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How do people change

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

How do people change?

Well it has something to do with God, so it’s not very nice. God splits the skin with a jagged thumbnail from throat to belly and then plunges a huge filthy hand in, he grabs hold of your bloody tubes and they slip to evade his grasp but he squeezes hard, he insists, he pulls and pulls till all your innards are yanked out and the pain! We can’t even talk about that. And then he stuffs them back, dirty, tangled and torn. It’s up to you to do the stitching.

Just mangled guts pretending.

That’s how people change.

Angels in America

Watching stars without you

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I’ve always seen fireworks from the wrong perspective - standing above them, looking down. When I was a child, I lived in an Appalachian river valley, and to view the fireworks we drove up into the mountains. In my adult years, I’ve found myself in a number of situations - in a hotel room, looking down over the Delaware river fireworks, or in a private plane, flying over the Pennsylvania landscape, seeing fireworks simultaneously from a number of small towns. Only once, in Aspen, could I not get above them, and the three of us lay in the parking lot while the ashes rained down on us.

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.
-Anais Nin

Memorial Day: Storypeople

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Nine years ago, I wandered into an Annapolis art gallery and discovered Storypeople art prints by Brian Andreas. I was still grieving, and found his slice-of-life art more comforting than more traditional expressions of sympathy. For this Memorial Day, I offer a link to his site:

There are many stories, here are a few suggestions to start:

Living Memory
Empty Spaces
Hidden Ocean
Missing Piece
Thousand Moments
Hard to Forget
One Us

Storypeople book collections:

Going Somewhere Soon: Collected Stories & Drawings

Strange Dreams - Collected Stories & Drawings

Trusting Soul : Collected Stories & Drawings

There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling rain & remember it is enough to be taken care of by myself.
-Words of Comfort, Brian Andreas

New moon - 24 May 2009

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

8:12 am EDT

Pause. Ground yourself. Feel the rotation into a fresh start.

Focus. These are the strongest concepts for this new moon:

Intellect and mental activity
Knowledge of material existence
Change and adaptation
Dissemination of information
Local travel and transportation
Electronic communication, internet and computers
Integration of male and female energies
Writing and speaking
Social activities
Siblings, neighbors, colleagues, roommates

The next two weeks will see more in the way of human evolution than this planet has seen for a very long time.
-Stephanie Azaria

Journal: Spirituality & Health

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Instant happiness, when I find this in my mailbox. My favorite resource, with a good website and welcoming energy.

Spirituality & Health website

Spirituality & Health

Tragic Story

Monday, May 4th, 2009

with Happy Ending. A short animated film by Regina Pessoa. I caught this one night on one of the independent film channels.

Tragic Story with Happy Ending

People didn’t know if it was someone dying, or someone being born. But one thing was sure. That was the way everyone would have liked to leave.

Space and Time

Friday, May 1st, 2009

From the Hubble telescope, images to meditate upon:

Sound/sleep machines

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

An alternative to music - white noise or nature sounds (or in the case of my personal machine, even city/traffic noise). Some of these rely on the sound, others claim more benefits (such as brainwave technology).

I own two, one for travel. I found that after flying or driving for long distances, or when staying in a hotel, there is too much vivid, restless dreaming. A sleep machine works better than background TV or music.

I was surprised at my preferences, I thought I knew what kind of noise I liked or didn’t. There are 20 options on my system. Bubbling brook, rainforest, aviary, wind chines, heartbeat, and crickets are annoying rather than restful. Thunderstorm is perfect. Ebb tide is better than ocean waves.

My machine is no longer available, but there are many options (and many discussions out there about their various merits):

Sleep Sound Machine from Brookstone - Tranquil Moments - Clinically Proven Acoustic Technology

MARPAC SleepMate 980A Dual Speed Electro-Mechanical White Noise Machine / Sound Machine For Sleeping at Home & Travel + Sleep Mask

Sound Oasis Natural Sounds Therapy System and Alarm Clock With FREE Spa Retreat Sound Card and FREE SHIPPING

Internet radio for the soul

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Good for background at work, keeps your life bigger, beyond your inbox.

Hay House Radio

Journal: Body & Soul

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

We don’t subscribe to a lot of magazines, but this is one of them. Nice range of topics, feel-good vibe.

Body and Soul website

Body & Soul