Travels in a Blue Chair: Alaska to Zambia, Ushuaia to Uluru

A disabled adventurer backpacks the world - alone!! This book makes a great holiday gift or corporate prize! See my TV interviews...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

AMI TV , interview will be next week, and air June 2

I have spoken with Paul from AMI TV and we have scheduled an interview for early next week.  The format will be a 15 minute spot discussing "Travels in a Blue Chair".

It will be great to further expose my travels and short stories to the visually impaired community, especially as the book is in the US Library of Congress as an audio book !!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

AMI TV, contact from Robert.

Great news! I have been contacted by Robert at AMI TV and they are going to review where I fit into things over there. So this is very encouraging.

More info soon, once the interview about "Travels in a Blue Chair", has been scheduled.  Thanks for the feedback Robert!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Great news is that I am trying to interest AMI TV in an interview in the near future! AMI is Accessible Media Inc. and they have a cable channel geared to disability.

The channel has descriptive audio on all programs, which assists the visually impaired to "watch" TV.

Additionally, there are a number of programs for all disabilities.

It should be fun!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year !!

Well, another year of writing this blog has come to an end.

The great thing about writing a book like "Travels in a Blue Chair", about backpacking and travelling the world alone in a wheelchair, is the great feedback you receive from other disabled people who are challenging themselves to get out and see the world.  Or, even the next town, as one person from Europe, who was in a power chair, wrote me!!

The website Good Reads has been a new outlet to try to get some new exposure and it is very nice, to receive feedback from readers and to see them mark it as "to read" on their virtual bookshelves.

So I would like to wish you and your family, dear reader, a very happy and well travelled new year!! Go safely.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

New wheelchair

Once again the time has been fast approaching to start looking around for a new blue chair.  It is amazing to see how fast a person who is active can wear out a chair.

I remember a buddy of mine from wheelchair rugby days who made chairs and called his "the chair you wear" !! I always loved that motto,  You really do wear your chair, and this current one, which I have had for 5 years now, has been a bit of a lemon, with armrests breaking all the time and not swinging away.

Oh well, I can look forward to a new travelling buddy in the near future, for some new adventures and chapters, in "Travels in a Blue Chair" !!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Back to the Future!

I was fortunate enough to spend some time in the Dominican Republic earlier this month.

Not backpacking, but just relaxing on a resort with an old friend and two of his work buddies.  I was very lucky, since my front wheel broke on my way out the door to the plane. I scrambled to get back into my abode and salvage a wheel off and old chair.  When we arrived, the resort's handyman helped put the new one on and I was able to relax without worrying about falling out of my chair!!

Reminds me of a story from "Travels in a Blue Chair"!!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Some questions from Chad

I received some great feedback about "Travels in a Blue Chair", from a disabled fan named Chad. He really enjoyed the stories and it has been a motivating factor in his decision to go backpacking in a chair himself!

Chad has forwarded a number of questions about his upcoming travels and is going to take a camera with him, as he is a documentary film maker! I really look forward to learning more about his trip as it happens and seeing the film, once it is complete!!

Good luck Chad and keep travelling!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

An uplifting book

I received an email from someone who recently read "Travels in a Blue Chair" and really seemed to enjoy it! Here is a quote from the email...

" I saw you on Breakfast TV (I think) a few years ago and finally remembered to pick up up your book.  It was great!  I knew you were a traveler but had no idea how much and how far you have gone.  Your character really shines though and I wish everyone could share your perspective on life.  Very uplifting.  There are so many kind and helpful people in the world but sad that our media is completely focused on the opposite.  Will there be a part 2?"

It is always so nice when an author gets this kind of feedback!! As for the answer to your question...stay may be surprised !!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Christopher Reeve Foundation

I was reviewing the website for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and noticed that "Travels in a Blue Chair" was listed a resource book for disabled travellers.  I am so honoured to be included in this list.

I am hoping that any individual with mobility problems will be able to make the effort to get out and see as much of the world as is possible!

Thanks to all at the foundation for their great work on spinal cord research!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Disabled passengers

One of the nicest things about writing a book about backpacking across the world in a blue chair is that sometimes you are asked to put the knowledge you have gained and put it to good use for the benefit of other disabled passengers in various forms of travel.

I have been working in the background to ensure that disabled travel passengers will have safe and efficient trips in the future. You never know what positive things will come out of writing a book!!