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Understanding the Meaning of True Compatibility

In the middle of a group divination inquiring into the properties of oil, when I stated aloud that oil and water are not compatible, I was given a very big scolding by the wedeme (elemental beings of the wild). What they told me next was compelling to me. I wish to share it here. Just because oil and water interact in a way that we define as incompatible does not make that the truth. Oil and water are perfectly made for one another. Their interaction and repulsion is a perfect compatibility which actually allows life to happen. The fact that oil can repel water allows many lifesystems to...

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For my daughter: A Roadmap to the Passionate Universe

#1 Assume there is no such thing as control. Then it will be less surprising when cars swerve off the road or planes fall from the sky. Instead, cultivate awe for the fact that cars stay on the road at all, that drivers agree to keep to their side of the yellow line and stop at red lights. We are on a planet that is spinning within a solar system, which is spiraling through space at 180 miles per second, every minute of every day. In the midst of all this wild movement, isn’t it a miracle that we can stand up? #2 Don’t argue over whether life is meaningful or random. It is most elegantly...

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#NastyWomenWriters: Paula Modersohn-Becker, German, 1876-1907 Women and Ambition, by Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters: Paula Modersohn-Becker, German, 1876-1907 Women and Ambition Theresa C. Dintino What if there were a woman born in the late 1800s with the ambition to paint a way no woman had ever painted before, to paint women in a way women had never been painted before, to bring the female sensibility and perspective to art in a way it had not been seen before? What if that woman had a lot of ambition and fought her position, status and the misogyny and sexism of the day and actually succeeded in doing everything she had set out to do? If there were such a woman and she did accomplish...

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#NastyWomenWriters—Marija Gimbutas: Unearthing the Goddess, Rocking My World, by Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters—Marija Gimbutas: Lithuanian-American 1921-1994 Unearthing the Goddess, Rocking My World Theresa C. Dintino I don’t know that there is any book that changed my life more than Marija Gimbutas’ The Language of the Goddess. I cannot remember what my life was like before I opened this book, before I knew these images, these cultures. Most probably they were always there, buried deep in the layers of my consciousness—women’s prehistory—haunting my dreams and moments of deep repose. Gimbutas’ book offered them context. And that was not a small thing. That was everything....

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#NastyWomenWriters—Ursula K. Le Guin: Women, Writing and Motherhood, by: Theresa C. Dintino

#NastyWomenWriters—Ursula K. Le Guin: (b. 1929) Women, Writing and Motherhood, by: Theresa C. Dintino When I was in my late twenties, there was one essay I read in the New York Times Book Review that moved me so deeply that I immediately signed up for a summer writing workshop where the writer of the essay was teaching. It was not like me to go to writing workshops anymore at that age. I was in complete burnout with the workshop culture from my college writing program and the many writing workshops I had gone to after. I was what I would call a “beginning writer” at that point, trying to...

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The Memory of a Thing is the Song that it Sings

Wedeme tell us that they work with the memories that are stored inside us, inside our bones, inside our psyches, inside our hearts. They tell us the memory of a thing is the song that it sings. They liken this to the way we can hear the sound of the ocean in many shells. They tell us it is the memory of the ocean held within that shell that we hear when that happens. That is also how they hear us. They can “hear” us because they can hear the memory that we are singing. They say it is often a song that even we cannot hear, but they can hear it. I put “hear” in quotes because we must...

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