Sunday, January 05, 2014

gordonGD.com 2013 Round Up

Hi there!

I'm writing this on the first  week of 2014. Unfortunately, in a sense, I have not had the time to update this site since last July as I've been busy launching a new site - that apart from my work and leisure time. 

However, since I found some free time on my hand, I thought it would be a good idea to post a list of all the entries I posted on my blogs that I update fairly regularly. Yes, this will be probably a long post. I'll tell you about my new blog as soon as I finish updating you with all that happened on my blogs in 2013. So, hang on out there.

 

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URL: http://gdzone.gordongd.com 

I have managed to add just 9 entries this year which, yes, is poor compared to previous years - especially when I realize that this was my first online blog!

 

In my defence, the 2013 entries linked above tend to be longer and more detailed. Even if I'm unsure whether I'll keep posting on this blog in 2014, I will try to keep it for archival purposes at least.

 

Having said that, here are the 9 entries for 2013 in reverse chronological order: 

 

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

International Disabled People's Day 2013: A Few Thoughts...

 

Another year is almost over. just a few days left to the celebration of Christmas, and another New Year. Once again, we celebrate International Disabled People’s Day.. 

 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Open Your Eyes: Escape from the Land of the Blind!

 

You might have heard the saying: “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king…”

 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Is Virtue Its Own Reward? Reflections on the Real Price and Value of Kindness...

 

I want to be part of society. However, society must recognise my difference. Unfortunately, in spite of any rhetoric promoting inclusion, those who hold themselves to be the ‘norm’ persist…

 

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Goals of Inclusive Education (Newspaper Article)

 

Do you agree that disabled children should be included in mainstream schools? My guess is that many of you have answered “yes” to that question…

 

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The Scribblings of a Disabled Worker at the End of Worker's Day

 

The day celebrated as Worker’s Day (May 1) in this part of the world is coming to an end already. I find that I am now rested as I took it easy today. I needed to rest and this week was…

 

Monday, April 08, 2013

My Special, Differently-Abled Challenged Sort of Life...

 

I’ve been called many things in my life when people wanted to refer to the fact I had a physical impairment, way long before I acquired my visual impairment…

 

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The Inclusive World We Want for 2015

 

It’s important that the move towards creating an inclusive world is inclusive of disabled people from the start. While there may be action that is particular to people who have a specific impairment, the overall objective underpinning an inclusive world should be mainstreaming and not segregated services…

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dumbification: Why Dumbo Isn’t My Role Model!

 

I thought of writing an entry on the ‘flying elephant’ Jumbo Junior, ironically known more by the nickname Disney ascribed to him, Dumbo. I am not sure if it’s because after I do my work…

 

 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Right to Secrecy Denied: Disabled People and the Secret Vote

 

Excuse me, MsJustice... Could you kindly tell me how you're voting? No secret vote for you - You're blind, you see…

 

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ZoneMind

 

URL: http://www.zonemind.com 

 

In contrast to my activity on Gordon’s D-Zone, ZoneMind has remained the most active blog this year as it was in 2012. In fact, this year alone, I have added 36 new entries which is a bit less than the entries posted in 2012. 

 

Once again, above please find the entries for 2013 in reverse chronological order:

 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Holiday Meditation on Peace, Happiness and Compassion

 

I know that many of you may be busy this holiday season. I am sure that many of you are busy visiting family and friends. I'm writing this on December 25, so I assume that you have already exchanged your gifts with your family and loved ones.

 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Go Well, Madiba…

 

I was listening to Nelson Mandela’s funeral service , also known by his tribal name, "Madiba". As I listened to the BBC broadcast, I felt something touched me deep inside…

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Forever Young

 

When we start getting older, we start longing for the times when we were younger and healthier than we are today. Especially, when you realise that you have changed a lot since your childhood and when you know that those times will never come back.

 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

In Life, We Are Alone: Reflections On Living

 

Many of us are living a life where we’re always connected with the rest of the world. We also tend to be constantly on the go during work and even during our free time…

 

Friday, November 8, 2013

32 Years as an Earthling

 

Back in 1981, a baby boy was born like many others at about noon, November 8. There was nothing particularly special or auspicious about this boy…  .

 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Sinister Eyes in the Sky...

 

In the past, when people lived in times when pthey tended to be more superstitious,, many believed that the gods above could strike you with lightning... 

 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Living Out of Control

 

If you think about it, we are living a life that is out of our control. Indeed, while we may believe that we have enormous choice and the freedom that we assume comes with it if we earn a decent wage. Yet, even if we don't make a lot of money, we still believe we have a lot of choice about many of the things we have in life... 

 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Where were you on September 11?

 

Today, the world remembers the terrible events that took place in New York. More exactly, we are invited to spare a minute for the many innocent lives lost to the terrorist acts of a terrorist organisation we now know is called Al Qaeda. I have shared my thoughts and reflections on this tragic event 

 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Day of Victory: Whose Victory Is It Anyway?

 

I've pondered on war and the consequences of violent conflict since we started hearing of the escalating violence in Syria. Yet, I considered writing about war and violence in earnest since in Malta, we celebrate Victory Day today, the 8th September....

 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Opening to The Intimacy of the Soul

 

I come to write again after taking time to consider where my life is leading to. I admit, I am still confused about the direction I want to follow in life. I regret that the things that appeared to be of absolute importance to my happiness have become perhaps less important to me at this point in my life.

 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What Can We Do? A Meditation on Action

 

Life changes. That's a fact we all know but people seldom think about. Every day is unique but in our fast moving world, we have created the illusion that there's such a thing as a "normal" week that includes a period of rest we call the weekend...

 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Meditation on Forgetting

 

I must confess that I have forgotten  to write an entry on the occasion of HH Dalai Lama which I started doing when I started this site. I have already written extensively about how indebted I am to HH 14th Dalai Lama for opening my mind to a fresh understanding of life and reality. I find that I feel… 

 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

ZoneMind: A Day of Shame - Identity, Indifference & Humanity (Full Series)

 

This July was a time I felt that I had to re-evaluate who I was and to reflect on my position on this Earth and wonder once again on where I belonged. I decided to leave FaceBookas I was growing concerned that, in spite of all the good things it offered me, I found myself too dependent on it and sometimes felt I had to project an identity that pleased the public... 

 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Is there life after FaceBook?

 

Last week, I took what seemed, at first, to be a difficult decision. I de-activated my FaceBook account. Even if I can re-activate my account within a time window, it’s unlikely for me to return. I admit that I was pretty…

 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Is Virtue Its Own Reward? Reflections on the Real Price and Value of Kindness...

 

I want to be part of society. However, society must recognise my difference. Unfortunately, in spite of any rhetoric promoting inclusion, those who hold themselves to be the ‘norm’ persist in creating barriers that prevent us from…

 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

On Father...

 

Today, in this part of the world, we celebrate Father’s Day. I wanted to share some reflections on this day. I admit that I believe it’s rather artificial to pretend that this particular day is set apart for fathers…  

 

 Sunday, June 9, 2013

Burying the Self

 

I am. ... Can I proceed and add more to that sentence without risking becoming someone that is really not who I am. Apart from that, aren’t the words “I am” already presenting a lot as these two words attempt to capture an idea that can only be poorly represented using language…  

 

Friday, May 17, 2013

An Elusive Silence

 

I find it difficult to find moments of complete silence in today's wold. I remember that as a child, I could find a place at home or when I'm outside…

 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Meditations on Mother's Day

 

 

Mothers of all time,

Now, you made us who we are... 

You've given us life…  

 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Call of the Phoenix

 

A few days after Easter this year, I was inspired to write another haiku trio I called “The Phoenix”. There were many reasons why I chose to write this haiku trio. The trio itself deals with the inevitability of death and seeks…

 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Secular Easter, An Empty Tomb and a Dead God: A Long Easter Meditation

 

I have been struggling to gather my thoughts and ideas before daring to write this entry. I had planned to have something ready on Easter Sunday which would made this entry topical and current. Today, a week has already passed…    

 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Is this the begining of the end of human civilisation?

 

This morning, I heard that North Korea appears to be arming itself for battle. At the point of writing, I don't think we should panic. However, I believe the international community should be more concerned than it has appeared to be so far. The threat of North Korea to use nuclear weapons on other countries is too horrifying to contemplate… 

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Failing in Spite of Trying!

 

I tried for a second time to get out of bed with the little strength I’ve got left following the long time I’ve been spending in bed. Of course, it could be much worse. I haven’t totally been cut off from society. With all its criticisms, technology has enabled me to keep in touch with the world.

 

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Day of Reflection

 

Over here in Malta, we’ll be having the elections tomorrow - the 9th March 2013. An event that normally happens every five years. It’s a time when we will have a chance to have a say in the running of our country. Yet, we often…

 

 Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Refuge of Silence

 

As the days pass by, little seems to have changed since I was discharged from hospital. Thankfully, my pain has gradually decreased and while I still need more days of bed rest, if things go well, I should be on ny way to a good…

 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Sunset of Promise

 

I continue struggling with the physical pain that has forced me into hospital two weeks ago. Thankfully, my pain wasn't that severe today but it's still early days and there can be good or bad days - depending on whether I wake up… 

 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Thing Called Pain

 

I've been experiencing a sense of pain for over a week. At times, it's as if it won't go away. A thought that I have even when I know nothing in this universe lasts forever...

  

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Violent Awakening

 

Last Wednesday, I was admitted to the state hospital soon after I finished breakfast or about twenty minutes. Or so dad would tell me. Apparently, I threw up and lost consciousness. I would wake up again at the emergency…

 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Pain - Teach Me Life

 

I'm in pain once again. It's my back and legs now as well. It's hard and I struggle to type this entry in my present condition. So, I'll limit myself to a few reflections… 

 

Monday, January 7, 2013

On the Dawn of a New Day

 

I find myself writing this early in the morning of another Monday. The first day of the week. The second week of the new year. All this appears to promise a fresh start to life. But there's no guarantee that life will deliver us…

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The True Meaning of Charity (3 part series))

 

Each year, during this time, I feel a feeling of unease and inadequacy as charity events aimed at collecting funds to help the most needy and, alas, “less fortunate” amongst us. I feel this sense that, as a person, I am somehow less than my friends, family and other human…  

 


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Haiku Flow

URL: http://haikuflow.gordongd.com

 

This blog which contains a growing collection of haiku - verse based on the Japanese style of poetry (but in English) is going strong since I created it.

 

Usually not longer than 3 lines of verse, I think I believe that I’ve almost mastered the skill of composing haiku. But, judge for yourself as you read the haiku I posted in 2013:

 

Haiku 2013 collection     

 


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Zone Mind ePub

URl: http://epub.zonemind.com

 

Now, let me tell you one of the reasons that I haven't been so active these last months. Last September (2013), I had received the happy news that my eBook "Zone Mind" was ready for distribution. 

 

So, besides recording some promotional clips, I also worked on launching the site where you can find audio-visual content, a more detailed look at what this eBook is about, leave your comments or feedback and try out a sample before you decide to get the whole eBook.

 

The site is up and running - even if I may be adding new content in the future. Currently, the eBook is available in both the ePub and PDF versions. And, if I say so myself, the site looks pretty good!

 

But don't just take my word for it, go and check it out yourself at:

http://epub.zonemind.com

 

All the best for 2014!

Gordon 

 

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I love blogging for the very same reason I love writing. It gives me the opportunity to express myself and my ideas to others. Yet, the great thing about blogs are their potential to reach out to people across the world. Blogging is also a means where I can explore thoughts and ideas, express my creativity and better examine who I am. As a disabled person, blogs are also tool to raise awareness about how society excludes us as disabled people through its failure to take us into account. Besides disability activism, I also enjoy creative writing and to read about a wide range of topics, ranging from science to philosophy which I also explore in my blogs.. I dream of a world that includes everyone, irrespective of our differences. A world where people have true equal rights and opportunities. A world where everyone is given the means to succeed and attain his/her full potential.