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Musings about disabilities from a young woman who has seen that world disabilities from multiple angles: front-line worker, friend, and stroke survivor. Grateful to be cured of an arteriovenous malformation that made itself known in my early 20's!
2020-01-19 23:00
It’s probably obvious by now that I’ve been on a break. I didn’t realize just how long a break until checked out the date of my last post…but I knew it had been… Read More
My Brain AVM Story: Seizure Disorder
2019-09-10 04:30
I’ll confess… in the few months between my last semester on campus at university and my first stroke, before my brain AVM surgery and the large stroke I had afterward, I smoked… Read More
Bill Peace Has Died
2019-07-09 12:58
Disability activist and academic Bill Peace died in his home last week, surrounded by his family. He was 59. It’s taken me a few days to figure out what I want to say about his death… Read More
Christmas Thoughts – 2018
2018-12-16 21:13
Christmas is on the way… It’s been a while since I’ve been here…over a month. I don’t like that. I don’t like being away that long. There are good re… Read More
My Brain AVM Story: Every Four Years
2018-10-15 22:19
Municipal elections have rolled around again, and last week I went to an  all-candidate’s meeting in my community. I wouldn’t have done this before my brain AVM surgery and… Read More
Politics On The Brain…
2018-06-13 21:27
You people that come here for disability talk can feel free to skip this post, if you like, because politics has got me feeling a little ranty today. Since y’all have always been so ac… Read More
My Brain AVM Story: May 29, Again…
2018-05-29 13:09
I’ve finally got the timing right on my annual “My Brain AVM: State of the Union” post! I usually start it far too early, and then I forget about it, and then it’s la… Read More
2018-05-25 11:25
To those who have read the previous post in their inbox already and went looking for the form I said was in it and emailed to tell me it’s not there…thank you. This appears to b… Read More
2018-05-25 04:08
Hello Everyone! You’ve probably been seeing a lot of these things lately…and at after 12:05 am on May 25,  I’m officially late, because 5 minutes ago some far-reachin… Read More
2018-05-03 00:14
I see that the Autistic Self Advocacy Network is holding a third call-in to the FDA about the Judge Rotenberg Center, and that their petition on is making the rounds…and it… Read More
My Brain AVM Story:  Setbacks
2018-04-13 00:48
Forgive me if this is boring. This blog has become a place where I work things out in my mind about my brain AVM journey…those who are interested are welcome to read, and those that a… Read More
Christmas 2017
2017-12-21 02:39
Image Description: A holiday greeting – the words “Happy Holidays in red with cartoon sprigs of holly, holly berries, and mistletoe arranged around the words. Content Note: Chris… Read More
My Brain AVM: Winter And Accessibility
2017-11-02 01:02
We had snow in my area yesterday. There’s no dodging it anymore: Winter is on its way. Winter changed a lot for me after my brain AVM surgery and stroke. Content Note: Ableism, accessi… Read More
My Brain AVM: Thoughts On Pain
2017-10-03 13:39
I’ve talked before about how I have a lot of privilege, considering that I had a brain AVM that required surgical intervention and that I’m now disabled. Part of that privilege i… Read More
My Brain AVM: Thoughts And Prayers
2017-09-10 18:35
This week I’ve received a lovely gift: a prayer shawl from the church I attended when I was a child. It got me thinking about disability and prayers. Content Note: Religion, “I&r&hell…Read More
2017-07-07 04:18
I moved again. I couldn’t stay at Medium. I had no control over anything – including the extent to which I can make the blog accessible to those that require it. And since I&rsqu&hell…Read More
Forgetting May 29th – My Stroke Story
2017-06-06 04:06
I wrote this when I was hosted at Medium, because when I moved there I lost the page on which I’d posted my stroke story…but I thought I’d post it here again anyway. Enjoy… Read More
Utilitarian Thinking And Ableism
2017-04-09 03:48
Content Note: Discrimination, Infanticide, Rape, Rape Culture, Systemic Ableism Image Description: “Ableism” in white, block letters across a brick wall. *** Two profoundly able… Read More
Rest In Peace, Anthony Corona
2017-04-02 03:24
Content Note: Ableism, Restraint, Abuse, Neglect, PWD Death Image Description: Small, lit, white candle held in someone’s cupped hands lights the darkness. *** When I was in school to… Read More
Welcome To Sesame Street, Julia!
2017-03-26 03:01
Content Note: Lack of agency, negative media representation, Autism Speaks Image Description: “Autism” in brightly-coloured, block letters against a black background. *** I fina… Read More
Jason Chaffetz, Health Care, And Privilege
2017-03-08 02:59
Content Note: Classism, ableism, poor shaming, Trumpcare Image Description: Red medical bag with a with white cross on it and a stethoscope resting on it. *** CNN has been out at my place s… Read More
Meryl Streep, We Don’t Need Your Outrage
2017-01-09 15:40
I blogged about the incident where Donald Trump mocked disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski back when it happened during the primaries, and frankly I roll my eyes a little bit every time someon… Read More
Christmas 2016
2016-12-25 04:29
I had hoped to find time to do a new Christmas post for this year…for a variety of reasons, I didn’t. In the past I’ve reblogged my 2014 post, “When Christmas Doesn… Read More
Annoyed By “Autism Mom” Hoodie
2016-10-29 16:48
A Facebook friend, a mother with an autistic child, called attention on her profile last night to an “Autism Mom” hoodie that she’d seen advertised: It’s hard to rea… Read More
Armchair Psychology And Election 2016
2016-08-15 03:08
So I’ve been working on my post about the Democratic National Convention (which I’m finding very difficult to write, for a number of reasons) and I’m hoping to get it onlin… Read More
2016-07-07 23:11
Yesterday I was checking Twitter all day, keeping up with how the story around the shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge was developing. And last night I was profoundly affected by the v… Read More
The Problem With “Grace”
2016-06-21 11:02
Some of you may have seen David M. Perry’s recent article in “The Atlantic” that analyzes the disability stereotypes in “Grace”, the anti-Trump ad produced by t… Read More
Lily Parra Needs A New Heart
2016-05-03 22:55
Here’s a familiar story. Four-month-old Lily Parra won’t be put on the transplant list for the heart she needs because of disability. Long-time readers may remember that I’… Read More
Attawapiskat Needs Help
2016-04-21 11:53
The First Nations community of Attawaspikat in Ontario, Canada, is in a state of emergency. Since September 2015, over 100 people have attempted suicide, one of them just 11 years old. Eleve… Read More
10 Days
2016-04-16 01:43
The blog has been down for 10 days. When I typed “” into my URL bar and my site actually came up, I almost cried. I never knew how important this blog, that… Read More
Administrative Note
2016-03-31 01:54
Some time in the next few days (probably over the weekend) I’ll be moving the blog over from this self-hosted domain to Blogspot. I’m taking the domain with me, so once I’v… Read More
2016-03-16 22:54
On Tuesday I dropped into Twitter to see what people were seeing about Primary Tuesday, and got distracted immediately by a discussion that noted disability writer and advocate David M. Perr… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
I haven’t been here for a while. And there’s been so much to write about! Since I last posted I’ve watched both a Republican and a Democratic Presidential debate. Donald Tr… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
I thought that it was probably time to post an update on the chronic pain that I’ve been having in my left leg (my weak leg) since last January. After an MRI showed that there was noth… Read More

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