The Wood

In my backyard is a very small copse of woods. Many different types of trees grow there; oaks, maples, elders, willow, cherry, spruce, basswood and more. On each end, north and south are small orchards. A pathway encircles it that is wide enough in some parts for a small tractor to use and then that trickles down to a path just wide enough for a slender person and their large dog friend. ...more

Full Body Art-Making

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May I Have this Contra Dance?

In a time not so long ago, there were group folk dances that people went to, where you could go to have a great time dancing in synchrony with friends, family and strangers.  Dancing nowadays mostly consists of going to loud and dark clubs and “doing your own thing.”  While individual dancing is can be fun, the structure of a group dance puts you into a part of a whole, something that we’ve lost along the way....more

I think I felt dizzy the very first time I tried to swing, but the old ballet and ballroom dance ...more

Laughter, Tiara's Dance and Awards

The weekend is over.  It is Sunday evening and I'm quickly posting so I don't miss a day here.  It is nearly 10 pm, my bedtime and it has been a great weekend.  We spent the weekend at the cabin and Saturday was an evening with friends eating, drinking a lot of wine while watching the Miss America pageant, with our own special commentary.  Yes, you did read right, lots of wine.  I have to admit I drank a bottle, not really a good thing but I did accommodate it on my diet!  The watching a pageant show wasn't on the agenda but when the guys went outside to smoke ...more

Charting A New Path

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.  I realize just what a powerful statement that is now.  I will no longer be dragged down by the past or allow myself to wallow in its misery.  It is time for me to spread my wings and fly.  And I'm making my own path.  I'm going my own way.  The way I was destined to go.  I will look to those who inspire me and encourage me as guides to point me in the right direction and warn me of possible pitfalls.  But I will go alone.  From this day on, I will start and end each day with meaningful purpose....more

Get Your Sexy On

It's funny...in all my struggles with weight, body image and confidence, one thing has NEVER been a problem. I feel sexy. I'm not saying I am sexy or that I have a body that others would find sexy. Sexy is a feeling -- up there with happy, fulfilled, confident. Sexy is for YOU and for nobody else. ...more

I love this! You've inspired me to go find a dance class to get my groove on.more

Musicals: They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

Once in a while I get in a serious mood to watch my favorite musicals. There's something about that jolly, technicolor era that you don't find anymore. Some may find them old fashioned but they are actually great fun for any age. ...more

Permission to Take Up Space: Finding Beauty Through Dance

As I got older, my relationship with my body changed. I internalized the subtle message that as a woman I should quietly take up as little space as possible. These thoughts changed how I moved, and dance became a self-conscious, self-critical experience, which was a bigger reflection on how I lived life and viewed myself within it. ...more

Hola Claudia,
Thanks so much for the comments! I'm really happy to hear that in recent times, ...more

Just say NO!!

What are we doing with our kids today?  Everything is select ball, competitive dance, private lessons, etc.  Whatever happened to just playing ball?  Just dancing?  Sometimes I just want to go back to June and the Beav, I know things weren't really perfect but they sure looked easier!  Everyone wants their kid to be the best, to be the star.  It's human nature and quite frankly I believe that anyone who says otherwise is in complete denial.  Don't get me wrong, I'm right there with them.  I sink way to much money into competitive dance so that...more

Sex, Ballet, Body Image: Black Swan Puts Natalie Portman Center Stage

Black Swan, the new film starring Natalie Portman, is a fascinating character study of a tortured young ballerina struggling to figure out where she fits -- in the world and on the stage. The film is also a reminder of how when it comes to sex, society still puts women in one of only two categories: the Madonna or the whore. ...more

Oh yeah, she should start clearing off that spot on the mantel right now.

Megan

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