My Gluten-Free Easter: Pastel Tea Eggs, Portuguese Masa and Angel Food Cake

I’m going to try these gluten free adaptations of Portuguese favorites.

The Dusty Baker


I’m not gonna lie: Easter is not my favorite holiday.

I don’t mind it at all, but as a lapsed Catholic it always brings up conflict within me. Not that I feel a need to be talked or worked through it, mind you, because I’m very content with my personal beliefs and practices. But my family is very Catholic and our shared holidays are still about, primarily, faith.

I’m all cool with Jesus and Mary.
But here’s where the conflict comes in: homosexuality, abortion, gender inequality. There’s no need to even explain what the conflicts with those are.

I can’t take the good and leave the bad.

So, Easter conflicts me.

How’s that for a horrible introduction to some recipes?

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Okay, you’re deaf, we get it …

Becoming deaf and being born deaf have different issues for each person.

Another Boomer Blog

Actually, if you “got it” there would not be millions of late deafened adults out there trying to get friends and family to understand what is going on without being considered a crank, a faker, or just delusional.

Most late deafened adults are not totally deaf.  We hear environmental noises – like lawnmowers and jet airplanes and car engine motors.  Unfortunately, human voices are not in that hertz range.  What is a hertz range?  I hope Bitco David stops by to expound, but non-sound engineer little me will make a stab at this.

Sound comes in different frequencies.   The important sounds to humans is often called “the hearing banana” or “the speech banana” because the range curves like a banana. I’d show you mine, but I’ve misplaced it again.  I can’t find a good commons photo, so here’s a linkto a chart.

Once people start losing…

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Site Updates

I am working on updating and changing my site to be more accessible for those with disabilities that use special technology and to be more mobile-friendly. Also in the changes is a new blog domain name. I am planning to write more, and to perhaps even post my papers I have wriiten for classes that… Continue reading Site Updates


Something for you to read and to make you think.

Autism and expectations

You don’t look autistic.

Yes I do.

You don’t act autistic though.

Yes I do.

Yeah, but you’re not like “properly” autistic.

Yes I am.

You can make eye contact.

Yes I can.

You don’t flap all the time.

I do at birds.

You flap at birds?

I flap at birds.

Why do you flap at birds?

It would be rude not to wave at them when they wave at me.

That’s a bit weird.

Is it?

But you don’t do all that proper stimming and stuff, do you? Or do you?

Every day. Most moments of every day. See this?

Looks like a tiny bead mat.

Yup. I made it, I made lots of them, for when I lose them. I get distracted easily.

Can I have a go?

Go for it.

It feels nice.

It feels essential.

Why do you do it?

I’m an addict.

But it’s not…

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What Canada’s Immigration Policies Say about the Status of Disability in Canada

Overlooked in the immigration and refugee crisis is the status and consideration of people with disabilities.


Every so often in Canada (and other countries but I’m focusing on Canada here) a sad story will appear in the papers. It’s one that we’ve seen before and will unfortunately see again. A family has been denied permanent residency because a family member (usually a minor child) is disabled. The most recent iteration of this recurring story involves the family of York University professor Felipe Montoya. The Montoyas were denied permanent residency because their son, Nico has Down Syndrome.

Nico is being refused under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act under health grounds. The relevant section of the act maintains that someone can be denied permanent residency in Canada if,

  •  (1) A foreign national is inadmissible on health grounds if their health condition

    • (a) is likely to be a danger to public health;

    • (b) is likely to be a danger to public safety; or

    • (c)

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The Hierarchy of Activism

Do what you can to make the world a better place for everyone all of the time, not just some of the people some of the time.

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I use social media a lot and incorporate it into my brand of activism. I try to stay “plugged in” and on the pulse of what’s current in the world of disability rights. My interests often tend to pique a bit more at the nexus of race and gender. There are many different brands of activism because the disability community is composed of so many varied experiences. I can’t tell you how much interacting with like-minded folks and folks who may not be in the know at all -locally and across the globe has benefited my activism and helped raise awareness through technology alone.

The internet has revolutionized advocacy efforts for disability community. Many of us who have access and  have basic computer skills can comment, share, “like” and/or “follow” etc all from wherever it is that you have a WiFi or dial-up connection (yes, there are a small number…

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