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Monday, March 30, 2009

lunar culpability

(from the Tom Robbins discussion group)

"The moon can't help it. It's only an object. The moon doesn't mean to set
things sloshing--in every ocean's basin, in every female's uterus, in every
poet's jar of ink, in every madman's drool.

`It's only a paper moon/Sailing over a cardboard sea.' The moon can't help
it if the best toys are made of paper. And the best metaphors made of cheese.

They say that lost objects end up on the moon. Is a siren responsible for a
sailor's taste in song?

The moon can't help it. It's only a fat dumb object, the pumpkin of the
sky. The moon's a mess, to tell the truth. A burnt-out cinder the color of
dishwater; a stale gray cookie covered with scars. Every loose rock in our
solar system has taken a punch at it. It's been stoned, scorched, golf-clubbed,
and inflicted with boils. If lovers have chosen this brutalized derelict, this
tortured dustball, this pitted and pimpled parcel of wasteland as the repository
of their dreams, the moon can't help it.

Solar enthusiasts are fond of pointing out that the moon merely reflects the
light of the sun. Yes, the moon is a mirror. It can't help it. The moon is
the original mirror, the first to refuse to distort CHOICE. Objects can't
think. They employ other methods. But we human beings use objects to think
with. And when it comes to the moon, you are free to think as you choose."

Still Life With Woodpecker

check earlier post B is for Beer - Tom Robbins will be in Denver very soon!

possibility for creative output

I've been thinking a lot about pain lately. Pain is something we try to do away with and try to avoid, yet is an unavoidable part of life. In fact, often times we grow mentally, spiritually or creatively after periods of great pain.

As a sufferer of migraines and all-around rather wimpy female (even though I like to talk tough) I deal a lot with trying to minimize physical pain and how to prevent it. My solution to overwhelming pain is to sleep it off, and I generally deal with physical and emotional pain the same way. I hate sleeping through entire days or sometimes even weekends -- and lately I've missed plans with dear friends and family. This is nothing new for me, but I think the bi-polar weather in Denver is to blame for recent difficulties. I'm hoping that after this winter, my body will be a little better acclimated to actual weather.

I had a discussion with my AZ soul sisters the last time I was there about the relationship between pain and art. My singer/song-writer friend Ann has been in a really happy, loving relationship the past year and has hardly written any songs she says. She admits some of her best songs came from her darkest and most painful times.

Look at Van Gogh and some of the world's favorite artists... these were NOT happy people. With intense pain and emotion springs the possibility for something really creatively exciting. And there are whole genres of music devoted to pain... the Blues, songs about that low-down man (that I love to sing even though they don't apply to me).

But what about quality of life? I struggle with depression and have a parent and many friends that do as well. There have been times that I'm so immobilized by depression that I simply can't (or won't) get out of bed. Perhaps we can accept depression as a part of life if we can still be somewhat functional in our lives. Functionally depressed? If Van Gogh had been put on depression meds, would he have produced the wild and untamed style I love in his work right before his death? Somehow I doubt it.

I watched Cadillac Records over the weekend about the label that produced Muddy Waters, Etta James, Chuck Berry, etc., and I'm always struck by the amount of pain that seems to be attracted to the most famous musicians. Do they attract it? Produce drama? I know many people who are true drama magnets. Or are they more powerful and famous because of the pain in their lives that produced powerful art?

I don't think you can dispute the fact that if you've had some serious pain or trauma in your life, there exists then the possibility to transform it into some very creative and interesting endeavor. If you're a dancer you dance what you feel, or singer sings their pain and we can all relate and share the emotive release...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I don't recall having seen this site before, and needed to add it to Ava's list of links since she's this month's featured dancer.

Looking through I thought it was all selling merchandise (that's most of it) but there are a lot of great articles too, such as:

In Search of a Better Belly By Jasmin Jahal

I took a workshop with Jasmin years back and was really impressed with her immense knowledge about bellydance culture, history, technique, fitness, etc. So I plan on coming back to this site for more research and will need to add it to shimmygoddess (which also needs a total redesign, le sigh).

Monday, March 9, 2009

Nathan Fillion's new show, Castle

I have no idea if I'll like this show, but I'm going to give it a gander tonight since I adore all things Nathan Fillion <3

Here's a great article that briefly covers Nathan's career and an interview about Castle which begins tonight on ABC:,24795/

Castle starts Monday, March 9th, 2009 10 PM Eastern. USA

Official site:

and if THAT's not enough, the lovely Summer Glau will be making a humorous guest appearance on The Big Bang Theory tonight (playing herself). Can't wait!

if you want even more Castle goodies...

(SPOILER) The first 13 minutes of the Nathan Fillion's CASTLE pilot.

Youtube of Nathan Fillion on Jimmy Kimmel Live 3/4/2009

Youtube of Nathan Fillion on The View Friday, March 6th 2009

Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), roguish best-selling author, is the consummate man's man, ladies' man, and man about town - nearly as well known for his tabloid-generating antics as for his immensely successful novels. With two ex-wives in his past and his fifteen-year-old daughter and live-in mother watching his every move, his life is never short on drama. But now, having just killed off his most famous character and with his publisher ex-wife breathing down his neck for his next book, he's in desperate need of inspiration. When Castle is pulled in by NYPD Detective Kate Beckett to advise on an investigation, he discovers his next muse and a new calling. Turns out all those years of research for his crime novels paid off. Castle now has the opportunity to use his unique knowledge and skills to help solve murders, much to the chagrin of Detective Beckett.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

I love Dollhouse

Pleeeeeeeeeeeease watch it. I hear it's on Fox's potential ax list and I it deserves a shot, not the Firefly treatment.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

adventures in dance

In searching for one bit of information (I forget what now), I came across a huge belly dance festival here next month hosting, Rachel Brice. (She's only one of the most amazing and mesmerizing bellydancers in the world!) I've never taken a workshop with her but seen her perform a lot - and I'm so excited! The event's called Elevation 2009 and has 3 full days of workshops with many people as well as shows in the evenings.

In addition, I've made friends with a very nice woman who started a new dance studio in my area of town called Studio 21. They have classes for all ages and even adult classes like ballet, hip hop, ballroom, modern and more. She asked me if I'd be interested in teaching a beginning bellydance workshop and I'm thrilled! I've always been a bit skeptical about teaching because I'm hard on myself and never think I'm in good enough shape... but I've been a student of bellydance for over a decade so I think it's about time to try giving back.

And currently I'm taking a class once a week with Suzanna Del Vecchio and really enjoying her perspective and choreography style teaching.

In thinking about teaching, I'm trying to make sure I cover all the basics that I might take for granted... found a great resource to come back to.
Hopefully if I plan in detail, teaching won't be quite so intimidating.

Here's another vocabulary of bellydance that will be helpful for teaching:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

B is for Beer

ever since I first read Another Roadside Attraction over a decade ago, Tom Robbins has been my favorite writer. He describes himself as a zen hedonist and writes differently than any other author I've read. People either love him or hate him, which is fine, but I think it's worth giving a shot since he inspires such adoration in certain people (like myself). His essay on the soul and other books like Skinny Legs and All and Jitterbug Perfume, gave me a new playful and whimsical view of life that makes it all a little easier to deal with.

He has a new book coming out called B is for Beer, advertised as a children's book for grown-ups and a grown-up book for children.

Check out the first chapter from the publisher here:

Also, Tom Robbins is including Denver on his book tour (I didn't even know he did those... he's fairly reclusive). At the Tattered Cover in LoDo - 4/30/09 - 7:30pm. I will certainly be there!!

I found out that his publishing company is giving away promotional materials, and I have received from them a bunch of coasters and stickers of the book info if anyone wants some :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

hijinks ensue

my favorite new web comic:

Whedon scripture

after reading a very funny geek web comic:

I noticed all the fan comments beneath... enjoy!

"Our WHEDON who art in Hollywood, Hallowed by they words.
Thy shows they come, Thy disks they run On CD as well as Blu-Ray.
Give us this day our heroines and forgive us our fandom
as we are the fans of shows before thee.
And lead us not into teen angst and deliver us from mediocrity
For thine is the action, the drama and the story
Forever and ever. Gorram."

whedon commandments
1. You shall have no other gods before Whedon

2. You shall not make for yourself any carved image, cept those existing in thy Whedonverse. For I, the Lord your Whedon, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the FOX on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Buffy DVD box set.

3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your Whedon in vain.

4. Remember the scifi Friday, to keep it holy. Four days you shall labor and do all your work, but the fifith day is the Serenity of the Lord your Whedon. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates for they should all be watching thy boob toob. For in 4 days the Whedon made the Buffy and the Angel, the Serenity, and the Firefly all that is in it, and showed them on the fifth day and the fanboys said it was good. Therefore the Whedon blessed the friday and hallowed it.

5. Honor your father and your mother with a dvd of Dr. Horrible, that your dvr days may be long upon the couch watching that which the Lord your Whedon is giving you.

6. You shall not cancel Whedon's programming.

7. You shall not commit adultery with other programming.

8. You shall not pirate the Firefly.

9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor for skipping work to go to a CON.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s home entertainment center; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife dressed like princess Leia, nor his dvr, nor his Firefly dvds, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s. Especially the farm animals cause what are you going to do with a donkey anyway?"

The WHEDON is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie'eth down on the sofa,
he leads me beside 2-liters of Dr.Pepper,

he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of post-modernness
for his canon's sake.

Yea, though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of FOX
I will fear no cancellation,
for you are with me;
his writing staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a season before me
in the presence of my spouse.
You anoint my mind with trivia;
my blog overflows.

Surely geekery and slash fiction will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the WHEDON
forever..after the Special Edition boxed set comes out.