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Response to Mairs’ “On Being a Cripple”

Nancy Mairs uses vivid imagery in order to paint a stark portrait of the challenges faced with being disabled. Mairs describes her condition as “crippled”, parts of her body incapacitated due to degeneration from multiple sclerosis. A disease that affects … Continue reading

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On Being Different

There’s something about being different that both scares and fascinates me. On one hand, I try to be different, to be my own individual with my own combination of idiosyncrasies that no one else possesses. Yet, I’m scared of being … Continue reading

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Mirrors & Cripples

I know I’m a little late to this, but here goes. I found that I related more to Lucy Grealy’s piece “Mirrorings,” on more a personal level. I’ll admit I felt bad because she clearly had more of a reason … Continue reading

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Mirrorings

I loved the reading “Mirroring by Lucy Grealy. I found it very enjoyable to read and a very touching story. I also found that although most of us have never gone through an experience so unbearable, it still was very … Continue reading

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Reflection on Lucy Grealy’s “Mirrorings”

I chose to reflect on Lucy Grealy’s “Mirrorings” for this week’s post because I felt that it was the most powerful essay we read this week, and one of the most powerful essays I have ever read. In “Mirrorings”, Grealy … Continue reading

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Mairs and Grealy

This week I read two inspirational essays- “Mirrorings” by Lucy Grealy and “On Being a Cripple” by Nancy Mairs. Both authors had severe illness but had a different approach to deal with it. In “Mirrorings” by Lucy Grealy, she talks … Continue reading

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Baldwin and the Theme of Hatred

In “Notes of a Native Son”, James Baldwin talks about living in a segregated 1940s America. He speaks of his father, who was a bitter, cold, intimidating man. Doctors had said that he died of tuberculosis, but Baldwin understands that … Continue reading

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Mairs and Grealy

Both Lucy Grealy’s and Nancy Mairs’ essays on self image and self realization were very powerful. I think we often overlook just how critical our self image is to our every day lives. I read Grealy’s essay in the South … Continue reading

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Discovering Oneself

The readings assigned this week were very emotional and heart-felt. For each essay, you can sense the sorrow, anguish, pain and hope as the author takes the reader through mere glimpses of their lives. As discussed today in class, the … Continue reading

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Beauty & the Beasts

I had first read Lucy Grealy’s Mirrorings prior to reading Nancy Mair’s On Being a Cripple, and I noticed a similar theme about acceptance, self-image, love, and being a woman in both of them. In Mirrorings, Grealy talks about her battle with cancer and … Continue reading

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