Morgan Library

Greetings, internet!  I’m Val.  I’m a History PhD student at Princeton University who studies early medieval western Europe.  I also have a C7 spinal cord injury, which technically makes me a quadriplegic, but I’ve been doing so much physical therapy over the past decade that I’ve been mistaken for having a much lower-level injury.  Nerves are funny like that.

After blogging for a few years about wheelchair-accessible bakeries, and life with a spinal cord injury (SCI), I decided to combine both topics into one cohesive site.  This way, if you want to read about life with an SCI, physical therapy options, the frantic musings of graduate student life, or want to know which bakeries are the spiffiest, it’ll all be here.  I’m also going to have a running list of links to articles I’ve written that haven’t been published on the blog.

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My website will use some abbreviations. Here’s a handy dandy list so that you’re never confused about acronyms:

  • SCI: Spinal Cord Injury
  • PT: Physical Therapy
  • OT: Occupational Therapy
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5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey Val,

    I had two photos of the manuscript pictured behind your profile. I can’t for the life of me remember where it was from and who made it. I found your blog by doing a reverse image search and yours was the only thing that popped up!

    Are you able to tell me the name of the manuscript or who made it? I’m pretty sure I took a photo of it at the met museum though. I think it’s some sort of genealogy representation?



    1. Hi Anna,

      Apologies for the late reply! The manuscript is the Chronique anonyme universelle from The Morgan Library and Museum’s exhibit “Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time.” This link discusses the exhibit, but it also has a link to the digitized Chronique anonyme universelle: https://www.themorgan.org/exhibitions/now-and-forever

      The caption further down also reads, “Coronation of David; Fall of Troy; Aeneas, Priam, Turcus, and Helenus Set Sail for Europe, from the Chronique anonyme universelle, Northern France, 1473–83, The Morgan Library & Museum, MS M.1157, detail from section 11, Melvin R. Seiden Collection, 2007.”

      I hope that was somewhat helpful!


  2. Hi Val,

    I am very interested in how you’re coping, for I had a daughter who lived for 51 years as a quadriplegic, and on top of that she had breathing difficulties. Still, she managed her life surprisingly well.

    I am also curious about your progress at Princeton University. You chose such an interesting subject! I live south of Sydney, Australia. We are in Lockdown right now. My age? Well, I am 87 and recently widowed. I’ve been with WordPress for ten years! 🙂

    I like to publish my Memories and Diaries and copies of videos and articles I am interested in. If I find a blog of yours, that I would like to reblog, is it alright if I do this?

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    1. Hello! Apologies for my slow response. That’s awesome that your daughter was able to manage her quadriplegia well. It’s definitely not easy.
      I hope lockdown is going as well as can be, and that it’ll be lifted soon! Of course you may reblog anything you find relevant!

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