Halloween: A Disabled Person’s Favorite Holiday

war_hockeyIt’s coming up on that time of year again, the one where people generously give presents to children all over the country simply for being festive. No, I’m not talking about Christmas, it’s Halloween I’m talking about. Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays, although it is much different now than from when I was young. That can be said about most things these days, though. Even so, Halloween was special.

Being a part of CreakyJoints and many other autoimmune communities, I like to think I have at least a decent idea of the things that other sufferers have gone through in their lifetimes. After gleaning this knowledge, I realize that my childhood was unique in the fact that the friends I had instantly accepted my disease and its many shortcomings.

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My Creaky Joints Homage

cjlogoWith the advent of the new CreakyJoints website, it was suggested to me that it might be nice to write about CreakyJoints itself, and what it means and has meant to me over the years. So, without further ado, here it is.

Someone asked me the other day how long I had been writing for CreakyJoints, and I had to admit that I didn’t know, exactly. So, I went back and looked up the first e-mails exchanged between me and Seth Ginsberg, and it turns out that I have been a contributing member of CJ since June 2010. That’s a bit more than four years for those of you who are counting, believe it or not.

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RA Meds & The New iPhone

iphone4So, the iPhone 6 is just about to hit stores, and by the time you read this, it will most definitely be sold out everywhere.  They say that it’s going to be the biggest iPhone launch yet, with millions already pre-ordered and customers already waiting until November for some models.  Then again, every iPhone release is the “biggest iPhone launch yet,” and my and the rest of my Apple brethren fall for it, every time.  It’s a never-ending cycle, and as I was sitting here, waiting for my shipping confirmation, I realized that these bi-yearly iPhone releases reminded me of something else very similar – something that all of us with autoimmune disease go through all the time.

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Chronic Opioids & Quality of Life

NSAID-pain-reliefRecently, I had the honor of authoring a guest post for my friend Lene over at The Seated View.  She so graciously allowed me to write whatever I wanted, and I decided it was time to show the world just what it would be like if people like me were no longer able to obtain narcotics in this country.  You can check out the post, my book, Lene’s great books, and more, over at her website.  Happy reading!

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An ISIS Primer & Why We Need To Fight

isis31n-5-webISIS. I only need to say the word, and horrible images of prisoners in orange jumpsuits being violently beheaded come to mind. The man dressed in black with a British accent, telling us that we have to “pay the price,” for arming the “Peshmerga against the Islamic state.” In the video showing the beheading of David Haines, the executioner holds the British Prime Minister personally responsible for “entering voluntarily into a coalition with the United States against the Islamic State.” The executioner then goes on to talk about how David Cameron, the British PM, is afraid to say “no” to the Americans and how the British citizens will pay the price. In order to illustrate that ISIS is serious, they claim that British citizen Alan Henning is next to be killed. Henning was captured in Syria, but no one knows exactly how. If you ever need a reminder, ISIS and their clockwork release of brutal, torturous, executions is a visceral memento of just what we are up against in the Middle East, and the extremes to which our enemy will go. According to the Art of War by Sun Tzu, one should know his enemy, so let’s talk about ISIS.

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My September 11 Story

port_11_TributeSeptember 11, 2001. 9-11. To borrow a phrase, it’s a “date that will live in infamy.” We collectively share what happened 13 years ago, the events that changed our world forever, but each of us also owns a personal narrative from that fateful morning. Where I live, in the suburbs of New York City, we were especially hard hit, and from my town alone we lost 77 people. Financial jobs were status quo here, and “Cantor Fitzgerald” is a name that still evokes an emotional gut punch when heard in passing. Don’t misunderstand; I’m not making light of any other town’s grief or claiming sole dominion over feelings of loss for our small berg. I only tell you this to set the stage for the drama I will unfold here, for the first time ever.

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Summer, You Know You Hate It!

heatI hear it everywhere: Another Labor Day, this summer really has gone fast, evaporating faster than I was even able to enjoy it, the lazy, crazy, hazy, days of summer.

Liars, liars, pantaloons on fire! The truth is most everyone secretly hates summer as much as I do.

We know we’re supposed to revel in the ‘beautiful’ weather and bask in the heat of the yellow sun and sip a glass of lemonade with a dog playing Frisbee.  Also, maybe a girl in a sundress dancing around as well.  Actually, that might have been a laundry detergent commercial I saw.

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Almost Half Of Women Sexually Assaulted In Their Lifetime

police-arrest-89-pos-in-may-1370309590-3003In the wake of the Ray Rice video and his subsequent suspension from the NFL, a new report claims that one in five women in the U.S. have been raped. Talk about a horrible statistic. One in five women. That means 20% of all females in the U.S. have been sexually violated at one time in their lives. In addition, 43% of all U.S. females report being sexually assaulted in some way. More than likely, that means someone in your family, be it your mother, grandmother, sister, or aunt, has been a victim of this horrible crime. That’s how common it is.

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Joan Rivers & The Absurdity Of Political Correctness

jrYesterday, as you probably already know, we lost a legend of the comedy world. Joan Rivers, the guest host of the tonight show and purveyor of all things fashion on the E Channel, passed away last night after a routine procedure went terribly wrong last Thursday. She was put under general anesthesia and when she didn’t regain consciousness, she spent a week in the hospital before finally succumbing to brain death. Joan Rivers was a pioneer for women, especially in the entertainment industry, and her comedy will be missed. One thing though, above all else, set Joan Rivers apart from her peers – she never cared about being “PC,” or politically correct, and she never apologized for making an off-color joke.

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What Labor Day Really Means

american-flag-2a2Originally, I had this post scheduled for Labor Day itself, but then the tragic Steven Sotloff news came over the wire, and I pulled it. So, here it is, in honor of Steven Sotloff and everyone else who works, a history of Labor day.

For most people, Labor Day signifies the official end of summer and a welcome three-day-weekend. One last chance to fire up the grill and party down, before school and work and the seriousness of winter days creeps back in to our lives. As the name seems to indicate, though, Labor Day is actually a day to remember the many working men and women that have made our country what it is today. Not the way you think, though.

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