Logo for Americans With Disabilities Act 25th anniversary

25 Years and Counting

Sunday, July 26, 2015, marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and my local paper made a big deal out of it with a whopping two op-ed columns. Both extolled the virtues of the Act, of which there are many, and exclaimed over the progress made since […]


Shane Burcaw portrait

RevUesday: Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

In the course of judging a book by its cover, it would be easy to feel sorry for Shane Burcaw. His withered muscles, caused by spinal muscular atrophy, just look sad. The fact of his utter dependence upon his family and friends for everything – including maneuvering his junk in […]


Starting Tuesday, July 28, any book-related posts will be published on Tuesdays, henceforth called RevUesday!


I'd rather be someone's shot of whiskey than everyone's cup of tea.

Consider Me Bittersweet 1

Waaaay back in 2004, I had an incredible opportunity to write a monthly column for my local newspaper. I was just out of college, and retained aspirations of being Lois Lane. (Love me some Clark Kent.) The reason I applied in the first place was because it was an opportunity […]


SundayBumday – Sam Heughan 1

As Jamie Fraser on Starz’ Outlander, Sam Heughan sets all the lasses’ hearts – among other things – aflame.  


Time for a new feature on Bums & Bellybuttons: SundayBumday! Beginning this Sunday, July 19, I will be rolling out some of the world’s Best Bums. Just to prove that the view from here isn’t always bad.


Confederate flag flying

Not a Rebel, Not a Saint

There has been a LOT of attention given to the Confederate Flag these past weeks, following the tragic murders of nine congregants in a Charleston, SC, Bible study. I was as horrified as anyone to hear about the killings in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, especially considering it was […]


Wow, you're sure lucky you don't have to walk up all these stairs.

Don’t Say These Things

Being a wheelchair user, I have been on the receiving end of some seriously stupid statements from the bipedal. So, allow me to educate you on those utterances that will give you a permanent case of foot-in-mouth disease. That can be fatal, you know. You’re really good at driving that […]


The Lies We Tell Ourselves

The Lies We Tell Ourselves 1

We, as a species, lie to ourselves on a regular basis, for any number of reasons. I don’t want to focus on the myriad reasons, but rather on one lie that a more specific “we” – this “we” meaning wheelchair users – perpetuate. Recently, on social media and its ilk, […]