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Faded jack-o-lantern,
darkened eyes obscured.
Lavish blooming trees,
branches sway,
picking up tempo.
Jiggin’ 'n' jivin'.
Jaunty flaunt of Spring.
Look at us flounce our skirts,
roll our hips,
licking our lips
ready to rollick, unkink,
uncork pleasure’s blaze.
Let the goodtimes roll
down fresh verdant hillside,
winter's sorrows
spilling out like seed.
Cleansed free.
Elegant foolery open to bountiful showers.
Flagrant flowers, emergent liberation.
Layered legend long ripens, tangled,
mired below in 
torpid traipse through dust and gloom.
Swept into light as destiny,
revealed by labor of cultivation,
excavated, bestowed honoured place
in ritual chorus.
‘round hallow table, exultant vibration.
Energies blend, fuse.
Recombinant winds call timeless tunes.
Rhythmic movements re- and un- engage,
ever changing, 
never wholly new.
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Dance has always been my refuge and my passion– since I was a young child refusing to take formal lessons, to my obsessive studies of Argentine tango, to my clinical work as a dance/movement therapist.

Although performing for my mom in our living room was rewarding, I finally decided to buckle down and begin formal training in jazz and modern so I could be in the spirited and beloved Schenley High School musicals. The magic of performing and choreographing in the musicals was a defining moment on my path.

I also continued to explore unstructured movement, beginning to develop a deep relationship with my own creative expression. Experimenting with street dancing to rave music was my first taste of ecstatic dance.

During my college years at Carnegie Mellon I turned my focus towards a career in the visual arts– choreographing instead with color and space. I still continued to perform and choreograph original pieces through a student dance organization.

For some years after college I danced very little and had no other movement practices in place. During this time my health was very poor and I was manifesting all sorts of physical symptoms. I didn’t understand the mind/body/spirit connection at that point but out of necessity I began my journey into self healing. In order to find some relief for my physical symptoms I turned to educating myself about nutrition. I started cleaning up my diet and exploring food allergies. I saw great improvement but I was still not well.

I started digging deeper and this led me into understanding how psychological states manifest as physical symptoms in the body. I worked hard to let myself grieve, patch up family relationships, and start exploring my passions. My pelvic pain disappeared after I healed some emotional wounds, but my food allergies lingered. Digging deeper into exploring my desires resulted into my moving to Chicago, and reclaiming myself as a dancer. As I entered the rich world of dance in Chicago, I mourned the amount of time I spent away from this deep passion of mine, and in essence, the amount of time I spent away from my SELF.

However, I needed this experience to understand how vital it is to have a movement and self-reflective practice. I needed to learn that being removed from my body, emotions, and spirit was a sure path to disease. That if you don’t listen to the subtle whispers of your soul, body, and universe, they will find a more drastic way to get your attention.

In Chicago I trained in and taught NIA (Nueromuscular Integrative Action), trained in modern technique, yoga, pilates, American tribal bellydance, contact improv, Authentic Movement, qi gong, and eventually found myself in a deep love affair with the Argentine tango.

My enthusiasm for the mind & body connection led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling. I worked clinically with refugees, adults with mental illness and substance abuse, adults with traumatic brain injuries, and adults with autism and cerebral palsy.

I wrote my thesis on the existential experience of relationship in the Argentine tango, and went to Buenos Aires for a month to train intensively. I also studied a method of practicing Tango Therapy while I was there.

All the while, the more I experienced the body, the deeper I was taken into the spirit. Traditional dance/movement therapy is focused on the connection of the mind and the body, but I was becoming increasingly interested in the body/spirit connection. This has currently led me towards a strong emphasis on the healing arts: meditation, intuition development, and energy healing.

My passion lies in helping “sensitive souls” become empowered through body-spirit integration, mindfulness techniques, and connection to the body’s wisdom.When I’m not in session, I can be found performing, teaching and dancing, cuddling with my cats, being silly, connecting with nature, making designs, meditating, studying metaphysics, and dreaming big.
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Award-winning journalist Matt Taibbi is out with an explosive new book, "The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap." Watch his extended interview on Democracy Now! today. 

"It is much more grotesque to consider the non-enforcement of white-collar criminals when you do consider how incredibly aggressive law enforcement is with regard to everybody else," Taibbi says.

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I had been waiting and hoping for a person like this to arrive.  A smart and scientific conservative with deep, heartland values, who can communicate with Red Americans that their Christianity and conservatism do not have to automatically align with anti-science stupidity.   I figure millions are ready for the message -- that you can pick and choose, and maybe escape the simplistic narrative being crammed down their throats by hate-media.  That was the hope! An lo -- here is Dr. Katharine Hayhoe…

…an evangelical Christian, married to a pastor, living in conservative West Texas, and widely regarded as a top-notch climate scientist, actively engaged in weaning heartland folks off of anti-science dogmatism.  

Liberals, too, should study this person and shuck their own preconceptions.
An evangelical Christian, married to a pastor, living in conservative west Texas, and widely regarded as a top-notch climate scientist, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is a rare breed on paper -- in person, she's even rarer.
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