Chronological Archives

  • Question Time: The Holidays Question Time is a series in which we open up the floor to you, commenters. We invite you to share as you feel comfortable. It’s the holiday season, which means that many of us are attending parties, family and friends gatherings, and so forth. Inevitably for some of us, the holidays are an issue. I recently had ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 8 Recommended Reading for Tuesday, December 8, 2009
  • I Hope You Feel Better I hope you feel better. They mean well. They always do. It’s what people say when they hear someone they know is in pain or ill or uncomfortable. I’ve learned that tears and “Why would you say that to me?” while an accurate reflection of how it makes me feel is pretty much ...
  • Meet a Contributor: Chally! So everyone can get to know our contributors a bit better, we’ve decided to run a series called “Meet a Contributor”. Each Contributor will be interviewed by the others in turn. Hey, everyone. My name is Chally. (You are probably wondering how to pronounce that; I generally tell English speakers to think of it as ‘Hah-lee’.) ...
  • Anna History Rants: Introduction There’s a word to describe these sorts of histories: meliorist. Things Were Bad! Then! Something Awesome Happened! Then! Things Were Better! I think this is how history tends to be taught, because it’s very Feel Good. It’s also very plodding and doesn’t reflect the nuances of history. Was ...
  • On the Bus I am on the 38 Geary, coming back from an appointment with the cardiologist. There is a large box on my lap. I am sitting in the disabled seating, because it was the only seating available when I got on the bus. Normally I try to sit further back, to make room for those who are more ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 7 Recommended Reading for Monday, December 7, 2009
  • Not So Silent Last year I attended Halifax’s first “Not So Silent Vigil”. Instead of focusing on the murders in Montreal, this vigil was for all the women in Canada who have been victims of domestic violence. Speakers, singers, dancers, and even a hilarious feminist comedienne took on the subject of violence and sexism. There ...
  • Hate Crimes against PWD The FBI recently released the 2008 Hate Crimes Statistics report, summarizing hate crime data from over 13,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States. The Attorney General is required to compile and report on this data yearly. Although the majority of hate crimes are based on race, it includes reporting on crimes “motivated by disability ...
  • I Don’t Trust Myself One of the aspects of my bipolar that I find the most exhausting is the need to constantly monitor my own moods. Even though I am medicated to the hilt and haven’t had a manic episode in 5 years or so, I spend at least part of every day worrying that I am edging too ...