The Moving Finger Writes…

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Old TowerMy childhood was spent in a haze of books and familial propriety.  The small-town-America life, where children safely walked alone to school and dawdled their way home, lulled into daydreams by the sweetness of the neighbors’ gardens, is probably gone now, but the visuals are clear to me still.  A wall of rambling roses at Mrs. Flynn’s… an exaltation of wildflowers behind Dr. Goldstein’s mansion… the New York skyline beyond the great river that separated me from my destiny, or so I believed.  Wait for me New York, I’m coming… I’d breathe to it from Boulevard East, staring out at the glittering, beckoning megaliths of Manhattan. All those childhood images are as close to me now, as the scene outside my office window.

Life was good, except for my mother’s Vesuvian temper, which I’d more or less learned to deal with by going underground to my imagination.  I also went to the library, a magnificent old edifice with all-but crenellated battlements, an ivy covered round tower and several leftover suits of armor, collected by some turn of the century tycoon, who’d created a castle that would become a book depository… and my escape to Paradise. Continue reading “The Moving Finger Writes…” »

Posted on February 24th 2012 in Family, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Virtual Casting Call, so far…

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Cowboy at sunsetDear Readers, here’s the list of casting suggestions submitted so far. It’s amazing how many people suggested the same names…and equally amazing that many people offered the same names, but for differing roles?  Thanks for all your terrific inspirations … I can only hope Hollywood will be this creative.  It’s  such fun to dream, isn’t it?. Continue reading “Virtual Casting Call, so far…” »

Posted on February 24th 2012 in Paint the Wind, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Grasping the Wind…The Energy Behind Acupuncture

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Acupuncture MeridiansIn acupuncture charts – probably the closest most Westerners ever come to contacting the Qi concept – the meridian lines you see pictured, show the pathways by which energy flows within us.  The points on the meridians where an acupuncturist places his needles are merely spots on the energy grid where the doctor can tinker with the electrical circuitry of an individual’s life force.  If you’ve ever had your tennis elbow or sore throat cured by acupuncture, you know that a needle in one part of the body  may affect a body part several feet away.  This happens because the needle activates your Qi, which then follows a specific meridian path inside your body to its destined target. Continue reading “Grasping the Wind…The Energy Behind Acupuncture” »

Posted on February 17th 2012 in Alternative Healing, Complimentary medicine

For Health & Happiness…Thoughts for Your Shopping List

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Feet in the BathI’m  delighted that  response to my Bathing blog has been so enthusiastic, so I thought it might be helpful to have some crib notes about the aromatherapeutic  properties of many of the Essential Oils you’ll be exploring. But first, a word of caution: these oils are powerful…only a few drops can cause a dramatic response for both body and mind, and some cannot be used during pregnancy or if you have diabetes or are epileptic. There’s plenty of information available on the internet, of course,  and  Essential Oil dealers, health food stores, and of course, books, can impart a great deal of wonderful knowledge, so if you decide to embark on this  Essential Oil journey, please be sure to do it safely. Continue reading “For Health & Happiness…Thoughts for Your Shopping List” »

Posted on February 17th 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

Paint the Wind…a Virtual Casting Call

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Curtain CallThe Indians say a story stalks a writer.  Watches, waits to see if you’re worthy of telling it.  Then it comes to live in your heart for a time, and it’s your responsibility to work very hard and learn enough to give the story the voice it deserves.  If you fail to do the legwork, the story will never give you its truthful ending… I wonder if that’s why so many books enthrall us til the end, and then they let us down?

Paint the Wind not only lived in my heart every moment of the five years of writing and researching it exacted of me, it has never left me for a moment since. The story stalked me, leading me to many extraordinary learnings and expansions of the spirit -how to handle a six-shooter – guns, Apache medicine ways, silver mining, ritual magic – just a few of them. Its characters moved permanently into my heart, where they remain almost as family members, to this day. Continue reading “Paint the Wind…a Virtual Casting Call” »

Posted on February 10th 2012 in Paint the Wind, The Philosopher’s Teacup

This Wisdom Thing…

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MoonSomebody called me a Wise Woman the other day and it almost made me laugh out loud.  Isn’t that something like those Lifetime Achievement Awards they give you in Hollywood when they can’t find roles for you anymore, I wondered? But it set me to thinking…

Nobody sets out to be a Wise Woman.  You set out to be sexy, smart, loved, a wife, a mother, a friend, a success… yes.  But to be Wise?… not so much.   Continue reading “This Wisdom Thing…” »

Posted on February 10th 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women

The Key to Qi…How Energy-based Healing Systems Work

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So many people have asked me to explain the basics of Chinese Medicine and other energy based healing systems in a way that’s understandable to the Western mind, that I’d like to share with you what I’ve been privileged to learn about it.  

Qi is the name the Chinese use to express universal energy – but because this lifeforce is ineffable, unseeable, and unmeasurable, it isn’t an easy story to tell.  Qi (also called Ki, Prana, etc.) is the cornerstone of all the medical miracles I’ve witnessed in Chinese, Tibetan, Hindu, African, Native American and Shamanic medicine, and it’s the gateway to a larger understanding of many other mysteries of the Universe, so I’d like to try as best I can, to make the concept palatable for the Western mind.  The poetic Chinese, knowing the ephemeral nature of the Qi concept, call this Grasping the Wind.

Continue reading “The Key to Qi…How Energy-based Healing Systems Work” »

Posted on February 3rd 2012 in Metaphysics, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Qi… The Power of the Invisible

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ball of lightIt isn’t easy to quantify Qi for the Western mind, but inasmuch as so many now experience it in Alternative Healing modalities like Acupuncture and Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Martial Arts, Yoga and Body Work, I’d like to offer a little crib sheet that might help you wend your way through the many subdivisions of Qi.  

The Chinese do not differentiate between matter and energy and Qi has many different functions and names.   Continue reading “Qi… The Power of the Invisible” »

Posted on February 3rd 2012 in Metaphysics, The Philosopher’s Teacup
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