How to Write a Blog Post
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How to Write a Blog Post

Don’t like writing? Wish you did? Most teachers focus on spelling and grammar mistakes. Students get back papers full of red marks. It’s disheartening. Because of this legacy of shame, writing is difficult for many folks. Maybe for you, too? Imagine the fun of writing what you want to say–without the misery! But how? Cutting-edge…

How to Dance on this Ball of Confusion?
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How to Dance on this Ball of Confusion?

Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to get out of bed in the morning. Worldwide conflagrations. Insane people doing insane things. Jaw-dropping lies being paraded around as truth. Pandemics. Violence. Hell. The suffering of the world has never been more raw and visceral. It’s a lot. Human beings are not built for long-term high…

How about a nice vacation?
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How about a nice vacation?

We’re getting down to the wire here. In the USA, elections are in less than three weeks. Covid is spiking worldwide. The centuries-long other pandemic of systemic oppression is going strong, too, with a rise in fascism, racism, and xenophobia across the planet. Who wouldn’t like a vacation? Oh, wait. We can’t really travel… Good…

How to “Orient” in Oriental Dance (and why it boosts confidence)
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How to “Orient” in Oriental Dance (and why it boosts confidence)

When mammals enter a novel environment, they look around. They explore the space with their eyes. This is called Exploratory Orienting. It is all about curiosity, a relaxed, engaged process. Mammals do it many times in a day. There is also another kind of orienting. Defensive Orienting, which happens in response to a perceived threat,…

Three Ways to Nurture our Souls in Challenging Times
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Three Ways to Nurture our Souls in Challenging Times

Once upon a time, I said something cutting about someone who had never done anything cruel to me or that I knew of. She was only awkward and a little odd (which could easily describe myself). To my horror, she then emerged from a bathroom stall. Our eyes met. She had recently been praised. I…

Belly Dance: Powerful Medicine for Modern Times
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Belly Dance: Powerful Medicine for Modern Times

The news is intense, and change is coming. If you’ve been out of the loop for the last few months, check out my FB timeline to get updates and shareable resources, and this post for my stand on these issues. The upshot is that many of us are feeling a teensy bit challenged lately. Thank…

Resilience and Good Cheer with Dance amid CoVid 19
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Resilience and Good Cheer with Dance amid CoVid 19

I didn’t send out a newsletter last week. I didn’t do much of anything. So it’s ironic to title this resilience and good cheer–but that is what will save us from this long-term Covid 19 grind. I’m glad I’m in VT where people are taking this stay-home order seriously. I’m hopeful my friends and fam–including…