Archive for July, 2007

The Contrast

I was struck by the contrast between C and S.  I went on the road trip with C and it was a blast because with both swing dancing addicts.  It was laid back, more concerned about comfort (and money) than about environmental concerns and health.  Then I went to visit S in VT and she is ALL about eating vegan and minimizing her environmental impact as much as possible.  I feel somewhere in the middle.  I used to be so upset by our society that I didn’t want to do anything in order to decrease my environmental impact, however, my life was miserable.  Now, I have dancing to look forward to and make me feel alive.  (I’m not only the president of the SDSDA, I’m also a client.  😉 )  I’ll drive for hours just to go dancing.  Sometimes I feel guilty, but more often than not, I’m so happy after that the gas ($ and emissions) and time are totally worth it.  Human contact is important.  I’m lucky to have found a hobby where I can maintain my integrity (no bars, bump n’ grinding or prostitution), enjoy great music and the different flavors of various dance partners, and laugh a good deal.  It’s my therapy.

I can appreciate we should do what we can to minimize our impact on the Earth, however, I’m also under the impression that the Earth can take care of herself and once we use up all the oil, the human race will be on to a new era of civilization and it will be a fascinating adventure.  Until then, I’m going to enjoy my swing dancing where ever I can get it!!

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Road Trip

So, we (C and I) were supposed to go to Chicago after visiting friends near Albany, NY, but we went to Virginia Beach instead because we got stood up by some boys. (angry face) However, we had a fabulous time, possibly BETTER than if we went to a big old city with a couple of boys. We danced 5 out of 6 nights and made friends in Albany, Virginia Beach, California and Canada!! Now, I’m pumped and motivated to learn more physics and math (thanks to J in NY), brush up on my history after Jamestown/Williamsburg visit, and learn French in order to converse more smoothly with my new friends from Quebec City. So much to do in the <2 weeks before rotations begin. I better get crackin’! 😛

Halleluuuuuuuujah!

I took my boards yesterday and what a relief.  Unfortunately, the joy is balanced by the grief of dropping my cat off this morning at my friend’s house where she will stay, possibly for the next 2 years.  😦  I was so distressed that I took the wrong direction on the highway, heading south, 30 minutes out of my way AND I had to go through the tolls…twice, costing me $3.50.  Sigh.  Life goes on.

PaintJam

WOW. I had to watch it twice!

“Reconnection” by Dr. Eric Pearl, DC

Dr. Pearl is a doctor of Chiropractics whose practice takes a turn for the weird when his patients start channeling strange voices and receiving miraculous healings.  Most of the book deals with Dr. Pearl’s experiences and trying to figure out what was going on.  It is a little strange, especially when they start talking about the Pleiadians and 12 strands of DNA, of which only 2 remain in most of us while some people have 3 strands.  Bizarre!

What I did like about Dr. Pearl is that he is open to new ideas and new concepts (that he might have 2 strands of DNA), but he remains skeptical.  He’s only trying to relate what he’s learned through his experiences, giving people the opportunity to believe or not believe.  The other thing I liked was in his attempt to understand what was going on, he happened across the “new age” groupies who told him about all the protections he needed and rituals in order to not take on someone else’s negative energy.  He realized these rituals and the fear they represented were actually interfering with the healing sessions.  His reasoning was that the healings came from love, so there was no need to protect yourself and by doing so, you projected fear on to the healing process thereby inhibiting it!  Quite astute!  There were many times I could relate what he was saying to the BioDynamics aspect of Osteopathy: observing and being observed, attention vs. intention, fear begets failure.

If you have access to this book for free, I would suggest reading it for fun, but I wouldn’t buy it!

Oh!  And if you’re at (or near) the University of Arizona, you should check out the Human Energy Systems Laboratory with Dr. Gary Schwartz, PhD and Dr. Linda Russek, PhD who are working with Dr. Pearl to help scientifically validate his ability to reconnect with higher frequencies of energy and facilitate healings.

“Wise Blood” by Flannery O’Connor

Other than the fact that I believe the author, Flannery O’Connor, was a well-respected novelist and I’ve heard she’s made significant contributions to literature (of which I am NO authority), I can’t say I enjoyed the book.   I consider myself very blue-collar and only moderately educated in regards to literature and its proper evaluation.

The book itself is about a post-war (WWI, I think) “hero” Hazel Motes who returns after 4 years to his home in Tennessee to find his home in ruins, no family and no faith.  He becomes a preacher in the nearest city, preaching the Church without Christ because he doesn’t believe in Christ.  He is a negative, mean man, presumably hardened by the war.  He has a memory of his childhood that reflects his tortured/soiled soul manifested by him physically torturing himself by walking with rocks in his shoes.  He repeats this physical torture in his adult life along with more stringent self-torturing activities.  Enoch (a side character) is somewhat psychotic and does things because they give him pleasure, are simple routine or they are something his “wise blood” tells him to do.  Enoch is hardly wise by any means.  He is down right crude and unpleasant for anyone he interacts with.

Maybe I had to be steeped more thoroughly in southern Christian traditions to fully comprehend this book.  It would be interesting to talk to my friend who recommended it to me and perhaps gain some clarity of meaning.