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From God to Linda McKeown–There’s a Trip


How do I know that God’s got my back? The first and biggest confirmation of this came about three years after I was diagnosed with nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, which is a rare form of kidney damage that is caused by bad doctors … Continue reading

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On Being a Bond-Servant


So Rev. Craig Schaub and I prayed and then we, along with my psychologist, Dr. Paul Cohen, went up to see the hospital’s medical director, whose name is not worthy of repeating.  His job was to catch the flak, as … Continue reading

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The Bullies at Centro


Linda McKeown, the manager of Call-a-Bus, used bullying as her management style and she passed it down to her staff.  Herewith my letter to her on October 18, 2004: Dear Linda,             I have spoken with Sharon Keener, manager of … Continue reading

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On Being Loaded


As a society we maintain a fiction that electric wheelchairs enable people with disabilities to be independent.  The fact is that people with disabilities no longer have anyone upon whom they can depend to push their wheelchairs; that’s why we … Continue reading

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The Contractor and the Contractee


No, as it turned out, the ACLU could not help me.  The local branch apparently consisted solely of an executive director with no staff. I was sitting out there battering my head against Mike Addario, general manager of Rural Metro; … Continue reading

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So I Wrote to Rural Metro . . .


August 2, 2003 Mr. Michael Addario, General Manager, Rural Metro Re:  Medicaid Transport Dispatch Dear Mr. Addario: Please be advised that your employees are restricting my choice of transportation carriers. Last week, while on the phone with one of your … Continue reading

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The Perception of Powerlessness


So the days and nights went on, indistinguishable from one another, and I went to a neuropsychologist who told me that depression is triggered by the perception of powerlessness.  Then he told me to take more pills.  Antidepressants pills were what had … Continue reading

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