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Songs for the Siren featuring Sheila Kelley

August 12, 2013
Songs for the Siren featuring Sheila Kelley

Two actions altered the course of my adult life. First:  I baked peanut butter blossoms in November 1986. They’re the cookies with the Hersey’s kisses on top. This was the key that got me my first kiss from the man I married. We’ve been kissing for 27 years and I’ve learned incredible love lessons being married for more than half my life (Note to self:  finish parts 3-6 in this series soon!) Second:  I watched Sheila Kelley on Oprah exactly 17 years later. Something about Sheila’s child-like, wide-eyed enthusiasm the first time she demonstrated hip circles, hidden from the camera’s view, made me sense magic in them. In that moment, I knew a woman’s secret power must be tucked away like buried treasure in her hips. Sheila became one of my teachers. First  through her writing. Then in videos. Eventually live. In the beginning, I loved the warm up and sensual dancing but I hated pole tricks. The first time I ever had fun with the pole was letting go with a simple swing walk in pole class with Sheila. Playing with Sheila live is a life-changing gift that builds sisterhood between all who attend. Sheila and I stay connected on

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Dissecting the Structure of Goddess Blooming to Show You How to Write Your Story

July 31, 2013
Dissecting the Structure of Goddess Blooming to Show You How to Write Your Story

Story Structure When writing stories, it’s important to use strong story structure. In the excellent article, Writing the Personal Essay, Adair Lara discusses the skeleton that supports all good stories. Most essays, short stories, novels and memories that we read are held together by this structure. So are most plays, movies and even musicals. This structure includes: Character Problem Struggle Epiphany Resolution The main character in a personal essay is the author. You are the main character in your essays. Convey what makes you unique. Why does the reader care about you, relate to you and want to get to know you by reading your story? What is your problem? Typically you want something that you don’t have and can’t just fire up the computer and order online. This is where the tension originates. It’s what engages the reader. The struggle is what the character (i.e. you) does to solve the problem. The actions taken. Usually there are a series of actions and obstacles. This maintains the tension. An epiphany is a moment of insight, often triggered by an experience. It often changes you because it shifts your perspective about yourself and your relationship to someone, something or the wider

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Songs for the Siren 2nd Annual 30-Day Spine Circle Challenge

July 29, 2013
Songs for the Siren 2nd Annual 30-Day Spine Circle Challenge

Last August, doing inverted spine circles to Draw Your Swords by Angus and Julia Stone instigated a 30 Day Inverted Spine Circle Challenge to Celebrate Women’s Equality Month. Inverted Spine Circle Songs from 2012 30-Day Challenge Draw Your Swords by Angus & Julia Stone Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley I Love You by Sarah McLachlan Kothbiro by Ayub Ogada My Love by Sia Beautiful Child by Fleetwood Mac The Air That I Breathe by k.d. lang Landslide by Dixie Chicks Be My Baby by Leslie Mendelson Intension by Tool Giorno Dopo Giorno by Kelly Sweet Orange Sky by Alexi Murdoch When We Dance by Sting Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by George Michael & Elton John Nights In White Satin by Tina Arena Woman by Tina Arena Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Glee Cast Blue Moon Revisited (Song For Elvis) by Cowboy Junkies Blue Moon by Elvis Presley Paris, Texas by Gotan Project Tides Of The Moon by Elysian Fields When You Say Nothing At All by Alison Krauss & Union Station Rubber Head by Cliff Martinez My Angel Rocks Back and Forth by Four Tet Waiting by George Michael The Lost Frontier by Tina

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Songs for the Siren featuring Drumming

July 22, 2013
Songs for the Siren featuring Drumming

Power of Drumming to Ignite Feminine Fire Drumming connects me with my body, nature, the earth and my own internal fire. It ignites me. I’m immersed in writing and reading about feminine fire, primordial fire and Pele’s mythology for Stoke Your Fire! After including the following quote by Layne Redmond, which captures the magical igniting I feel when I dance to songs featuring incredible drumming, I learned Layne is dying. …connecting to the primordial feminine energy I felt when I drummed…. As I entrained with the beat of the drum–as I became the pulse itself–I felt that I was letting the force of gravity draw my essence down, down through the layers of the earth to the fire at her center. As I connected to the fire of the earth, I could feel that energy radiating up through my body and out through the sound of my drum–as if I were a radio transmitter. – Layne Redmond Synchronicity Though I’ve never met Layne Redmond, she’s been a mentor to me through her book. By helping me understand the reasons, the how and the magic of drumming’s impact.  It syncs up the left and right sides of our brains. Not only do

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Happy Call of the Siren Day! (aka Sentiments Day)

July 20, 2013
Happy Call of the Siren Day! (aka Sentiments Day)

Stoke Your Fire! Suffrage is often called the ‘first wave’ of feminism. Its beginnings often traced to the first women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY in July 1848 where many attendees signed the Declaration of Sentiments, which “held that men and woman are created equal.” If you look more closely, the Seneca conference was about much more than suffrage and even political rights. I’m thrilled to see the Declaration of Sentiments discussed in The Huffington Post. The declaration was also about empowering women. And what the framers of the Declaration knew was that real freedom for women would and could only come when a culture had been created that was as psychologically empowering as it was politically egalitarian. ~ Hugo Schwyzer Call of the Siren Day (aka Sentiments Day) I’d like to see the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Sentiments as a national holiday on par with the one we just celebrated for that other more famous Declaration. My vision for July 20th is a day to celebrate and honor all that our culture traditionally thinks of as feminine, and therefore undervalues, such as sentiment, emotion, beingness, intuition, nature, cooperation and connection. I declare July

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