Chronological Archives

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Recommended Reading for December 2 Recommended Reading for Wednesday, December 2, 2009
  • Poetry! I’ve been thinking a lot about disability and creativity. Harnessing our energies and letting them into the universe, finding ways to express our experiences. I wanted to share a few poems I’ve found by disabled women. “Naked, at 45” by Tracy Koretsky Like pampas grass, whose blush fades, whose reeds desiccate and snap, or like the house left ...
  • Guest Post: Disability and Aging Living in our bodies is a day-by-day, minute-by-minute experience. In our experience, and the experience of our friends who are our ages or older, aging does entail additional maintenance time and energy. More small things about our bodies need attention than they did 25 years ago. We go to doctors more often. We have more ...