When Disabilities Take on Symbolic Shapes

It isn't uncommon for those of us with disabilities to dream about them. They take on a symbolic shape that expresses how they make us feel. My husband had a dream last night where he was sitting at a large conference table. He was in every seat. In each of those seats was himself at a different age. Child, teenager, himself in his twenties and so on until it came to his current self who lead the conference. One seats was empty except for a shimmering form. The topic of discussion was how … [Read more...]

Hestia at Home and Work

“Hestia, in the high dwellings of all, both deathless gods and men who walk on earth, you have gained an everlasting abode and highest honour: glorious is your portion and your right. For without you mortals hold no banquet, -- where one does not duly pour sweet wine in offering to Hestia both first and last.” Homeric Hymn to Hestia translated by Evelyn White and in the Public Domain None of us would be alive without food. It isn't surprising then that the Greeks included a goddess of the … [Read more...]

Online Rituals as One Means Toward Solidarity: Part Two

My hope to finish this two part blog post tomorrow turned into many days due to increased seizures, a new job, and life in general. I want to get back to the blog and interacting with all of you wonderful readers. During my involvement with Shikhena Mountainwater, my husband, Michael, and I started the Elodrym. It was a group for people who practiced magic and considered themselves mages. We had gatherings online and in person. An online ritual requires a person to be able to type and … [Read more...]

Online Rituals as One Means Toward Solidarity

I attended my first Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship on-line worship service yesterday. Today I woke up smiling and motivated. I was out of a two week funk. The forty-seven minute service involved a video with music and a message. In the chat room ministers and lay ministers lead participants in responses and encourage us to share, during the service, the words that call to us. This particular service continued the month's theme of salvation and focused on Martin Luther … [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. Sure Could Use a Little Good News The Good News Guardian is a website I visit when I need an attitude boost. Here's some stories that will brighten … [Read more...]

UK: Health Care in Other Nations

In the post “Circle Round”, I asked other practitioners with disabilities to join me in learning about different types of socioeconomic systems and how they have been implemented in other nations. I would like these series of posts to be our opportunity to think about important aspects of society which include: trade, knowledge, interpersonal relationships, culture, health, safety, and natural resources (air, water, food). These are very broad topics so we’ll take each one a step at a … [Read more...]

Good News Thanksgiving Community Linkage Special

Since superstorm Sandy hit the eastern seaboard in October, parts of Freemont, NY are still without power and many people are in shelters. Mercy Chef, a faith based nonprofit, is preparing their mobile unit and will be serving a full Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings to over 1000 people at lunch and dinner in Freemont. image: A cornucopia, horn shaped basket, created with wicker and trimmed with holly berries. It is filled with fall colored leaves, small guards, a bunch of green … [Read more...]

The Rod of Asclepius Relic On TV

Image: Shining bronze sculpture of a snake wrapped around a staff. The top of the staff of almost cup like instead of round. The storage room is lit up by old lighting which makes the ancient staff glow, emulating it's ancient powers. From the Warehouse 13 Wiki I have become a huge fan of Warehouse 13 which is produced by the SyFy network. I'm watching past seasons. There is a long hiatus which drives me nuts about shows these days but I will be able to catch up by the time the new season … [Read more...]

Use Daylight Savings End as a Safety Reminder

IMAGE: Horologe. Clock machine in Museum of life in Burgundy, Dijon, France. An assortment of old metal gears ranging in size from several feet across to several inches operate a small white dingy clock with black handles. The face is not encased.(Wiki Media) Here are some important things to do when Daylight Savings Time begins and ends: 1. Check your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors. 2. Go through all prescribed and over the counter medications, and vitamins or other … [Read more...]

Vote for the Worth and Dignity of Every Person

There is a value that people in the various Pagan and Magic traditions share: the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Everyone has a human right to health care, sustenance, and housing. This election vote for the candidates who will uphold the programs that put these values into action. What stronger actions are there to show a person they are valued then to maintain their physical temple by feeding them, housing them, and getting them the medical wisdom they need? Fortunately there … [Read more...]


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