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Posts from ‘January, 2010’

Women and Disability and Poetry (Not Necessarily in That Order)

I’ve recently been following a conversation, on various web forums, about women and disability and poetry (not necessarily in that order). This discussion was partly catalyzed by Jennifer Bartlett’s essay on feminist poetry on the blog delirious hem. In her essay, Bartlett writes about some of the prejudices and mistreatment that she’s faced as a […]

More about Haiti and Disability…

I wrote last week about Portlight Strategies Inc., which is mobilizing aid to Haitians, especially those with disabilities, in the aftermath of the earthquake. Portlight is continuing to collect emergency supplies and equipment, for shipment from Atlanta to Port-au-Prince. The group still needs money and publicity to carry out its important work. If you want […]

Judi Chamberlain (1944-2010), Activist, Author, Global Traveler — In (Some of) Her Own Words

Judi Chamberlin passed away a few days ago, leaving a legacy of activism, truth-telling, and leadership. She was a highly respected founder of the movement for civil rights for people with psychiatric labels, and for all people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. She had recently kept a regular blog called “Life As a Hospice Patient.” […]

How to Help Haitians?

“Haiti Rocked by 7.0 Quake.” I read the news as I sat in the waiting room at Children’s Hospital, checking the New York Times website on my laptop computer. Of course I was worried about my daughter, going through a surgical procedure that was minor but nevertheless required general anesthesia. Now, less than 24 hours […]

Machines

I woke up with this thought today, and decided to write it down, illustrate it, and put it out there in cyberspace.

New Year Blue Moon

New Year Blue Moon Blue moon isn’t blue. It’s the pink that white becomes when mixed with city light and smog. It starts as a smudge behind bare trees. Add a dash of nostalgia, a pinch of anticipation. Then chill. Serve faithfully, even when the moon is new, invisible, and the year is old, less […]

A Writer’s Resolutions

It’s 2010, which sounds weirdly futuristic, but nevertheless here we are. The imagined future has once again surprised us by becoming the lived present. Time to embrace the calendar by making short-term promises to ourselves. In no particular order, here are a few of my resolutions: *I resolve to write down poetic lines when they […]