How to Run a Disorderly House in 1890

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How to Run a Disorderly House in 1890   Early New York was littered with prostitution in the late 1800’s. On the streets and in the Bawdy or Disorderly Houses as the cops designated them, prostitution was a booming business. The brothel business abounded not merely because of lust and lawlessness, but because it was

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Posted on February 20th 2018 in Love, So Many Partings, Women

So Many Partings The How and the Why of Writing It

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  History and Mystery… I was divorced when I was 23 and my children were babies , one  12 months old  and her sister 12 days old.  (They’re nearly 2 and 3 in the photo above!)  I was trained only as a portrait painter, had no alimony or child support to see me through, and

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Posted on February 15th 2018 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

Crystal Enlightenment at the Colorado School of Mines

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      Following the Light While I was seriously involved in both Martial Arts and alternative healing, studying with Dr. John Upledger, a Chinese doctor and several hands-on healers, and a Native American shaman, I got hooked on studying the healing properties of gemstones.   All of these disciplines were based on honing the

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What Do the Planets Mean to You?

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    What Do the Planets Mean to You?   The planets effect your personal life in so many ways.  To help you better understand your astrological chart, here are some crib notes:   When an astrologer talks to you about the planets in your chart , he or she is referring to the eight

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Posted on February 5th 2018 in Astrology, Metaphysics

How and Why of Bless the Child

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  Researching BLESS THE CHILD was a wild ride – it entailed far more than I’d bargained for.   I’d like to tell you about it!     How Bless the Child Got Written Who knows where stories come from? Bits and pieces of information lodge in a writer’s brain and sometimes they coalesce into

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Posted on January 31st 2018 in The Philosopher’s Teacup

Protecting Our Humanity in an A.I. World?

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  Now that A.I. seems to be taking over our world, and the electronic gadgetry we carry in our pockets is an essential fact of life, I keep wondering what we can do to preserve the best of the old, as we’re propelled at warp speed, into the new. I have a feeling – somewhere

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Posted on December 28th 2017 in Technology, The Philosopher’s Teacup

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

They’re Shooting at Our Regiment Now

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They’re shooting at our regiment now.” I read the quote above and put down the New York Times, the gallows humor too profound to ignore. The article by Mark Epstein was quoting a friend whose contemporaries were dying. Mine are, too. At an alarming rate. My Christmas card list this year showed a disturbing number

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Posted on July 11th 2014 in Death, Life, Politics

Happy Father’s Day

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There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think about and miss my father. Perhaps it was the kindness that was so much his hallmark… perhaps it was his endless patience and his willingness to drop whatever he was doing to listen, to care, to act. “Want to read me a book, Papa?”

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Posted on June 7th 2014 in Family, Poetry

A True Story About Motherhood from the Past

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Bronwyn at three and a half was already a Montessori scholar. Daily she trudged to an enlightened classroom where a teacher who genuinely liked children taught her how to scrub her desk with soapsuds, mess it up with fingerpaint and repeat the process. She was understandably enthralled. So much so, that Cee Cee at 2½

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Posted on May 9th 2014 in Family, Women

A Few Thoughts on Mother’s Day

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I had a very hard time with my Mother, her words mostly wounding, her anger terrifying. It was my father’s kind and loving heart that saved my childhood and my spirit. So when Mother’s Day comes round a tug of war ensues. I feel my heart segue-ing not to  memories of my own childhood but

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Posted on May 9th 2014 in Family, Life, Love, Sorrow, Women

Living at the Speed of Light

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Remember when the speed of life and the speed of light were not identical? Remember screened-in porches meant for sitting and talking or just thinking long thoughts about life?  Remember garden swings, sweet summer afternoons wandering a meadow, picking apples in the fall, a Christmas tree you’d trekked through snow to find and then helped

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Posted on April 26th 2014 in Life

Timing is Everything

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Do the people you love own certain times of your day – stalwart custodians of some magical clock? I never meet a day or a coffee pot without remembering the sound of my father’s voice in the early morning.  I see him standing by the coffee pot, his greeting optimistic as dawn, cup in hand

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Posted on April 12th 2014 in Death, Life

Chinese Sexual Secrets So Secret, Nobody Knows They’re There

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Western women never reach higher than the 5th level of orgasm,” my Chinese Medicine teacher told me.  As he was both a Master Martial Artist and an MD as well as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, I thought I’d better pay attention.  “In China, the ninth level would be considered minimal expectation.  One thousand strokes

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Posted on March 28th 2014 in Health, Life, Love, Martial Arts, Women
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