- 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.
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- Stopping by OS on a Snowy
December 07, 2013 07:23PM
- Black Death Friday
November 28, 2013 08:18PM
- Eating for Enlightenment
November 27, 2013 11:51AM
- Enduring Love, for the Moment
November 18, 2013 02:25PM
- I am done with you, kale, done
November 15, 2013 02:51PM
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I reflect on my life of being a feminist, and wonder what it all means. There are those who tell me what it should mean, what I should want for myself, for others, where it must go. I reflect on my life of choosing Quakerism, and later Buddhism as my central… Read full post »
Last night, I was at one of my meditation groups. It is a small book club, focused on reading books about meditation and mindfulness, with sitting and then talking about our response to the chapters. The chapter was relationships, from the book Going to Pieces without Falling Apart&n… Read full post »
There seems to be this constant demand for our attention, and it's beating to two different drums- love and accept yourself for who you are, and, make yourself a better person so other people will like you.
For the most part, people seem to want to be happy, or be happier… Read full post »
I had thought to compose a list of "The One Habit of People who are totally Better than you", but I think Huffpo beat me to it. Go Oprah! She always wins.
But is Oprah happier than me? I don't know. Am I happier than others? Perhaps. Am I better… Read full post »
Has veganism become an acceptable form of judgmentalism?
I have been observing for some time the rise of veganism as a new type of holier than though, far beyond just a preference for eating. For myself, my first attempt at veganism was living in Denmark in the late 90s. I… Read full post »
It started with The Accused, with Jody Foster and Kelly McGillis. I can't remember the where and when of first seeing it, only that when I saw it, I felt violated. The rape scene was terrifying, mostly because it looked like it could happen so quickly, so easily, to any woman,… Read full post »
Who am I to forgive someone?
I have a catalog of hurts and rages, slights and injuries. It would probably help if I wrote them down, starting from my earliest years. Nanny hit my head on faucet while bathing me, brother slammed my fingers in the door while I was chasing… Read full post »
Father's Day was not a joyful celebration this year. If anything, it was a 21st anniversary of a certain amount of agony. Specifically, the lack of joy an expectant father faces when he is told that he will be responsible for a child he did not plan, and tried to prevent.… Read full post »
* but your problems are a pile of shit I don't want to deal with anymore.
This has been the bulk of my struggle this month, the dealing gracefully with the problems of life and family. I keep waiting for the reprieve, when there isn't a constant supply of drama, health… Read full post »
Everything is as it should be.
Somehow, I am supposed to trust that and let go of my egocentric beliefs that I know better, things should not be this way, and if only... if only.... the world would be better, people would be nicer, the grass would be greener. If… Read full post »
I'm sitting around waiting for the boredom to kick in.
The itchy mind, the scratchy fingers, the restless leg, the "I have just got to do something!". When that happens, I will try to sit through it. No tv, no reading, no knitting, no exercise, no sex, no mochas at… Read full post »
Somewhere in my mid-20s, I made a decision to be well. While this might seem a slight thing, it perhaps is one of the handful of "best" things I have done for myself. How did this happen?
I had suffered a lot of my life, from about 12 years old, from… Read full post »
For anyone who has even briefly read up on Buddhism, the foundation of doctrine lies in The Four Noble Truths. The short version of these are:
1) We suffer.
2) The root of suffering is attachment (or craving).
3) There is a way to end suffering.
4) The… Read full post »
Miss Penny is a King Charles Spaniel. She is a beautiful dog, and she is my sister's dog. She was rescued from a breeding mill in the Ozarks, having been continually forced to squeeze out puppies, confined to a little cage, in her young years. Penny is probably less than 5,… Read full post »
Many moons ago, or about 20 years, I interviewed for massage school in Santa Fe. I had just graduated with my BA from a great school, traveled to Spain, seen amazing sites in caves and huts and Roman ruins. I was adjusting to my father's early and unexpected death, and life… Read full post »
The big day is Friday night. Well, that is when we line up, intentions bursting, and the flag is dropped. The beginning of The Noble Silence and the start of ... er... stopping.
I am almost in a tizzy of anticipation. I have dropped my sweetie off for the Black… Read full post »
I am not sure that I am a very good (insert buddhist, quaker, doctor, sister, person). I mostly feel like I am, but I am so daily reminded of the limits of my patience and the stretches of kindness. I want to be a bodisattva, and that means desiring happiness and… Read full post »
Today in meditation (yawn, boring already) the world "DE-INVENTION" popped into my head. So often we hear about people RE-inventing themselves, and applaud someone for starting over and making something new of themselves. The Comeback Kid. Donald Trump. Madonna. Our tv world i… Read full post »
I wonder what my role is in life, for myself, for others. There is educator, there is guide, there is doctor, there is voice of reason. There is friend, there is sister, daughter, niece, aunt, there is lover. All these different roles, different hats, and hopefully not too big a jum… Read full post »
Today was spent taking my sister to the hospital, where she is now. She may have appendicitis. She may just have acute inflammation of the bowel. She is on pain meds and IV antibiotics. This is not the first time she has gone through this, and she asked them to wait… Read full post »
Like many, I come from a strong background of pressure to be successful. I grew up around a lot of rich people, and many were successful. Realistically, most of them were rich because their parents were rich and gave them many legs up in life. Whether or not they became successful… Read full post »
It's really amazing, how a few little words, spoken outloud or said inside, can change everything.
"And then I got over it".
Moving on, letting go, moving forward, forgiving, forgetting, healing... we talk the talk but don't walk the walk. We tell our stories over and over, embroidering… Read full post »
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.… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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