Friday, April 29th, 2011
I attended an event presented by the Howard Center this week; it was regarding “Opening Doors for Inclusion”. Pascal is the man of dedication to inclusion. He served on the panel telling the tale of releasing people who resided in the Brandon Training School by procuring funds to attend a James Taylor concert during the mid-seventies. I smile to myself of how far Pascal has traveled to provide the world of intelligent thinking inmates in Brandon Training School with lives of wonder.
It is heart wrenching to think of the life of no inclusion. Other people have worked hard to break down the brick walls of institutions but the walls of ignorance still exist. It is the right time in history to remove the thinking that those who communicate and those who look different than you have no intelligence. The presumption of competence is the right thinking to release people from the bondage of discrimination.
Please join the World Intelligence Magnified Tour. Larry and I will be on the Ivy League campus of Dartmouth College next week spreading more seeds of intelligent thought. I hope to receive my honorary Ph.D. in intelligent thought soon.
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Friday, April 22nd, 2011
I am so impressed with today’s young people. This week, Larry and I presented at a social work class at UVM (The University of Vermont). I could not believe I was chosen by a student who interned at the Howard Center for a period of time. While there, she saw our movie and found it inspiring. She decided to join the Intelligence Parade. It was the most amazing experience to be educating intelligent minds in the presumption of competence. These people will go on to educate future generations to be in the right mind to presume intelligence does live in the minds of all individuals if only the communication is there to give light where there was darkness. Larry made great poetry with his prose. I think the students were impressed with how much traveling we have done. The most important thing is it gave my confidence the boost to keep going. I hope my fans go to every school to try to get the movie shown. Teachers need to see how much all kids need communication.
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Friday, April 15th, 2011
I want my wonderful fans to know I love reading your inspirational letters. I would love to tell you the answers to your thought provoking questions. However, my process of communication takes much patience from all sides. My fan mail is the most important reassurance that I am doing the best work I possibly can. Knowing I am helping people consider the presumption of competence gives me the important feedback I crave.
The people who have written me know the path to finding their own lives needs communication that is not limited by the choices presented by others. The most open communication happens when one has the mode to create their own language. Vocabulary is unique to individuals, just look at my friend Larry. To have our own expression gives us freedom to be engaging to others. Without having a full range of words we become mere shells of our intelligent minds unlike the supermen of intelligent thinking that we have become.
My advice to my fans is: to continue questioning who you wish to become. Parents, please continue your search for the mode of communication your child needs to be open in their communication. It will be rough to get to the place you dream of. My path was tough too but it was worth the hard work to be in this place of being able to communicate. I hope to have more letters from my fans. Even if I do not answer your great letters it shows me you have the right thinking to find your path. Keep searching.
I will see you in Ohio.
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