Welcome!

You found me! I've been writing on various topics my entire working life. Here I now post columns that in older times would have been (and were) published in a newspaper. The topics vary but nowadays I write about disability as much as anything. There's some gems here though - humor columns, politics, reflections on religion and Buddhism. I started recording my thoughts and now have a podcast channel, too, on Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/show/delias-blog-continued

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Smart Crutches & the Cell Phone

I really am very glad that I discovered these smart crutches. I got them in September as it was getting colder here in Maine. I immediately started looking for a way to tote things around like a cell phone as a purse just wasn't working out - throws off the balance and can bang the crutches. First I tried a small purse - with a strap to dangle from my wrist. The cell fit into…

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Onward

The nightmare is finally fading away though it's not gone completely yet. Like a post-surgical dream (I've had plenty of those), awakening to a changed reality in a hospital room is akin to how many of us feel today. Looking around it seems to be a completely different world.  But two treasured people in my life were on the other side. With my son, there has been some nasty things said but I think we…

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Murder and Mayhem in Policing

I have my own share of bad cop stories. This phenomenon is not new. My most direct bad cop story is about a friend of mine who drove from Valdosta, GA, to New Orleans in the early 70s. Sheryl was a long-haired hippy about my size; we all were hippies back then at Valdosta State College. As he was driving to Mardi Gras through Alabama, he was stopped by a cop out in a rural…

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All I Have is a Voice

"All I have is a voice" is a quote from W.H. Auden. I was looking for a pithy way of saying my main thought this morning and stumbled on that quote. It's not just pithy but it is my full truth right now. As my body slowly (and sometimes dang quickly) betrays me, sometimes all I have left is my voice. I have kept that voice depressed (yes, I have not spoken up as I…

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Welcome to My World!

Having the world slow down and turn to mostly online interactions only, I found this new world to be a mixed blessing. As my physical issues have increased over the past 5 years, it's been increasingly harder for me to get out and about easily. I'm also basically an introvert as well so withdrawing into semi-isolation is quite normal for me. Then came COVID-19. And my social life picked up. I'm sure that sounds counterintuitive…

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No Way to Live … or Die

These troubled times are highlighting problems that even I was ignoring. I've had trouble shopping for years and with my new crutches, I'm better able to get in and choose what I want but then have issues because I can't manage a shopping cart on crutches. 'Tis a frustrating issue that's turned in to a much larger dilemma. Now we can't even be safe walking into a store. We are both at-risk seniors, meaning we're…

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