God Still Does Miracles

praying-hands

Where was Cousin Todd?
That was the question we asked
Help us find him God!
For days, that was plead,
God answered in a miracle
He was safe was said.

 
RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #237 Answer&Question

Advertisements

Sociology Meets Disability

This is one of my first articles and I thought it was worth a repost because it says much about me.

K-popawheely

There are eight developmental steps/stages in Erickson’s theory. Each of these steps involve changes in the instinctual, physical, cognitive, and sexual areas; these work together to begin an inner response that results in either psychosocial success, or lack of success. The steps that are completed fully become virtues. The first stage is trust vs. mistrust. This stage goes from birth to eighteen months. This stage involves the infant and parent/caregiver relationship. The parent or caregiver is able to anticipate when the infant will awaken and get a bottle ready, get a new diaper etc. The parent or caregiver goes right in when the baby awakens. A parent or caregiver who expresses joy at seeing him will most likely have a happier infant with an ever growing and secure bond. Consistency like this will develop trust in the infant if his needs are met. Consistency and affection are the key factors…

View original post 2,629 more words

Merry Christmas 2018

I will be blessed once again to have Christmas with my husband and daughter,
As I have gotten older, I don’t take that for granted, as I did when younger,
I humbly thank you for that blessing God, and I am so glad you brought her,
To me once again and my dear Barry, please give us years together longer.

To my parents, much loved and continually thought of, give them a precious hug and kiss,
Let them know I am doing well and let them know I carry on their light as best I can do,
Remind them that each and every day they come to mind and are sorely missed,
I believe that I will see them once again one day, my heart tells me that it is true.

To my brother, Glen Miller, I wish we had not so much distance between us,
But my heart is always close to him and family, distance does not stop loving thoughts,
I wish to him and his family more love, less pain and a life of ease and less fuss,
May there come a special gift, may my brother especially know that I love him lots.

To all my family and friends, I know some have had deep sorrows this year,
I am truly sorry for the ache in your hearts and the tears you all shed,
I sent and keep sending you my love, prayers and best wishes for no more tears,
Have a blessed Christmas & love one and all, Happy 2019! All has been said!

48374429_1427902667345390_520605862260113408_n

Love & Peace Haiku

Love and Peace – What the World Needs
By Katherine Baker, October 1, 2018
I do pray for peace
May we rediscover love
The signs of both – Doves.

Doveshttps://ronovanwrites.com/2018/10/01/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-challenge-221-peacelove/

Ableism

Ableism

Simply put, ableism is discrimination or bias against a person with a disability. About 20% of us have some sort of disability. Therefore, ableism is a construct in our society that we cannot remove too soon. The problem is that it is deeply rooted in our vocabulary and in our subconscious. We need to stop viewing people with disabilities as defective and different (in a negative light). After all, we all have similarities and differences. In other words, we must do away with the idea that we need to be “fixed” and that we have no gift or talent to offer others. The ablest ideal allows us to be marginalized, discriminated against and treated as though we have far less value than nondisabled people. (Zellwinger, 2015) This figure will continue to rise as those born between 1946 – 1964 continue to age.
As a society, we often fail to offer full accessibility beyond getting in the front door – wheelchair ramps. After all, are wheelchair ramps, larger restrooms, curb cuts, larger dressing rooms etc. a huge bother for nondisabled people? Other accommodations can also include “braille, seeing-eye dogs/assistant dogs, ergonomic workspaces, easy to grip tools, closed captions … class note-takers, recording devices for lectures” and other services and accommodative devices or equipment. Lack of these restrict our autonomy and make us more dependent on others. Not only that, it takes away from our well-being and self-esteem. We begin to feel like a “burden.” More than that, a person with a disability often does not always have full access to healthcare. How does a person in a wheelchair get on an exam table? How does a nonverbal person communicate their problems and medical needs without a caregiver there? Medical providers need to be more aware of these difficulties (Zellwinger, 2015)
The language of ableism leads to both individual oppression as well as societal oppression as a whole. Inclusion should be the goal. Such pejorative terms include: mentally retarded, moron, high functioning, incapacitated person etc. I realize that many of these terms are used to describe a condition, or level of a condition, but more work needs to be done to find and use language with a more positive connotation. As I have said previously, I prefer the term “challenged” because a challenge does not have a negative feeling; it is just something to be dealt with or overcome. Finally, it is very important to remember that not disabilities are visible, however, that does not make them any less real.
People with disabilities should have the same rights to housing, employment, medical care, and educational access as anyone else who is considered nondisabled. In other words, they should be treated with respect and humanity individually and referring to them as a group. People with disabilities deserve to lead the best life possible.
I have been pouring countless hours into school these past seven years. I am about to start my field hours to finish my master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. I hope and pray that I will be seen as a capable person and not only as an inspirational person with limited abilities. It did not work out well for my BA degree in Human Services Degree because I cannot drive or do CPR. However, I CAN do more than most people think I can; all that I am asking for is the opportunity to prove it!Abilism photo

Heroes All

This is a poem I wrote in Sept. 2001.
Heroes All
They took so many lives, fractured countless others,
They made us all weep.
In our collective sorrow, 
we came together and found
our pride & faith deep.
As we face the very difficult days ahead,
Let them remain in our hearts for keeps.
I pray for the rescue workers, the victims and the armed forces
heroes all,
Nobody asked for this horror, but you
stepped up and answered the call.
\May God heal your hearts and minds,
Keeping you standing proud and tall,
You show our enemy and the world
That we won’t give up, we won’t break & fall.
242510-god-bless-america