Standing Up for Those Who Can’t

4 Mar

Hard to watch, but also encouraging.



My thoughts on FES

23 Nov


Life, love, and loss

1 Nov

Some thoughts by climbing legend Stephanie Davis


Martyn Ashton trying to adapt

31 Oct

Martyn Ashton was one of the world’s leading trials bike riders, and the person who created the outstanding films: road bike party one, and rode bike party two  (see links below).



last year he suffered a horrible accident and is now paraplegic. This is a story of how he is learning to adapt:

I find it interesting that even though he was injured on a bicycle, his mind is focused on somehow, someday getting back on a bicycle, because that is who he is and what he wants to do in life.



The sounds of paragliding

2 Oct

Get a good pair of stereo speakers and enjoy the sounds that accompany the stunning visual images in this short video about paragliding.



The meaning of life

10 Sep

What meaning or purpose is there to life, especially after a severe spinal cord injury? Perhaps this man’s speech can give us some ideas:

10:55 “And here is my idea of romance. you’ll soon be dead. life will sometimes seem long and tuff and god it’s tiring. and you’ll sometimes be happy and sometimes sad. and then you’ll be old and then you’ll be dead. theres only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence and that is, fill it. not feel it. fill it. and in my opinion until Ill change it. Life is best filled by learning as much as you can about as much as you can. taking pride in whatever you’re doing, having compassion, sharing ideas, running, being enthusiastic. and then there’s love and travel and wine and sex and art and kids and giving and mountain climbing. but you know all that stuff already. it’s incredible exciting thing this one, meaningless life of yours. Good luck.” (speech ends at 12 minutes).



accessible housing

20 Jun

A short film about the Accessible Housing Society, the people that are providing and managing my residence.




YouTube video on FES bikes

18 May

I recently worked with the Canadian paraplegic Association on a video that explains the principles behind FES bikes, in preparation for their upcoming program involving this technology. Any questions?



Chris Hadfield on risk and reward

24 Mar

Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life).

And yet, nothing in my 37 years of flying experience helped me prepare for the situation that led to the accident that injured my spinal cord. I wonder, was I  a good student during all those years?






Not Your Average Joe

17 Mar

One man’s thoughts on getting past a spinal cord injury.