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Thoughts from the Homefront

November was a relatively quiet month for me. I spent the entire month grounded, not 10,000 feet up in the air bouncing from hotel to hotel. It was wonderful! I honestly thought I was going to go stir crazy after the first week, but I was pleasantly surprised by my ability to stay happily in one location. It was also refreshing and exciting to sleep in my own bed and to be able to catch up with friends in person!

Come to Borders & See Me!

Hello Everybody,
Please consider coming out to one of my book signings for: "Color.
Learn & Play: All About Sports for Athletes with Physical
Disabilities" at Borders!! I will for sure be at the locations marked
with a (*) doing book signings and answering questions about my story
and my sport. For the others, books will be there for purchase and my
co-author, Lynn Toomey will be present.

Friday, December 3
11:00am-1:30pm - Borders, School St., Boston*
2:30-5:00pm - Borders, Copley location (Boylston St.)*

Saturday, December 4

Climbing the Mountain

Since last writing, I attended our first pre-worlds training camp out at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. It was the first time Team USA was together! Our team is quite the mix of both veteran athletes and newbies, it will be a fantastic event!

World Championships, Here I Come!

A day in the life of Anjali is never a dull moment; anybody who knows me can attest to this. In the span of one weeks' time, I travelled through six states, officially launched a children's coloring book about Paralympic sports, changed the focus of my academic studies, and was named to the 2010 World Championship Team that will be headed to Christchurch, New Zealand in January.

2 Years Until Opening Ceremonies for London

It's hard to believe, but today marks the 2-year mark until the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. I certainly hope to be competing there and bringing home Gold!! I wanted to encourage those of you who are potentially interested in attending the Games to register for ticketing information ASAP at the following website:

Wrap Up Blog from Ghana

Maybe it’s a generational thing, but there is an overwhelming majority of friends and people my age who have this burning desire to change the world. The flipside to this, however, is the overwhelming majority of the general population who thinks that people like that are overly ambitious and set unrealistic goals. But, the truth is, our team of five – Jean Driscoll, Marissa Siebel, Jennifer Scott, Tom Cameron and myself, went to Ghana and changed the world. Even more so than that, the world changed us.

Day 5 - Happy Days

I’ve been told that doctoral students aren’t supposed to try to change the world, at least not with their dissertation, but I’ve never been one who likes traditional rules—and I am changing the world every second I am here. The examples are transformational on so many levels, for them, for me, for the bystanders who gather around to watch and ask questions, for the country of Ghana, for world. The woman who was shunned from her village and her family because of her disability--- was exposed to sport and now is the breadwinner in the family, and her family talks to her.

Day 4 - Spirit of Adventure

We piled into Alan & Patsy’s van, they are the two missionaries here with Joni & Friends who Jean has worked with in the past.

Abbreviated Day 3 & 4 Thoughts

We were reflecting tonight on how jam packed our days are, when they start at 5am and you go until about 1am, you fit an awful lot in!!

I don’t have time to do a complete blog tonight, because it is 12:10am and we are leaving at 5am, because WE FINALLY GOT THE EQUIPMENT OUT OF CUSTOMS TODAY!!!!!! Very late tonight we got it out, and so none of the racing chairs have been assembled or anything, so we need to get an early start so that the equipment can all be ready to go by the time the athletes arrive for the 630am training session.

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