I have a whole shelf dresser drawer filled with old journals, thousands of pages I’ve written for myself over the years of my life. Some of them pre-date my learning to write in cursive, and others date from when I gave up on having a cursive that even I could read and went back to printing. The early volumes reflect an earlier stage in my development, and my written words over time show growth in who I am, what I think, and how I act. I’ve written many words about finding my voice – but perhaps it isn’t something to find and something that develops, just as the voice writing all those pages has developed. It is in this spirit that I begin and dedicate this blog – may we together develop and grow through these words, and may sharing of words allow us a space to transform each other.
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Claire Haas is the sister of a man with down syndrome, a musician, coach, and community organizer.