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Confusion Reigns

There were about 8 doors into the place. I checked, none had an auto opener. OK, it's difficult but I can get through these doors. My right hand is fully engaged with the controls of the chair, so I need to use my left hand on a right handed door. Show More Summary

No Means Force

We were grabbing a bite of lunch at a small cafe, in a mall, right across from a booth that sold jewelry and where ears could be pierced for a fee. A mother approaches with a little girl of six or seven years old. The little girl isShow More Summary

Changing Landscape

Cranes have become a prominent feature of the downtown Minneapolis skyline over the last few months. My neighborhood is now a hub of construction activity that includes the new Vikings stadium, the Downtown East development, and various apartment buildings. It’s good to see so much revitalization in downtown after several years of stagnation. Minneapolis has [...]

Exclusion: It Hurts

Part ThreeAfter the pre-show everyone who had bought premium seating returned to their ticketed seats while the people waiting in the lobby streamed into the theatre. Ruby and Sadie sat in the raised chairs beside me, Joe in the row in front. Show More Summary

Rockin’ It, Part II

The news today is particularly awful, so let’s focus on something less miserable. I’ve blogged previously about Jillian Mercado, the fashion blogger with a disability who was featured in a Diesel ad campaign. Mercado may have to start referring to herself as a model/blogger because she’s now mugging for the Nordstrom catalog. It’s thrilling to [...]

The Opposite of Welcome: In Retreat

We arrive, as instructed, an hour early. The show starts at 11 but those with premium seats need to be there at 10. We go in and I pull in to the accessible seat while Joe along with Ruby and Sadie continue on down to take a seat, as instructed, at the front of the theatre. Show More Summary

Car Talk

After much waiting and bureaucratic hoop-jumping, I drove home in my new Honda Odyssey earlier this week. Automotive technology has advanced considerably since 1999. My Caravan’s engine always made its presence known with a steady rumble, but I can barely hear the Odyssey’s engine. Everything is very sleek and digital and unobtrusive. It’s like commuting via the [...]

Buying Tickets: The Story Begins

When we saw that a play about dinosaurs, called the Dinosaur Zoo, was opening just down the street from where we live, we immediately wanted to get tickets to take the girls. They LOVE dinosaurs and the play looked fun, interactive and educational. Show More Summary

I'm Here

I've received a couple of comments from people worried about my lack of posts over the last few days. I am fine. However, I'm a bit blocked with blogging. I want to write about something, tell the whole tale, but even the idea of the...Show More Summary

Raw Video: Nurse sings 'Frozen' duet with young cancer patient

Raw Video: Nurse sings 'Frozen' duet with young cancer patientShout out to all the great nurses out there who do so much - and to this great singing duo

Mountains, Molehiles and Me

BANG!It was like my wheelchair blew a tire. Which is, of course, impossible because my manual chair has rims that run on a solid rubber ring. But... it sounded like I blew a tire. I was riding on a bus, going to work, trying to figure...Show More Summary

A Confession

We were driving south, coming home from work, when I saw a man sitting on the street. He had a cap out in front of him for passersby to throw change into. He stared vacantly into the distance while his right hand slowly stroked the fur of one of the two dogs that curled up next to him. Show More Summary

Mourning

When I ride to work, using WheelTrans, I never know what route I'm going to take or who I'm going to meet. I like this as a way to begin my day. It shakes the brain up a bit and makes each turn a bit of a mystery. Over the many years of using the service, I've come to ride on many streets and take many routes. Show More Summary

Oh THAT'S Accessible

We had the opportunity to visit someone last week who lives in a fully accessible apartment. I'd never been in one before. My own apartment is one that we've made adaptions to, increasing my independence as much as possible, and as a result I'd been thinking it was pretty accessible.It isn't.This apartment had a fully accessible bathroom. Show More Summary

A Magic Bench

After Joe and I had lunch at the Royal Ontario Museum on Saturday we planned to go for stroll down Philosopher's Walk, which is a beautiful area beside the museum to stroll through a small park. In my wheelchair bag we'd packed the novels...Show More Summary

Fashion Follows Form: The Exhibit

If you know me well, or if you've seen me from a distance, you might get that I'm not a dedicated follower of fashion. I remember, once, being introduced by Nigel Devine at a venue in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. "One thing you can say about...Show More Summary

The Shaded Side of Prejudice: A Question for You

I was stopped by a young woman, with a physical disability, who was looking for directions to Dundas Square. I've always liked giving directions, it seems like such an easy way to show my pride in my city and it allows me to add to its reputation as a wonderful place to visit. Show More Summary

Double Double

They are usually young men.Late teens, early twenties, maybe.Most often they have tattoos and swagger.They are the double slappers.I love these guys.They work in one of two ways.If I am approaching a door with an automatic opener, and they are ahead of me, when they notice me they hit the button to open the door. Show More Summary

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