Dear Xylophone player playing outside PCC Market Edmonds- You’ll never know how much you helped me, by making music yesterday. I had been feeling depressed the whole weekend, unable to access any joy or fun. I had just come from a little park by the beach and was feeling sad, b/c it didn’t have any access to get down to the water and had long … Continue reading Music Makes the World Go ‘Round- the Magic of Subtle State Shifts
So the last week or so, the Goddess’ refrigerator has reeked of ripe garbage, the likes of which I’ve never experienced. Like, even after I took something out of the fridge and closed it, I could still smell the stench on the perfectly fine item. The refrigeration element has been increasingly icing over for a month or 2, (it’s an RV fridge and they’re a bit quirky) but … Continue reading Chronicles from the Goddess’ Kitchen
Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all, but especially to those of you who are spending the holiday alone, as I am this year, and in fact how I spend the holidays most years. I used to suffer from extreme loneliness, and then there were the years of trying to escape my circumstances– going to movie marathon, not because I wanted to, but to be … Continue reading On Being Alone For the Holidays
Beloveds— there are *so* many difficult hardships, stressors, wars, inequities happening around the world….our central nervous systems were not designed to be dealing with so many on-going stressors for so long, all at once. As a former trauma therapist, I am noticing signs of vicarious trauma in myself as well as friends and loved ones. Make sure to be VERY proactive in your self-care. … Continue reading Self-care for Challenging Times Such as These- Top 10 ways to Nourish and Decompress
I don’t just not follow recipes because of laziness or whatever; I am radically *anti*recipe. I’m anti-recipe b/c following recipes disconnects us from our knowing, or even the possibility of knowing. Preparing foodstuffs is a relationship like any other; you must ask the ingredient how much of it is needed, etc. It is your partner, learn how to please your partner and what it likes … Continue reading Don’t Follow Recipes!
This post is directed toward my fellow white people. It’a about white privilege, something too few of us are aware of, because being able to be blissfully unaware is one of the ways racism is able to be perpetuated. What follows is but 1 small example of what white privilege looks like in everyday life: I’m travelling across the country in a vehicle with … Continue reading On White Privilege; a Case Example
I had some fear come up today while at my storage unit, and also a kind of stealth fear has been an undercurrent for me these last few months— I’m scared of the changes I might really need to make, scared to take that next big leap into the life i want to live, because it means letting go of all sense of security and … Continue reading Everything You Want Is On the Other Side of Fear
Do you ever mis-read a word, but the mistaken word still winds up offering something of value? I do that all the time, and often I simply dismiss the mistake and move on. This morning I misread the phrase, “redirected her energies” as “rededicated her energies”. There’s something to that. Often times, after a long period of working towards a goal, or striving or what … Continue reading Re, Re, Re, Re-spect the Wisdom All Around You
Just so you know– it’s ok to not feel grateful on Thanksgiving. It’s ok to read everyone’s cheery statements and long lists of all the good in their lives and feel crabby. It’s ok if you’re not feeling it and can’t genuinely wish others good cheer. It’s ok to “have it all” and still feel emptiness lurking inside you. Just notice how you *are* feeling. … Continue reading It’s Okay Not to Feel Grateful on Thanksgiving.
By now, most of us (or at least the people in my circles) know that American Thanksgiving has attached to it some egregious re-writing of history. Pilgrims and Native Americans weren’t all buddy-buddy; the settlers committed many heinous crimes and atrocities. Read Howard Zinn’s, A People’s History of the United States if you are looking for a more accurate accounting. But i still think we … Continue reading Thanksgiving 2.0- Six Reasons Why I think we should still celebrate Thanksgiving…With a Twist