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Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: Wheelchair Terrorist Alert!

Several months ago at the Portland International Airport, in the midst of a routine patdown, a second uniformed TSA employee approached and told me I had tested positive for explosives. Me?  Explosives? I knew it wasn’t my shoes because I tend not to ever wear them anymore, except when traveling. Could it be my underwear? […]

Bully Pulpit: Bowers: Did Docs Follow Consent Rules?

Bully Pulpit: Bowers: Did Docs Follow Consent Rules?

Where was the Hippocratic Oath for Tim Bowers — the moral lynchpin of the medical profession — to first “do no harm,” when it was most needed?

Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: Wish vs. Reality

Sex and disability used to be strange bedfellows, but no more. After decades of declaring that cultural stereotyping is responsible for the misconception that disabled people are mostly asexual, maybe it’s time we changed our tune. Two television series, Push Girls, and now the remade Ironside, have been hawking sexuality like peanuts at Yankee Stadium. […]

Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: The Waiting Game

No one likes to wait. We avoid long lines of people waiting their turn to buy things; we get irritated when stuck in snail’s pace traffic; our frustration rises when we have a slow connection on the Internet. But there is a far more insidious type of waiting that goes on every day, all around […]

Bully Pulpit: Smidirín

Bully Pulpit: Smidirín

This past July, recuperating from hospitalization, I missed my 48th anniversary of the plane crash that paralyzed me. I usually distinguish the occasion with the flying of handmade paper airplanes, rubber-band driven planes or cheap balsa wood replicas. Whoever is with me on that day must participate in a contest to see who can produce […]

Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: What Might Be

Our August cover story — “Criptopia” — is a blend of what is, what is not, and what might be. Very much like everyday life. We complain about what is not and hope for what might be while coping with what is. Last month our cover story generated anger and bitterness because of what is […]

Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: No More Patient

OK, maybe I got a little too involved in researching and writing our cover story on unequal health care. I swear this wasn’t in the plan, but on the day I finished writing, I got sick, woozy and wracked with pain. Off to emergency I went. It was my leg again, this time the strong […]

Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: Reunion

In April I took a trip to California for a number of reunions, but the one that surprised me the most was when I reunited with myself. If you have lived the dual life that comes with spinal cord injury or a similar condition, you know how you can run into your “other” self when […]

Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: Backward Progress

The other night my wife and I were watching the local evening news when a story about a man with a recent spinal cord injury came on. It was the typical pathetic-yet-“inspirational” cripple story. The purpose? To raise money for yet another “special” poor soul, the kind of footage that makes nondisabled media consumers feel […]

Tim Gilmer

Bully Pulpit: Where does NM Stand?

In recent weeks New Mobility has received a handful of letters from readers complaining about what they perceive as liberal bias in the magazine. Two specific stories — one major and one not, both of which appeared in our February issue — were cited as evidence of these claims. One reader disliked our February cover […]