Disability & Accessibility, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Writing

What Glaucoma Has Given to Me…

What Glaucoma Has Given Me…

and what it has taken away.

It’s always exciting to have an article accepted for publication, and I’m so pleased that my latest article was included in CAPTIVATING! Magazine. It is my hope that this article will help to raise awareness about glaucoma and inspire others to chase their dreams. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.

Click the following link to read the entire article on CAPTIVATING! Magazine: https://captivatingmagazine.com/2020/03/01/what-glaucoma-has-given-to-me/

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and What It Has Taken Away

By Rev. Rebecca L. Holland

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness and impacts 3 million Americans, but only half of the people with Glaucoma know they have it.

Introduction: The Power of Music

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It is a delight to play on the baby grand at the front of the church. My piano teacher sits on the front pew and attentively listens with her head cocked slightly to one side. Although I’m tired after a long day, I throw my entire heart into the music. The air around us fills with the strains of Beethoven’s Woo 59 in a minor, a melody popularly known as Für Elise.

I can’t drive because of my poor vision, but I happily paid the cost of an Uber to travel across town to the church where my teacher gives lessons. It’s worth the expense to bring music into my…

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Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Writing

4 Easy Steps People with Disabilities Take to Improve Our Health

My marathon training has taught me that the most important part of reaching any goal is taking it one step at a time. We just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Even if your mobility is limited, we can all take small but significant  metaphorical steps to improving our own health. Remember- it’s not about winning. It’s how you run the race!

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry, Writing

3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner as a Visually Impaired Woman

3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner As a Visually Impaired Woman By: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland, B.S. English Ed. &  M.Div. (Originally published in the March edition of CAPTIVATING! Magazine) Several weeks ago, I was sitting in my office when I received an e-mail. It read simply:  “I would like to ask you a… Continue reading 3 Career Lessons I Wish I Had Known Sooner as a Visually Impaired Woman

Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Pastoral Life, Writing

How Writing Helped Me to Explore My Filipino-American Heritage

HAPPY ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AWARENESS MONTH!
I’m smiling today because my article, “How Writing Helped Me to Explore My Filipino-American Heritage,” was published in Captivating Magazine ! CAPTIVATING is a magazine that seeks to empower people with disabilities. The goal of the magazine is to show that people with disabilities, such as sight loss, can continue to live full and complete lives. I’m so happy to be included in this project.

In this article, I share about how writing my first chapbook helped to give me the confidence to write my first novel. The things that make us different are what can give us unique voices as writers. I hope you will check it out!

I have reblogged it here for your convenience but you will have to click the “read more tab,” to see the entire article.  The article includes image descriptions. There is also an option to have the article read aloud to you by an electronic voice.

 

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By: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland, B.S. English Ed.  & M.Div.

Rebecca wears a red coat and poses outside a restaurant at Niagara Falls her father, aunt, and little brother. Rebecca is half-Filipino and half white.
Rebecca & Family At Niagra Falls

I was in my junior year of college when I experienced an encounter with racism that will stick with me for the rest of my life. One of my classmates took my journal and read it without my permission. When I demanded that he return it to me, he responded, “I don’t see how you think you can be a writer when you don’t even speak English.”

“What do you mean?” I replied. “I’m an English major!”

“English isn’t your first language. Although I have to admit, you speak it surprisingly well for someone who’s not even an American.”

“I was born in Virginia! English is the only language I speak!”

“That doesn’t matter,” he said as he looked directly into my eyes. “It’s not your language. Your language is- what is it they…

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Disability & Accessibility, Diversity, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Women in Ministry, Writing

7 Relationship Tips for Couples with Disabilities & Inter-abled Couples

Here are 7 relationship tips that are important for all couples, but especially for couples with disabilities or inter-abled couples. It’s no secret that dating is hard or that relationships can be both incredibly challenging and rewarding. This can be especially true if one or both members of the relationship has a disability. Trust me- I know

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What Does Disability Look Like? People with Disabilities Are CAPTIVATING!

My name is Rebecca, and I am a visually impaired writer and Filipino-American clergywoman. I am proud to be a volunteer staff writer and contributing columnist for CAPTIVATING! The mission of CAPTIVATING! aligns incredibly well with my own personal mission to make both the church and the world more accessible for people with disabilities.   Our Search for Models with… Continue reading What Does Disability Look Like? People with Disabilities Are CAPTIVATING!