My Moral Dilemma with Medical Testing on Animals

I'm struggling with a moral dilemma. I strongly believe that all animals are independent living beings that deserve to be treated with compassion. Yet I rely on medications manufactured by pharmaceutical companies that test on animals. Even if I didn't take manufactured drugs, I would have to ingest animal parts, such as pig and cow thyroid, in order to survive. How can Pagans with serious illness find a balance between the harshness of survival and compassion?My family raised cows for a few … [Read more...]

Practical and Magical Wildfire Safety

I was listening to Modern Pagan Podcast's (Correction: Pagan Weekly News) June 10th episode where RevKess and Zaracon discussed the Colorado wildfires. (Thank you for mentioning the anthology and blog!) Even in cities sixty miles away from the major blaze, there is thick smoke tainting the air with its acrid smell. The haze dims streetlights and fills store entryways. If you are near the wildfire areas, it's important to pay attention to air quality reports especially if you are elderly, have a … [Read more...]

Pagans with Disabilities or Developmental Differences Anthology Still Accepting Submissions

Please DistributeCall for Submissions/Writers:E-mail for inquiries and submissions: tara.miller21 (at) gmail.com; please put “Immanion Press Anthology Submission” in your subject line.The new submission date for rough drafts is August 31, 2012.Megalithica Books, an imprint of Immanion Press (Stafford, U.K./Portland, OR, U.S.A.) is seeking submissions for a magic anthology from the perspective of practitioners with disabilities or developmental differences. This includes but is … [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."Community for the 21st Century" The New Existentialists This article explains that community is Being-with others. Taking in the presence of others and … [Read more...]

The Benefits of the Affordable Care Act

The Supreme Court of the United States upheld parts of the Affordable Care Act. Some citizens hope this is a step toward universal healthcare which most of the industrialized world all ready has. The Physicians for a National Health Program offer health statistics from many of the OECD ( Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) nations and clear explanations why national healthcare would succeed in the U.S. They address the myths that universal healthcare 1. is inadequate with … [Read more...]

Disabilities and Relationships Resources

Today my husband and I are celebrating our sixteenth anniversary. We both have disabilities so at times it's been extremely difficult. Love and friendship is the glue that's kept us together. Since we'll be celebrating today, I'm keeping this post short.disaboom has many articles about dating and relationships.June has become national LGBT Pride month. disaboom offers resources for members of the LGBT community who have disabilities. "LGBT and Living with a Disability: Where to find … [Read more...]

Zucchini A Super Food

Zucchini is in abundance this time of year. When a fruit or veggie is in season it's much cheaper at the store or farmer's market. My neighbor and another friend get a couple of new ones every few days. These green squash are the same color as their leaves so if you walk down the row or quickly glance at the plant you won't see them. You have to lift the leaves up or you'll end up with a twenty inch long behemoth. The best tasting zucchini are much smaller since the seeds are tiny and the skin … [Read more...]

Service Animals and Familiars

One of my best friends is only three years old. I've watched her grow from a small thing that couldn't even climb up into bed. Rosie, is a Pyrenees and Jack Russel Terrier mix which means she's a medium sized dog who thinks she's a puppy. Her favorite place is on the coach with her head on someone's lap and her feet on the other person.My husband and I both have epilepsy. We've discovered that when one of us is going to have a major seizure, she comes up to us whining and prancing. Rosie is … [Read more...]

Blogging Against Disablism

Diary of a Goldfish blog hosted a Blogging Against Disablism Day. I've been reading through the blogs that participated and found that I can relate to many of the writer's experiences.College and Disability blog "Why are so many people with disabilities unemployed?"The author notes that according to the US Department of Labor 15.2% of people with disabilities are unemployed and 8.1% of people without disabilities are unemployed. They write about how there are three main things making it … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day: Women Making a Difference

Today is International Women's Day and I wanted to take a special look at women who have made a difference for people with disabilities.International Women's Day (IWD) began as International Working Women’s Day, Socialist political event primarily for Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. Overtime the marches and activism waned. In some countries, it became a day to show love for women in general. In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating 8 … [Read more...]


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