Dazzle this New Year's Eve with a New Makeup Look

by Kirsy Rodriguez
Kirsy Rodriguez
New Year's Eve, the day where many of us gather with our family and friends to say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one with sparkles and lots of cheer. 

Ever since I was a little girl, this was one of my favorite celebrations. One of the reasons why is because my family had a tradition of ringing in the new year wearing a brand-new outfit. Growing up we didn't have much, so this tradition was always very special. Of course there were years when we didn't have enough money to buy new outfits, but my mom always managed to for us to have a little something. Whether that was a new hair clip for me or a simple T-shirt for my brothers, she always wanted us to at least have something that we'd never used before to welcome the new year. That was always special to me.

Tin Soldiers

By Amy Saffell
We live in a time when people with disabilities have increasingly more opportunities to live a normal life in a society that is beginning, slowly but surely, to see people for who they are instead of their means of mobility. People with disabilities have more opportunities than ever to explore recreation activities that are commonplace among active able-bodied people but that are just beginning to take root among those with disabilities. The new documentary film, “Tin Soldiers,” explores some of these forms of recreation, aiming to bring to light that these activities are for everyone of all abilities.
Alana Nichols

Director and producer Ben Duffy, has been making documentary films for nearly a decade. In making his first film, “We Are Skateboarders,” he learned about an organization teaching kids with disabilities to skate (Wheeling down the skate ramps in a skate park is the wheelchair equivalent.). He loved what he saw and made some friends who were also eager to make a film about skating for people with disabilities. This joining of cinematic forces interested in skateboarding is where “Tin Soldiers” began, but it turned out to only be the starting point. Ben and his team wanted to include people doing all kinds of adaptive recreation. The film not only highlights skating, but also surfing, triathlons, snow skiing, Crossfit, and powerlifting, to name a few. Paralympian wheelchair basketball and alpine skiing medalist, Alana Nichols, serves as the movie’s main star as an adaptive sports
advocate and experienced athlete. On the other end of the spectrum is 4 year old Abel Rose, born with spina bifida, who was just 2 years old at the beginning of filming. He has already participated in a wide range of activities in his young life, and the film shows that someone born with a disability now has infinite options to make leading an active life a lifelong goal from the very beginning.

In Love...with Sled Hockey!

 by Monica Quimby

Growing up in Turner, Maine, playing sports was a big part of my childhood. I loved dance, field hockey, kayaking, skiing, biking, softball, and track. I became paralyzed with an SCI (spinal cord injury) in a 2006 skiing accident and became a wheelchair user, but I continued to have an effervescent spirit for staying active.

The Shepherd Center, the SCI rehabilitation hospital that I attended in Atlanta, Georgia, was where I was introduced to adaptive sports. I remember the recreation therapists who helped me get into a kayak in the pool, on a four-wheeler and wheelchair fencing after being paralyzed for only a few months. I was so excited. I had warm tears trailing down my cheeks after each encounter in pure glee, knowing that I could still participate in activities that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Featured mobileWOMAN - Kitty Lunn

Over the years, Kitty Lunn’s name has surfaced off and on, especially in the field of dance. Last year, Kitty was a model for the Raw Beauty Project NYC and was an importance presence in their video, sharing her thoughts on beauty, sexuality and disability. She is truly a legend in her own time and we realized that we just had to feature this remarkable mobileWOMAN!

Ms. Lunn’s love affair with the dance began at the age of eight, when her grandmother took her to see the film The Red Shoes. By the time she was fifteen, she was dancing principal roles with the New Orleans Civic Ballet, where she made her professional debut in the title role in Coppelia.

Her work in New Orleans led to a scholarship to the Washington Ballet where she studied and worked with both Mary Day and the great ballet master, Edward Caton.  Numerous ballets in which she danced include Swan Lake, Giselle, Les Sylphide and The Nutcracker.  While in Washington, Ms. Lunn worked with such dance legends as Martha Graham, Agnes DeMille, Jose Limon and Eric Bruhn.

mobileWOMEN.org Gives Thanks :-)

In light of the fact it is the holidays, we realized that mobileWOMEN are not only grateful for the usual things such as good health, family, friends, etc. but we have some unique reasons for which to be thankful! Here are our top favorites:

Every pair of shoes we own looks absolutely brand new. This fact could explain why our closets are full of shoes given that they never wear out!

The V.I.P. spacious bathrooms! In fact, they are so coveted that they are often inhabited by those not in wheelchairs. “Sorry but I needed the extra space.” For what? Bathroom yoga?