Sexy Hippy

September 12, 2012, 2:05 pm
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[insert comment about my somehow unique experience in the same hurricane experienced by the rest of the region here]


“i’m starting with the girl in the mirror
August 29, 2012, 5:20 pm
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… and i’m asking her to change her ways” (yes, that’s right, bringing the MJ today — repetitive electronic drum beats, over the top, girly back-up chorals and all)

the machine that destroys requires many well oiled cogs. greed is the oil and we can each have a look in the mirror to see a real-life cog. depressing but true.

i’ve been looking in the mirror a lot, and not liking the cog that i see looking back.  i can make excuses — so many excuses — and to a certain extent they would be valid.  working full-time and parenting the rest of the time, i can say that ‘convenience’ products and services become key to sanity.  or at least it sure feels that way.

but excuses are lame, hey?  they do not make the consequences of actions any less real.  they do not disappear landfills, un-acidify oceans, bring back mountain tops or stop suffering.  nope, i wish excuses did all those things, because then i could feel fine about carrying on with disposable diapers, driving, canned beans, driving, mall shopping and driving, driving, driving.  but with every pop of the garbage can lid, slam of the car door and trip to the grocery store, i know i am part of the problem.  yup, excuses are lame.

so, with each glance in the mirror, i want to curtail the vanity that brought me there and instead take a close look at who is looking back.  there is so much to be done to quash the destroying beast that is our rampant consumerism and i want to ask how else i can stop being part of the problem and start being part of solutions.  and eventually, instead of seeing a cog, i hope to see a person there who is fully living, fully alive and fully aware.









ready or not, here i am
August 22, 2012, 6:23 pm
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it’s been a long time since i posted here.  but yesterday i looked around myself, on a family road trip with my amazing husband(!!) and our gorgeous, sweet sleeping baby in the backseat. and i marvelled at how my visions can become reality.  only a few years ago, i envisioned this exactly this scene, and here it was all around me.  this road trip follows on the heels of our wedding (11 days ago), where we were married in our dream ceremony, that we carefully built over the past 8 months:

  • the weather cooperated for our backyard nuptials (which is amazing enough in itself for Newfoundland)
  • we walked down the aisle to a rendition of Attaboy by Yo Yo Ma and co., played by our musician friends
  • our brilliant and charismatic friend married us in a touching and personalized ceremony
  • stunning pictures taken by our very talented photographer friends captured the moments
  • and we enjoyed delicious cupcakes afterward that were made by our friends and family who went out on a limb to try their hands at vegan baking.  Wow, we are still reeling from the whole day.  

today i am trying to hold onto this feeling and concentrate on the power of vision — making dreams into plans and then building from those plans.  and I decided that doing some writing around visions, plans and progress might be helpful in getting/keeping me on track.  so here i am, ready or not.   

December 23, 2007, 4:02 pm
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i have 3 goals for this christmas. 

1 – working 3 jobs, i don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands so i don’t want to spend hours standing in line ups for gifts.  nor do i want to spend my free time hanging lights and decoarating.   

2 – i am trying to avoid buying things made in china.   a news story broke about 2 montha ago about the discovery of a ‘kiln’ where people (including many children) were being kept as slave labourers — kidnapped, beaten, starved and severely malnourished.  since then  i have been trying to reduce my consumption of products made in china (and india, as conditions there are not much better, if any).   

3 – despite holding 3 jobs, i do not hold many assests available for liquidation, i.e. i’m po.  (merry christmas, royal bank.  i’m sure you and yours are eating well this holiday season.)  so the gifts i buy have to be affordable.  

as i proceed with my last minute preparations i keep these goals, and i have some time-tested techniques for meeting them.  i encourage anyone who is still preparing to try these ideas out — i find they make for a more relaxed, enjoyable and heartfelt christmas:     

home-made gifts — you don’t have to be super-crafty to make gifts.  if you are not a painter of knitter, you can still purchase kits that provide you with materials and give you step-by-step directions.  my favourite gifts are those that incorporate photos… they can be scrapbooked, put on mugs or t-shirts, or just printed and set in a nice frame… and voila, personal, affordable and easy presents. 

hand-made gifts —  many people ‘prepare’ for christmas by pacing through the mall or zipping from store to store in an industrial park, standing in long lines, arguing over who-picked-it-up-first and risking life and limb in congested parking lots.  (and the products purchased at these stores are almost entirely made in china or india.)  i prefer to head downtown and browse the shops of local artisans, giftshops and services.  in st. john’s there are many shops like these.  there is environmentally-friendly clothing with prints by local artists (living planet), paintings galore, and lots of crafts. 

entertainment gifts — tickets for theatre productions, concerts, massages, spa days, sports events, meals.  all great gifts. 

happy holidays.  i hope everyone enjoys time with friends and family, with nice meals and music.  and some wine.