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    Geeky Mystic: the starfish principle

    by  • October 28, 2014 • Uncategorized

    This post is the second in a series about geeky mysticism.  The first post is here. You’ve probably heard the story about the starfish-throwing little kid, who is busy throwing stranded starfish into the sea.  An adult comes along and says, “There are so many starfish on the beach!  Why bother?  How can you...

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    I am a geeky mystic. How did that happen?

    by  • October 27, 2014 • Uncategorized

    I’ve hinted about this before, here and there: I’m a critical-thinking, logic-oriented intuitive mystic who believes in magic.  In other words, I’m a geek and a mystic and a mage.  This makes some of my friends crazy (thank goodness they love me anyway!) because for them, geek and mystic are mutually exclusive–you can’t be...

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    it’s not about self-esteem

    by  • September 1, 2014 • Uncategorized

    Usually, I post here about pleasure, because…well, because yummy and awesome and so useful.  Because pleasure makes us clear and whole; because pleasure gives us direction; because pleasure makes the difference between drudgery and service, between weariness and joy. BUT. There’s more to life, and this has been bugging me for a while. I...

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    beauty matters (I am an athlete)

    by  • June 27, 2014 • Uncategorized

    Just took a nap on the beach. That makes two hours today on the beach, one lying down.  Here’s why that’s important: outdoors is not the enemy. It is awesome. Some days it is more nap-worthy than others but it is not a bad place to be. If, like me, you have made it...

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    on swimming (I am an athlete)

    by  • June 25, 2014 • Uncategorized

    I went swimming today. Which might be no big deal. Except… many things. Let’s start with the complicated: I had drowning dreams as a child.  I used to wake up choking, mouth clamped shut. And when the swimming teacher threw me in the pool to “teach” me to swim, I held my breath and...

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    Moving Comfort Endurance dress: review

    by  • June 8, 2014 • Uncategorized

    Let’s start here: Moving Comfort makes INCREDIBLE sports bras.  So when I saw that they were making dresses for being active in, I was thrilled.  YAY, I thought.  The bra plus a skirt! Not so fast. My dress is an XL in black, and runs true to size.  Empire-waisted, with obvious seams, it is...

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    on gender and dresses

    by  • June 8, 2014 • Uncategorized

    I am an athlete. Athletes, as I am discovering, come in ALL shapes and sizes and other things. Do not let your brain determine who is an athlete and who is not.  It will be wrong. Now generally I consider myself female-gender nonconforming.  What does this mean?  It’s complicated, but for the sake of...

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    pain is information

    by  • May 27, 2014 • Uncategorized

    I went running this morning.  Just a short run, on the beach.  it’s 50 degrees and windy, and this is my first .run. this season, and my first barefoot run. You saw my clothing rant–today’s solution: running dress from Mountain Hardwear (size L) (shoutout to them for also having a men’s kilt!) with a...

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    what not to wear…to work out

    by  • May 19, 2014 • Uncategorized

    I wish someone would pay attention. Anyone. Nike, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia, EMS, REI, MEC, Danskin, Title 9, Junonia, I don’t care. We’ll leave Lululemon out of this for obvious reasons. There’s a big problem in the athleticwear world, and I’ve just about had it. If you are apple-shaped (waist bigger than hips) and over,...

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