When I created this service 3 years ago I always dreamed of taking it all over the state of Ohio. Now it's happening. In 2017 over 4,854 Ohioans died of an unintentional drug overdose. We know that some of these deaths were preventable, a grief that is sometimes too heavy to bear. In honor of… Continue reading Naloxone Saves Tour
I am now serving as the Harm Reduction Faith Coordinator for the state of Ohio as part of Faith In Public Life. These remarks were read at the Harm Reduction Ohio conference “Family Matters” on April 6th, 2019. Good morning! It’s so great to see everyone here. My name is Blyth Barnow, I am the… Continue reading Harm Reduction With Heart, A 101
Often Harm Reduction programs and providers are doing life saving work without the financial support they deserve. This holiday season let’s show them some love! Below is a list of fundraising links for programs/providers that could use some financial support. ❤ Share what you can and spread the word. ❤ (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to add to… Continue reading Harm Reduction Holidays
Written for The Word Is Resistance Podcast. You can listen to the episode here. :: TRANSCRIPT :: Week: April 29th, 2018 Podcaster: Blyth Barnow Scripture: *Acts 8:26-40 :: INTRO :: Welcome back to “The Word is Resistance,” a podcast exploring what our sacred texts have to teach us about living, surviving, and thriving in the… Continue reading They Already Knew They Were Sacred
Written for Naloxone Saves, an Overdose Awareness Day event in Cleveland My love, my sibling, my parent, my friend. Family. You are family to me. Your perfection is not required. It never was. Not to love you. Not to grieve you. You are, and have always been, worthy. We know the truth of you. Your… Continue reading A Prayer For Those Who Are Gone
(click to start playing, click on YouTube symbol to see full list of songs) A love letter to all the mean scary Femmes. Love songs for Femmes who have been made to feel like their greatness is a burden. Like they are too bright, too emotional, too boundaried, too intense. You are not too much.… Continue reading Femmes, You Are NEVER Too Difficult To Love
(click to start playing, click on YouTube symbol to see full list of songs) An epic litany for grief, rage, and power. Organized loosely by genre, moving from grief to power in each one.
"it's great to see religious communities represented in the parade but it would be nice to have them show up at moments like this" One of my dearest friends sent me an email last week after going toe to toe with one of those bullshit hateful "preachers" that like to show up at Queer events.… Continue reading Fellow Christians, It Is Not Enough To March In Our Parade
Written for Pacific School of Religion's 150th Commencement Service “Call for the mourning women to come, send for the skilled women. Let them raise a dirge over us, So that our eyes may run down with tears.” (Jeremiah 9:17-18) What does it mean to carry the gift of grieving? To know how to touch a… Continue reading We Are The Balm, Pt 1
A few weeks ago I launched my first writing workshop, "Finding Divinity In The Profane". Below is a participants response to the prompt: Where Do You Worship. Where do you worship? I worship in two beds One that swallows me whole And one that holds me hard Softness of a body And the hardness of… Continue reading Response: Where Do You Worship?