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often in my ego, but moving steadily toward greater consciousness
Retired, but not too retiring, a work still in progress
Interests: making my home homey, balance, Music (making & appreciating), living and dying well, ta'i chi, dancing, cooking, doing crazy things on birthdays.
Recent Activity
Identity Politics is the current buzz phrase for Labels. Like we need MORE of those. And yet, we use them all the time. They can help us find our tribe, I suppose; they can help define a search if you're looking for a forum online - say, RV travel, as an example. Or Gay, if you're on a dating site and want to limit the responses. But more and more, they divide us into Us & Them. You can see that within our group as we decide how and when to allow new women into the group. By the way:... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Itsa Village
Six of us were present for this meeting. In Old Business we continued our discussion on adding members. Two new points were made, neither of which I had ever considered. LB told us that there would/could come a point at which the size of the group alone could cause her to self-censor. She appreciates the intimacy we now have and is concerned that too large a group could lose that feeling. Irma holds the opinion that those members who are absent in the flesh, or IRL, are actually present in some ways. That is some ways. Others seemed to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Itsa Village
This is the subtitle of an article by Barbara Ehrenreich, published on April 9, 2019. I like her theory a little more every day... (Reprinting here in its entirety; no copyright infringement intended. This is solely the work of the author.) Barbara Ehrenreich: Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care In the last few years I have given up on the many medical measures—cancer screenings, annual exams, Pap smears, for example—expected of a responsible person with health insurance. This was not based on any suicidal impulse. It was barely even a decision, more like an accumulation of micro-decisions: to stay... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2019 at Itsa Village
Delphi Is there a magnet drawing me to you? I walked down the hill to the Tholos, rounded a corner and there you were Tears flowed unchecked down my cheeks Even though I was still asleep at that first encounter, my spirit knew you My soul remembered Tears of recognition, tears of joy came unbidden How my soul rejoiced! Memories of times past, of sacred rituals floated at the edge of consciousness Several times since then I’ve made return pilgrimages My being is at peace in your embrace Delphi, place that I love Winona S. Sept. 2019 Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Itsa Village
Where I’m From I’m from creators and tinkerers. I’m from dilettantes and demigods. I’m from demolitionists and destroyers. I’m from musicians and mentalists. I’m from stoics and strangers. I’m from teachers and hoarders. I’m from churches that nourish, and withhold. I’m from perfectionism, taught without tenderness. I’m from people who do what they are told. I’m from people who won’t. I‘m from landowners. I’m from settlers, and from the unsettled; tied by DNA to both. I’m from blissful ignorance born of privilege. Still ignorant, but less so. I‘m from willful blindness; learning to see. I’m from Wall Street and from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Itsa Village
...and more Newbies discussions. It seems that our/my interest in growing this group is giving us quite a bit of fodder for conversation, and possibly some growth of our/my own. I do find that I am looking a little deeper into just what 'connection' means to me and how and by whom that might be facilitated. One idea about our Social Event, should we have one: that we make it slightly broader by inviting women we know or believe to be already interested in these subjects. Not sure how we might implement this, but consider, for example, who among your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Itsa Village
"The death wellness movement is about facing hard choices openly and mindfully. For author Leslie Krongold, this has been a very personal exploration." This article by Leslie Krongold, Ed.P, was published in August of this year, and is pertinent to many of the things we talk about withing our group. The article was suggested by Jessica in a comment on another post. Ms. Krongold is writing about her own journey toward her, possibly soon, death, and began seeking similar information shortly after her mother's death. She's now doing podcasts, and when I've found them, I'll link them. In the meantime,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at Itsa Village
This article/review is relatively short and quite interesting. The documentary follows Dick Shannon, his wife and family, and 5 other families of people making preparations for their approaching deaths. Do you know what you want your death to look like? Do you know what's possible? Care to? Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Itsa Village
This article is subtitled: "The Market for Wellness is more about Capitalism Than Prolonging Life" The material comes from a book called Natural Causes, by Barbara Ehrenreich. The article, itself, was written by Derek Beres. He's a fan of fat-shaming, though, so if you want to know more about him, you'll have to dig it out yourself. Won't be hard! :) A summary of the book from her website says, "Natural Causes examines the ways in which we obsess over death, our bodies, and our health. Both funny and caustic, Ehrenreich then tackles the seemingly unsolvable problem of how we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at Itsa Village
A TGB Reader Story. (housekeeping note: this is 2 links; one to the TGB Home page, and one to the story specifically.) Ronni Bennett's readers are invited to submit their own stories to her blog for publication. This one is by Adele Frances. This was the quote that began her story: “There is little meaning in making a fuss. There is nothing else to do but say good-bye to the last body part and continue your life with what parts may be left.” - Elderly Greenland native who lost two fingers to frostbite years ago. Smithsonian Magazine You'll enjoy this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at Itsa Village
"Delivering cremated remains to the stratosphere joins a new list of ways to memorialize the dead." This is a light, slightly humorous, article about the new options to have your (or "your loved ones") cremains blasted into space. Well, not really space; just 100,000 ft. up into the stratosphere. Sooner or later, you'll fall back to earth. little rain drops or ice crystals according to the article. Not much more than a Thousand Dollars. It's also possible to go higher. A different company will take you higher, then blast your cremains (inside a capsule) up to 300,000ft. They don't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at Itsa Village
Want to Be Emotionally Resilient? Science says do this From the article: "Do you worry a lot? Sometimes over things you absolutely can't control, so that worrying about them serves no practical purpose? Do you think you worry too much? Do you worry that all this worrying may not be good for you?" This article is about writing your worries. Maybe not daily, with no real rules, and with no expectations... just write what is worrisome. More from the article: "That might seem absurdly simple, but it turns out to be extremely powerful as well. Keeping a "worry journal" is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at Itsa Village
In old business we continued the discussion on how to assimilate new members. We do agree that we would like to grow a bit more, but we also have taken note of the increasing level of intimacy that exists in the group as it is now. We think that a social event outside of a Salon meeting might be a good way to accomplish this purpose, by letting newbies and members meet and engage without compromising the privacy and intimacy of an actual meeting. I confess, this whole business feels very awkward to me. I realize I'm the one who... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at Itsa Village
This article and short video was suggested in a comment by our own Jessica! This is one man's story about his choice to use Washington's aid-in-dying laws, and how it all came together. it's a sweet read, IMO. In The Face of Death.. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at Itsa Village
Writing MEMOIR I don’t want to write memoir to defend myself. After 25 years I shouldn’t need to. Like the saying goes Don’t explain; your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it. But maybe I do need to. Not because I’m sorry or because I want to change minds or even because I need to convince myself. I know to my core it was the most amazing life-giving “mistake” I ever made. But it did open Pandora’s box. And everybody knows that story. Or Eve and her apple, although what’s not good about curiosity and critical thinking?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2019 at Itsa Village
We had 7 of us present for the meeting yesterday. We are happy to welcome Ang to the group; we spent a little time on introductions, and on covering a few of our 'rules' for her. We also spent time on "Old" business, but I made no notes on that. Among things that came up, I remember suggesting that we have another social event; maybe the nerf ball battle opportunity at the new Mountain Adventure. Got some smiles and nods; we'll see if we manifest that. :) Kate H was our facilitator yesterday. The topic she presented was about Writing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2019 at Itsa Village
Short minutes for today! NE facilitated the discussion on Happy Healthy Dead. Some of her information comes from a book called Goddesses Never Age, by Christiane Northrup, M.D. I like this quote that appeared on her page when I found the link under her name: "True health is only possible when we understand the unity of our minds, emotions, spirits, and physical bodies and stop striving for perfection.” This theory also comes from the Law of Attraction and mostly from Esther and Jerry Hicks (when I first discovered it). I'm providing no links on this subject. There are literally thousands... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at Itsa Village
In old business, we discussed Rules; whether & how to add more women; and confidentiality as it applies to the blog. Each member of the group answered several questions (in an email) about these specific things. Each member let me know, as acting recording secretary, how they want to be mentioned in the blog. All posts have been edited to accommodate these requests. We confirmed our Rules, and I have added a sidebar item that expresses those, right below the "Who We Are" sidebar item. We agreed that some growth is good, so that travel and travails, and life, in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at Itsa Village
Top apps for iPhone - a list a list from Lifehacker - a broader scope; includes android; the #1 on most lists - One Day Lifewire's list - only one so far who ranked One Day lower: #4, because it does not interface with PC's. I will add to this list at another time. Anyone who comes across a journaling app or conducts a search, feel free to send me links! :) Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Itsa Village
I found Emily on TED Talks. She is linked on our "Links.." page. But this is a different different one and includes her voice reading a favorite poem called "You Can't Have It All...but There is This" by Barbara Ras. I hope you enjoy it. The poem is embedded in the article which comes from a blog authored by one of Emily's friends and titled Brain Pickings. Here's a direct link to the audio on SoundCloud, if you want to skip the article. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2019 at Itsa Village
What a fun event. I suspect we'll do this, and other social things more often. One I've thought of is the Ropes Course in town! Or an afternoon during which we explore our trust issues with a series of games...? We watched Antonia's Line together, then discussed our thoughts about it over dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed both. We agreed that Antonia exemplified some of our own ideas of what makes for strong women. We talked about the strong women in our own lives and what we thought some of our own strengths are. Resilience was high in all of these... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Itsa Village
I couldn't resist putting this up, either. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Itsa Village
Only because they are beautiful, and we're unlikely to see them any other way... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Itsa Village
I just came across this article from Insight Timer, an app I use and recommend. The app is available from both Google Play and in Apple's App Store. We have mentioned ritual or Practice or routines a time or two. This article explains some of the reasons that Morning Routines might be very useful and what is going on in our bodies when we first wake. Think cortisol and Circadian Rhythms. I tend to be very inconsistent about my mornings. I blame it on the cat or on laziness or on procrastination... At the very bottom, I think all of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Itsa Village
So it would seem. Check out Sophia's story. (reprinted here; the linked version includes photos and links to a few other stories you may find interesting.) "Over the first weeks of July 2016, a strange phenomenon started to unfold in many parts of the world. A mobile game went viral. Streets in Barcelona, Melbourne, Singapore and New York began to fill with hordes digital wayfaring as part of the augmented reality (AR) game, Pokémon Go. The game popularised the digital overlay technique of AR, in which real-time wayfaring could be converged with digital play. In its hey-day, Pokémon Go searches... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Itsa Village