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  • CCSVI procedure
  • living with MS
  • I find writing cathartic, and then I lose steam

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12 Dec 12

The Poetry Archive exists to help make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to a wide audience. It came into being as a result of a meeting, in a recording studio, between Andrew Motion, soon after he became U.K. Poet Laureate in 1999, and the recording producer, Richard Carrington. They agreed about how enjoyable and illuminating it is to hear poets reading their work and about how regrettable it was that, even in the recent past, many important poets had not been properly recorded.

  • As a form, the novel sprawls and can never be perfect. It doesn’t need to be, it doesn’t want to be. A poem can achieve perfection — not a word you’d want to change — and in rare instances a novella can too.
  • it takes an effort to step out of the daily narrative of existence, draw that neglected cloak of stillness around you — and concentrate
  • Perhaps the greatest reading pleasure has an element of self-annihilation. To be so engrossed that you barely know you exist.

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11 Dec 12

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The failure of the U.S. Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities marks a new low.

The treaty, which was written by disability activists from around the world, is a far-reaching and thoughtful document. But it is purely symbolic. Its chief value is that it provides a legal and moral framework for activists to push for disability rights legislation and policies in their own countries. If it had been ratified it would have made little or no immediate difference for people with disabilities in the United States.
[NOTE: how many treaties of this kind do have immediate measurable effects?]

But Rick Santorum, the social conservative who lost his bid for the Republican presidential nomination this year, complained about an "offensive" provision in the treaty.
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So Santorum, Mattes and others on the far right told their base to hound their senators into opposing the treaty.

Eight Republican senators voted for ratification. Republican statesmen like George H.W. Bush and Robert Dole passionately supported the treaty.

This was not a case of Republicans versus Democrats. This was the right-wing fringe versus everybody else.

The Senate vote was a slap in the face for the 54 million Americans with disabilities - and for all Americans who expect our country to stand up for basic rights.

ABOUT THE WRITER

Mike Ervin is a Chicago-based writer and a disability-rights activist with ADAPT (www.adapt.org). He wrote this for Progressive Media Project, a source of liberal commentary on domestic and international issues; it is affiliated with The Progressive magazine. Readers may write to the author at: Progressive Media Project, 409 East Main Street, Madison, Wis. 53703; email: pmproj@progressive.org; Web site: www.progressive.org. For information on PMP's funding, please visit http://www.progressive.org/pmpabout.html#anchorsupport.

This article was prepared for The Progressive Media Project and is available to MCT subscribers. McClatchy-Tribune did not subsidize the writing of this column; the opinions are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of McClatchy-Tribune or its editors.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/12/10/3958347/senate-rejection-of-disabilities.html#storylink=cpy

  • The failure of the U.S. Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities marks a new low.
  • If it had been ratified it would have made little or no immediate difference for people with disabilities in the United States.
  • Rick Santorum, the social conservative who lost his bid for the Republican presidential nomination this year, complained about an "offensive" provision in the treaty. It reads: "In all actions concerning children with disabilities, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration." This, Santorum wrote, threatens parental rights because it puts "the government, acting under U.N. authority, in the position to determine for all children with disabilities what is best for them."

    Huh?

    Does Santorum really believe the hidden agenda of the treaty is to empower the United Nations to swoop in and seize custody of his disabled daughter or anyone else's?

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  • We must take further action. Who will join me in starting a viral petition? This is one of our top causes of current events. It would be shameful to not take action. - M. Miller on 2012-12-11
11 Dec 12

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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 11:31 pm, Fri Dec 7, 2012.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has taken on a case against the town of Sykesville for not being in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Marilynn Phillips, a local disability rights activist, filed a formal complaint with the Department of the Interior on Oct. 6. She received a letter back Dec. 3 accepting the case, under the authority of Title II.

This is the first complaint Phillips has filed with the Department of the Interior, she said.

“Sometimes even very good complaints are referred back to the complainant to take it local,” Phillips said. “I’m very pleased about this.”

Reach staff writer Kelcie Pegher at 410-857-7890 or kelcie.pegher@carrollcountytimes.com.

© 2012 Carroll County Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed."

in list: MedicalNews

  • VAS' rule was announced after a 3-year-long battle of an employee of the Council of Ministers, Desislava Rayanova, against a NZOK decision to provide the very expensive medication (nearly BGN 2 000 a month per patient) only to those with 65% disability from multiple sclerosis.
  • Last month she won another battle – to ban employers from firing or laying off people who suffer from multiple sclerosis.
30 Nov 12

If you are one of these people that loves the act of giving special things to your special people, more power to you. However, if one of your special people happens to have multiple sclerosis (MS), I’d like to offer a few tips to optimize your chances of gift-giving success and avoid tight-lipped glares in place of hugs.

30 Nov 12

God, into God. Or something like that — maybe I don’t remember it quite as well as I thought.
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But it changed me both spiritually and as a very young writer, because both the insight and the simplicity of the story were within my reach.

  • Three books
  • One is “Gypsy Boy,” by Mikey Walsh; a novel, “The Darlings,” by Cristina Alger; and a wonderful collection of stories by Alethea Black, “I Knew You’d Be Lovely,” which reminds me so much of the late, great Laurie Colwin
  • During the day, I read on the couch in the living room, and tend to read nonfiction or The New Yorker during this time. Then I am in bed by 11 p.m. and read for an hour or so, often a novel

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30 Nov 12

Anne Lamott is the bestselling author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies and of five novels, including Rosie and Crooked Little Heart. She lives in Fairfax, California, with her son.

Bird by Bird is on my wish list.
Reading article / interview with Lamott by NYTimes
Researching author

  • It would mean my father was alive again — because books are living organisms, outside of the time-space continuum. 
  • I would weep with laughter at Charles Portis or Dorothy Parker
  • Two pages into “The Poisonwood Bible,” “Middlemarch” and “In the Garden of Beasts,” I said, “I’m in.
30 Nov 12

Write as if you were dying. At the same time, assume you write for an audience consisting solely of terminal patients. That is, after all, the case. What would you begin writing if you knew you would die soon? What could you say to a dying person that would not enrage by its triviality?

24 Nov 12

Through the use of modern machines and industrial processes, as well as traditional craft techniques, Melissa creates pieces that play with the way people see things. "I want to surprise and delight people with the unexpected movement, function and materials in my work and open their eyes to new possibilities."

  • passion and purpose that also celebrate the authentic voices
  • we consider all writers multicultural.
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