The Shame Revolution

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The Shame Revolution Writers (and everybody else) needs to know about this!. I recently was blown away by the work of two people both, oddly enough, named Brown. Bryan Brown wrote Soul Without Shame and Brené Brown wrote I Thought It was Only Meboth remarkably eloquent treatises on how an Inner Judge,

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Posted on November 21st 2017 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

How to Get a Story Out of Your Head and Onto the Page

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I know from your letters to me that many of you, in your heart of hearts, fantasize about writing a novel. So, I’d like to use my own wacky path to authordom, to inspire you to write that novel or to pursue whatever other passionate dream you’ve got.  I know for a fact that it’s

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Posted on November 13th 2017 in Novels, The Philosopher’s Teacup

The 4th of July Meets Memorial Day

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I intended to write this for Memorial Day but got sidetracked by the hoopla around the joy of Dakota’s graduation, so I’m offering it instead as a tribute on the 4th of July. In these politically troubled times, it’s easy enough to forget that we can hate the carnage and waste of war, but still

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Posted on June 29th 2012 in Poetry, Politics, The Philosopher’s Teacup

What if We’re the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For…

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In my lifetime, Women refused to keep their place, Blacks refused to ride in the back of the bus, Men refused to be drafted into an unjust war.  Gays refused to be kept in the closet.  A Black man became President of the United States.  So I know we have it in us to change

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Posted on April 19th 2012 in Politics, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Equal Rights… Did You Think We Had them?

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“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution   That’s it.  That’s all of it.  24 words.  It says nothing about having to endure dual-sex toilets or the draft.  It pretty

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Posted on March 29th 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women

A Free School Based on Talent and Heart

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“The Heart of the Matter is Free Education.”                                                 Caroline Simonelli, Fashion Designer   How many people do you know who delight in the idea of working or vacationing in Beirut? My

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Posted on March 23rd 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women

May the Road Rise with You

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Go n-éirí an bother leat. May the road rise with you.   I couldn’t be more Irish if I tried… Irish on both sides of my family tree, back to the dawn of time… so Irish, in fact, that we even have a family Banshee.  So how could I not take this lovely St. Patrick’s

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

The Haunting of the Heart

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The optioning of Paint the Wind for the movies has caused me to be reminded very hauntingly of my mother.  I should tell you, I think, that although my mother’s name was Kate, the family called her Manu, because it meant Giver of the Law in Hindi – she was a formidable force of nature,

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Posted on March 9th 2012 in Paint the Wind, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Dr. John Upledger…Cranio Sacral Therapy

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For me, Dr. John Upledger was the answer to prayer.  Literally. My 13 year old Cee Cee was in a coma, close to dying, from an apparently undiagnosable malady no one could figure out or fix. I’d listened for days, as doctors tried to sound as if they knew what to do, knowing in my

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The Moving Finger Writes…

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My 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

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

Virtual Casting Call, so far…

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Dear 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

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

For Health & Happiness…Thoughts for Your Shopping List

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I’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

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

Paint the Wind…a Virtual Casting Call

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The 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,

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

This Wisdom Thing…

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Somebody 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

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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 –

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