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MixieRae
Seattle, WA
I'm a freelance writer and consultant who invites positive change at every opportunity!
Interests: mixing it up, writing, dancing, reading, food, games, hiking, scrapbooking, sewing, dreaming
Recent Activity
I apologize to all my loyal readers, but due to a variety of pressures including searching for employment I have to put Mix It Up on hold for a bit again. Expect the hiatus to last into October; watch this site and my Twitter feed (MixieRae) for more information! Thanks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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Exhausted and exhilarated; I return from Burning Man! As soon as I've processed it all, I'll share some of the sights, connections, and immense quantities of mixing it up that I experienced! Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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Today's sacred text is from the the art of alchemy, which was outwardly concerned with the transmutation of lead or other base metals into gold. However the heart of alchemy was personal transformation. This piece is of uncertain provenance, but is considered to be the oldest extant alchemical tract. It... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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Today's sacred text is from Confucianism, which was the state religion of ancient China. Confucianism is chiefly concerned with virtue and how to behave properly, especially where one's parents or superiors are concerned. This is a section from the Confucian Analects as translated by James Legge on the Internet Sacred... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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Today's sacred text is from Mormonism, a branch of Christianity that holds several texts as holy in addition to the Bible -- chief amongst which is the Book of Mormon. This is a section called the First Book of Nephi from the Book of Mormon on the Internet Sacred Text... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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Today's sacred text is from the ancient Egyptian religion, which was extremely focused on fertility (the rising and falling of the Nile), and death (specifically the afterlife). This is a section called A Hymn of Praise to Ra When He Riseth in the Eastern Part of Heaven from the Egyptian... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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Today's sacred text is from Hinduism, an ancient polytheistic South Asian religion that encompasses everything from yogic traditions to societal norms such as marriage customs. It focuses on the notion of karma and the cycles of death and rebirth. This is a section called Hymn to Surya from the Rig... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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Yes, it's finally time for Mix It Up to drive out to the Nevada desert and go to Burning Man! While I enjoy the delights of Black Rock City and hydrate constantly, I hope you'll enjoy next week's selection of Sacred Texts. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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Want to know what "book google" or "cubicle coma" means? Not sure about a particular piece of slang you heard on TV? Urban Dictionary is your source for weird, occasionally obscene, and completely hilarious definitions of up-to-the-minute phrases and words. Like Wikipedia it is written by the community; however, anyone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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When you were a kid, did you ever threaten to run away and join the circus? It's a staple of childhood threats and wishes -- the dream of freedom that comes with dressing up in a fantastic costume and performing amazing feats. Now that you're an adult it may seem... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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Hay House is a publishing house that publishes what I call books for the soul -- everything from astrology to practical health advice to inspirational stories. Hay House Radio is where they host their authors' podcasts, and it's truly difficult to pick just one. The shows range from call-in shows... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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(I'm having troubles of all kind today! This was supposed to post at 12pm, not 12am. Sorry about that!) I found this news item on the Mother Nature Network to be totally wild and wonderful! If you don't have the time to go read it; in brief the article describes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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(This post was meant to go up on Friday, August 20th, but I messed up the queue and had set it to go up NEXT Friday instead! So I fixed the update and you get a double today!) Many people have a desire to preserve their precious memories. Almost everyone... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure. (Photo taken by Mark Neal -- who has DEFINITELY said yes to his adventure! Go Dad!) Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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cathect PRONUNCIATION: (kuh-THEKT) MEANING: verb tr.: To invest mental or emotional energy in an idea, object, or person. ETYMOLOGY: Back-formation from Greek kathexis (the investment of emotional energy in something). Ultimately from the Indo-European root segh- (to hold) that is also the source of words such as victory (to hold... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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On August 2nd I attended Keren Brown's Foodportunity event here in Seattle. In her words, Foodportunity is "a networking event for food journalists, public relations professionals, restauranteurs, farmers, companies,and all food passionate people." I recently did some work for local specialty food broker Murdock & White and they invited me... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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It is not a question of whether you "have what it takes," but of whether you take the gifts you have - they are plenteous - and share them with all the world. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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And Mix it Up is back! I apologize again for the lengthy hiatus -- I was ill for most of July, and I spent the first two weeks of August moving. Now I'm back in action and excited to be writing and sharing my stories of mixing it up again!... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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You may have noticed that Mix it Up has not been updating lately; for which I apologize! I have been sick on and off for the last month, and now am trying to coordinate moving as well! So Mix it Up will resume updating on August 15, 2010. Enjoy the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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I have safely returned from Oaxaca, land of the seven moles! (That's the chocolate and chile sauce, not the burrowing animal.) I had a wonderful time and I hope you enjoyed learning more about the food, culture, and craziness that is Mexico. I apologize for the hiatus while I was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at Mix It Up!
Rae is crazy sick. Normal blog posts will resume post-Montezuma's Revenge. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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One of the wonderful things about travel is that it can really push your boundaries. In Oaxaca I've had the chance to face one of my fears which is of being underground. I'm a bit of a claustrophobe, and additionally I'm made terribly nervous by the idea of tons of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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One thing you hear people talking about often is the attitude of the people living there. New Yorkers are stereotyped as being rude, folks from the South have a reputation for being hospitable, and I sometimes hear that Seattleites are standoffish. The spirit of Oaxacans, however, is incredibly kind, generous,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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I have always been pretty skeptical of ebook readers. I love the heft of physical books, the smell and feel of paper, and the color and art of the covers. I like how reading a book in public can be an invitation to an exciting conversation, and I am deeply... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2010 at Mix It Up!
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As you might imagine, there are a TON of churches in Mexico. I imagine I'll go to many more, but I've been to three so far. The first was Santo Domingo in Oaxaca City. It is immense and gorgeous and almost entirely gilded inside. It definitely seemed to be more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2010 at Mix It Up!