I don't talk a lot about the pain part of my life. I somehow got the idea at a very young age that people don't like to hear about pain - that it upsets them - and that as a result you shouldn't ever talk about it. I also - in general - think that… Continue reading Pain
Trevor and I have been married now for over twenty years - and they haven't been easy years, either! For the longest time we really struggled when the stress levels shot up, because we were scared they would break us. So we would pull away - from each other, from the situation, from the hard… Continue reading Lean In
Today is National Coming Out day. This is a picture of my husband and I at our local Pride Parade this summer wearing t-shirts that said "Free Mom Hugs" and "Free Dad Hugs". But we are more than allies. We are a straight-passing, mixed orientation marriage. That means that, in my case, I am attracted… Continue reading National Coming Out Day
This is our main street in Barrie right now. If you had driven down it a few months ago, you never would have noticed there was a problem. It wasn't terribly bumpy. There weren't any potholes or sinkholes or anything else to give it away. But the pipes deep underground were getting old. People with… Continue reading Doing the ‘Big Dig’ On Life
Part of finding healthy ways to live for us has been learning strategies and techniques for dealing well with the stress. But no matter how good a toolkit you have, it's only as good as your ability to access it when life gets stressful!
With the advent of a wheelchair as my primary mode of movement, I wondered whether I would ever get back into the wilderness again. And then we did.
These 7 Principles of Universal Design benefit every body, across the life span, regardless of level of ability - while simultaneously creating spaces that can be incredibly accessible to those with disabilities.