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About terrywiens

Politically engaged, defender of rights whether or not I agree with the situation, techno nerd and someone who believes in open dialogue as well as open democracy. Father/grandfather and polio survivor who has maintained his own independence all of his life

The Fiefdom of Bureaucracy

“In any bureaucracy, there’s a natural tendency to let the system become an excuse for inaction” – Chris Fussell    A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by a BC reporter, Melanie Green, regarding the conundrum of aging with … Continue reading

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Introspection on Perception

Reflection or Refraction I look in the mirror and what do I see, The reflection there, that can’t be me, Others see what they want me to be, From the reflection that’s there I want to flee. Who can say … Continue reading

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The Winding Road of Life

“Let us never know what old age is.  Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years” – Ausonius With the exception of some birds twittering outside it is very quiet however it is only 5:30 in the … Continue reading

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Back Home and Back to Basics

History never really says goodbye.  History says “see you later” – Eduardo Galeano Between dealing with the “normal” aging process of a non-conventional body and watching the erosion of disability rights I have been withdrawing into a numbness.  I feel … Continue reading

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What Is Family?

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life” – Richard Bach It is one of those days and the frequency is increasing.  I have been experiencing a … Continue reading

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Who Is Responsible…We Are

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter” – Winston Churchill I have been watching some of the online news coverage of the March Across America movement and one of the words that is providing … Continue reading

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The Aging Challenge

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength” – Betty Friedan Having spent all of my life with a disability I have learnt never to take anything for granted.  If I accepted every “assumption” that … Continue reading

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