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File Under “So What’s Your Excuse?”: Girl Without Hands Wins Penmanship Award

April 26th, 2012 | 4 comments | Posted by Jen

When you find yourself dwelling on who or what is holding you back in life, think of 7 year-old Annie Clark, a first-grader who recently won a penmanship award established for children with either a “cognitive delay or intellectual, physical or development disability.” Annie, a Chinese adoptee, was born without hands.

Annie’s father, Tom Clark, described his daughter’s other abilities to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“Annie has always been very, very determined, very self-sufficient in dressing herself and feeding herself,” Mr. Clark said. “She can ride a bike. She swims. She is just determined that there’s nothing she can’t do.”

Her father said she also types on a keyboard and uses an iPod Touch with no difficulties.

Man, do I feel like a lazy jerk right about now.

[Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: First-grader without hands wins penmanship award]

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File Under "Stories That Make Me Feel Like an Asshole"

December 6th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Hey peeps. I’m reporting live from Hong Kong, where I just landed and am so discombobulated from the time change that I don’t know my ass from my face. Which brings me to this story I recently read about a waitress from Chongqing, China, Wang Fang, who was born with HER FEET BACKWARDS but refuses to receive a disability pension or look at her condition as a handicap.

The Daily Mail wrote about the 27 year-old:

Wang, who has a five year-old son with normal feet, said: “I can walk as well as anyone else, and even run faster than them. I’m like everyone else – except of course that I put my shoes on backwards.”

Okay. So now I feel jetlagged and like a total jerk. Guess it’s time for dim sum!


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