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“This is not to say that camp is a panacea for socially isolated people with disabilities. ” Nope, but for me it was a panacea for someone who didn’t know they were socially isolated (until they weren’t) who has no major disabilities.

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“Holy sh**, that’s Matan” – Unknown shmirah (on-duty counselor) late July 1994.

These were the words I heard during the execution phase of a critical step in trying to sneak me across camp, from boys’ camp to girls’ camp on the last night of the first session of Eisner Camp in 1994.

Sneaking across camp, or raiding, was a time-honored tradition, especially on the last night.  I like to think that it was a little more innocent when I was a child than it is now, with the stories that I hear of rampant teenage sexuality, but there is no question that hormones were a motivating factor.

Despite being as motivated as any other 12-year-old boy, there were some significant complexities in the idea that I would participate.  The first was that sneaking across camp involved, well, sneaking, and I was in a large and very loud power wheelchair. …

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You Can’t Go Back Again….. Or Can You? An Essay On Memories and Interlochen – Overbooked and Underpaid: Notes from a Yes-aholic.

I was there in summers before and after the benches were replaced, The Bowl was renovated, Frohlich Piano and Percussion Building  and The Harvey Theatre were opened, so to me it looks EXACTLY how I left it other than uniforms have changed (badges are now on lanyards instead of buttons worn on the hip, and girls are allowed to wear pants -not only shorts or knickers) and there are a few more new buildings that I haven’t seen yet.

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Can someone please go back in time and teach 22 year old me how to wear makeup? I look like a tomato face!

I just want to say that I love the way my viola sounds. I got my new A string in the mail today and I warmed up for a good practice session before my right side and shoulder/back started aching a little. Oops. I guess I can’t marathon play right off the bat again, I’ve got to warm up like a kid. 10-20 minutes/day for a week or so, then 30-45 minutes, and on and on. Lame! I feel like as soon as I’m all warmed up to actually practice I’m too tired to play! Ugh. Getting old sucks.

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