What I’ve Learned from a Disabled Student

I’m a substitute teacher, which means I’m on call at the local elementary school. Mainly I work with children who are learning disabled. There is a young boy named William (I’ve changed his name) who was born with many problems, and the doctors didn’t know what to name his condition. William has medium control over his hands and arms, so he needs assistance writing. I hold his hand and make sure he is paying attention and moving the pencil on his own instead of letting me do it. He has … [Read more...]

Elemental Castings Interview is Available

I'm pleased to announce that you can listen to my interview with T. Thorn Coyle at Elemental Castings. … [Read more...]

Frida and Me

El abrazo de amor de el universo, la tierra - by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, who lived in Mexico, is one of my favorite artists. She survived a traffic accident as a teenager that left her in constant pain and, like me, unable to bear children. On September 17, 1925, Kahlo was riding in a bus that collided with a trolley car. She suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated … [Read more...]

Tough Decisions on Disabilities and Abortion

I’ve read on a few different blogs about a serious concern. As the ability to detect disabilities in fetuses continues to advance, will women be more likely to have an abortion? On one side of the argument is those mothers of disabled children who say they wouldn’t change a thing and love their children as they are. On the other hand there are women who ended their pregnancy because they didn’t think they could afford to pay the medical bills and care for another human for a … [Read more...]

Guest on Prairie Land Pagan Radio

I am pleased to announce that I will be a guest on Prairie Land Pagan Radio this Sunday at 1 pm Central. Hope you'll tune in! T. Thorn Coyle interviewed me for her podcast Elemental Castings. It will be up sometime this month. … [Read more...]

Meditating with Music

One of the first books I read on my Pagan path was The Elements of The Druid Tradition by Philip Carr-Gomm. It guides readers from what is known of ancient Druidry to how it is practiced today. Philip Carr-Gomm is a writer and psychologist. He trained with Ross Nichols, the founder of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids, and has been leading the Order for over twenty years. His book greatly influenced my meditation practices, so I would like to share one with you. It's about awakening the … [Read more...]

Two Posts of Interest

Separation of religion and medicine? by Drea Parker Essentially, my point is this: if any particular place of business is going to go to the trouble to offer solace to the wandering religious community member, in all fairness, all religious scriptures, texts, or verses should be showcased, as was that Bible. As a pragmatic community member, I’m really not of the opinion that religious text should even be in a doctor’s office. But I liken it to that old phrase, “separation of Church and … [Read more...]

Out Into Nature

Fontainebleau State Park, Louisiana by Infrogmation

Of course, in “real nature,” the grass grows tall and in the summer the air is thick with bugs. In “real nature,” the greenery isn’t bounded on four sides by major streets, nor are there life-sized statues of Shakespeare, Rossini, and Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben. The city park is an architectural space just as surely as any civic center – it just happens to be sculpted, in the main, with trees and grass as opposed to concrete. To put it another way, urban parks may be … [Read more...]