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Still Posted at My Desk

posted by acunningham

“Take off from here. And don’t be so earnest, let others wear the sackcloth and the ashes. Let go, let fly, forget. You’ve listened long enough. Now strike your note.” From “Station Island,” by Seamus Heaney

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Don’t Pierce Your Belly Button

posted by acunningham

I caught the following conversation between two pretty women in the ladies’ room of a Manhattan restaurant. One of the women was pregnant. And she said, “So my acupuncturist made me take the ring out of my belly button.” “Really?” […]

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You CAN Give a Loving Wedding Toast!

posted by Chattering Mind

Well, it is that time of year again when you go to a wedding and come home chattering over how painful some of the wedding toasts were. The warm, loving wedding toast seems to have fallen by the wayside in […]

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Has Al Called Jenny Yet?

posted by Chattering Mind

It bothers me that Al Gore is holding onto the weight he’s gained. Not because I’m anti-fat. Not because I want him to run again. But because I’ve always believed that his weight gain was due to the personal trauma […]

A Penis For Your Crops?

posted by Chattering Mind

I once wrote an article for “The Washington Post” about the dreams people have about Washington D.C. Turns out lots of people have dreams that involve the Washington Monument. When I queried a Jungian analyst on this, we both agreed […]

Scalp Care for Every Warrior Monk

posted by Chattering Mind

It’s hard not to notice that a lot of guys are assuming the Ken Wilber/Moby/Andre Agassi look not because they’re losing their hair anyway, but because it’s now cool to be “bold” (the new word for bald). Here’s an article […]

Chi Is Good

posted by Chattering Mind

I am sitting in the pristine examining room of Dr. O. Alton Barron, Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Attending Physician, CV Starr Hand Surgery Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. As luck would […]

Why Do Those Royals Love Homeopathy?

posted by Chattering Mind

Here’s an especially delightful paper on the roots of the British Royal Family’s allegiance to homeopathy, the style of healthcare management that involves ingesting tiny pellets of greatly dilluted medicinal substances. Thanks to CM reader Lisa, who reminded me of […]

How to Send Love in a Letter

posted by Chattering Mind

Want a little inspiration to fuel your Valentine’s Day ardor? Check out this website of historic love letters by famous composers, politicians, writers, poets, and others. Some samples: From Abigail Adams to John Adams, December, 1782: I look back to […]

Do You Know Your Religious Family Tree?

posted by Chattering Mind

You may know that your Grandpa Frank hailed from Missouri, or that your Great Aunt Angie cooked Italian, but do you know your religious genealogy? Have you researched the religious beliefs and development of your forebears? I’d love to get […]

Bridging the Generation Gap

posted by Chattering Mind

“Who is the audience for this thing?” my 91-year-old father asked, clearly perplexed. I had my laptop out, and I was kneeling beside him, scrolling through my weblog, stopping at items I’d written that he might like. He awkwardly leaned […]

How to Feng Shui a Purse–My Own Amusing Method

posted by Chattering Mind

The time has come to face the facts. I cannot live with my purse any longer, in its current chaotic state. Only the powers of the Asian art of Feng Shui alignment can help. If your handbag is insanely disorganized […]

Building a Better Miso

posted by Chattering Mind

Ever wonder why the miso made from store-bought miso paste isn’t as good as the miso you’re served in Japanese restaurants? Not long ago, I asked the man behind the counter of our local sushi carryout about this, and he […]

The Weights We Bear in Life

posted by Chattering Mind

The other afternoon, I was walking in Manhattan and the large handbag I carry everywhere suddenly felt incredibly heavy. Oh God, what was in there anyway? I’d been out all day. So I opened my bag and peered in. Aooohhh… […]

My Favorite Yoga Story

posted by Chattering Mind

So I showed up on time for my yoga class, feeling down in the mouth and fat. Class began and I moved through the sun salutations, focused on my unattractiveness. Too heavy. Too old. Oh woe, woe, woe. It’s amazing […]

Ted Haggard’s Shadow Reveals Itself?

posted by Chattering Mind

We don’t really know yet which charges against Ted Haggard are true or false, but it’s impossible to watch the unfolding of the evangelical pastor’s alleged gay sex scandal without thinking of Carl Jung’s writings on “shadow”–the least acknowledged or […]

How to Sign Spiritual Correspondence

posted by Chattering Mind

“Sincerely yours,” wasn’t working. So I started to end my emails to everybody with a “Best.” But then “Best” began to align itself with “Cheers,” which feels like a perfunctory kiss-off. So I shifted to “Fondly.” I never flirted with […]

How to Spiritually Upgrade Your Closet or Basement, Part III

posted by chattering mind

I’ve written two semi-humorous posts on basement and closet de-cluttering in the last week. Some of you took my tone seriously, others knew I was kidding somewhat. A lot has been written on this subject. And yet, many of our […]

How to Spiritually Upgrade Your Closet or Basement, Part II

posted by chattering mind

Well, I hope playing rock music met the negative chi of your messy closet or basement head-on ! Today, we’re going to be more assertive with these disaster areas, but we’ll fall just short of disassembling them. This is gentle […]

How to Spiritually Upgrade Your Closet or Basement, Part I

posted by chattering mind

Everyone has a problem area of their home where unused belongings fester for years. This can be tough since often we could really use that space for our trance-dancing, healing work, sauerkraut crocks, or singing bowls. So, let’s get rid […]

Pillow Talk

posted by chattering mind

“Sweetheart,” I said last night while sitting in the dark on the edge of my son’s bed. “When I come in here to wake you in the morning, I notice that you’re all scrunched up in a little ball, like […]

People-watching With Maya Angelou

posted by chattering mind

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” –Maya Angelou Photo by Louise

A Search for Lip Balm–or Something More?

posted by chattering mind

My lips have been chapped for a couple of days, and I’ve been feeling too busy to do anything about it. I tried tiny fingertip doses of cocoa butter and moisturizing cream, but nope, nothing but lip balm will do […]

House Blessings

posted by chattering mind

I like the old-fashioned idea of hanging a framed prayer or poem near a home’s entrance to bless the house, so I was happy to find this hand-written blessing that’s probably sixty years old at a Brooklyn flea market this […]

My Favorite Children’s Book on Spring

posted by chattering mind

This year marks the 100th birthday of my favorite children’s book on Spring. Actually, “The Story of the Root-Children” is my favorite young children’s book of all time (much as I also love Margaret Wise Brown’s “Goodnight Moon”). I think […]

The Upwardly-Mobile Pomegranate

posted by chattering mind

The trendy, high-in-antioxidants pomegranate (read all about it in The Bible and Qu’ran!) now occupies a place of status alongside the reliable lemon, lime, and cherry. Polar Beverages is peddling a nice pomegranate-flavored seltzer. I saw it in the grocery […]

I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can!

posted by chattering mind

Last week, British actress and dancer Moira Shearer died at age 80. Although her most famous film may still be analyzed in college women’s studies classes, many of you young pups may not know it, which is why I want […]

Meditate with Your Dog

posted by chattering mind

This afternoon, I tried to meditate with our fluffy black cockapoo Chester according to the instructions given in James Jacobson and Kristine Chandler Madera’s book ‘How to Meditate with Your Dog.‘ I started by playing meditative flute music on the […]

Look Mama, My Doll Breast-Feeds Her Baby Too!

posted by chattering mind

What a great way to quietly inculcate in a growing girl the idea that she too may one day nurse her own baby. And you shouldn’t have to seek privacy by throwing an old nursing blanket over it! This doll […]

A Spiritual Look at Fitness

posted by chattering mind

If you are fatigued by those “Seven Days to Better Abs” articles (too often advanced by women’s magazines with chocolate cake photos on their covers), this month’s Vegetarian Times features an article by Shelley Levitt that will assist you in […]

For the Love of a Chiming Clock

posted by chattering mind

As the new year opens to winter’s blossom, I find myself wistfully thinking about time. And this morning, as I entered our house after shopping, I heard our old chiming clock mark the hour. It was running slow, so I […]

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Eighteen years ago, I wrote an article for a magazine that got me called in for a taped interview with a Fox TV morning news anchor. Being an effective communicator and a skillful public speaker was a dream of mine at the time. And still is. After some 30 minutes of prep with the station's hair-and-

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Websites to Visit, Blogs to Read
Here are some blogs and websites I like. It's not a complete list. But it's a start. The first is called New Moon Journal and it is written by Michele Bailey-Lessirard, a life coach, collage artist, and "shamanic astrologer." On the opening page of her site, you'll find a little slide show of her am

posted 1:24:03pm Jul. 27, 2007 | read full post »

Still Posted at My Desk
"Take off from here. And don't be so earnest, let others wear the sackcloth and the ashes. Let go, let fly, forget. You've listened long enough. Now strike your note." From "Station Island," by Seamus Heaney

posted 1:13:33pm Jul. 27, 2007 | read full post »

And Finally, This:
Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the Universe who accomplishes everything. Remain all the time steadfast in the heart, in the Transcendental Absolute. God knows the past, present and future. He will determine the future for you and accomplish the work. What is to be done will be done at

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