On assumptions, transportation, and accessibility

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So, I can't drive.In my case, it's a combination of things.1. I had a crippling car phobia for years, and while I can now go for rides in vehicles without fear, I'm not sure about my ability to be behind the wheel of a car without panicking. 2. I have dyspraxia - spatial/coordination issues.  I could never figure out how to maneuver bumper cars as a kid.  I have to ride a trike instead of a two-wheel bike because of balance issues.  This contributes to my anxiety about getting behind t … [Read more...]

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Taking a moment

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When I made my recent post Sixteen Things Mentally Ill Pagans Have To Put Up With, it was an off-the-cuff rant, me venting out of frustration after the latest go-round with unsolicited mental health advice.  I expected maybe five people to read it, but I was posting it for myself, to blow off steam.The post is currently - at the time of this posting at 2 PM EST on January 25th - at 4.1k likes on Facebook and climbing, with over 9000 shares.I would like to take a moment to say "thank you" … [Read more...]

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Sixteen Things Mentally Ill Pagans Have To Put Up With

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(A big tip of the hat to Connie for inspiring this piece with her essay Nine Things Visually Impaired Pagans Have To Put Up With.) 1. Concern trolls who well-meaningly but misguidedly will ask you "Have you tried $DIET or $HERBAL_REMEDY?" to help with your depression, anxiety, etc.1a. Concern trolls who see you drinking coffee at a Pagan event and lecture you about how caffeine is bad for your anxiety.2. Concern trolls who well-meaningly but misguidedly will advise you about … [Read more...]

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Nine Things Visually Impaired (VI) Pagans Have to Put Up With

Just a list that people might find interesting.1. There are audio versions of the testaments everywhere, but very few Pagan books. 2. I hate stoves. Accidents always seem to happen no matter what I'm doing. Usually involving hot water. Guess I'm brewing the herbs in the microwave. Or the coffee maker. 3. When the weather sucks, who wants to stand at the bus stop? And begging rides is depending on someone else, which makes us feel like burdens. And gas creates polution. So you don't get to … [Read more...]

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Winter Solstice Reflections: By Nornoriel Lokason

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This is part of a series by Staff of Asclepius contributors.This is my first chance to really post on Staff of Asclepius this month - for those of you who read my blog Ride the Spiral, you already know what's been up, but for those of you who don't, I moved cross-country (from Oregon to my home state of Connecticut) earlier in December, and then promptly fell ill a few days after arriving, and I'm still not 100% yet.  I also lost Internet access for awhile when my laptop died and I was r … [Read more...]

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