Coming Up at the Staff of Asclepius

Dear Readers: I've had the opportunity to work on a temporary local design and publishing project. With that and my ongoing search for permanent employment, I will be taking a few days off. The results of the American Pagan Health Care Law survey will be up on Wednesday. Hope to hear from you in the comments! Blessings, Masery … [Read more...]

Interview with Glenn Turner about PantheaCon

Today, hundreds of people will be arriving for the 17th annual PantheaCon in San Jose, California. It is one of the world's largest indoor festivals of its kind. Because of it's location at the DoubleTree hotel and large convention staff, it is also one of the most accommodating for Pagans with disabilities and other health concerns. My husband and I attended PantheaCon twice when I lived in the Monterey Bay area. We enjoyed the experience immensely. I was impressed by the hard working … [Read more...]

Divine Family Health Care Practices

There is an informative three part series on Pagan health care by Cara Schulz at Pagan+politics, a project of the Pagan Newswire Collective. "Much of the conversation regarding health care in our country revolves around cost and what the government’s responsibility is towards the citizens in providing health care. Sprinkled throughout are bits about greedy doctors, litigious lawyers, and rich taxpayers. Very little is said about the role that you and I play in maintaining our health. We … [Read more...]

Community Linkage

ProPublica: Journalism in the public interest reports that the process of discharging disabled borrowers education debt isn't working. "Education Department Bureaucracy Keeps Disabled Borrowers in Debt" "Under federal law, borrowers who develop severe and lasting disabilities after taking out federal student loans are entitled to have their debts forgiven. The system was meant to be compassionate: to spare former students who become disabled from a lifetime of ruined credit, garnished … [Read more...]

Teen Voices the Realities of Living with ADD

At the Witches' Voice there is an essay by Katryna who candidly writes about life as a teen with ADD/ADHD. "ADD/ADHD: How to Make it into a Positive Journey" www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usmd&c=words&id=14318 "I think my main problem with ADD/ADHD is how people try to "fix" it, and how they handle this "problem". They try to make you concentrate by doing negative things, such as taking away your TV, or freedom, or whatever other privileges you might have if you can't concentrate. … [Read more...]

Unless You Know The Mystery

For a very long time I moved through the world tied down to the most reviled person I knew. Myself. This other person rode along in my body, giving constant snarls and criticism on everything I did. The relationship was similar to the initially toxic symbiotic relationship of Melanie and Wanderer in The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I felt alien in my body, in the world yet not experiencing it. I feed off of and needed the attention of others. I was married and had friends but because of depression, … [Read more...]

Disaboom Article and/or Video Contest

The deadline for the Disaboom website article and video contest is Tuesday, Februrary 15th. They are accepting any topic, though I'm sure it has to be disability related. The winner's submission will be posted at disaboom.com. Check out the contest page for more information www.disaboom.com/contests/disaboom-contest-submit-article-andor-video-today-to-win … [Read more...]

Interview with Author and Professional Psychic Alexandra Chauran

Alexandra Chauran is professional psychic and owner of Earthshod.com. Her book, Crystal Ball Reading For Beginners, is being released by Llewellyn Worldwide in July. I had the opportunity to interview her through email. Image: Closeup of Alexandra Chauran in front of tree leaves holding a crystal ball. Masery: How did you end up a Harley riding, married woman, in Renton, Washington? Alexandra: Those are a lot of questions, right off the bat! Well, first of all, Harley Davidson … [Read more...]

BBC Two Video – How Subtitles Are Made

The BBC Two program See Hear has a video up about Red Bee Media, the BBC's subtitling company. It shows how subtitles are created and what can be done to improve subtitle quality. If you've watched TV with subtitles, especially live, and wondered why captioning was off by almost a minute or the words made no sense, watch the video to find out. I'm sure Red Bee Media's process is similar to captioning technology in other countries. The results can be funny and frustrating for people who rely on … [Read more...]

Community News Linkage

Happy News reports on a music and dopamine study from McGill University, Canada "Musical Chills: Why They Give Us Thrills" www.happynews.com/news/1142011/musical-chills-why-give-us-thrills.htm Sociologist Publishes Research On Religion And Adolescents "Religion plays an important role in the lives of teenagers, according to the findings published in the book "A Faith of their Own: Stability and Change in the Religiosity of America's Adolescents," co-written by Melinda Lundquist Denton, an … [Read more...]


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