06
Jun
2018

Body Prayers & the Qi Walk

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I first heard the term 'body prayer' when Shirley Dockstader offered one at my 13th moon celebration. Shirley is an amazing teacher.  find her, she's a champ. 13th moon celebration marks a sacred cycle of transition in a woman's life, 13 months after her last menstrual bleed.  Now physiologically in menopause.  Pausing from men as a primary focus.   A body…

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01
Jun
2017

The Grape’s Spiritual Purpose?

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Is it possible for the grape to have a spiritual purpose that impacts human life? In his best-selling book The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan lyrically describes relationships between humans and plants, from the plant’s point of view. Pollan posits that plants have a purpose; that the purpose of the apple, tulip, potato and marijuana is to fulfill human desires…

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08
Feb
2017

Magic & Science

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"Magic's fundamental conception is identical with that of modern Science; underlying the whole system is a faith... in the order and uniformity of Nature." Sir James Frazer ~ The Golden Bough. (more…)

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18
Jan
2017

Wine’s Inner Terroir

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  • hope & grace . microscope . pinot noir . sauvignon blanc . Sterling . terroir . Wine . Wine's Hidden Beauty .

Wine portrait: Pinot Noir 2008 hope & grace. The French use a term "terroir" to talk about a wine's expression of place.  They say that only certain wines express terroir which means they express the land and its temperament. We experience terroir  as sensory qualities of  a wine's nature, its personality and spirit. What influences 'terroir' land where the grapes…

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06
Nov
2016

Whole Hearted BioDynamic Wines

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  • biodynamic . cabernet . photography . tastings . Wine .

Wines are often deemed hearty when they are full-bodied, rich and dense. And when you look inside, some wines  reveal HEARTS as their major expression.  Is this expressing the heart and soul of the winemaker? The first heart I uncovered in wine was hiding in a 2001 Quintessa, "Bordeaux Blend"  That's the above Napa Valley beauty. The next one was another…

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03
Jan
2016

Single wine drinkers

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A cold wet Sunday afternoon and I’m forced to look at  a question that maybe you can help me with. What do singles who enjoy wine, yet are alone, choose to drink? I made beautiful rare lamb chops and roasted potatoes, no greens sorry, and wanted to warm up this afternoon.  Do I open a bottle of red only to have…

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26
Aug
2015

Transformation

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  • cabernet . chardonnay . fermentation . spirituality . transformative practices . Wine's Hidden Beauty .

Life Illuminated! In wine's life story, grape juice is transformed into spirited wine upon fermentation of the sugars to alcohol and bubbles.  Transformation only occurs here with outside help - the microscopic yeasts.  Well, there's other outside help, the sacred igniter. From my photographer's perspective, when looking at juice compared to wine, the material under the microscope begins to fill…

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06
Jul
2015

SPIRIT OF THE GRAPE

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Have you ever wondered why the grape is the only fruit that gives us elixirs so heavenly they are called divine? Why not kiwi or pineapple, apple or date wines? What is so unique about the grape that it has had a cult like following since ancient times? The grape and wine share a history with civilization that may seem…

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29
Jun
2015

FALLING IN LOVE

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Many years ago I was brought into the world of wine through my photography with a microscope.  As artist-in-residence for Sterling Vineyards I had the amazing opportunity to work with the winemakers as they asked questions like - do wines look different when grapes grow on a mountain top vs the valley floor, what about fining, what changes do we…

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10
Dec
2013

Letting Go Letting In

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I recently had an amazing experience of LETTING GO of Anger, Resentment, and Angst.  I wrote about it in my recent newsletter and wanted to expand it here. I’d been looking to move since September  yet hadn’t found the right place.  It was grueling and time consuming looking through Craigslist, driving miles to see places, and nothing I really liked.…

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