• 2013,  acceptance,  access,  argh,  attitudes,  CP related,  difficulties,  disability,  drama,  frustrations,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  ranting,  sarcasm,  so you had a bad day,  things people say,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair

    A word of advice

    For those who don’t know me. Don’t try offering me unsolicited advice or helpful suggestions about my wheelchair and then go off on me when I tell you’re wrong and calmly explain the reasons why I do what I do and/or can’t do anything else. Telling me where you saw me cross the road is dangerous is one thing. Repeatedly screeching at me that I’m going to get myself killed when I tell you its the only place I can is upsetting. And talking to me like I’m stupid and telling me that I do have a choice and could cross the road elsewhere is another that shouldn’t happen. Suggesting…

  • 2013,  blogging,  Family,  forwards,  internet,  interwebs,  letter unsent,  me me me,  perceptions,  personal,  perspective,  sharing,  thinking,  twitter,  Uncategorized

    Legacy

    I can’t remember where but a few weeks ago I read something that I’ve been thinking about on and off ever since. It said that in the future our descendants won’t need to employ traditional genalogy techniques to learn about us. Because what they know about us will be from our facebook posts, tweets, and blogs. I like that idea because it means that potentially (should it turn out to be true) it means those in the future will know a lot more about my past then I will tell them. And they’ll know more about me than I do my own ancestors. I knew all of my grandparents and…

  • 2013,  attitudes,  blogging,  campaigns,  CP related,  current affairs,  disability,  disability blogs,  disablism,  freedom,  guest blog,  interwebs,  language,  Paralympics,  political,  press,  ranting,  sailing,  Uncategorized

    Disability in the media

    I’m paying a second visit over at Bea Magazine this month.  I wrote about the disability issues which were raised by the news that paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. You can read it here: Disability and the Reeva Steenkamp Murder The coverage of disability in the media has always been problematic but I’m really hoping this might be the beginning of it changing. I suspect that it’s more likely that it will change the way violence against women is covered by the media than disability.  Still I hope. Last year I was asked to speak to the local paper about my…

  • 2013,  books and reading,  reviews,  Uncategorized

    A couple of Quick Reads

    Following on from yesterday’s entry For The Love Of A Book, here is my review of two of the latest editions to the Quick Reads series. First I read Today Everything Changes by Andy McNab. It’s a biography of parts of his childhood and when he first joined the army. Here’s the blurb from the back cover: Abandoned as a baby, Andy McNab’s start in life was tough. He grew up in South London with foster parents, and poverty on all sides. Andy attended seven schools in as many years, disillusioned and in remedial classes. Before long his life was one of petty crime. By the age of sixteen he…

  • 2013,  benefits,  books and reading,  C-A-B,  campaigns,  courage,  disability,  Uncategorized

    For the love of a book

    I love to read. This comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me or who reads this blog regularly I’m sure. There’s just something about picking up a book and losing yourself in it. It makes me think, I learn stuff, it’s enjoyable. They make me laugh, cry and just feel. Sometimes I reach for a book as pure escapism and it also means as long as I’ve got a book or my kindle in my bag I can fill a few minutes waiting at the hairdressers or the doctors really easily and it makes the wait less annoying. According to statistics 1 in 6 adults of working age…

  • 2013,  advocacy,  attitudes,  awareness,  campaigns,  current affairs,  disability,  disablism,  good/bad,  Uncategorized

    Tell A Feminist Thank You and Disability Mentors

    Since this afternoon I keep seeing tweets pop up with #tellafeministthankyou (hashtag “tell a feminist thank you” for those who find those hard to read). I got to thinking.  It would be good to have a similar thing for people who campaign on disability issues.  But what would you call it? Feminism is generally considered to be a good thing and to have made amazing strides forward in rights for women both in this country and others.  The suffragette movement and the fact women in the UK can vote being just one example.  It’s the one that comes to mind because I just read The Children’s Book by AS Byatt…

  • 2013,  acceptance,  antidepressants,  courage,  depression,  difficulties,  fluoxetine,  guest blog,  meds,  mental health,  normal,  Sertraline,  sharing,  treatment,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Talking, Ten Years Later

    It’s that time of the month again when I mosey on over to Bea Magazine and share what I’m thinking, feeling, doing, whatever with them. I don’t like February. There have been a lot of tough times in previous ones and there are several anniversaries now in a short time. It’s been long enough now that most of their sting has gone but still it lurks. This year I remembered the dates but it wasn’t until several days into the month when I wondered why I felt down and put it together that its often a time I struggle. Yesterday marked 10 years since I was first diagnosed with depression.…

  • 2013,  action3,  baclofen,  dream diary,  identity,  laterals,  personal,  perspective,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  songs of my life,  thinking,  Uncategorized,  walking,  wheelchair

    A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes…

    I’ve been doing a fair amount of writing (fiction) and the character I was writing about was thinking about the disney version of Cinderella. Specifically the song lyric “A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.” And then I started thinking about it. I frequently remember my dreams. They are very detailed and often borderline surreal. I can remember dreams I had months or years ago although not usually when I had them. I also have a recurring dream. I’ve not had it for absolutely ages but it was the one that came to mind. I think taking baclofen might have something to do with the…