Category Archives: Transportation

Centro and the Smoke Alarm


This morning I learned that in November 2013 a palliative-care nurse practitioner testified at a hearing that with my glucose level as high as it was, I would be dead within six months. Here I still am. I’ve been counted … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of an Activist


It is 7:23 a.m. and the sun is rising over Syracuse; the temperature is zero. I always find zero a particularly dispiriting temperature, rather like a flat line on an EKG: everything has come to a halt; life is over. … Continue reading

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Poor and Sick in America: Me and My Neighbors


It is 7:26 a.m. and the sun is rising over Syracuse. Chimney smoke flows flat across the city: the temperature is -10. The snow plow in the parking lot below my window is irritating with its back-up horn. With the … Continue reading

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Home Aide, Homeopathy and Immunology (Part I)


My day started with a greeting card pushed under my door by a friend. The card said— No matter how crazy my life gets, I know you’ll be there. And when it’s your turn to lose it, You can count … Continue reading

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The Right of Way


It started a few years ago with the A-frame signs. The signs were about two feet wide and three feet tall and they advertised what was for sale inside the business. The signs were placed on the sidewalk in front … Continue reading

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Call-a-Bus Meets Anne Woodlen


We interrupt this series of blogs about Medicaid patients being unable to get home health aides in order to bring you a short history of Call-a-Bus. Call-a-Bus, hereinafter referred to as CAB, is public transportation solely for people who are … Continue reading

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Cop Hits Cop


This morning I went in my power wheelchair to the Downtown Farmers Market. After purchasing beets, squash, zinnias and gladiolas, I headed home. About 11:25 a.m. I was sitting in the bike path headed east at a red light at … Continue reading

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