gizmos, gadgets, and the doctor of souls

A year or so ago, I read something that really made me think. The author made a statement to the effect that human beings have become so distrustful of our own natural abilities that we keep inventing new gadgets and gizmos to do what we can already do ourselves. Essentially, we don’t need graphing calculators, […]

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revenge of the sith

Spoiler alert: Although I think it’s pretty obvious how the characters must progress in Star Wars episode III in order to properly set up episode IV, I still want to alert readers to the explicit detail offered below. I don’t want to upset your movie-going experience, so I’ll understand if you want to wait until […]

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keep on keeping on

I have been concerned about the lack of motivation in my life lately ? at least, what I have seen as a lack of motivation. I simply haven’t felt inclined to really push to get a lot done in the past couple of weeks. I’ve also been having trouble sleeping, as many of my friends […]

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May Day / Beltane

In honor of May Day on Sunday (yesterday, for those who are keeping track), one of my gal friends here in Portland had recommended that we go see the Morris Dancers in Washington Park’s Rose Garden. Of course, they were performing at dawn ? ack! ? so I got up at 4:30 am to walk […]

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living outside the box

About a month ago, I experienced an odd series of dreams. Very vivid and detailed, the story unfolded over three nights as so many acts in a well-structured play. It was both disorienting and exciting to be living this adventurous “alternate reality” in dreamstate, though it made my waking life — at least temporarily — […]

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what’s in a name (part 2)

So we’re back to the name game. Have you ever felt disconnected from your own name, as though it wasn’t really you? My problem initially stems from having a fairly common name. While living in Virginia, I discovered that not only were their five other women in my city who shared both my first and […]

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unveiling the mask

Below is a short essay I wrote more than eight years ago (on an even older experience), about the masks that we wear in our day-to-day lives, disguising us from each other and even from ourselves. I have found myself repeatedly challenged — with increasing frequency — to “speak my truth.” Such a simple directive […]

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