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...]

Blogging Against Disablism

Diary of a Goldfish blog hosted a Blogging Against Disablism Day. I've been reading through the blogs that participated and found that I can relate to many of the writer's experiences.College and Disability blog "Why are so many people with disabilities unemployed?"The author notes that according to the US Department of Labor 15.2% of people with disabilities are unemployed and 8.1% of people without disabilities are unemployed. They write about how there are three main things making it … [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...]

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.The Staff of Asclepius blog is hosted by Patheos and during Autism Awareness Month, they are featuring writers whose … [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...]

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.The Arc, an organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, launched a new community advocacy … [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...]

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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