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February Seal Pup

February 15, 2011

I dreamed about a seal pup last night, it was scrawny, groggy and a little snippy – just like I felt. It was the day after my first February swim in the Pacific.

Thanks For The Dance

January 13, 2011

Last night I felt gratitude for the dance training of my childhood. Reflecting on my sons forays into pre-school, I lost sight of the pain I usally feel when I think about dance.

Santa Solution Follow-Up

January 4, 2011

The star wand turned out the best, that was Santa’s gift to my son. Filled with the joy of Christmas as well as the light of a star, it was to be his for the rest of the year, keeping the holiday spirit alive.

The Santa Solution

December 18, 2010

Shamanism teaches us that any being in our awareness can appear to us as a helping spirit when we journey to the upper or lower worlds of Non-Ordinary Reality (NOR). I’ve found that figures like Santa are especially helpful to journey to.

Showing UP

November 30, 2010

How much responsibility for my own healing can I take? Does getting better have to stop when I’m not being assisted by someone else?

The River Beneath

November 19, 2010

After spending an hour getting the frozen muscles surrounding my spine to loosen up, my healer discovered a river beneath the tension.

Warrior

September 14, 2009

We stumbled across the Barrel Race on a lazy Saturday afternoon drive in our new neighborhood. A strong tradition of horsemanship permeates life here, we…

Habitat

July 28, 2009

This morning I arose at dawn to dance. Its a ritual I began over a year ago, just before we moved into our new home….

Blind Curve

May 12, 2009

    The curve on Hagar Drive at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) is graceful and easy to take at 10 miles over its posted speed. I…

Pandemic Culture

April 30, 2009

Pandemic Culture And Community Healing The recent outbreak of Swine Flu has reminded us of a fact the developing world is aware of every day…

Checking Out Early

April 27, 2009

This essay has been thirty years in the making, finally coming together one morning while reading a NY Times article titled “Midlife Suicide Rises, Puzzling Researchers”.

I Was A Tom Girl

April 24, 2009

An essay by New York Times reporter Judith Warner caught my eye this morning. Titled “Dude, You’ve Got Problems“, it focuses on the harassment young…

I had many Super-Hero Sommelier fantasies during this class. I would wander from village to village, drinking all of the wines and naming all of the varietals and their characteristics. Italian maidens with blazing eyes would set before me clay jugs of red mystery wine and steaming plates of pasta.

Middle age has made me wildly susceptible to compliments, something that must be obvious to people when they look at me. It certainly was obvious to my wife and our friend because they had me believing I was born to be a wine expert in no time.

Flip Flops

February 23, 2009

It happened yesterday evening – I put on my flip-flops for the first time since winter began. Screw Punxsutawney Phil, the Weather Channel and the…

Icarus Falls

January 23, 2009

Last night my wife and I rented the 1974 disaster classic “Towering Inferno”. Following on the heals of Airport (1970), the Poseidon Adventure (1972), and…

Midlife Merman

October 23, 2008

Midlife Merman      There are a lot of midlife crisis junkets I could have hopped on. Restoring my hairline should have been at the top…

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