- 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 RECENT POSTS
- Open Salon Prepares for Final
Graduation, Class of 2014
March 06, 2014 11:38AM
- I am done with you, kale, done
February 25, 2014 12:28AM
- I had to stop giving what I no
longer had to give
February 23, 2014 05:12PM
- Latenight Valentine
February 11, 2014 12:37PM
- Open Call: You are Everyone
and Anyone: Please Reply Now!
February 12, 2014 01:04PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Sorry to read this, but
glad I can read it. Radiation
major bummer. I
March 07, 2014 02:51PM
- “John- I am not sure it
is ending. This is satire,
usually only works if
March 07, 2014 02:42PM
- “Rita- my mistake,
comments, making my day
March 06, 2014 11:20PM
- “Ahahah, Rita, I was
texting my sister and said it
March 05, 2014 11:31PM
February 28, 2014 09:33AM
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"How much exercise do you do?"
- I used to exercise a lot.
- Not much lately.
- Not as much as I should.
- None, that is why I am here
There is no perfect way.
We plan and scheme, we imagine, it always begins with "If only...."
If only I was a better than I am now, life would be perfect. If only you were a better person, we wouldn't have these problems. If only they would do something about… Read full post »
I have started an 8 week course in "Mindful Living". The course is to help people who suffer from chronic anxiety and depression learn better tools for managing their moods and stressors. The negative voice, the inner critic, the "loop" of self destructive thoughts are lessened as we lear… Read full post »
While the murder of over a million Syrians in an extended internal civil war has gone by noted but unmoving to most of Americans, the recent attack with nerve agent sarin has suddenly been the key to bring us to "The Red Line". It has become the talking point, with two… Read full post »
It's your life. And it's your money. People are worried about what will happen if/when Obamacare kicks in. There are lots of other changes afoot in the medical world- required EMR (electronic medical records) for offices of a certain size or anyone taking Medicare/Medicaid, and similar; I… Read full post »
It turns out that the most important thing that happened this weekend was not that 1000s of Syrians have been poisoned with chemical weapons. It was Miley Cyrus dance performance at the VMAs.
Seriously, we're reporting on that? Wow.
I grew up with the idea that feminism mean… Read full post »
I am one of those women who maintains her friendships even when totally into a relationship. It may be a good quality, as most of my friendships have lasted longer than my relationships. There have been ups, downs, trying times along the way. Not all men are equally good at having… Read full post »
I have lived in Arizona for just over 13 years now, having moved here from Copenhagen, Denmark. The two places couldn't be much more diametrically opposed- with a strange exception. In both places, there is a strong emphasis on personal freedom. However, their expression can come at… Read full post »
I have signed up for an 8 week class in mindful living. You'd think, from what I write here, I think I know all about that. However, there is a whole level of training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, where if you are a professional you can go get training. I… Read full post »
Naturally, now that you are here, you are wondering, what is Oryoki talking about? Has the country been taken over by swirling legs and implants, and a lot of overlong hair extensions?
I was thinking today about how we have come to that special place in the public lexicon where we… Read full post »
Women's advocacy has to do with a sense of personal agency and empowerment. The Right to Choose is not only about abortion, or even about birth control. It is about the Right to Choose one's individual destiny, to make the daily decisions over the body and path we alone must… Read full post »
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 »
Oryoki Bowl's Favorites
- Ted Frier
- just phyllis
- The Chocolate Covered Kitchen
- Margaret Feike
- Mary Stanik