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The Problem With Judging Others’ Food Choices

There’s so much more to eating food than just “does it taste good?”

Every bite of food you eat reflects all sorts of cultural and class struggles, and social and health issues.

It’s also an area where judgmental sorts would be better off sitting down and keeping quiet.

Sarah explained why in a recent piece for The Establishment.

To read it go here.

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Attacking Mothers With Autistic Children Is Wrong

Apparently one of the great joys in life for cruel people is to harshly judge mothers of various stripes.

This is particularly the case for mothers of children with autism.

Sarah wrote about why this is tremendously uncool in a piece for The Establishment.

To read it go here.

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The Benefits Of An Integrated Classroom

In Sarah’s latest column for The Establishment she explained the many benefits to having disabled students share the same classrooms as able-bodied students.

There are a number of social and societal benefits to these integrated classrooms. Not the least of which is preparing students for a future where they themselves or their loved ones will most likely experience a disability of their own.

To read the story click here.

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On Resilience And ‘Eating The Potato’

Eat the potato

Eat the potato

“Eating the potato” is a big thing in the Risky Fuel household.

It’s basically a metaphor for eating the hearts of your enemies and Sarah explained its origins, as well as an embarrassing trip to her local bank, for the first of what will be a regularly occurring series of columns about mental health and well-being for The Establishment.

To read the column click here.

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‘The Accountant’ Fails Autistic Character Development

The Accountant

The Accountant

Now that Hollywood film writers have developed a basic grasp of (some of) the traits that a person with autism may exhibit, they’ve started to use this as part of their character development toolbox.

The thing is, when you’re a Hollywood writer making a Hollywood film and you decide to make one of your characters autistic you need to do so with the same thoughtfulness you’d tread a First Nations character or a black character or physically disabled character.

If you’re Ben Affleck and you’re playing an autistic killer in the film The Accountant, well, “thoughtfulness” appears to be too high a benchmark.

Sarah wrote about this phenomenon for The Establishment.

To read the story click here.

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RIP Robert Vaughn, One Of World’s Greatest Actor/Activist/Oddballs

Robert Vaughn

Robert Vaughn

Former television spy and heartthrob actor Robert Vaughn passed away on November 11 at age 83.

His death hit one particular member of the Risky Fuel household (Sarah) very hard.

In her period of mourning after the death of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Magnificent Seven star, she wrote an In Memoriam piece about Vaughn for The Establishment.

One of the things Sarah wrote about was Vaughn’s surprising and sometimes dangerous activism.

It seems this fictional spy was quite concerned with saving lives in the real world.

To read the full story click here.

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I Don’t Fight Because I’m Violent—I Fight Because The World Is

fighting

Fighting

One of the most confounding things people who meet Sarah have trouble figuring out about her is her interest in fighting.

What these people don’t realize is that even though the world mostly sucks, when one is competing in the fighting arts it might also suck, but it’ll (mostly) suck in a way that’s generally fair and generally honourable.

And in a world that isn’t particularly fair or honourable, this is a safe haven.

Sarah wrote about these feelings in a piece called “I Don’t Fight Because I’m Violent—I Fight Because The World Is” for The Establishment.

To read it click here.

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