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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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Welfare, Racism and the Post-Standard (Part I)


I used to read the Post-Standard on line at Syracuse.com, and I read the comments after the stories.  Today there is a story about a 15-year-old who got into a fight at the mall and was arrested for having a sawed-off … Continue reading

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A Survivor’s Birthday/Christmas


On Thursday I asked my therapist, “What am I doing here?”  She replied, “Life review.”  On Friday, a friend asked for my New Year’s resolutions.  Saturday I went to see the movie “Hugo” wherein the child, whose father had trained … Continue reading

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Not Welfare, But Poor


So I emailed the library Reference Dept. and asked them my questions about who’s poor and sick and getting Welfare or Medicaid and they replied: Hi, Here is a link to the information available through the American FactFinder US Census website.  It shows … Continue reading

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R*E*S*P*E*C*T and the Aluminum Baseball Bat (Part II)


Crystal, the black woman who has been my aide, has embarrassed me in public several times.  On one occasion, we were going through the university and there were a bunch of kids spread across the sidewalk ahead of my wheelchair.  … Continue reading

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R*E*S*P*E*C*T and the Aluminum Baseball Bat (Part I)


            I am currently absent one home health aide.  Whether she quit or I fired her is a toss up.             Reduced to its essence, the exchange was as follows: Me:  Next, pick up the stuff. Her:  Pick it up yourself. … Continue reading

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