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nyckelharpa

Hello, I love art, including music and musical instruments.  Especially traditional musical instruments that have become obscure.  Nyckelharpa is an instrument our respected friends Toby and Fred play.  It’s a traditional Swedish instrument that has special dances that go along with the songs.  Toby told us that the different villages have their own songs and… Read More »

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do you sing

“Do you sing?” my friend asked me. We were on his porch in the morning, and he had just sung a few songs for me to dance to at my request.  Down By the River, something like Give Me Jesus, and a Gate Gate Parasamgate. He spoke to me of many things: pottery his mom… Read More »

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disabled dancing

Hello, I recorded a new poem “disabled dancing.”  I wrote it a few days ago after chalice circle.  We’d been talking about pets, and I was thinking a lot about teeth.  How some people get their pets’ teeth cleaned, but I live with elders who’ve been chronically homeless, and mostly they don’t have teeth.  I… Read More »

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Japanese Funk and Soul

Hey, how are you doing?  Thought you might like this Japanese Funk and Soul on Vinyl (Late 70’s, early 80’s.). I thought it might be fun to dance to–youtube showed it to me.  Thank you, algorithm!  Yes, I was right.  It was fun to dance to. I like that the music was very new to… Read More »

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dancing in a new way

“I feel like dancing in a new way,” I told Ming. He was driving us home.  He’d just grocery shopped, while I walked in parking lots, looking at trash and dumpsters, as I am wont to do. “Dancing in a new way, like how?” he asked. “With my ass,” I said.  I imagined dancing and… Read More »

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disperse the energy

Lately I’m enjoying sending to a few friends the art that I had on my ofrenda, for Day of the Dead.  Feels like a great way to disperse the energy.  And I hope the friends enjoy the art.  I don’t need to keep that powerful, potent stuff around.  Glad to spread joy to the world.… Read More »

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how I can dance in public

I made a new ecstatic dance video.  A friend asked me how I can dance in public, so I made this video to answer her question.  Felt great to talk about some of my favorite topics: choosing my values, dance ministry, creating the world I want to live in, shedding shame, fat validity, being a… Read More »

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attitude of gratitude

Hello, esteemed reader.  It’s been a lil bit since I gratitude journaled here.  But Ming and I have an attitude of gratitude–we gratitude journal together out loud every day, sometimes twice a day, often while we’re taking a walk. Here we go! fall I’m grateful for fall weather, being able to go outside whenever I… Read More »

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pain

I had a headache that lasted five days, off and on.  One afternoon I was lying in bed in the half-dark–I was in so much pain.  All I could do was hold my head and talk to myself.  “You’re ok, Laura-Marie.  I have faith in you.  I believe in you,” over and over, hundreds of… Read More »

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detox

Oh hey, I’m doing a detox, suffering from withdrawal from a part of my life I need to leave behind.  I need two weeks and I will feel better.  As for now, it’s time to feel like puking. This art I already partly showed you is here above my desk where I can look at… Read More »