I just got back in from a quick wheel around the community. It is still warm enough (the sun is bright) to do a good wheel and not lose too much air out of my tires. However, based on the numbness of my fingertips it was chillier than I thought. But they are forecasting a … Continue reading New Decade, New Direction
DISCLAIMER, THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT. NO MONIES OR PARTY SUPPORT IS COMING FOR THIS ARTICLE OR THE ONES TO COME. THEY ARE SIMPLY A CONCERNED CITIZEN ACCESSING THEIR CHARTER RIGHTS OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. Prime Minister Stephen Harper took a short walk this morning to the Governor Generals home and dropped the writ … Continue reading Canadian Election 2015 – Day 1
I've been an activist for the rights of the disabled for over 50 years. I have watched, participated and benefitted from some of the many changes that have taken place in my life time. The other thing I have witnessed repeatedly is that for every two step forward we wind up with one step back. … Continue reading It Just Keeps Coming Back
Recently I had a little back and forth with an individual that really brought the idea of advocacy back home to me and, in particular, its relationship to physical access. I recognize access as a right and I have spend the better part of my life fighting for and defending rights. Not just those of persons … Continue reading It’s Alright to Say No!
In many of my posts I have often mentioned "worlds within worlds" or people "living in their bubbles". This is not meant in a negative way and actually is not all that uncommon based on social anthropology. It is known as "tribalism". The Merriam Webster dictionary defines tribalism as "loyalty to a tribe or other … Continue reading Tribalism – Worlds within Worlds
There is a line close to the end of a movie called Rory O'Shea Was Here that I have adopted for my own use. "A right must exist independently of its exercise". I love this movie and I believe this line is very powerful. I have referenced this line in past posts however in … Continue reading Why Have Rights?
I know many of you are already thinking "There's goes Terry again, picking another fight" but some you can't just walk (or in my case wheel) away from. I'm not really known for my complacency so I am taking a big exception to this one. In part because I was in living in Calgary during … Continue reading And the Fight Continues
On Friday Oct 4/13 a gentleman sets himself on fire, otherwise known as self-immolation, on the National Mall in Washington. A day later he dies and has to be identified through DNA testing. Now the investigators are scratching their heads in wonderment over why he might have done this. The act of self-immolation as a … Continue reading Will History Repeat?
My move is done, I'm basically settled in with only my wall hangings to get up and a new sofa being delivered in about two weeks. The wall hangings are proving to be difficult but that is the nature of living in a wheelchair. Hopefully I can find a local day workers program and hire … Continue reading The Age of Indifference
I was recently out for supper with a pleasant well educated couple whose company I have always enjoyed. As usual, with me, the conversation did drift around to politics. The issue of right/left came up a number of times however I am much prefer a more centrist common sense approach. I find this right/left conversation … Continue reading Please Don’t Try to Help Me!