Love the Phrasing "…able-bodied and disabled"

Posted August 30th, 2007 by Anthony

This morning in our local paper, the Press Democrat, a columnist said, talking about the invitees for an upcoming community supper, “The idea is that folks wealthy and poor, native-born and immigrant, able-bodied and disabled…will sit and visit… .” I wrote to thank the columnist, Chris Coursey. When I read the column I was struck […]

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Change in the Zeitgeist

Posted August 22nd, 2007 by Anthony

For the second time this week I’ve seen reference to how someone’s disability helped to make a new product or song. This is the exact opposite of the super crip or the overcomer. It shows a reality that I know. When you’ve got a disability you have to be inventive. The first is Doc Pomus, […]

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Old Attitudes

Posted August 12th, 2007 by Anthony

from a disability perspective. Archives Sunday, August 12, 2007 Old Attitudes The word amputees and surfing in an LA Times headline on my newsreader caught my eye this morning. It was a nice, little feel-good piece on veterans with recent amputations going surfing. A swimsuit manufacturer sponsored a weekend to teach them how to surf. […]

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New Lady Chatterly's Lover

Posted July 13th, 2007 by Anthony

Another version of “Lady Chatterly’s Lover” is coming to the US after the San Francisco Film Festival and winning 5 C├ęsars (the French Oscar). For those who’ve never read D. H. Lawrence’s book or seen the other, usually tawdry, versions, Lord Chatterly is a wheelchair user after an injury in World War I. As is […]

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Orange Flags?!??

Posted June 17th, 2007 by Anthony

I’ve been fascinated by the wheelchair fashion of a number of our locals. Two necessary items they use to decorate their power chairs or scooters are American flags in different configurations and an orange signal flag. Interesting, yes, but not a fashion I necessarily subscribe to. Well, perhaps that might change if the writers to […]

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Not Overcoming Nor Transforming But Integrating

Posted October 1st, 2005 by Anthony

In last Sunday’s Book Review section in the San Francisco Chronicle Sanford D. Horwitt reviewed Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf She. “whatever greatness Lincoln achieved cannot be explained as a triumph over personal suffering. Rather, it must be accounted for as an outgrowth of the same […]

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Punk Band Names

Posted August 26th, 2005 by Anthony

It seems that with few exceptions most punk bands that have a disability-related title don’t have much to do with disability. They’re great names, though: The Chocolate Wheelchair, Handicap Parking, Wheelchair Groupie, Crotchless Leather Wheelchair, and Wheelchair Getaway Driver. One anomaly is the Angry Amputees, a San Francisco band. One of their members is a […]

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New Book of MS Portraits

Posted April 26th, 2004 by Anthony

According to a blurb in American Photo there is a new photo book out. It’s by Amelia Davis. She’s documenting with portraits people who share her MS identity, e.g. Richard Pryor. The title is My Story (Demos Medical Publishing). I haven’t seen any of the portraits from the book yet, but her web site has […]

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Blind, Black, and Singing the Blues

Posted February 17th, 2004 by Anthony

KPFA, the Bay Area’s Pacifica station, now has a disability show. It’s Pushing the Limits. Broadcast at 6:30 PM on Sundays, it’s broadcast on the web and archived on KPFA’s web site. On Sunday, February 15 they broadcast a half hour show on blind blues singers, “Blind, Black, and Singing the Blues.” Please excuse the […]

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Triplets of Bellville

Posted February 16th, 2004 by Anthony

I’m fascinated that disability keeps showing up in different venues. The Triplets of Bellville is an animated movie from France, Canada, Belgium, and the UK. The primary character is the Grandmother. Her right shoe has a significant lift, so when she walks she makes a clumping noise. It’s a style of orthopedic shoe one just […]

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