"It is worth our passions as it is with fire and water; they are good servants but bad masters" - Aesop's Fables 1692 I am really upset with this most recent suggestions from our local government to cut $9 million from our fire departments budget. This is no way to manage a progressive city, public … Continue reading Burning Through Tax Dollars
It has been one crazy busy week and yet I feel like nothing was accomplished. The week ended on a sad note when I was made aware of the loss of yet another childhood friend. My thoughts and prayer go out to Randy, Cathy's surviving husband plus their kids. This took me back to my … Continue reading Memorializing Youth
Well Easter is behind us, spring looks like it is upon us and I'm starting to ramp up for the season. Good to be able to get out to do some wheeling around without rain. I recently wheeled over to check out the new Smitty's restaurant. Upon my arrival I discovered a senior trying to … Continue reading Standards or Intent?
Another day of rain which is just fine. The rain and temperature beats the crap out of the snow and the -30 (or worse) Celsius temperatures hammering the east. It has been raining so hard here today that the rain is bouncing back up a good four or five feet. I know it is that … Continue reading The Conflicts of Life
I can't believe we are almost two weeks into 2016 already. I am becoming increasingly convinced in that old belief that time does speed up as you get older. However it isn't my intention to provide a lay-persons perspective of Einstein's theories on the speed of time so I will get on with my purpose of … Continue reading 2016 Re-emergence of Common Sense?
I have always appreciated this comment by the late Mr. King Jr. I have been an activist for the better part of my life but at the time the term "disciplined nonconformists" meant little to me, it just sounded cool. I was really too young (probably about 17) to understand the negativity around the … Continue reading Access Activists
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
In the course of the last four days the subject of unwanted help has come up on three occasions. It has been my experience that when the same topic is coming up repeatedly from different sources it is time to take a look. Most recently with a childhood friend, also a polio survivor, who is … Continue reading Unwanted Help!
To all of the father's out there happy Fathers Day. My own father passed away in 1998 due to cancer so for him I always light a candle on this day. I still miss him and unfortunately I don't have any real pictures of him. Fathers Day, for me, takes on a special meaning. I'm … Continue reading The Fathers Day That Just About Wasn’t
I was in the middle of a Christmas event yesterday, courtesy of the Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association, when an interaction took place that created an epiphany moment. Although it was a general public event there were a number of persons there with disabilities. However, unlike myself, every other wheelchair dependent person there had an … Continue reading When the Epiphany Hits…