Thursday, March 31, 2005

Terri's gone (Personal opinion/Spiritual/Political)

Terri Schindler Schiavo died this morning. I am so sad tht we live in a country where you can starve and dyhydrate someone to death because they have a severe disability.

Update (6/27/05): It has come to light that "reports" claim Terri's brain was far more compromised that originally thought by her biological family or activists. That said, the info. we get from the media doesn't always tell us all sides and viewpoints. We will probably never know the full picture of Terri's consciencousness or lack thereof. If you have become interested in working to protect the medical treatment rights of severely disabled people to live, please visit which is being redesigned to serve individuals and their families.

A note before visiting these sites: The whole Terri situation was tragic on countless levels. There were "liberals" and "conservatives" on both sides...and each often found themselves in "strange company", fighting for the same end, but perhaps is some cases for VERY different reasons. Some of these sites are "Liberal/Progressive", and some are "Conservative", what some might call "right wing". I don't want to characterize each site, that is for you to decide. Just wanted to let you know what you migt be getting at each of these sites.

a memorial page for Terri
Review of a book at NY Books
Joni E. Tada on Terri's plight
Murder by Starvation? What would Jesus say?
a video of Terri

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Being Stuck

Hmmmm. How personal to get on a blog that *anyone* in the world can see. I don't think that many people actually do see this, but anyway, I still think about that. My husband and I are at the point where we're ready to start our family. But because my disability makes it hard enough for me to get around, and the extra weight of a baby will only make it more difficult....I know I need to lose some weight first.

I admit it - I am a woman of very little willpower. I only do things if I'm totally jazzed about them, and/or if they are easy. Last Spring, I was on a roll....I was taking a class I loved, I was out on the bikepath in my wheelchair, watching what I ate. I was soooo excited about life....there wasn't enough time in the day for all the wonderful things I wanted to do...and well, food managed to go into the "background".

Yesterday I spoke with my therapist about losing weight for having a baby, and I cried. Was it because I'm nervous about being a mom, or because I'm overwhelmed at the thought of "dieting"? I don't know....but I did admit I've been in my slump on and off for about a year now, and that I eat as a way of self-medicating.

So why the hell am I babbling about this on a public website? Because I know this struggle is *anything* but unique...and I thought someone *might* read this, and either be comforted that they aren't the only ones....or someone might email me, or who knows? Maybe I figured if Wynonna can have a whole seciton on her website about her weight - damn it, so can I! LOL!

I'll post more later.....or maybe I won't. It's my blog, so I can do what I want! ;-)

Traveling the Road,


Monday, March 07, 2005

Time to get Writing again!

Well, I've started a Poetry Blog just for my poetry.....although I may put a few other things there. Look to the left and you'll see links to my poetry blog, my webshots page, and my website. I just started two online classes at Barnes & Noble's "University" - their online classes. One is poetry, the other is memoir writing. I'm excited! I haven't written in quite a while, and I'm eager to get back to it!

I hope if you're someone who has neglected your creativity for a while (whatever form it may take), that this might motivate you to get back to YOUR art!


Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Million Dollar Baby - warning: rant!

So Million Dollar Baby cleaned up at the Oscars. Ugh. It wouldn't be so bad if there were some POSITIVE, constructive portrayals of disability in Hollywood. But there really aren't. And to portray disability as a fate worse than death....without questioning it....I just can't stand it. Especially in an era when a woman is being threatened with death because her husband thinks "she wouldn't want to live with a disability". :-(

End of rant. But here are some links to articles that put it even better than I do:

Million Dollar Bigot
Common Dreams on MDB
Disability Studies Quarterly on MDB
Not Dead Yet's Oscar Protest
Joni E. Tada

And since my Vile Cretin page on my website always drew critism that I was a bitter, negative person - - here is a POSITIVE recommendation for a movie to see *instead* of MDB:

Murderball - a movie about quad rugby