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Falling Off My Pedestal

"Normality is a neurosis..."

...brain the size of a planet...
12 February 1974
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Professional Trouble-Maker and Shit-stirrer - "Have warped mind, will travel..."

I live in Australia and work in advocacy for women with disabilities. I have cerebral palsy and hurtle around in my scooter and keep the riff-raff (!?) at bay with my very non-medical looking purple quad cane. My main passion in life is for books, books, and many more books. I may one day be found buried under a pile of books from a pulled-over bookcase (although that is rapidly ceasing to be a worry due to the piles of bills, magazines, journals and printouts of articles that are colonizing the space in front of 3 bookcases - I can't get close enough to overbalance and pull them over on myself...)


"If you are whole, you will argue: Why wouldn't they rejoice?
Don't the poor miserable buggers all want to be like me?

Not necessarily, no. The arrogance of the able-bodied is staggering.
Yes, maybe we'd like to be able to get places quickly, and carry
things in both hands, but only because we have to keep up with the
rest of you... We would rather be just like us and have that be alright."

- The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver


"The reasonable [woman] adapts [her]self to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to [her]self. Therefore, all
progress depends on the unreasonable [woman].

-George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950


bibliobibuli: There are people who read too much, bibliobibuli.
I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as other men are
drunk on whisky or religion. They wander through this most
diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and
hearing nothing. [H. L. Mencken's Notebook 71, 1956]

I am one of the moderators of the community disabled_rage Stop by, have a look, and join if you are so inclined.

Who links to me?

80's fantasy movies, abandonment, ableism, abuse, accessibility, advocacy, alan rickman, animated movies, antonio banderas, ballet, barbara hanrahan, barbara kingsolver, beauty and the beast, being understood, blackadder, books, bookstores, british accents, btvs, buffy the vampire slayer, carson mccullers, cerebral palsy, chalet school, charles de lint, charles dickens, charlotte bronte, child abuse, children's books, chocolate, classic movies, creative thinking, creativity, depression, disabilities, disability, disability activism, disability rights, disability theory, disabled rights, disabled women, discworld, domestic violence, dorothy parker, emma thompson, emotional abuse, fairy tales, fanfiction, fantasy, fawlty towers, feminism, feminism of the monstrous, folklore, food, good conversation, having no money, intactivism, intelligent conversation, intelligent men, jane eyre, jean rhys, john cusack, labyrinth, lauren slater, legend, libraries, literary fiction, literature, little women, m*a*s*h, mary poppins, mobility aids, monty python, musicals, myth, myths, noel streatfeild, originality, pamela dean, paula fox, phantom of the opera, potato chips, press gang, proofreading, public libraries, ranting, reading, reading dictionaries, red dwarf, revolutions, robin mckinley, rumer godden, self-advocacy, sexuality, sheri s tepper, sleeping, stephen fry, terry pratchett, the bronte sisters, theatre, to kill a mockingbird, tori amos, used bookstores, wilkie collins, women, women's health, writing


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