Monday, December 19, 2011

Au Revoir!

Ten days ago, my lifeclock flipped to the 25-year mark. As is customary, people asked me how it felt. While it didn't feel like a particularly big deal, it did feel different. I was suddenly struck with the need to get really focused and deliberate in my living.

I've already begun shifting much of my attention to the realms of business, facilitation, and publicity. Like the Page in Tarot, I am learning learning learning, but I am also harvesting the active go-get-it energy of the Knight so that I can play BIG & LOUD in 2012.

And as the new year approaches, I am becoming conscious (again) of things that need to be cleared in order to create space for the new seeds I want to grow.

Accordingly, I am hereby retiring/archiving Irigaray's Woman.

This blog has served me - and my readers, too, I hope - very well over the past three years. I am immensely grateful to all who have followed, read, commented on, and shared these word-webs of mine.

I invite you now to visit Lighthouse Nyn, House of Mnemosyne, and 55 windows for the latest in what I'm creating. For a complete list of my online publications, check out my Flavors. Also feel free to follow me on Twitter.

Thanks & Love!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Adventure Women

Traditionally, women were excluded from adventure and sporting activities. Although things have begun to change in the past 10 years, in many cultures the domain of adventure is still predominantly male. This affects not only individual adventurers, but also the notion of what outdoor adventure is. In the past, adventurers were more commonly male, and the way they went about achieving their goals was seen to be extremely masculine - the great white hunter. It has become increasingly obvious that women can make excellent adventurers, and in recent years there have been many examples of women achieving incredible goals.
I encountered this bit of information recently while working through an online course in Outdoor & Physical Education Studies.

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Little Power Play

The most common way that people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
- Alice Walker

POWER - as both concept and lived reality - has a prominent place in my consciousness these days.

It's entangled with social dynamics - power over vs. power with, power of the people, and fighting the powers that be. It's entangled with self-actualization, as with the process of [re]claiming & cultivating personal power. It's entangled with money - "Money is power," which leads to buying power and earning power (though let's not forget the latest buzzword & golden goal of "financial freedom"). It's entangled with morality - "Power corrupts" and so beware of "too much power in the wrong hands." It's entangled with our ever increasing reliance on technology and subsequent sense of debilitation when it suddenly becomes inaccessible, as during a power outage. It's entangled with cars and the allure of the fast lane - horsepower, driving power, power steering, Power Wheels.