Posts in TON Epiphanies

When Was the Last Time You Bit Your Fork?

The above question was the first of many I asked across two summers working at Touch of Nature, a summer camp for physically and mentally challenged. Each question resulted in a breakthrough. Each breakthrough was puzzling on its own, yet combined, they created a multifaceted, profound epiphany. Seriously, ask yourself – “how long has it been since you bit your own fork?” If you are able bodied, the answer is probably never. Truly never. Yet this question glared at me like a neon billboard on that first Sunday evening dinner… Read More

The Unbounded World of George DeVoynes

My views of life were shattered in so many good ways in the summers of 1981 and 1983.  This image highlights just one – see the seated and smiling mug of the man standing next to camp counselors Sara Queener and Maria Baker.  George was the 1st of many campers to debunk many assumptions I discovered I had in life. George and his Wheels – – Abe Pachikara, Copyright 1981 (click for larger image) As context, the photo is taken at Touch of Nature (TON), a summer camp for physically… Read More