Rolling Around In My Head doing damns the darkness/ A Blog By Dave Hingsburger

Flipping It Off

I made it to the door. It was cold. Really cold. My fingers were stinging from having to grab cold metal to push myself along a sidewalk that was heavily salted. It had been a hard push. But I was at the door, warmth waited inside. I pushed the automatic door opener and … it didn’t work. Joe was meeting me there so I was on my own, shit. I

Freedom Too

I don’t think anyone heard us. We were speaking quite low. But what was happening was that three of us were talking about materials to teach someone about anal sex, after lunch, and over a sharing plate of sticky toffee pudding. We all laughed when we realized what we were doing. We all stopped when we realized why. People with disabilities, even those who have grown up in the community,

Speak For Yourself

On Sunday we decided that we needed to inject a tiny a bit of class and culture in a weekend Netflix ‘Dynasty’ haze. To meet that end we went to see Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale” which was being broadcast live from England. It was playing in a movie theatre neat us, Shakespeare and popcorn! We arrived to find the disabled parking quite flooded from melting snow so we stopped at

A Challenge

Kindness. This month’s issue of ‘The International Journal for Direct Support Professionals’ is one that I wrote on what it means to be, or do, kindness. It was published this month because on Nov. 13 we celebrate World Kindness Day. In the article, I challenge people to spend an entire day being kind in all situations, with everyone. I am taking the challenge myself, knowing that I’m going to fail, sometimes,

Moving Forward

It was the morning after the first snowfall of the year. Much more fell that we expected and, as we were up early getting ready for me to go to work, the plows had not yet been through. We took a second to turn on the television to get the Toronto, where my office is, weather report. We found the station and then listened as a poor reporter stood out

What The Dog Wants

Photo Description: Close up photo of a gentle faced doberman /German shepherd mix   Right now, as I’m writing this, Lucy is sitting beside me. It’s taking a long time to type these words. You see right now, Lucy has decided that her need for affection and affirmation is the only thing I should be attending to … excuse me … be right back … OK Lucy is now full

Today We Vote

Photo Description: Three maple leaves one brown, one yellow and one red are placed over the words “Happy Thanksgiving. Credit: This work was found on the internet here: https://dayslee.ca/2017/10/07/happy-thanksgiving-day-canada/ Today we vote. The advance polls open just a little after breakfast time. Joe and I are away, in Edmonton, on the day of the election so we’ve planned to get in the car and drive over to the center and mark

Ready

The last item was scanned and the clerk turned to me and asked, “All ready for Thanksgiving now?” I looked over the bounty packed in bags; turnips, carrots, potatoes, acorn squash, the Tofurkey roasts, and was about to say that we needed not a thing more, we were ready, when I noticed the store had created some prepackaged bags that could be donated to the food bank. I grabbed one

The Misters Buttigieg

I hear a lot of straight people congratulating themselves on the presidential run of Pete Buttigieg. Even here in Canada people who speak of the American election often borrow from what they hear on American television, “It’s a sign of how far we’ve come.” We? We? Who is ‘we’? Joe and I have been following Mr. Buttigieg’s campaign fairly closely and therefore I can assure you, ‘we’ haven’t come that

What I Did At Work

I am a believer in fiction. In the power of stories, true or not, to change our lives or change our perspectives.. I have a friend who only reads non-fiction and believes that non-fiction books are ‘education’ and what I read is ‘entertainment.’ But we’ve dropped the subject between us because neither was budging. Books, movies, comedians all use the power of stories to open different pathways in your mind.

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