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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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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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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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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