Blair Underwood is Not Our Mama’s ‘Ironside’

Warning:  Do not tune into NBC’s new “Ironside” with any expectation of a show resembling Raymond Burr’s series of 40 years ago.  As star Blair Underwood himself attests, they really didn’t keep much outside of the name and the central conceit of a disabled lawman operating his own team.  Oh, and Underwood’s Robert Ironside tipples a bit of bourbon at the end of a long day, an homage to Burr. This “Ironside” is as different from that one as 2013 …

Seeing Life From a Rolling Chair

It’s only been a few weeks since I joined the ranks of 1.6 million Americans who use wheelchairs, and it has already changed me. I feel helpless in some ways and useless in others. I am in a different world, downsized and looking up, dependent upon others to get me where I’m going. There is a terrible loneliness to that. I use the chair only occasionally as the effects of COPD impact my ability to breathe easily, ergo my ability …

Saturday Mail Service: Myths and Realities

Let’s cut through the rain, snow and heat over the U.S. Postal Service’s big announcement this week and figure out what’s really going on. Let’s start with three basic facts: The Postal Service isn’t funded by tax dollars. It’s been hemorrhaging money for a long time. It lost nearly $16 billion last year. Myth: The Postal Service is canceling all Saturday delivery. Reality: The Postal Service announced that it’s ending “mail delivery” to street addresses on Saturdays but will continue …

No One Disabled in the Dining Room?

Nothing like a disabled person to ruin your appetite. Or so it seems among some of the upscale retirement communities around the country, where the main dining rooms has been declared off-limits to their residents who are in poor health or disabled. The New York Times reports that several of these continuing care retirement communities, that include assisted living or nursing care along with independent-living apartments, have enacted policies that bar their sicker residents from eating in the main dining …