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Today I heard the story of  Tony Melendez.  It was truly inspiring and he led the way for people with disabilities.  He was born without arms.  He did not let his disabiity stop him. On September 15, 1987 he sang for Pope John in Los Angeles. He also played his guitar with his feet.  Early on he began playing an organ with his feet.  He really wished to become a priest but in order to join a person needed a thumb and forefinger. The Pope was so inspired that he went to him and gave him a hug.  Of course, that wonderful day led to his popularity. He then began traveling around the United States.  People with disabiities should never be discriminated against.  They deserve the same respect as everyone else.  There are countless videos on Facebook about people being refused service in restaurants because they were in a wheelchair.  It is truly wrong. I also saw a short video about a teenage girl in high school who was ashamed of her brother because he had to walk with forearm crutches.  She had a couple of girlfriends that made fun of him when he started attending her school. He asked to eat lunch with her and she told him to leave her alone.  She humiliated him. After school, they were playing a sports game and no one would allow him on their team including his sister.  The boy never told his father, but somehow he found out.  He told his daughter that it was time she knew the truth about why her brother had a leg injury and a limp.  One day when they were little they were playing ball.  The ball rolled into the street.  All of a sudden a car came speeding down the road. The brother saw and ran and moved her out of the way.  He was hit instead.  After that she was ashamed.  The next day at school she ate lunch with him even though her friends made fun of her and then later she chose him to be on her team for a game.  One more story. When I lived in Ireland, it was important to all shops, particularly groceries, that if a person had a disability they would be hired.  I knew a few young men who were so thrilled and proud to go to work every day. In my book “The Field Trip” I introduced Katie who is in a wheelchair. I wanted the reader to see that all the children should be treated  exactly the same as they treated each other.  How do you feel about people with disabilities? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website www.goodgusbooks.com along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at www.misplacedtrustbook.com. If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision. Please check me out on IHeart radio. The Good Gus series, books one through four, are now available at the Morgan Mill Mail/UPS. I am about to be on Shopify, Instagram and Tic Tok!

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