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In this season of thanks and giving, Bill Deimling of Cincinnati considers himself one of the lucky ones. That's because he gets to give more than he receives.
In June 1969, Dennis Joyner was a 20-year-old soldier on patrol in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta when he encountered a land mine that ripped off his legs and an arm. He had only been in the war-torn country 32 days.
More than 15 percent of Americans over age 60 - some 9.3 million men and women - experienced the threat of hunger in 2012, according to a report just released by the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger. From the start of the recession in 2007 to 2012, the number of older people threatened by hunger has jumped 49 percent.
The Sun Is Setting on the Humble Doorknob. That's the Vancouver Sun headline describing the city's new building code, which will soon outlaw twisty doorknobs - and traditional faucet handles, too - in new construction. The paper takes the positive view that, far from being banished, doorknobs are being "legislatively upgraded to levers more conducive to the arthritic, gnarled or weakened hands we earn with age."
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.
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.
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