On ‘Toxic Positivity’

Look, I get it. We are living in challenging times. And we do what we can to cope. I regularly do yoga because it helps me cope with life, both physically and mentally. I practise mindfulness because it is helpful to count one’s blessings, especially  when feeling overwhelmed. I have a collection of crystals because […]

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How disability advocates helped my self confidence: Inform Online

This was published in September 2019 at Inform online. Thanks to editor Kirby Fenwick for the opportunity. There are a few things in here I wish I’d known decades ago, especially about other people’s ableism. https://www.informonline.org.au/how-disability-advocates-helped-my-self-confidence/   How disability advocates helped my self confidence Blog Liz Hall-Downs has learnt a lot from disability advocates. Here, […]

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Living with an Invisible Disability 101: Effing Ableism!

WARNING. ANGRY RANT ABOUT INSENSITIVE KNOW-IT-ALLS AHEAD! (This was a personal social media post but the response from disabled friends has prompted me to share it more widely. Thanks to all who commented.) Featured photo from healthline.com I had a really awful experience of Ableism recently.I went to a new exercise class to try it […]

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Some of us were ahead of our time …

In the same way as so much of my work in the 1980s was ignored and derided and is now considered ‘cutting edge’ over 30 years later, so I see the same thing with so many activist friends.  I thought this incredible post from my dear friend, poet and musician, Elizabeth ‘Lish’ Skec was worth […]

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Rebecca Watts, Gary Longden and Me

Header Photo:  ‘Apples and Snakes: Raw and Biting Cabaret Poetry’, Pluto Press, London, 1984;  ‘In the Pink: the Raving Beauties Choose Poems From the Show and Many More’, The Women’s Press, London, 1983. A year ago I had a very nuanced and worthwhile discussion online with the British Poet Gary Longden. Gary had responded to a […]

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Living with an Invisible Disability 101: Carers

An online group I’m in recently posed the question of how we Crip Warriors should respond to the plethora of articles that discuss  ‘parenting a child with a disability”. As we share the ‘Social Model’ Of Disability, and call out Ableism in all its manifestations, we also often point out how these articles, in the […]

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How others see us can be surprising

  A friend of ours married a lovely young lady from Vietnam; they have a beautiful young daughter who took many years to conceive and is therefore something of a miracle child, and much loved.  An’s parents have come over to Australia, from their home in Ho Chi Minh City, for a year to spend […]

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