Labor Day

I will be celebrating Labor Day as an unemployed person with a disability. I’ve been trying to find a steady job for five years. I’m qualified for customer service and there aren’t any positions for that in my small town of less than three-thousand people. The closest location with possible jobs is forty-five minutes away. Because of my PTSD I don’t work well in a high traffic office at the front desk. That narrows down the job opportunities even further. Statistics show that disabled individ … [Read more...]

Little Mixing Bowl of Memories

I have a white small mixing bowl with two flat handles and tiny blue flowers. It looks a lot like the one my family used to have.When my dad was alive he would eat cereal every evening. I would sit on his lap and share while we talked about this or that. Eventually as my sisters got older we would all want to share and be near him so the bowl got bigger and bigger until it was the size of a giant mixing bowl. The bowl I have is exactly like the one Dad and I used to share when I was the … [Read more...]

Call for Papers

Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A) is seeking submissions.We would like to hear from founders and leaders of as many different traditions and organizations, established and brand new, as possible.Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2015.By no means can we capture a portrait of every Pagan path. What we are trying to do is give aspiring and knowledgeable Pagans alike a springboard for proceeding with their studies, with information … [Read more...]

Drawing Strength from Nature: by Tara “Masery” Miller

A variety of frogs by unknown and in the public domain.

This is the first piece of the three-part collaborative series by Staff of Asclepius contributors. “When we learn to speak with the animals, to listen with animal ears and to see through animal eyes, we experience the phenomena, the power, and the potential of the human essence, and it is then that the animals are no longer our subordinates. They become our teachers, our friends, and our companions. They show us the true majesty of life itself. They restore our forgotten childlike wonder at the … [Read more...]

Interview with Raven Kaldera about Shamanism, BDSM Among the Disabled and Fifty Shades of Gray

Raven Kaldera from ravenkaldera.org

What does being a Shaman mean to you?It means that I am a spirit-worker – I work with the spirits of earth, fire, water, air, plants, animals, the Dead, and various Gods of my tradition. These are not archetypes or metaphors to me, they are People who are my allies, friends, and sometimes masters. Among spirit-workers in my tradition, a shaman is one who is chosen to devote their life to this work, and can’t ever go back.My Gods use me as a tool to make change in the world, and one of the … [Read more...]

Students with Disabilities and Self-Advocacy

In the United States, August is National Back to School month. Here are a few links to help college students who have disabilities. Sorry, it doesn't include any back to school sales or sure fire excuses for late homework.Virginia Tech Self-Advocacy VideoStudents with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and ResponsibilitiesDisability Scholarship List and Explanation … [Read more...]

A Crazy Late Night Lammas

Several years ago, my husband and I were part of a group from Missouri that was invited to a Lamas camp out. This event took place in Illinois and we didn't get there until the sun was just going down. We were left setting up our tents in the dark by feel and unsteady flashlight. After wrestling canvas and poles we followed a narrow trail through the woods toward the sound of drums and ritual voices. It led an air of mystery to the adventure. Here I was in unknown surroundings going to a … [Read more...]

Psychedelic Breakthrough

by Chris Johnson theartofchrisjohnson.com

This piece was planned while the artist was in a mental institution. They posted on Reddit saying, "I cannot use traditional paint mediums, I have very weak lungs because of a childhood accident where I was exposed to high levels of chlorine. I could not participate in sports, or any other childhood fun, but in my isolation I started to make artwork. I had to drop out of art school because in every painting class I would be sneezing out blood and red phlemb. This made me very depressed for some … [Read more...]

Interview with author C.J. Blackwood about PSG

I spoke with C. J. Blackwood about her experience at Pagan Spirit Gathering (PSG). C. J. is a visually impaired author. One of her essays was included in Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul under the name Lady Cedar Nightsong.What was your favorite thing about the event?All of the music. There were quite a few concerts. Spiral Rhythm and Tuatha Dea played Celtic Rock. They were really good. If I had to name a favorite thing, it would be making friends and meeting a bunch of people. … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Fifty Shades of Gray: a Guest Commentary (Warning Triggers/Adult Content))

A Note from Tara "Masery" Miller:The people who participate in BDSM come from every walk of life, are abled or disabled, and belong to many different races and creeds. It can be a safe and responsible form of pleasure for consenting adults. For more information on BDSM and people with disabilities visit Keeping it Kinky.Fifty Shades of Gray is a book about a fictional couple's BDSM sex life that's been talked about world wide. "The series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and … [Read more...]


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