Monthly Archives: June 2012

The World Without (Part II)


I only saw one man herding a group of children at the Refugees Festival.  He was tall, thin and dressed in a long white garment.  As he urged his children to make way for me and my wheelchair, I asked … Continue reading

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The World Without (Part I)


There were about a thousand people at the Refugee Festival yesterday and almost all of them were born in Africa, Asia or India.  Sadly, relatively few American-born people attended.  What they missed, first, was a cacophony of color in the … Continue reading

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The Franks, and No More Jazz


Centro bus company has gotten a bazillion dollars of the taxpayers’ money to build the Hub–an unpleasant new bus center erected downtown that preempted the Red Cross blood collection station.  And how is Centro serving those taxpayers? Well, it for darn sure … Continue reading

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Of Heat Waves and Chest Pains


What do you do when life gets tough?  When you’re in the middle of a heat wave (at least three days with the temperature over 90 degrees) or having chest pains, what do you do? If you called me up … Continue reading

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In the World of Peas and Corn


Ode magazine is changing its name to The Optimist.  The magazine was conceived in France, born in the Netherlands and grew up in America.  It says it is for “pioneers of the possible” and I like that phrase. What if … Continue reading

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On Being Black (Part I)


Being disabled is a lot like being African-American in that both are about physical qualities that have nothing to do with the essence of being human.  In biblical terms, what we’re talking about here are the clay pots that contain the … Continue reading

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The Continuing Rip-off by the Post-Standard


The Post-Standard newspaper box in the lobby of my building continually and randomly takes money but doesn’t open the door so you can get a paper and I, continually and randomly, keep trying to get my money back from the … Continue reading

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