Love & Joy

Lisa Loves… Lisa Hates… Lisa Always…

March 14, 2014
Lisa Loves… Lisa Hates… Lisa Always…

When I took my first storytelling workshop, my writing teacher gave our class a simple and extremely useful character development exercise. I’d never thought of myself as a character, but the structure of narratives are the same whether they are truth or fiction. Our Assignment:  What does your character love? Hate? Always do. Be sure to say why. Bonus points for stuff that get her into trouble or show her getting in her own way. Lisa loves 1. To learn because she was born that way.  She loves to read non-ficiton because she learns from it.  She is curious. Like George, that infamous monkey. 2. Brian (aka husband) because he makes her laugh, is more generous than Santa Claus, loves her, calls her precious and still makes her feel that way after 25 years of marriage. 3. Champagne because it has bubbles, tastes yummy, is refreshing and goes with anything, is luxurious and celebratory. 4. Fruit especially blueberries, black raspberries, the strawberries like she had growing up, peaches, because they are sweet and bursting with flavor & it’s good for her. (Her real favorites are in seasons produce so today her favorites are Winter Kale and oranges.) 5. Music because

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What is Sexy? Rant transforms into an “I’m Too Sexy” Romp

February 18, 2014
What is Sexy? Rant transforms into an “I’m Too Sexy” Romp

Beaming them with the most infectious and sexiest curve ever—a smile ~ LC Ho . Bliss on Baker Beach Despite the ‘no show’ glow from the rising sun and setting moon Saturday’s dance session was full of magic moments. One of the highlights was Radiate by Jack Johnson filling my toes with the tickle of champagne bubbles. I tugged off my socks, then ambled toward SF Bay, leaving trailing tracks in the sand. At the water’s edge, the waves and I played a toe tapping game. And I radiated my joy. Take a peek For those who’s hunt for music is as insatiable as mine, here’s the entire Gold + Infinite = Fun playlist on Spotify. Back home after showering, I dressed in a leopard pencil skirt and teal curve-hugging top because I felt too hot and sexy to wear puttering-around-the-house t-shirt and pants. . I Stumbled into Seriousness + Stayed Too Long Friday’s Valentine’s Day post calling for women-only dance as a way to heal our culture upset several fellow pole dance bloggers, in part, because they believed it implied that men alone are to blame for violence against women. That wasn’t my intention. I actually believe women-only dance is

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Make 2014 the Year You Set Resolutions AND Intentions

January 9, 2014
Make 2014 the Year You Set Resolutions AND Intentions

Do You Hate Resolutions? Resolutions have gotten a bad rap. Even from me. Several years ago I switched to intentions. My problem with resolutions stemmed from the number of them I’d list, fear of triggering old perfectionist tendencies and the time of year—it is the end of winter. But this year a couple resolutions snuck in even before I set my intention. First, 2014 became ‘the year of entertaining’ after my husband and I hosted a small, spontaneous champagne cocktail party on Christmas Eve. And then decided to host another on January 4. There are more parties and gatherings to come. Then under the crescent moon on January 3, I committed to a Year of Daily Dance (more on this soon, it needs its own post). I tried to categorize them as intentions, but they refused to accept that designation because they are, in fact, resolutions. As is the one about finishing the memoir I’ve been working on (and off) for several years. Why are these resolutions? Because they are decisions. Backed by determination. And there is incredible power in decision. Because once a decision is made, action follows. It can be like flipping switch When I get stuck, it’s

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Songs for the Siren with my man

June 10, 2013
Songs for the Siren with my man

My husband hasn’t had as many lap dances as you might think. He’s had some. And frequently witnesses spontaneous mini-dances around the house when music makes me move. Pondering a just-for-him, dressed-to-seduce pole/lap dance as a 24th anniversary gift (it’s today), I was stumped for a song. How is that possible, you ask? It’s not, if I pick music I adore. Any one of the 25 on my sensual & passionate siren song list will make me happy. And he’d enjoy it too. But that would be a present (something I want him to have) rather than a gift (something he wants to receive). The dilemma? He doesn’t enjoy many of my siren songs. Instead of surprising him with a song I thought he might like, I asked him what he’d choose. I figured it would be sultry jazz like Norah Jones, Melody Gardot. Maybe Harry Connick. I was wrong. . Hubby’s Picks 1. Hot for Teacher by Van Halen. Really!?! We don’t even own this one!?! 2. I Touch Myself by the Divinyls. This makes more sense. Years ago he suggested it as a song for me for class. (I prefer P!nk’s cover.) I wanted more ideas. I threw

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Best Writing Book. Ever.

January 4, 2013
Best Writing Book. Ever.

Today’s giveaway item is Naked, Drunk and Writing by Adair Lara. Best book on writing I’ve ever read (and since 1992 I’ve read several per year). Why? It’s a catalyst for writing consistently. If you want to write essays or memoir it also provides the details you need to know about structure (think of it as the skeleton of article or book). An outline of questions that makes it (almost) effortless to know the heart and soul of your tale. Lara illustrates her points with sample writing from her students. She teaches about craft (the quality that makes writing come alive and hold a reader’s interest). You’ll learn fine writing. Like a fine wine, quality writing has character and personality. Yours. Illustrated with well chosen, specific details. Most importantly, she shares insights from personal experience that help writers sit butt in chair and write. She anticipates excuses because she’s been there. And has heard them all from her students. I bought an earlier self-published version of this book at Book Passage (a favorite Bay Area Bookstore) the day after I discovered an ending to a book I’d been contemplating for months. Weeks later I was in Adair’s memoir workshop beginning that book.

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