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an auspicious solstice

Happy Solstice to all those near and far and dear to me. I’m preparing to go outside in about half an hour, start a fire in the chiminea and sit back with a glass of whiskey and watch this rare solstice, total lunar eclipse. I’ll be by myself, but I’ll be thinking of all of you, and preparing for a new and better year.

In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy this holiday card I made. Some have been printed up and sent to family and friends. If you click on the picture, it will take you to my flickr page. Click on “Actions” above the picture and then, “All sizes” to see a larger version or the original (really large) size.

polarbearcard 2010

Happy Solstice everyone!


’tis the season

I’ve spent the day preparing a feast for our family and friends. Brni cleaned and set the house to rights and then the two of us sat watching the DVD set of Boston Legal as we wrapped presents to put under the tree.

I’m very much into the holiday season this year. I feel better physically than I have for a long time, plus both my children are in a good place this year. There’s also a weird peace knowing that my dad is not suffering the confusion of dementia anymore. I’m sad he’s gone, but relieved he’s at peace.

So tomorrow–no today–I will celebrate Solstice/Yule/Christmas by offering food from my heart to those I love and cherish.

Happy Christmas to all, friends and family.


balancing somewhere around even-or-what i did for the summer solstice

I think I’ve been avoiding writing anything about my life. Not totally sure why, but I seem to be in a very long, drawn out state of transition, and it feels uncomfortable and when I’m uncomfortable or unsure of things, I tend to withdraw. But there are a few things that need mentioning…

Yesterday was my last physical therapy session since my surgery. I am still amazed that I have healed so quickly and so well. Hell, I’m amazed I survived! I’m at the point where I no longer need supervision, but can do my exercises at home. The physical therapist I was assigned to left for a new job three weeks ago and since then I’ve been going, doing my thing, telling the new, disinterested therapist when I was done and then leaving. Why should I continue paying the $15 copay to do what I can easily do at home? So now, I’m planning on going back to my yoga classes and resurrecting my home practice.
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The other night, my yoga teacher and I went to a local Krishna Temple to participate in a Kirtan and Yoga Nidra led by Amrit Desai. Amrit is now 76 years old and from what people told me, just as engaging now as he was in his younger days when he founded the Kripalu Center (before the scandal that sent him packing to Florida). The man truly is amazing on many levels. He’s a true Guru (scandals aside), a dedicated Yogi, accomplished artist and his singing voice is quite beautiful. As I watched and learned from him, the thought that this vibrant man was the same age as my demented, manipulative father kept creeping into my consciousness. It was interesting that one of the messages he gave us was how to let go of the past saying, “No one in your past is responsible for how you feel now.”
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I bought a new djembe today. It’s a 12″ Remo. The body is what they call “mud” which translates into plain old brown. I’m thinking after I get to know this drum a bit better that I might decorate it. The drum is much lighter than my bigger (14″) traditional djembe. The tone isn’t as deep and full as the big one, but I like it a lot so far. I was so inspired after I got it that I decided to try and tune the old one (which was all loose and rumbly). I’ve been afraid to try tuning it, but once I got the hang of the knots it was really pretty easy, and now the drum sounds great again. yay! So, now I have a 7″, 12″ and a 14″ djembe plus the 16″ frame drum I made. Now, if I only had a modicum of talent. ah well.

So…it looks like I’m finally moving from surgery victim to normal human.

’bout time — it is the summer solstice after all — time to harvest St. John’s wort.


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