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Dianne Sylvan
Austin, TX
Writer, aspiring vegan, dancer, and snark maven
Interests: spirituality, cookies, writing, paganism, vegetarianism, ecstatic dance
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Mar 15, 2010
Greetings all, I'm pleased to announce that I have officially moved to my new online home, I will no longer be posting here at Dancing Down the Moon. The new site will serve as a comprehensive author home for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2010 at Dancing Down the Moon
A few days ago I expressed on Twitter that I was rethinking my website, and that apparently made some folk nervous. Don't worry, I'm not shutting down DDtM...but its form may change a little as time goes on. Right now... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2010 at Dancing Down the Moon
There are a lot of ways you can wrap up the old year and plan ahead for the new, regardless of how your personal calendar marks the turning--some people base their idea of a year off January 1, some off... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2010 at Dancing Down the Moon
Here I am, on the precipice of 2010, looking back at a year gone seriously awry. Between the disheartening political climate and Death working overtime to make off with people and animals we know and love, and my own personal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
There's a real post coming, but in the meantime, I thought I'd let everyone know that I recently caved to the prevailing trend-winds, and am now on Facebook. Look me up and Friend me, if you dare. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Here's something else a bit random just for your entertainment. Feel free to post something similar on your own blog, if you have one, or just consider what would go on your lists and laugh at your own weirdness. 5... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Yep, once again posting has been sporadic here at DDtM. Life has kicked up the weirdness again and I've been swirling around like an unfortunate hair in a bathtub drain. However, there were a few small things I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Music plays a huge part in my writing. I've always written fiction as if it were a movie in my head--a lot of scenes I've done have been directly inspired by a song that sounded like the perfect soundtrack. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
First off, thank you to everyone who wished me a happy solar return yesterday. Much obliged. :) Secondly, I've had a number of requests to make my Ecstatic Dance mixes public, so I have decided to start doing that every... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Well, here we are again: at 7am Thursday morning, I’ll officially be 32 years old. To quote every movie Keanu Reeves has ever made: Whoa. I’m currently taking a very brief vacation—well, days off from work. I’m not sure if... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Religion is kind of a crazy idea. Think about it. In the face of all rational thought and essentially zero supporting scientific evidence, the vast majority of humans on this planet—creatures capable of coming up with calculus, space flight, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Yeah, I admit it, I totally screwed the pooch on Vegan MoFo this year. It's not my fault!, and I was fighting them off with an elite squad of warriors trained in anti-simian combat, and during the battle my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
I haven't cooked much in the last week but I more than made up for it on Friday--as it was time for my BFF's birthday party extravaganza, she'd asked me to bring a pot of Oh, You Beautiful Dhal and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Sure, we'd all like to say we create magnificent culinary tours-de-force every night, and try a new cookbook every week; we'd love to say we've sampled all the weirdo produce at Whole Foods, and that we never, never eat out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Operating out of a kitchen with very little storage space, I've learned to pare down the array of gadgets and cookware that I permit to clutter up my three drawers. I keep a minimum of pots and pans, and store... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
I've long said that Whole Foods--or at least the mammoth WF flagship store here in Austin--is not a grocery store, it's an 80,000 square foot amusement park. Known to many as Whole Paycheck, it's not the place to go if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Better late (and short) than never, right? As with ritual, the right music can turn cooking from a chore into a celebration. Not to mention the mood you're in while cooking can influence the outcome--from a strictly mundane perspective, if... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Not to thump a subject too terribly hard, but in my reading about Indian cuisine I came across a food philosophy that had never occurred to me but sounded like a great idea.In India vegetarianism is seen as normal; most... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
The beginning of October was so chaotic and weird that it has only just occurred to me that it's actually October. As in, Fall. Really, truly, and honestly Fall. Good God. The weather's gone schizo and can't seem to make... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
This is one of my favorite easy desserts, based on a Hawaiian coconut pudding recipe called Haupia. In honor of our President's call to action today, I give you, Nobel Peace Parfaits (also known as "Suck it, Haters!") What You... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
I just wanted to get that song stuck in your head. Mine is an evil laugh. When I was growing up the only time I was ever really aware of the existence of spices was during the holidays. Cinnamon, nutmeg,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Like I said, it's not all about food this month. Aside from being extremely scary and awful, one thing I have learned from S1ren being hospitalized is that I've let a lot of things slide, in particular my breathing.I used... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
I'm still getting my energy (and my cooking jones) back after the whole Hamthrax World Tour '09, so today's entry is a fun survey from over at Whoa Wren. (To be clear, I am not sick--at least, not really. My... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon
Wow, that didn't take long--the third day out on the MoFo and I've already missed a post. I can claim extenuating circumstances, however; H1N1 has stormed the gates of Austin and my best friend has been very ill, which led... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2009 at Dancing Down the Moon