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Raising a Ruckus: Life in the Insultory

Raising a Ruckus: Life in the Insultory

To live life in a wheelchair is to be exposed to a constant barrage of insults, real and imagined. The problem with most of these slurs — some of them dating back to Helen Keller — is that they have been decried so many times that they have lost their sting, their ability to shock, […]

Mike Ervin

Ervin: Passionate Moderates of America

So I told my doctor I can’t sleep at night. And my doctor says, “Why not?” And I said, “It’s those damn lefty political magazines. I read them every night on the crapper just before I go to bed. I read about how the evil guys are screwing us all over, and I get all […]

Raising a Ruckus: Coming Soon: Gimp Apps

Raising a Ruckus: Coming Soon: Gimp Apps

If you use a wheelchair, the current Age of Man is techno-Valhalla. Because a group of brainiacs formed the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto back in the ’70s, we now live in an almost completely available iWorld — soon to include the iWristwatch — and are all now part of a big iBrain. There’s […]

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 […]