Saturday: US and UK Citizens Unite to Uncut Social Benefits

UPDATE: The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) has refused Gov. Walker's request to clear out the State Capitol. To show support for the peaceful protesters who clean up after themselves, they are asking WPPA members to come sleep among the protesters tonight. Read the full press release at http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/February11/0225/0225wppa.pdfThe Chant That Crossed The PondThe United Kingdom and the United States are in the midst of an economic downturn. Just as … [Read more...]

Community News Linkage

Disabilityscoop "Man With Cerebral Palsy Finalist In Oprah Network Contest" by Michelle Diament Zach Anner, who has cerebral palsy, is a finalist in a contest to host his own show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He wants to create a travel show “for people who never thought they could travel.”As a side note: Redditors, members of the massive internet forum Reddit, held a campaign last summer to support Zach.Read more at www.disabilityscoop.com/2011/02/21/zach-anner-finalist/12367/Disaboom C … [Read more...]

Steps Toward Pagan Unity

The Standing Stone and Garden Gate podcast is hosted by Juni and Bren. The February 21, 2011 Episode “Reasonable Doubt” discusses Pagan unity in the opening segment. Listen to the podcast at stonegatepodshow.net/ Bren and Juni discuss Islam and how praying to Mecca creates a powerful sense of unity since members know millions of others are doing the same thing. Bren mentions that it is simple to become a Buddhist or Muslim. The new member simply says some words to a Buddhist priest, or recites pa … [Read more...]

American Pagans Want to Change Health Care Legislation to Do More

In January, the Associated Press conducted a health care law poll and spoke to 1001 Americans by telephone. For more information about the poll you can read the previous Staff of Asclepius post. www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/01/25/associated-press-january-2011-american-health-care-poll/Of the 1001 participants Religious affiliation: Protestant 25% Catholic 25% Mormon 1% Jewish 1% Muslim 1% Other 26% No religious denomination 19%Of the “Other” religion 87% were Chr … [Read more...]

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 are l … [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...]


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