big buts at the train tracks

Jon Henner

Jon Henner
November 26
full time father, full time deaf activist, some times writer, most times thinker, all times wandering.


Jon Henner's Links

MAY 6, 2010 1:01AM

Take Your Boycott and Shove It

Employing flowering prose is rather worthless in this situation.  SB1070 is a clusterfuck of magnificent proportions.  The rest of the nation, rightfully so, condemned my adopted state of five years.   Several cities, many companies, and a host of individuals aRead full post »
AUGUST 6, 2009 1:57AM


Dying in the ICU is a numbers game; a colors game.  A green, red, yellow, and blue game.  As humans, we’re conditioned to quantify everything.  We stare at score boards, ticker tapes, and polls.  Our joys crescendo when the numbers are right and diminuendo at other times.&nbRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
JULY 8, 2009 12:36AM


The temperature in Phoenix is finally above 100.  It’ll hang there until September, at the earliest.  Walking outside is like dredging through molasses.  The heat slows everything down.  Occasionally, a jackrabbit makes a mad, almost suicidal dash across the pavement. Read full post »

JULY 3, 2009 3:20AM

Neat, baby, neat.

Straight up.  There’s no other way to enjoy Memphis, other than straight up.  Neat.  Pure, baby.  One grabs Memphis by the bottle and chugs it down.  One does not savor Memphis as much as one consumes it.  Memphis is that girl that likes it rough; pull on her hair,… Read full post »

JUNE 30, 2009 4:56PM


Then, I noticed the changing of seasons not by the usual indicators; foliage embossing or withering, animals coming or disappearing for months at a time, and rising and falling energy bills, but by women.  

In the Summer, there were the mini-skirts, or the figure-showing white Capri’s, wher… Read full post »

Note:  A few weeks ago, Mary Wollstonecraft asked that I fill out her interview questions.  Things became busy for me and I ended up not writing for almost a month.  A few nights ago, I finally came around and sacrificed some sleep for the sake of answering the questions.

 … Read full post »

Sheldon the Wonderhorse indicated that it was looking for a new sidekick.  Since I've been out of work for over a year, I figured that it wouldn't hurt to send in an application.  


 Jon Henner's Superhero Sidekick Resume


This is me, perched… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 1, 2009 4:10PM

The Sum of Her


I’m staunchly pro-choice, but I don’t actually have a dog in the fight.  My rights aren’t impacted either way, especially since there’s no valid male “abortion” (failing to pay child support, notwithstanding).  I continue to figh… Read full post »


Tomorrow, April 28th, is Equal Pay Day.  I’d like to put aside any feelings we have about how Equal Pay for Equal Work has been politicized far beyond the original message, and focus on the human reality of unequal pay.

The lack of Equal Pay impacts every one of us,/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 27, 2009 12:59PM

The Uncultured Among Us

The equal rights rhetoric on most progressive web sites usually is limited to the problems white women face, with the occasional smattering of race-related dialogue and GLBTQI issues.  (I've written about this before.)  Mama Salon isn’t immune to that sort of narrow journalistic focus… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2009 1:57AM

Bridge Poem - 6am

A response to the open call by annette2009


and the girl by the bus stop - dancing
I walked
through the church fields
the homeless they congregate there in steep lines
waiting by the closed doors
mercy is fine religious too but only after 7am
before then mercy is sleeping like most of… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 8, 2009 5:48PM

A Righteous Rack

Occasionally in our wanderings we stumble upon food that becomes archetypes akin to what existed in Plato's world of ideas.  Every time we eat that food, it's compared to the archetype and found wanting.  No pizza ever matches the one I had from Giordano's in Downtown Chicago. 

Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 8, 2009 1:09AM

Mouth Candy


Thursday, some time around mid morning, or maybe it was just after noon; I don’t really remember and time in this case is irrelevant.  All I know is that I found myself parked at the Café du Monde, somewhere towards the back and corner.  I really wante… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 3, 2009 3:11AM

This is for all the roads I've loved before


This is for when I came to the Susquehanna River and the dawn had laid sheaths of fog alongside its banks.  The forest rolled south towards the water and dallied in the fresh light.  I pulled to the side of the road and dismounted, just to see the early sun… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2009 4:38PM

Dirty Haiku Thursday



I said be careful!

Now look at what you have done

Lube is everywhere! Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 28, 2009 6:06PM

High Stickin'

  That's me on the right, shortly before heading out to the battlefield.

I like to hit people with sticks.  But, we won't be talking about my sex life.

There was a time in my undergraduate studies when I decided to reject everything considered masculine. … Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2009 1:51AM

Dirty Haiku Thursday

Don't come now she said

But of course I didn't hear that

And now SHE won't come

MARCH 26, 2009 5:40PM

Deafness as a Social Construct

Elements of Queer Theory deal with the social construct of gender; the post-modern belief that gender isn’t regulated to the possession of certain dangly bits, but to an abstract concept of self.  Releasing gender from medical definitions derived from biological fact has… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 24, 2009 1:58AM


I often get so caught up in my thoughts and problems that I forget there's a little person who watches most every move I make; when he's not busy destroying (or contemplating destroying) everything that gets in his way.  My gut tells me most parents are like this, except for the… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 18, 2009 4:40PM

The Family Jewels

Hellspawn is at a time in his life when he wants to meet new, and interesting things, and destroy them.  While before we allowed him to explore his environment to the most of his physical capacities, Hellspawn's becoming strong enough that he can inflict serious harm on the items he wishes… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 13, 2009 6:22PM

Our Little Social Contracts

    House is staring into your soul

House is falling down my must-see-non-cable -TV list, much in part because of the brilliant inner (or outer) geek fantasies of Chuck, but also because the writing for House fell into routine.  Last night's show, though, reminded me why I/…

Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 12, 2009 2:56PM

Rachel's Choice

    Kudos, Saturn Smith!

Two weeks ago, the OS cover had a nice post on how to fully utilize the Twitter experience.  While Twitter does have its detractors, I naturally gravitate towards it because Hellspawn doesn't quite appreciate my continuous desire to share information… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 18, 2009 11:11PM

Read My Lips

One evening when I was a child, back when everything seemed to be paneled in faux-wood (station wagons, caption decoder boxes, cereal, Michael Jackson, et cetera), my parents sat me in front of a crime drama because they heard one of the guest characters was deaf.  I don’t know if the… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
FEBRUARY 5, 2009 4:02PM

On Deaf Ears

Invariably most people succumb to some form of hearing loss before giving leave to Earth, but generally their experiences with the concept of deafness is limited to a few visits to the local audiology office and a beige contraption that makes ugly love to the concha.  Deafness, as enumerated by… Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2009 4:38PM

Picture Perfect

Like lampreys, the Deaf attach themselves to free floating communications technology.  Most were not designed with us in mind, but we seize on them anyway and integrate them into our lifestyles and culture.  Who could be surprised at our behavior?  Humans need communication.  We c

Read full post »