Quality Captioning and Transcriptions Open Up Clearer Communication for Members of the Entire Pagan Community

When someone who is visually impaired uses a computer, they will either have the images enlarged or they use a reader program. How can a picture, graphic, or other image be read? It can't unless the web designer is a great coder. There are programs and more tech savy ways to embed images with descriptions that will work with readers. For those of us running organizational websites on a donation budget or blogging, we need to create vivid captions. Instead of no caption or a simple word or two … [Read more...]

Movie Review: A Thousand Words

In the Pagan community, there is a saying that words have power therefore we need to be cautious of what we say. The Universe or a Deity might grant our wish in unexpected ways. The comedy A Thousand Words offers a reminder that people often throw words around meaninglessly.Eddie Murphy plays Jack McCall a self centered, fast talking, literary agent who will say anything to get his way. He even wants to keep his home styled like a bachelor pad despite having a wife and child. He cuts in … [Read more...]

My/Our Great Work

Reading Star Foster's blog post “Make Good Art and Do the Work” and watching Neil Gaiman's speech to university graduates has had the wheels of my mind turning on the subject for several days. (Here's the video and transcript.)Apparently I am the most stubborn person to contemplate a spiritual path because fate had to spell out my work for me in plain signs. I still forget it. I believe this because:I was born June 21 on the Summer Solstice one of the points on the Wheel of the Year. Of … [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.Deaf Pagan CommunityI got an email from Luna who started the Deaf Pagan Network. Luna is a High Priestess in Nova Scotia and has been involved with the Deaf Community for many years. The Deaf Pagan Network has been around since 1998. They want "To be … [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...]

You’ll Survive if your Stem and Roots are Strong

This month I've been like the pumpkin vine I've nurtured from a seed.When a seed is grown indoors, it sprouts up into a life of luxury with ample water, light, and controlled temperature. Once it's outside it has to survive bugs and spring time extremes of frost and heat. To help the plant "harden" meaning toughen up it's stem and roots, you set it outside for a few hours a day. Apparently I didn't quite do that enough for my young pumpkin. It's two main leaves have withered and yellowed but … [Read more...]

Touched by an Act of Kindness

On Wednesday I wrote "You Are Not A Rock" which was about the importance of community and our attitudes toward life. Just a day later, I experienced just how important those things are.And this brings me to the heart of what I’ve learned from Beyond Survival: community and attitude is everything ....[L]ife is going to swing back and forth from times of plenty and times of less. From times of pain when our disabilities really get us down or we have gut wrenching pain and times of comfort w … [Read more...]

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...]


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