Author Archives: Zachary Fenell

Zachary Fenell gives four tips on becoming a happy single.

Four Tips to Become a Happy Single

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“Single,” the status can often conjure up negative emotions. When filling out a wedding RSVP, this remains evident. You shudder as you decline your plus one. Internally you question yourself. “Why am I still single?” “Will I ever find love?” Certainly not questions a happy single asks! Living with a disability adds to the turbulence.…

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Let's celebrate my two-year blogiversary by reflecting back on the past year!

Two-Year Blogiversary Reflection

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Saturday, January 14th marked my two-year blogiversary here at the relaunched zacharyfenell.com. Or blog anniversary, if you prefer not combining words. To celebrate I wanted to reflect with you on the past year. What a year too! Let me remind you about my relaunch’s shaky beginning. Previously at Zacharyfenell.com One year ago I wrote a…

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Build your resolve and unlock your beast mode!

Building Your Resolve

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New Year resolutions, what flimsy and meaningless statements! If you agree with that, today I am writing directly to you. I am challenging your thoughts. Hopefully help you realize “flimsy” and “meaningless” actually describe another item, your resolve. Happy New Year by the way! In retrospect maybe I should avoid hurling insults before expressing celebratory…

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An Older Brother's Wisdom by Zachary Fenell

An Older Brother’s Wisdom

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Warning, the following post may cause some sibling rivalry to flare up.  Already I imagine younger brothers and sisters ready to protest the title. “An older brother’s wisdom?” they read in a questionable tone.  “Blasphemy!” they decree before dismissing the read. WAIT! Please entertain me for a few more minutes. You stayed?! Thank you. I…

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Product Recommendation: PediFix's All-Natural Tea Tree Ultimates Funga Soap enriched with tea tree oil.

Product Recommendation: This Product Enriched with Tea Tree Oil Refreshes Feet

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Picture yourself moving with a bounce in your step. Unfortunately, I am not talking about a cerebral palsy (CP) cure. Rather a product that will refresh your feet. PediFix’s All-Natural Tea Tree Ultimates Funga Soap enriched with tea tree oil provides such refreshment. Personally I became familiar with Pedifix’s All-Natural Tea Tree Ultimates Funga Soap…

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Zachary reviews the first nine episodes of Speechless.

Speechless Review: Season One Episodes 1-9

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Fall 2016 marked cerebral palsy’s introduction into the mainstream. A feat accomplished by ABC sitcom Speechless. Yes, a show dedicated entirely to a special needs family. Previously such programming airing on a top four network seemed implausible. 2016 appears to specialize in implausibility, though. See World Series champions Chicago Cubs and President-elect Donald Trump. Anyways…

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2016 Cleveland Indians Lived the Disabled Life

2016 Cleveland Indians Lived the Disabled Life

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Extra enthusiasm surrounded the 2016 Cleveland Indians. A natural occurrence considering the team remained one win away from a World Series championship. That elusive victory will haunt the franchise’s fan base for a while. Exactly how long, only the 2017 Cleveland Indians can help control. Although said topic stands one for another day and another…

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Book Review: I'm Special and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves

Book Review: I’m Special and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves by Ryan O’Connell

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Reading I’m Special and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves by Ryan O’Connell stirred mixed emotions. Amazon categorizes the read under “humor.” The book description in-part reads “This hilarious part-memoir, part-manifesto reveals what sets apart the latest generation of young people coming of age in an all-wired, overeducated, and underemployed world.” Admittedly, I failed to look…

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Speak Up: Add Your Opinion on the inspirational compliment.

Speak Up: Add Your Opinion On the “Inspirational” Compliment

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“You are inspirational.”  Those words you may, depending on your cerebral palsy, remain acquainted with or know well. There exists a correlation between inspiration and cerebral palsy. Well, disability in general. While my peers in the CP community likely realize where I am going with this, I imagine able-bodied readers thinking “Nice! You’re inspirational.” Yeah……

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Stop the Envy: Focus On You!

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Envy, you likely know the feeling. Maybe you desire the relationship someone else enjoys. Or, you covet the promotion given to your co-worker. Perhaps you resentfully think “If only I was that tall…” Honestly, life offers many reasons to feel envious. When discussing life with cerebral palsy, those reasons grow exponentially. Cerebral palsy impacts both…

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