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Mike Ervin

Ervin: Mohican Rage

I feel enough time has passed to where I can finally write a review of the movie The Last of the Mohicans. I’ve been burning to write a review ever since I saw that movie when it came out in 1992, but every time I tried, I realized it was still too soon. The memory […]

Embarrassing straw use and Oprah

Embarrassing straw use and Oprah

Love her or hate her, we have a lot of things to thank Oprah for – the freebie giveaway trend (you know it), crazy celebrity interviews aaaand Dr. Phil (cough). But there’s one more thing I really love Oprah for – she made straws cool. You know how it is, whipping a straw out for […]

Allen Rucker

Raising a Ruckus: Real Fit for Real Men

I’m no prognosticator when it comes to the future of disability in general, or paralysis in particular, but every once in a while, I stumble upon a trend a few minutes before it becomes commonplace. A couple of years back I wrote a book about my own encounter with wheelchair living in which I made […]

Mike Ervin

Ervin: Su Casa es Mi Casa

There was a mystery entrée on my aunt’s dinner plate in the nursing home. It looked sort of like a hunk of meatloaf sandwiched between two pieces of yellowish sandpaper. Was it lasagna? Or maybe a sad attempt at enchiladas? My aunt seemed to recall that whatever this main course was, it had a fancy […]

Raising a Ruckus: This … is CEN

Raising a Ruckus: This … is CEN

Have you ever wondered — and surely you have — why we People of the Chair and our disabled comrades don’t have our own cable network? I mean, for heaven’s sakes, every other demographic in America has one. Surf your 400-channel line-up sometime. There’s the Military Channel, the Retirement Living Channel, the RFDTV Channel for […]

Raising a Ruckus: Pushing Back the Pushback

Raising a Ruckus: Pushing Back the Pushback

Our friends “the media” have overused a lot of terms lately to describe what happens when some political event or statement causes a large and troublesome response. There is the old chestnut, “backlash,” but it’s fading in favor of more aggressive terms like “blowback” and “pushback.” Blowback sounds like a force of nature, as in, […]

Mike Ervin

Ervin: Straw Users Unite!

We’re passionate about full and equal access to martinis. Here’s a subject that’s been gnawing on my last nerve for a long time: Straws! I’ll tell you what I hate with all the fury of Hades. I hate when I buy a bottled beverage and I put a straw in it and the straw is […]

Raising a Ruckus: Ready For Your D-Card?

Raising a Ruckus: Ready For Your D-Card?

OK, I’m a little slow on the uptake here, but thanks to eagle-eyed Jeff Shannon, friend and fellow NEW MOBILITY contributor, I now know that the days of the Great Disability Scam are numbered. Via Jeff, I just learned that Bill O’Reilly, the self-designated “Paul Revere” on all things ruining this great nation, has found […]

Mike Ervin

Ervin: Cub Scout Disability Awareness

What I remember most about being a Boy Scout is that I really sucked at it. I don’t think I made it past tenderfoot because I was too damn lazy. I fantasized about having my own sash adorned with merit badges. But I couldn’t figure out how to get merit badges without having to work […]

Katinka Neuhof

If You’d Just Hold Your Shoulders Back (You’d be Less of a Disabled Person)

It was one of those conversations between my mother and I that pays no mind to that fact that we are both mature women. It’s dialogue that played between us for many years, that freezes us in time, a dynamic I’ve tried, worked, struggled to shift over the years, but usually leaves me bewildered, winded […]