EnableTalk Gloves Worn on the Wrong Hand?

In the post "High Tech Gloves Translate Sign Language into Text and Voice" there is a video about EnableTalk gloves. This technology is being developed to translate sign language into speech. I wondered how it would effect the Deaf Community and those who are speech impaired. Would they welcome the technology? Ocean, from the Deaf Pagan Crossroads, provided a very insightful comment which I wanted to share with readers.As a Deaf person myself who has been signing for over 30 years, while … [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.The Pagan blogosphere has been abuzz with dialogue weight. I wanted to share some more positive and encouraging posts on the subject."My BIG Sacred … [Read more...]

Enter the Mind of Alan Moore

What do you think of when you ponder the Magical Arts? For some it's the divisions of magic into different types of craft such as herb lore, divination, working with spirits and other such skills. Lately I've been viewing the magical arts as music, writing, hand made crafts, and other works of art.Alan Moore is one of the world's most acclaimed graphic novelists and occultist. I came across part of a documentary about him. "The Mindscape of Alan Moore" by Shadowsnake Films. The full version … [Read more...]

A Tragedy Creates Potential for a National Pagan Discussion on Health

David Grega (1984 - 2012) was an important figure in Pagan mass media and he was only twenty-seven. He passed recently due to heart failure. He was part of the Pagan Centered Podcast and the Texas branch of the Pagan Newswire Collective.Peter Dybing, charity coordinator and Pagan blogger, wrote his concerns about the state of our community's health. “One of the most valued principles within the Wicca community is that all bodies are sacred and beautiful. This is so engrained in our culture t … [Read more...]

Letters Along the Paths of Wisdom

My husband Michael, our friend, and I gather weekly to share lunch and study. We're a diverse group with my husband being a magician, I'm a Neo-Pagan Gaian, and our friend is a Catholic occultist. What draws us together is our desire to learn about our world, our souls, and the greater mystery of how the infinite Divine Universe moves through the finite material.We share essays we've found or written about movies with an occult or spiritual theme. We recommend books and essays to each other. … [Read more...]

A Bit of Humor

Image: Heroine with long flowing hair, bangles, and ancient style dress hastily leading a man in Greek/Roman style armor. Caption: I'm manic! The world is mine to conquer until I crash into a dark oblivion of depression! Hurry! … [Read more...]

High Tech Gloves Translate Sign Language into Text and Voice

SlateNewsChannel video about the new sensor-heavy gloves that translate sign language users' gestures into text and voice.How will this effect the Deaf Community and those who are speech impaired? Will they welcome the technology or will there be similar controversy as there is surrounding cochlear implants? EnableTalk doesn't involve surgery but it will effect Deaf Culture.Video transcription provided by Slate.com:Could modern technology provide a huge leap forward for sign … [Read more...]

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...]


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