Wednesday we paid our yearly visit to the International Polio Clinic in Framingham, M.A.. This is always an anxiety filled experience for both my wife and me, so much so that it has become the focus of much gallows humor. Continue reading
(not satire - it's ConDemNation today)
Back in 2011, Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs joined together to reject an amendment which would have exempted terminally ill cancer patients from benefit cuts.
They decided that if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness such as cancer - but have been given more than 6 months to live - you will have to work or starve.
Fall has come to Vermont. Having the weekend largely to myself, yesterday I drove up to Eden to see foliage. The reason I drove north was Autumn color generally moves north to south, and from high elevation to low. Here in the big valley the color is spotty at best, although the trees that have changed are often vibrant.
My preferred way of leaf-peeping is on foot, but that mode of transportation has become more difficult for me, so I drove. The problem with driving is one misses a lot. After all, a primary task of driving is watching the road. Autumn color is a serious distraction for those of us who live here; it is a huge problem for tourists. The back roads up to Eden and back were largely devoid of tourists. The spots I stopped to take photos were occupied by other Vermonters, cameras in hand. We happily teased each other about acting the tourist. (Vermonters generally appreciate tourists and tend to get a bit cranky about them when we are overrun in the Fall.) Another issue with driving is that often there is no place to pull over when a splendid foliage moment presents itself. Often, there are cars close behind one and throwing on one’s breaks endangers the other drivers. Having local license plates makes that worse.
This year I am uber aware of the challenges of getting those remarkable Fall photos we all dream about. Gimpy legs add a whole new layer, in addition to bright midday sun, telephone pole wires, and wall to wall photographers.
"The British ParaOrchestra, based in London, is an orchestra consisting entirely of musicians with disabilities—the first ever orchestra of its kind in the United Kingdom. The ParaOrchestra was formed by conductor Charles Hazlewood in 2011 as a project to create a platform for the top disabled musicians, with the hope that its success would lead to better integration of the disabled into music and performing arts.
I’ve just returned from a meeting of our city’s Accessibility Committee. The committee was reformed several months ago, after a lengthy hiatus. The committee has been active, even through the summer. Wondrously, the city and its various departments have been fully engaged with us, making our volunteering rewarding, and offering us opportunities to create meaningful change in the community. The committee’s meetings are engaging and citizen input is welcome and crucial to the process.
Now as the evening gathers, I am at home. Yesterday was a splendid day as Jennie and I accomplished the large task of organizing much of the garage. I awoke energy filled, and the day unfurled with little effort. What a joy! Continue reading
We finally have a hitch rack that can accommodate my electric assist bike. Yesterday we went up to St, Albans and took a LONG ride on the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. It took some time to figure out getting the bikes on the rack the first time. It turns out the person who installed the rack reversed a piece….. Then we stopped at the Winooski Farmers’ Market to pick up desert. We finally made it to the trail head about noon. Continue reading
A few weeks ago we attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Vermont Zen Center. The day was splendid, and the ceremonies moving.
I have had a rather rocky relationship with the Zen Center due to issues of accessibility. Sometimes the Center has been very accommodating, other times attending functions there has been a challenge. Visits go best when I remember to bring slippers. Unfortunately, on the day of the Anniversary Celebration my slippers were at the office and I forgot to stop and pick them up. Continue reading