Monthly Archives: January 2013

Intensive Training

My Aikido dojo is holding an intensive training seminar called a Gasshuku. Intensive means all day and without much time for breaks. 7 am to 5 pm–1/2 hour for breakfast and 1/2 hour for lunch. Small little breaks in between … Continue reading

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The First Concert

By the time I was 23 I’d been to dozens of concerts and seen most of my favorite bands (some of them multiple times) But one’s first concert is special, and mine was…Ronnie James Dio. I was 15. Dio came … Continue reading

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Joy in Training

“Always practice the Art of Peace in a vibrant and joyful manner.” ~Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Also known as O’Sensei (Great Teacher). One of the aspects of Aikido that I love is the joy expressed in our training. … Continue reading

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The Shapeshifter

There are many archetypes in literature, from the Hero to the Shadow, but the one I enjoy the most in the Shapeshifter. The Shapeshifter’s job is to confuse the Hero. Think of a character of whom the Hero is uncertain … Continue reading

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Mom Super Power #37

Mom Super Power: the ability to read out loud and doze at the same time. If you are a Mom (or maybe a Dad), you’ve probably experienced this phenomenon. You lay down with your wee one in the bed for … Continue reading

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Fun Friday–The Power Ballad

**Just for Fun Friday! Today’s post is not meant to be serious or inspiring or enlightening.** I am not one for the power ballad. They are typically too sticky sweet, too sentimental. I’m not a sentimental kind of girl…never have … Continue reading

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Intellectualizing on the Aikido Mat

“As soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. As soon as you intellectualize something, it is no longer what you saw.” ~ Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905-1971). In my Aikido practice I experience this regularly both in my … Continue reading

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My First Post

I’ve been intending to start a blog for a couple of years. Yes, years. I kept putting it off because I didn’t know if I really wanted my thoughts and writings to be “out there” for everyone to read. What … Continue reading

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