When I Hit Bottom

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My husband and I were concerned that we wouldn't be able to adopt since I am a Unitarian Universalist Pagan. All of our books went under the bed, and I put simple scented candles and a large seashell on my altar. We filled out initial state papers saying I was a UU and he was Spiritual. I wondered about the legality of this, and after nine weeks of foster/adoption classes we found out we didn't have to include that information. We were honest about my PTSD and our depression.Everything was … [Read more...]

Are Americans Misled about Marijuana?

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta: Americans ‘terribly and systematically misled’ about marijuana … [Read more...]

Long Dark Contemplation of My Soul Part 2 (possible triggers)

Image: Theatrical masks of Tragedy and Comedy. Mosaic, Roman artwork, 2nd century CE. The piece can be found at the Capitoline Museum in Rome, Palazzo dei Conservatori, first floor, hall of the Horti of Mæcenas. From the Baths of Decius on the Aventine Hill, Rome. Public DomainIn The Long Dark Contemplation of My Soul Part 1, I wrote about admitting myself to a stress unit in May because I was thinking about harming myself through cutting. I knew I would be there for at least four days and … [Read more...]

The Long Dark Contemplation of My Soul Part 1

In ”Hestia at Work and Home”, I wrote about my new job. Unfortunately it lasted only two and a half months before I had a breakdown. A couple of cooks quit and my hours increased to almost full time. Because of my PTSD and epilepsy I can only handle part time work, which isn’t easy to find.It’s scary when you aren’t yourself. When this demented feeling takes over, filling you with pain and sorrow. Something in your mind fights the feeling that you aren't safe and you're going to die. At times … [Read more...]

Community Linkage and Donations

The Staff of Asclepius has offered news, entertainment and posts for the Pagan community for over three years. It is a pleasure to have met so many wonderful people. If I could say my disability has given me any joy, it would be the readers and my writing of the Staff of Asclepius. It has grown from a simple post I wasn't sure anyone would read, to being a part of the Pagan group of bloggers at Patheos and the inspiration for an anthology. Today I offer almost daily community outreach through … [Read more...]

Community Linkage

Every week there are new press releases, articles, information, and videos popping up concerning Paganism, spirituality, health, or disabilities. Community Linkage is a collection of useful information and sometimes entertainment for you. You can stay informed by adding me to one of your social circles on Google+ or follow me on Twitter."Reddit Floods Hospital with Pizza After Young Resident Pleads for Pie" Gawker"Deaf New Yorkers Sue Starbucks for Repeated, Shocking Discrimination" … [Read more...]

Nurture Your Happiness with Nature

This moment, which has been circulating the internet for quite some time and has become anonymous, captures the simple joy of connecting with nature. The smiles on both ladies faces have a childlike delight that is often forgotten. According to ecopsychology we all rely on a connection with nature for mental well being. "Ecopsychology, or eco-psychology as it is sometimes called, is situated at the intersection of a number of fields of enquiry, including environmental philosophy, psychology, … [Read more...]

Community Linkage

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Every week there are new press releases, articles, information, and videos popping up concerning Paganism, spirituality, health, or disabilities. Community Linkage is a collection of useful information and sometimes entertainment for you. You can stay informed by adding me to one of your social circles on Google+ or follow me on Twitter.It’s festival season, and I’m seeking guest authors to write about their experiences at festivals or gatherings both large and small within the past five ye … [Read more...]

Sneak Peek at Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul

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An Excerpt from the Anthology Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness."Turning Disability into Opportunability" by Lydia M. CrabtreeNature seems to say, “Adapt.” It is, in fact, the very basis of evolution. As one form of adaptation is no longer needed, another rises to take its place and be utilized for the greater good.If nature is encouraging us to adapt, then there are several adaptations those of us with dis … [Read more...]

Environmentally Friendly and Frugal

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A couple of years ago I started the Facebook group, Eco Wifey. There are actually an equal number of men and women involved. The group is for people interested in saving money and living a more natural lifestyle. It is now moderated by Amber Perry-Assmar, a friend of mine. Here are some of the wonderful tips from that group. I encourage you to join and share your own ideas.17 Natural Soothing Sunburn TreatmentsKeep Spiders Out with Peppermint Essential Oil I found out from Living off … [Read more...]


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