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 [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” [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More…]