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Where's the Mojitos? I have the guac!

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Oryoki Bowl
February 03
Quaker buddhist, kinda quirky, loves cooking and knitting and movies. Dr Who fan, Scandinavian-aquarian and cat lover. Would love to be paid to travel around the world and write about local healing cultures. While eating and drinking and dancing. One day I will have a health cruise in the fjords.


Tonight, I posted a comment to a post on RWNutjob's page.  He gave a long winded and pretty lame conspiracy theory backed by faulty reasoning, giving poor comparisons and illogical conclusions.  I don't have time to point out the reasoning flaws, because I hope to not have to read those wor… Read full post »

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AUGUST 9, 2012 1:55PM

No One to Watch Over Me

If you haven't already, read Christine Geery's piece on Caregiver Burnout.  

Yesterday, I had a spontaneous lunch with a good friend.  I have been working on summer schedule, which means a lot of half days.  When I return from my vacation I am taking soon, it will be mid September… Read full post »

I don't remember the date anymore, but it was in October.  I know this because it was just before Halloween.  He was wearing a mask, and it didn't trigger too many alarms.  

I used to live in Santa Fe and had a job as hostess at a very popular restaurant.… Read full post »

It's about time I revealed my deep seated, even more secretly embedded, crazy private neuroses crushes here on OS.  I won't even begin to mention the nagging haunting intriguing women by name, because that list is too long and someone will scratch my eyes out if I leave Xenon's Rita's&… Read full post »

I came of age in the era of political correctness.  My childhood in the 70s was full of plenty of opinion, judgment, racism, sexism, economic disparity.  Children see the world around them that their parents create- and very little beyond that.  They absorb the opinions, words and feel… Read full post »

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JULY 30, 2012 4:25PM

Chik-Fil-Anthropy: Moral Outrage and Critical Thinking

With the emergence of the Twittersphere and the swift hand of social media justice, there is probably now an App for Right(eous) Indignation.  Type in your lists of hates, likes, preferences, disagrees, desires, and beliefs, and it should be able to tell you who to support, who to fight, where t… Read full post »

You are not an ape.  

We may descend from common ancestors with modern apes, but we are not apes.  Evolution is mutation and adaptation over slow periods of time, not a couple generations or even a few millenia.   Should we be vegetarians?  Surely, we are descended from apes, and… Read full post »

I am iChatting with a friend.  We have been friends since first semester of college, freshman year.  This was in the late 80s.  Sporting similar outfits, and looks, it seemed natural to become friends.  Almost like a brother, and in some ways he was.  I was a little sister at… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2012 5:27PM

When you're the cruise director...

My friends call me the Cruise Director, since I am almost always the person who makes the plan, gets everyone on board with timetables, accommodates special needs, finds a restaurant or location of common interest, and actually gets most people to show up.  When I am faced with larger family fun… Read full post »

In order to win over people for the election, I suggest Obama might consider an entirely different election strategy.  "7 steps to becoming a millionaire".  Of course, everyone else will take those steps as well, and we all know that only a few people deserve to be millionaires.  Every… Read full post »

I gotta have some of your attention, give it to me!!!

(Brass in Pocket, The Pretenders)

I didn't listen to the "You're not special" speech, but I have heard about it.  I was listening to a dharmatalk on my iPod today, and it was mentioned in the course of discussing… Read full post »

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JULY 17, 2012 2:46PM

Friends without Children

Somehow, in the last year or so, I have started a new arc in life.  I guess, I have always been on this arc, and didn't know it until the last year or so, and thus "new" to me.  I am now in a childless couple.  

To clarify, my sweetie… Read full post »

I lie on the in between.  I am not married.  I am also not single.  I don't consider myself dating, really, because we have lived together in harmony for several years now, with a joint account and plans to buy a house down the road.  

When people ask me if… Read full post »

I love to cook, and I love to eat, and I love to talk (or write) about cooking and eating.  Now, I make a profession, in part, by advising my patients on better ways to eat for their health.  It is one thing to say "Stop eating this!" and another thing… Read full post »

JULY 8, 2012 10:10PM

Woman, Tied Up and Unbound

I caught up with a friend today.  After a few texts, I dialed her.  We talk every couple months, or every couple years, depending on the mood, where we are in life.  A lifetime ago, or so it seems, we were roommates.  She knocked on my door, sent by a friend,… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2012 10:08PM

The Beekeeper of My Bonnet

I've been on the run since January.  

Well, I've been on a long running jag of work- full days, longer hours, shifts on saturdays.  I practically crawled to a stop last fall, I could hear the wind whistle in between my pay checks.  My back didn't respond so kindly to… Read full post »

I always loved Ben Obi Wan Kenobi, even as a little girl.  Only later would I understand Leia's attraction to Han Solo, because Yoda and Ben were my inspiration.  The way of the Jedi, the tao of the Peaceful Warrior, the path of the aikido practitioner, always appealed to me even… Read full post »

Eat to live, or live to eat?  Most of us fall in the latter category, and some will barely fulfill the first.  What do you think when you hear someone say, they have no appetite or could care less about how food tastes?  Surely, something must be the matter with them.… Read full post »

I spend a fair amount of my time counseling patients about diet and life style changes.  Losing weight, done well, can have a host of good changes in the body that are not obvious to all.  They may be measurable by a physician, or they may be subjective to the patient's… Read full post »

So, I just had to go sign in, since I got signed out a few days ago.  I noticed there is no longer a Join OS!  Become a member!  button on the front page where it used to be.  Just, sign in.  So I did. 

I don't think I am saying… Read full post »

I get the best of both worlds in many ways.  Though, there really are more than two worlds.  I get to have a family, part time, on the weekends, with fully grown kids who are decent and likeable and fun to be around.  I get to have single womanhood as needed.… Read full post »

I have crossed into the middle age.  

Not sure when this happened, other than the legal.  I dallied at the border before, due to circumstances, and then rallied back.  I believe I may have permanently stepped over the line.  Fortunately, I am trying to amend it.  

I have neve… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2012 2:25PM

The Spam Rises from the Ashes

Not too far from where I live, there is a neighborhood of "new money" mansions that are now old classics.  One of them had a giant "H" on the gate, because the Hormel family made a fortune and built a Spam Castle.  I saw it long ago, but now cannot be… Read full post »

It seems we so often need "permission" from someone, other than ourselves, to admit we no longer want to participate.  We grow older, weary, bored, annoyed, irritated and look for an out where we used to want an in.  Perhaps it is the same old, same old that disappoints in its… Read full post »

MAY 18, 2012 7:44PM

In Defense of Fat People

Every day, in almost every way, overweight and obese people are the scape goat for all of society's ills, evils, failures, and problems.  News reports show us "fat porn", with close up shots of big butts, bulging bellies, thunder thighs, and triple chins.  Hands lifting oversized, greasy ev… Read full post »