Category Archives: Disability

How to Die in California

Late last month, Betsy Davis died at her home in Ojai, California. The 41-year-old performance artist was suffering from ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, which had already robbed her of the ability to stand, … Continue reading

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The Invisible Woman

As I watched the opening days of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, I was struck by the stark contrast in tone between it and last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Despite the sometimes-acrimonious conflict between Clinton’s delegates and … Continue reading

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Keep Your Head in the Game

My hometown 49ers will not be playing in this Sunday’s Big Game. Despite my disappointment, I nevertheless will be joining millions of my fellow Americans in the hallowed tradition of watching the Super Bowl. I will put my feet up … Continue reading

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Fight or Flight

I travel a lot for work. It’s the rare week when I’m not on the road or in the air to attend a conference, give a talk at some symposium, or serve on some panel or commission. In fact, if … Continue reading

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No Hershey’s Kisses for You!

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1980s, at a time when HIV/AIDS was decimating the gay community. AIDS has since been rendered a chronic but manageable illness with the development of effective antiviral drugs … Continue reading

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Weighty Hiring Decisions

A hospital in Texas recently made the national news when it announced that it would no longer hire obese workers. According to the new employment policy at the Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas, all new employees — be they … Continue reading

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The True Nature of Sport

Earlier this week, the 2011 IAAF World Championships began in Daegu, Korea. For nine days, top athletes from around the globe will be competing in a variety of track and field events. By the time this commentary airs, the fate … Continue reading

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