You Are Not A Rock

I've been watching Les Stroud: Beyond Survival. In each episode Les lives for a week or so with a different indigenous culture studying their survival skills and at least one of their religious ceremonies. He doesn't pass judgement on their rituals and always respects the boundaries they set up. Most of the time he doesn't experience what the people say is supposed to happen at the ritual. He doesn't then claim is was illegitimate, he explains he's glad to have participated. At one point he … [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...]

The Wind in the Willows

At the local library I browsed the section of newly donated classics. They are smooth with the false appearance of being bound in leather. The Wind in the Willows caught my attention. I vaguely recalled the story of animals who dressed and acted similar to humans. Some, like the River Rat, had simple homes dugout in the earth. Toad though lived in Toad Hall with many grand rooms on a massive estate.Though The Wind in the Willows is a Children's Classic, it has a deep philosophical and … [Read more...]

Mother Carry Me Down to the Sea

Everyone has moments when they find it difficult to see themselves as beautiful either on the inside or out. It's even harder at times for people with disabilities and especially disfigurements. For me, I had trouble accepting my inner and outer beauty because of abuse. When I was about to enter kindergarten, my father said I wouldn't have any friends because I was fat. I took it to heart and cried most of the first day. Sometimes he would get angry and say I looked like shit. Because of of my … [Read more...]

Walk in the Snow

The deep snow has finally come to my small town. I watched it dance and turn the world white while I was safe in my snug pajamas eating pancakes. I could have rushed through my food with the mantra "that was stupid not to put the car in the garage" repeating over and over. Things like that happen to people with depression. This time as the thought of the car getting damaged came up I let it flow by. As the though of other people thinking how silly my husband and I were for not putting the car … [Read more...]

Shocked By a Milestone

A month and a half ago I began praying daily at my altar. The ritual was put into place to help me feel more connected to my spirituality since there isn't a Pagan community in my town. I would fix my hair a bit and light a candle then stand and do breath and energy work.Over the past couple of weeks I've had muscle jerks and mild hallucinations. By mild I mean I knew what I saw wasn't real. And what I did see didn't last long. See through hands might emerge from my abdomen or I would see a … [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. Not just weekly but every weekday. You can stay informed by adding me to one of your social circles on Google+ or follow me on Twitter.(UPDATE) U.S. to Force Drug Firms to Report Money Paid to Doctors (New York Times)Magic AnthologyAs you may … [Read more...]

High Octane Healing

Once in a while I'll write down all the little things that go flying through my mind. A few seconds of a whirlwind of thoughts and images ends up becoming a page or more of notes that take much longer to write. I was reviewing one of these subconscious sessions from a couple of years ago and came across "motorhead elephants offering high octane healing". I immediately got an image of Ganesha decked out in colorful tie-dye and black leather. He slides to a halt spraying gravel looking cool. The … [Read more...]

US Supreme Court Gets Pagan Organizations off the ADA Hook But That Shouldn’t Be An Excuse

US Supreme Court unanimously agrees that religious organisations don't have to comply with ADA employment regulations. (New York Times)On one hand I'm for the division of church and state. On the other the ADA is a very important piece of legislation to protect disabled citizens from discrimination. Being a diverse and inclusive community will continue to be in the hands of Pagan participant, Pagan organisations and their employees without the enforcement of US law. Of course are … [Read more...]

Web of Light

Written during the December Lunar EclipseIn An Orphan's Tale: In the Cities of Coin and Spice by Catherynne Valente, there's a tale of the last Star Being of the heavens walking through a vast dark abyss until she reaches countless tiny swirling Grass Stars. Even though she walks carefully through the rivulets and marches of pooled light she breaks many. Their silver light blood splashes her face and destroys her eyes. Now all she sees is light.But in the light I could see a kind of … [Read more...]


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