April 22nd, 2006

Cut cuddle and be Cute

Julio and healthcare

I was playing with Julio, taunting him with his bone then twisting my arm over my shoulder/behind my back. He started sniffing my shirt then figured out where it was. He decided to get at it with the good ol' acupuncture method. His tooth caught me right on the skin between the thumb and forefinger. He missed the headache point, but it was still painful. Next time, sweetie, leave it for the professionals kay?
Cut cuddle and be Cute

Aesthetics and disability?

I've been posting most of the interesting links I find to my

This one, though is something I think needs to be discussed in greater depth and
doesn't allow for comments from readers that I'm aware of.

Tom Connors, "On Esthetics & Disability"

I have to agree that it's very difficult to see past a disability or difference at first. No matter what we want to tell ourselves, the first things we judge by are physical appearances and observable behaviors. I seriously doubt that anyone is going to walk up to me and not see the dog. I've hardly ever been mistaken for a sighted person. There are some exceptions, but they are rare and I'm not able to come up with one off the top of my head.

I've heard the argument that the online world is so much better in some ways because people can't judge by appearances. But that's not really completely true. My disability is so much a part of me that it almost always comes up in my writing. It affects what I do and what I write about.

It's not bad, just different. And that's part of aesthetics. It's what you are going to see first along with my word choice and blog layout (unless you're reading in an rss aggrigator or on a friends page). It is one more piece of me that you have to encounter and it may have an influence on what you think of me.

I don't have a problem with that. I like myself as a blind person. I'm trying to learn to assimulate my pain into myself as a part of me, but not let it take over my life. So, to make a long opinion piece even longer, yes, I do think there's an aesthetic of disability, but I think there is an aesthetic for each person. Yeah, I'm different, my difference is sometimes more obvious, but each of you are different. Even if you're just a "normal" (whatever that is) person, there are unique differences that only you have.

What do you think?

Thanks to
The Mote in the Light
for the link to the article.
Cut cuddle and be Cute

A mostly good day

Today has been good although tiring. I had a meeting of the local blindness consumer organization I belong to. It was good, and it went quicker than I expected it to. Then Mom and I went to coffee with friends. So all in all it was good. I'm very tired and sore. My stress level isn't helping the pain any. My bookport has been really flaky lately, but resets or removing the batteries were solving the problem (removing the batteries is a troubleshooting method). But now not even that's working. It's like it's switching itself off and on by itself. I may see if I can find any loose wires. But I fear it will have to be sent back. That's not awful since I can just read on my BrailleNote and Plextalk. And when I need something that fits into my pocket I can create mp3's of the texts using
Text Aloud use the MuVo. I'd like to figure out what the deal is soon, though, so that if I have to have surgery I can at least read my Audible books on my book port. I could theoretically read them on the MuVo if I actually new how to transfer them I guess. But I don't, so yeah...

This is not the end of the world, just one more stressor that I don't need.

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