Dear friends, how good loquacious Cynthia have fallen silent for five months? Well, first it was the end of my fall 2015 travels; then it was endometrial cancer and a total hysterectomy in December, cancelling my planned trip to India; then it was a move to Santa Fe, New Mexico six weeks after surgery! I’ve been busy. And somehow the cancer experience turned me inward. But … Continue reading How to Revive a Blog after Five Months of Silence!
Don’t go away, dear readers. I’ll be spending the next month preparing for three months in India and my projects there. What do they consist of? I”m going to: research and hang out with Indian policewomen, women who are survivors of violence, and feminists to find out whether Tamilnadu’s efforts to help women by staffing all-female police units is working. This information will help me … Continue reading oh my god- I leave for India in a month!
Well, the approximate totals are in, in order of high to low costs: purchases (groceries, vitamins, a new GPS, toilet articles, books, gifts, entertainment etc.) $1450 gasoline $922 camping fees $489 eating out $175 Total: $3036 So my gas-guzzler van consumed 30%, camping fees 16%, eating out was a minimal cost, and my biggest cost was groceries and shopping at a whopping 48%. I … Continue reading How much did my 4,000 mile, 3 week camping journey cost?
I love making collages- how about you? I’ve started collaging on random pages in my big journal so that as I write I encounter collages I have made that cause me to think, ponder, reflect- what the images might mean. It’s always interesting to see how the intuitive mind picks up images that the rational mind doesn’t really understand and puts them together- upon later … Continue reading Collages for Spiritual Reflection
The last two days I’ve been exploring Lower Klamath Lake and Tule Lake Wildlife refuges. Oh my god! Not only is it a beautiful area in the gentle embrace of Mt Shasta to the southwest, but the birding is amazing, and there are tons of other interesting ways to explore. I’ll be back, baby, with a group of happy birders in tow, probably next spring. … Continue reading Must Return to Lower Klamath Lake Wildlife Refuge!
I was happy to finally see and experience Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the West Coast home of Vippassana Meditation, with many well known teachers coming and going: folks like Jack Kornfield, well known teacher and author, and Joseph Goldstein and many others. Also wanted to attend this LGBT event to have that experience as well. But. It was too much like a Bay Area rich … Continue reading Following my Breath at Spirit Rock
I’ve been on a blogging hiatus since leaving Ruth Denison’s meditation retreat in the desert of Southern California- why? Also didn’t blog between Santa Fe and Dhamma Dena either. Pourquoi? First, visiting an all lesbian encampment/village near Phoenix Az seemed private as the winter community of 300+ women seems to want to maintain a low profile. Perhaps because they do not invite men to live … Continue reading Where Has all the Blogging Gone?