Chronological Archives

  • Chatterday! Open Thread. This is our weekly Chatterday! open thread. Use this open thread to talk amongst yourselves: feel free to share a link, have a vent, or spread some joy. What have you been reading or watching lately (remembering spoiler warnings)? What are you proud of this week? What’s made your teeth itch? What’s going on in ...
  • Ableist Word Profile: Spaz/Spak Ableist Word Profile is an ongoing FWD/Forward series in which we explore ableism and the way it manifests in language usage. Here’s what this series is about: Examining word origins, the way in which ableism is unconsciously reinforced, the power that language has. Here’s what this series is not about: Telling people which words they can use ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 4 Recommended Reading for Friday, December 4
  • Which Is Worse: Reality TV or the commentary on it? I’d heard mentions recently of the show Hoarders, on A&E. (I’m not going to link to their site.) The show, from what I gather, is a series with episodes focusing on individuals who compulsively hoard possessions. I’ve never watched it and do not plan to, as I’m extremely uneasy about television shows that focus on ...
  • Disability 101: Treatment Suggestions and Why They Are Not a Good Idea I suggested a treatment/”cure” to a PWD for her/his/zie’s condition, and they ignored my suggestion/did not throw themselves at my feet with gratitude/got upset. Why? I was only trying to help! Many people who do not live with chronic health issues, perhaps in a spirit of wanting to help those they know who are in ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 3 Recommended Reading for Thursday, December 3, 2009
  • Guest Post: Book Review: Everything Beautiful I LOVE this book. I love that the two main characters have bodies deemed unacceptable by Western standards – Dylan because he’s a wheelchair user, Riley because she’s fat – and yet are developed as a romantic and sexy pair. I love that Dylan is not a Ministering Angel Who Inspires Us All, but a ...
  • Jetstar, AGAIN – this time they refused passage to woman with guide dog Further to incidents where Jetstar expected Kurt Fearnley to cool his heels, completely dependent, in a non-self-propellable aisle chair for 90 minutes between checkin and boarding (“Let us drive the wheelchair! It’s safer!), and another incident where Trevor Carroll, being pushed in a chair by airline staff (after they ...
  • Budget Cuts Work in Funny Ways California, as some may be aware, is in the throes of a severe budget crisis. There are a lot of politics behind the budget issues, which I don’t want to get into in detail here, but the net effect has been especially chilling for social services. California’s cutting cost of living increases, slashing budgets for ...
  • Question Time: Eating for PWD The question today is: How do you eat? You might have an energy-stealing condition, chronic pain, atypical concentration or motor function, or something else that means frequent shopping and hours over a hot stove doesn’t work for you. What are your go-to meals and recipes? Do you have a few three- or four-ingredient meals you bung in ...