Qi… The Power of the Invisible

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It 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

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

Like Cures Like…Exploring Homeopathy

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“The Law of Similars:  That which can make you ill can also cure you.” – Dr. Samuel Hahnemann When I was 21 or so I met a famous fashion photographer named Edgar de Evia.  He was sophisticated, worldly, creative and simply fabulous.  I’d never met anyone remotely like him.  His grandfather had been President of

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Posted on January 27th 2012 in Alternative Healing, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Bathing Shopportunities!

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I didn’t expect the response I’ve gotten to my Cathy Takes to the Tub blog!  Oodles of emails have asked for more info and where to find the goodies that go into the tub to heal, soothe, excite, delight, whatever!  The following list will give you general information about where to find Essential Oils and

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Posted on January 27th 2012 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

Cathy Takes to the Tub

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At the top of my list of accessible help for much of life’s dis-ease, are healing baths.  And I confess they head the list because they’re not only therapeutic, they’re really pleasurable.  It’s part aromatherapy, part herbalism, part homeopathy, and all it takes to have these beautiful baths at your fingertips is to keep on

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Loving Love Poetry

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You can’t grow up to be a writer of love stories, if you aren’t an incurable romantic. Despite my own history of picking lemons in the Garden of Love – and oxytocin notwithstanding – I’ve found that I need to believe in true love.  I have seen it – not often – but enough to

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Posted on January 13th 2012 in Love, Poetry, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Biology in the Bedroom

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Ever wonder why women have sex and think they’ve fallen in love, while men have sex and think they’ve just had sex?  I may have stumbled onto an answer worth passing along.  I’m not sure I can affect anything in the interaction of the genders by making this information public, but if it could simply

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Posted on January 11th 2012 in Love, The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women

The Easiest Way to Stay Healthy

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“What if I told you, you could stay healthy and live longer, simply by doing 10 minutes of easy Chinese energy exercises a day?  Would you do it?”                                                      

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Posted on January 6th 2012 in Alternative Healing, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Life Outside the Box

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As you already know about me, I was born with a caul, so it wasn’t considered odd in an Irish family that I could see force fields around people, plants, things – not in color most of the time — but rather as some kind of exquisite electrical emanations.  The whole world of matter seemed

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Memories of My Father

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I’ve been thinking about my Father a lot this Holiday Season.  Missing him… wishing he were here with me and Dakota to watch It’s a Wonderful Life for the umpteenth time. Papa was a rare bird.  He laughed a lot and taught me useful things… how to hang storm windows… how to recite poetry with

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Posted on December 23rd 2011 in Family, The Philosopher’s Teacup

My New Year’s Resolution

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I can’t think of a better New Year’s Resolution than to try to live up to the gentle truths of my father’s philosophy, so I’d like to offer them to you in this little poem I wrote about him, both as a loving remembrance, and as a tribute to the kind of old fashioned values

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Posted on December 23rd 2011 in Family, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Christmas Past

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The ghosts of Christmas past  Wandered by my tree just now A cup of tea in hand, I stopped To admire the sweetness of the nearly trimmed tree And there you were My Mommy and Daddy Young and shiny, hopeful as when On Christmas morning I’d open the presents You’d saved to buy.

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Posted on December 16th 2011 in Family, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Christmas Thoughts….On the Virtue of Being Naïve

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A friend chided me gently at lunch the other day for being naïve at my advanced age, and tending to believe the best of people.  At first, I was hurt, then I tried to decide if she might be trying in her kindly way, to help me.  A friend’s eye is a good mirror, they

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Posted on December 16th 2011 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

The Timeline of Dreams

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Life breaks everyone’s heart somehow, somewhere in time.  Betrayal or death or illness or failure or war or most any tragedy can do the deed.  The question is what happens then?  In that dark night of the spirit, how do we live till morning?  How do we resilient, courageous, fragile, faltering humans take our licks

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Posted on December 9th 2011 in Sorrow, The Philosopher’s Teacup

List for Dakota

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My daughter Dakota is just about to graduate from college, and I have the awful maternal fear that I might have forgotten to tell her something that’s really important. So I made a list. I know the accumulation of wisdom is a lifelong task and can’t be hurried or culled from someone else’s hands –

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Posted on December 2nd 2011 in Notes to My Daughters, The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women

Holiday Happiness Starts Now…

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I love the holidays with all my heart.  I wait all year, anticipatory as a child, to be able to play Christmas carols without apologies.  Truth is, from November through New Year’s, my life takes on an incandescence undreamed of in the rest of my work-a-day year.  Music, decorations, lights, tinsel, a lifetime’s worth of

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Posted on November 25th 2011 in Family, The Philosopher’s Teacup
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