Sessions — The 38-Year-Old Virgin

Writer/director Ben Lewin was scouring the internet for material to create a sitcom around sex and disability, when the polio survivor stumbled upon an article that deeply moved him. “I felt that if I could achieve on film what the author had done to me with his writing, then I could potentially deliver something powerful,” he said. The man ...
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China Art Exchange — and Mao Yu-yan

Usually when we hear about China, the stories focus on factories and goods, jobs shipped overseas and other news items that make the country sound uninviting. But when ABILITY Magazine’s Chet Cooper traveled there to meet some of his counterparts in publishing, he found himself forming lasting friendships. During that time, ABILITY Magazine (AM) and China Press for People with Disabilities ...
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Rick Howland — His Lost Girl Fantasy

Rick Howland picked a fine time to visit the east coast: The Canadian actor arrived shortly before Hurricane Sandy devastated the Atlantic seaboard in late October, and was still drying off when we spoke to him. Howland co-stars as Trick on the SyFy TV network show, Lost Girl, a supernatural crime drama about a Fae—the Middle English word for ...