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...]

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...]

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...]

When Big Women Go BAD: Body Awareness Divas Part 2 (Artistic Nudes Pictured in This Post)

On Imbolc, I joined almost three hundred women via the phone and Skype for “Fat Positive Art & The Fat Body Beautiful with Substantia Jones and Her Models.” The call was part of a Body Love Telesummit hosted by Golda of bodylovewellness.com.Substantia Jones, which is her art name, is an award winning photographer who has exhibited through out the Eastern US. Her work has appeared in various publications including the New York Times. She spoke during the call about her work with musicians … [Read more...]

When Big Women Go BAD: Body Awareness Divas Part 1

My Winter Solstice and Lunar Eclipse ritual included a promise to myself and a prayer to the Goddess and the Universal Divine asking for assistance in keeping that promise. That promise was to love myself. To love and accept myself for who I am and by doing so I would be empowered to live my life to the fullest. For me that includes caring for my health, making new friends, and getting beyond fear of failure to do what I love.How did I spend Imbolc, that time of year where we light candles to … [Read more...]

Pagans Sharing the "Religiosity" Gene

A recently published study explores how the different fertility rates between secular and religious individuals could influence societies overall genetic evolution. Robert Rowthorn's hypothesis and research “Religion, fertility and genes: a dual inheritance model” was printed in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. “Proceedings B is the Royal Society's flagship biological research journal, dedicated to the rapid publication and broad dissemination of high-quality research papers, reviews and … [Read more...]

A Moment of Win

A video posted by thescreamingdrills of a guy crowd surfing in a wheelchair at a Monotonix show on 1/28/11 … [Read more...]

6th Annual Brigid Poetry Festival

Reading and writing poetry can be a healing process. So healing and poetry fit nicely into the Goddess Brigid's hands. Brigid is honored each Imbolc with a poetry festival."It is that time of year again, when bloggers around the world post a favorite poem in honor of Brigid, the Irish goddess and patron saint of smithcraft, poetry, and healing. Brigid’s feast day is February 1st, so between now and then is the perfect time to publish a poem to celebrate." Anne Hill at Blog o' Gnosis g … [Read more...]

Upcoming Interviews and Update: Survey of Pagan Views About Health Care Legislation

Update: Survey of Pagan Views About Health Care LegislationThank you to everyone who has participated in the survey and spread the word through the community. There is still time to voice your opinion on a this important issue. www.surveymonkey.com/s/CZFX8TRThe Staff of Asclepius shared the details of the original Associated Press Health Care Law Poll http://www.patheos.com/community/paganswithdisabilities/2011/01/25/associated-press-january-2011-american-health-care-poll/In the coming … [Read more...]

Death and Choice: Men and Women Healing After an Abortion

(Updated with link to a Pagan perspective on abortion at Patheos. 10:20 AM Central)Last week was the 38th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. This historic case was decided by the US Supreme Court on January 22, 1973. It gave women in the US the right to consult with their doctors and make informed decisions concerning abortion. Abortion, however, isn't simply a legal issue. It is a process that needs to be approached (by men and women) with full knowledge of the medical procedure and health … [Read more...]


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