Oryoki's House

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.


My friend's father is having open heart surgery today.  A week ago, he had a routine hip replacement.  A good surgery, followed by lots of little heart attacks, followed by the diagnostics... Yeah, your valve replacement has to happen now, oh, and, you will also need a triple bypass.  

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JANUARY 31, 2013 10:58AM

The Tao of New Years

Somewhere in my childhood life, I saw an episode of "Chariots of the Gods".  Hosted by Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr Spock, my little mind was burst open with the possibilities of other lives, other civilizations, other times.  I was aware of "the olden days" because of things like the Bicentennial… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2012 9:09PM

Black Death Friday

Angel rolled over and patted his girlfriend on the shoulder,

"I don't think we should go, I am feeling kind of bad."

"Nonsense, you just ate too much again.  It will be good for you, sweat off that second piece of pie."  Maria was scooting out of bed, crossing the roomRead full post »

NOVEMBER 18, 2012 8:12PM

Black Death Friday

Angel rolled over and patted his girlfriend on the shoulder,

"I don't think we should go, I am feeling kind of bad."

"Nonsense, you just ate too much again.  It will be good for you, sweat off that second piece of pie."  Maria was scooting out of bed, crossing the room… Read full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2012 9:58PM

My Voting Vagina has Something to Say!

Recently, I learned that the real reason that I voted for Obama was because I had inadvertantly let my ovaries hold on to the pen when I was in the booth.  I remember that morning, bright and early, lining up with my fellow Americans before the sunrise, coffee in hand, waiting… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2012 5:36PM

Tying one on: sex, drugs and alcohol

Can you have totally sober sex that's also uninhibited and totally satisfying? My friend and I have been having a chat about what constitutes abnormal alcohol behavior.  She hardly ever drinks, and she has had a lot of sex.  Still, she apparently has never needed alcohol to lose inhibition,… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 24, 2012 5:15PM

In whom we trust

There's a part of my mind that is like a missing tooth sometimes.  Aware of the gap of what should be there, the tongue runs through its grooves, again and again, looking for its negative spaces and carving out lines and folds.  I haven't missed a tooth in some time, although… Read full post »

Kids these days aren't what they used to be.  

Well, come to think of it, they probably never really were.  We have just come to a point in our social and biological evolution that we shift so much faster between generations, within generations, that kids these days probably aren't what… Read full post »

He didn't remember how he ended up in the conversation exactly, but he had been standing at the bar behind two coeds for about 20 minutes, waiting to get up and order his Hennessy on ice.  They were leaning on the bar, laughing and drinking lemon drop martinis.  They didn't

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OCTOBER 9, 2012 3:09PM

Are you living life as if it was a romantic comedy?

If my teenage years had a soundtrack, it would resemble Pretty in Pink meets the Smiths, with some Depeche Mode and B52s thrown in.  Because, you know, we all have a soundtrack to our formative years.  And they lasted from vinyl and radio to CD and MP3 and satellite.  If I… Read full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2012 7:06PM

When darkness falls

Every year, usually around the last week of August, I sense the shift.  Gold light turns to silver, and the sound of rustling leaves in the afternoon breezes has a slightly more tinkly feel to it.  They may have changed a hue or two, less green, more yellow or brown, dessication… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 5:20PM

What you don't know that you don't know

I sent my teenage stepdaughter to the Forum last year.  It was a huge breakthrough for her, as it should be, and has had a little lingering effect.  Still, she cycles in and out of not taking responsibility for herself, blaming others, marinating in misery and self pity.  She has also… Read full post »

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 »