Another mythologizing animal sharing a spark of intellectual passion!
Saturday's wonderful events weren't over yet, although I initially thought they were since we'd finished the planned ones. As an aside: I love celebrations! I love the planning, the decorating, the parties, and the gift-giving, where you choose something you feel is perfect for a dear friend. I deeply enjoy celebrating birthdays and the turns [...]
I've never been in such a super-heated, sensuously rich feeling, thick- and heavy-aired place before; nor have I ever literally poured off sweat like this — and I've lived in Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida. At one point I have to keep wiping my face over and over every minute or so, for the amount of [...]
[Fair warning: many parts of the sweat lodge ceremony are a sensory blur of memory to me; I'm writing the mental images I recall, but their order and accuracy is not a given. Further, if there are any errors noted here in how a sweat lodge is run, they are assuredly mine. Also, once more: [...]
In the Mountain's Shadow Drum-making & sweat lodge were simply amazing! A side note: this is mostly about me because I'm trying to be very careful with privacy issues — which is also why I'm avoiding using names . However, the woman who ran the drum-making seminar has a public website, so I'm happy to [...]
October the fifth is my birthday, but since I love birthdays and parties with friends, I tend to celebrate for the entire month. I try to plan several fun things to do during for the month, both for myself and with friends. This last October, on the first weekend, I spent with my Women's Spirituality [...]
I'm back from Hidden in Plain Sight, the Rosicrucian Museum's lovely four-day conference on esotericism. Not only did I have a wonderfully mentally stimulating time, but I was thanked repeatedly for all my volunteer work during the con, which I'll freely confess was really nice to hear. Further, after the conference was over we were [...]
Some random notes I found of interest about Yingpan Man: the "boots" were almost just little sacks for the feet, and clearly not designed for walking. My guess were that they were ceremonial, intended just for the burial. Also those little curving items visible on the tops of the boots and up on the chest [...]
The Bowers Museum clearly has someone working for them who is both extremely persuasive, and very well-connected in China, in order to negotiate such an amazing collection for their exhibition. I consider their exhibition title, Secrets of the Silk Road, quite accurate. Keep in mind the Chinese allowed only a tiny handful of Western scientists [...]
I was going to write in a rather scholarly mode about my visit to the Tarim mummies, but I think all my "scholarly" has been temporarily burned out of me by my intensive month or so of thesis writing. I'll have to write about that too at some point — what a trip that was! [...]
Planning a trip down to the LA area this weekend for a potentially once-in-a-lifetime experience. Some of the astonishingly well-preserved Tarim mummies from China will be in a little Santa Ana museum, and considering I mentioned them in my thesis, I am definitely going to see them! To explain my comment about once-in-a-lifetime, I quote [...]
Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.
Help yourself & me too!