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...]

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...]

On being the “good” disabled person

My friend Heather posted a piece on this issue on her blog, and says it better than I can; go check it out. … [Read more...]

Balancing act

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In addition to my weekly contributions here, I also have a blog entitled Roads to Vanaheim on PaganSquare, and a blog of my own here on Patheos called Ride the Spiral, and I keep my WordPress blog going with fresh content.  I am releasing another book in early November (I spent my summer working on said book).  I am getting material together for forthcoming books.  I run an Etsy shop.  And if all of that weren't enough, I am making preparations for a cross-country move in December. Because I'm go … [Read more...]

Did I ask you?

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Earlier this week I made a post called "The power of love" where I talked about the way D (my primary spirit) has blessed my life, and the problematic things that some folks in the pagan community say to people like me, most particularly the sentiment that involvement with a non-corporeal entity is delusional.This is not just a prime example of the casual ableism that goes unchecked in the pagan community, making an unsafe space for those of us with mental illness (because it implies that … [Read more...]

A Letter To Santa

Dear Santa,You are the archetype of joy, peace, inner light, and giving which are ideals shared by religions across the world this season so you are the best person to write to.This Yule I’m not asking for any jewelry, candles, or fancy priestess clothes. Instead I have one important wish for the magical community.When groups gather they will pre-plan for possible attendees who have a disability or are part of the Deaf community. Those with mobility and pain issue need to have time t … [Read more...]

Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul at Amazon.com

Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul

Now that the book has been published, it's time for me to get the word out. I hope readers here will help by talking about the book and ordering it.I'm pleased -- no, thrilled -- to announce that Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness is available at Amazon.com! Soon there will be a Kindle ebook copy. Kindles are great if you have low vision and need to adjust the font size.If you would rather purchase from a local book … [Read more...]

Travel Screening Tips

Tips For The Screening Process For Travelers With Disabilities And Medical ConditionsThis video has synthesized audio and printed word for easy understanding. … [Read more...]

A Look at the anthology Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness.

Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness: An excerpt from "Tangible Magick" by Lady Cedar Nightsong. I'll be posting an interview with her on Wednesday, July 24.Handicraft magick is not always so complicated. Simple spells can be done with nothing more than a piece of thread or cord. Since I have trouble with tangling thread, and cannot always see how to get the knots out, I prefer thicker satin cord, which is easier to work … [Read more...]

SciFi Fantasy Books for Kids that have Disabled Characters

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Over at Reddit there is a pretty good thread where people are recommending Young Adult and Children’s SciFi/Fantasy books where a character has a disability. It was started by KristaDBall. Hey everyone! In my new book, I have an amputee character. A mother of a seven year old contacted me to ask why I did it and I explained how my own Mom is an amputee, and people like her are underrepresented in fiction. She agreed and said there are almost no books out there for her daughter, with characters … [Read more...]


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