Archives for the ‘Social’ Category

Pouch

Mother and Child / Library of Congress

Mother and Child / Library of Congress

Certain brands of baby food pouches are f@*king hard to open. This is especially difficult if you have a hand injury. Or are grandma with arthritis. But even my athletic husband makes a face as he tries to twist the cap. (That’s you, Plum Organic and Peter Rabbit Organics!)

“It’s difficult,” says my son. “It’s hard.” “Daddy do it.”

Any other products that are not disabled friendly?

Save

Save

Save

Thanksgiving

Colorado / Library of Congress

Colorado / Library of Congress

We’re heading out to visit relatives this week, along with everyone else in the US. Ours live in New York, so we have a 5 hour car ride. My little son has taken to throwing up during any car trip longer than 15 minutes. We will be packing many, many changes of small clothing, plus a towel.

Happy Thanksgiving! Where are you going?

Rowing

Rowing / Library of Congress

Rowing / Library of Congress


This week is Head of the Charles, a regatta where people from all over the world row down the Charles River in Boston. I am amused: Harvard Square, usually filled with unathletic nerds, is instead dominated by tall, wide, buff people.

Gimp

Choreographer Heidi Lasky has been creating works with abled and disabled dancers. Here is part of a work entitled the Gimp Project. She defines “Gimp” as:  1. a ribbonlike, braided fabric 2. fighting spirit; vigor 3. a lame person 4. slang; a halting, lame walk 5. to turn, vacillate, tremble ecstatically. Youtube here….

 

Cyborg

Cyborg / Alternative Limb Project

Cyborg / Alternative Limb Project

James is a scientist who was in a horrible accident and needed prosthetics. Then a video game company advertised for a patient who wanted a cyborg arm, like one of their game characters. You can see his story here.

Would you want cyborg limbs?

Mother’s Day II

Mother's Day / Wellcome Images

Mother’s Day / Wellcome Images

I had a very sweet Mother’s Day, with flowers picked out by my son.

Someday he will notice and ask about my hand problem. Then what? What do other parents with disabilities say to small children?

Spike

Spike / Alternative Limb Project

Spike / Alternative Limb Project

At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, they are running an exhibit on fashion and technology. One piece is a video by the Alternative Limb Project, of art and prosthetics. Here are some more images of Model / Pop Singer Viktoria Modesta, who has a prosthetic.

Thoughts about beauty?

Lift

Man With Floating Hats / Michal Baksh

Man With Floating Hats / Michal Baksh

ArtLifting is an online gallery that sells art by the disabled and homeless. This Boston-based gallery has been so successful that some of its members are now full-time artists!

Sun

Beach / Library of Congress

Beach / Library of Congress

Most grammar schools in the Boston area shut down for a week in February. That’s because it is frigid; two weeks ago, it was -9 degrees F (-23 C)! So the whole city leaves for somewhere warm.

Our little family went to sunny Los Angeles, where my parents live. We are thawing.

Where would you go?

Pianist

Nicholas McCarthy was born with one hand. He is now a professional pianist. His story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVghMk3v3mI