In Remote Uganda a School for the Deaf is Formed

Patrick Otema, 15 was born profoundly deaf. In the remote area of Uganda where he lives there are no schools for deaf children, and he has never had a conversation. Raymond Okkelo, a sign language teacher, hopes to change all this and offer Patrick a way out of the fearful silence he has known his whole life. … [Read more...]

Sleeping Beauty

I have this problem that when I become stressed out or depressed I get narcoleptic. All I want to do is sleep instead of doing things around the house or facing what it is that bothers me. It’s just too easy to lay down, close my eyes and drift off into another reality. This doesn’t solve anything though and I end up in a circle of anxiety and I chastise myself. Why didn’t you do the dishes? Why didn’t you do that load of laundry? Why didn’t you write something? I forget that I need to move aroun … [Read more...]

15 Facts of Being a Visually Impaired Witch

I'm visually impaired (VI) and a practicing witch, with emotional disorders. I'm sure some of you wonder what that's like. Well, here are some facts to ponder. I bet you wouldn't guess some of them.1. I was terrified to light incense for the longest time because I can't see that skinny little stick looking straight down at it. Until I discovered those short Japanese incense sticks. Those were so manageable that I got used to the bigger ones pretty quickly.2. It's hard to dance around in … [Read more...]

On Faith

Lately I’ve been praying a lot to Gaia. These are small prayers that will get me through the day, the hour and the next minute. Since mid-September I’ve been working as a customer service representative with a pharmaceutical company. I answer calls at home. We only had four days of training and each day brings new updates to our scattered handwritten and printed notes. At first I honestly didn’t think I could make it through this job that Vocational Rehabilitation found for me. I suffer from anxi … [Read more...]

Life hacks

One of the diagnoses I have is ADHD; one of the two medications I'm on is used off-label for ADHD (as well as the anxiety of PTSD, which I have).  I have found that in the main, my ability to focus and get jobs done has been better, since starting this medication back in May.However, I have also noticed that since starting the medication, I've been having issues with my short-term memory, which never used to be that much of an issue before, but has caused me some problems, including awkward m … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Loaf-mass and me

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Last weekend was Lammas (or at least up here in the Northern Hemisphere anyway).   While I do adhere to the eightfold Wheel of the Year as observed by Wicca (though not Wiccan myself), Lammas is a particularly difficult holiday for me because it is literally "Loaf-mass", the grain festival, and wheat and barley in particular.  This is the time of year when you see over nine thousand bread recipes circulate in pagan circles, and pagan events where bread is going to be a big part of what's on the m … [Read more...]


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