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July

- You Don’t Fatten the Lambs by Weighing Them
As I struggled to understand who is responsible for safe senior mobility, the image that appeared in my mind was a Thomas Nast political cartoon I remembered from a middle school history book. Members of the notorious Tweed Ring, caricatured as potbellied politicians in suspenders and top hats,...
- The National Register of Safe Senior Drivers
In the early years of the Independent Transportation Network, I drove a fiery, 85- pound woman named Dorothy. She learned about ITN while recovering from a broken arm suffered in an automobile accident on Forest Avenue, one of Portland’s busiest streets. From historic photographs and post...
- Channeling Terry Gross
I have wanted to write a book about aging and mobility for as long as I have worked in this field -- more than 25 years. I organized it and reorganized it in my head, but it was not until the Storybook Tour that I knew what I would do. Suddenly, I was energized. I was ready to write. Photo taken by...

June

- Solo on the road, anything but alone
By Katherine Freund "Are you driving alone? Sixty days, and 12,000 miles?" This is the question every person is asking at each of my first few stops. It seems completely natural to me, but after my first week on the road, I am going to stop answering "yes" to this question. I...

February

- Forbes: How The Story Of One 3-Year-Old Boy Started A Senior Mobility Movement
When my son was 3 years old, he was run over by an 84-year-old driver who said he thought he hit a dog. That was 27 years ago, and even though Ryan survived a traumatic brain injury, for years, I refused to talk about it. But through the Independent Transportation Network, I have spent all of...