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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Time is the Substance From Which I Am Made…

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“Inside every older person is a younger person – wondering what the hell happened.” —Cora Harvey Armstrong “You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen.  But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul’s own doing.” —Marie Stopes The arrival of a brand New Year (always a treat to be able

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Posted on December 29th 2011 in Life, Loving Life

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

What Price Beauty

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I spent a lot of years in the Beauty/Fashion industry… I starved myself like everyone else did.  Looking beautiful and sexy was a different kind of nourishment, and I made the tradeoff gleefully.  But looking back, I’ve had lots of second thoughts about the unrealistic dream of beauty we’ve left our daughters.  Real women don’t

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Posted on November 18th 2011 in The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women

Body of Wisdom

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Have you ever looked in the mirror and just wanted to cry?  I did that one recent morning, having had too little sleep and far too little coffee to cope with revelation.  My body wasn’t any of the things I’d wanted it to be… that was clear from the get to.  Not tall as Julia

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Posted on November 18th 2011 in The Philosopher’s Teacup, Women

Stargate

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Many people in the esoteric and native cultural worlds believe the date 11.11.11 was just the beginning of the wild ride we are on. They say a great influx of celestial energy is being infused into humanity, for the purpose of encouraging us, as a species, toward spiritual enlightenment.  They believe this was a time

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Posted on November 11th 2011 in Metaphysics, The Philosopher’s Teacup

Friends to the End

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“Show me your friends, and I’ll tell you who you are.” Russian Proverb “Laugh and the world laughs with you.  Cry and you cry with your girlfriends.” —Laurie Kuslansky Thick, thin, life, death, moments, decades, loves, losses.  Hearts blood or chicken soup, it’s the women friends who’ve been there.  Advice or a boot in the

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Posted on November 11th 2011 in Women

My Aunt’s Perfect Blueberry Pie

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I was blessed with a family of great and merry women, who were kind enough to live into their 90s (one to 105!) so I could enjoy their wisdom, laughter and strength for much of my life… and also learn how to make great pies! I know we can’t recreate the best of our past

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Posted on November 4th 2011 in Family
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