"Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self" - May Sarton I love good writers, poets and story tellers so to be able to open with a quote by May Sarton (also an outspoken activists on gay rights years before its time) is a good omen. I can't take anymore media … Continue reading The Baron’s of the Badlands
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 a disability. This was done, in part, because of her interest in the recently release … Continue reading The Fiefdom of Bureaucracy
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 new sensation that can best be described as a hive of bee's crawling over my … Continue reading What Is Family?
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 had been thrown in my direction I probably wouldn't be where I am today. With … Continue reading The Aging Challenge
Stuck in the Middle…
"Most 'Monty Python' fans are, of course, baby-boomers, who have long been a nostalgic lot and are growing more so as they totter towards old age" - Terry Teachout There is an old adage that goes "being in the right place at the right time" which applies to individual or a whole generations. From a generational … Continue reading Stuck in the Middle…
On Being a Victim
"You can slowly ease into being a victim or you can accept being a victim, the only difference is the level of fight" - Terry Wiens (2018) I had a very hard time falling asleep last night and was plagued with thoughts regarding victimization. There's a twisted irony to a week containing the annual celebration … Continue reading On Being a Victim
Is Being a Pioneer Worth It?
"In a word I was a pioneer, and therefore had to blaze my own trail" - Major Taylor There's a light fog out there today, maybe better described as a mist but enough that you know the horizon is there but you can't quite make it out. That same fogginess has been clouding my mind … Continue reading Is Being a Pioneer Worth It?
Generational Gaps Killed Sears
"Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honour their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging." - Maya Angelou Growing up as a baby-boomer the arrival of the Sears Christmas Wish catalogue was one of the simple joys of the time. The Sears closure … Continue reading Generational Gaps Killed Sears
When Independence Isn’t Worth It…
"The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which … Continue reading When Independence Isn’t Worth It…
The Unexpected Legacy
"I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I conquered my nightmares because of my dreams" - Jonas Salk In 1952 Dr. Jonas Salk introduced the first polio vaccine. He was so convinced of its effectiveness that he inoculated himself, his wife and their three children. One of the driving forces behind his … Continue reading The Unexpected Legacy