March 8, International Women’s Day

March 8, 2017 § Leave a comment

As I sit here nursing my baby, I wonder at this, her first Int’l Women’s Day. My heart is full and achy. I believe deeply in the change that is coming to this world, for myself, for my daughter, my mother, my grandmother, my sisters and my brothers. Leaving behind the racism, imperialism, colorism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and all other forms of othering, we rise; instead we turn our attention from greed to gratitude, from fear to inclusion, from anger to a fierce love of peace. Globally and within our families we change from blaming to lifting each other up, from controlling to encouraging, from avoiding to caressing, from casting away to inviting in. There is so much to be done and I don’t know the half or the eight or all but a small part of it but I take courage in knowing that we are all in this together. Each of us in our own small way is taking steps to change the world toward honoring the Divine Feminine, protecting our Mother, the Earth and uniting as one human family. One Love. A love that belongs to all and to none.
We WILL overcome those forces which seek to divide us, to beat us, to brainwash us, and to seduce us with shiny objects in order to rule and control us, or try to. No, it is not possible. We are not slaves and we never were. Our hearts and minds are always free, open to possibility, to change. They may try, as ever through history they have, to subvert the concepts of God, of Love, of Hope but we will not be convinced. We will seek out knowledge for ourselves and for each other.
I will do whatever I can to help my brothers and sisters know the truth of who we really are and the power which is our birthright.
We are born human, deserve dignity, respect, clean water and air.
My neck is aching; I’m tired of being stepped on by crude aggression and ignorant fear. I’m scared but I carry on with Fear as a companion. Fear is nothing to fear, its an alert to danger and indeed we, our planet, our existence is in danger. Humans extinction, not to put too fine a point on it.
We must fight.
Self care and fight again. Do what we can, do what we must, each of us creating that new world, that new paradigm. She’s coming.

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Book Release Announcement: Could You Be Loved, A Memoir of Scars and Guitars

January 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Could You Be Loved, A Memoir of Scars and Guitars book cover image I am thrilled to announce the release of my book Could You Be Loved, A Memoir of Scars and GuitarsGo to Amazon.com to purchase a copy for your Kindle. For other ebook formats (iBookstore, nook, Sony eReader) check out Smashwords.

Can I get a sneak peak?

Sure! For a Free Preview and other details, visit the book website CouldYouBeLovedMemoir.com  « Read the rest of this entry »

Resonance with Adichie’s “Americanah”

January 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

americanah_coverReading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah was incredibly thrilling for me.  It was thrilling to experience the poetry of far-off Nigeria alongside the familiar longing and awe of an immigrant to the States.  I am full of gratitude for this moment in time when I, an immigrant from the USSR, can read the story of Ifemelu, a young woman from Nigeria, and to feel so deeply her pain and her joy.  Perhaps it’s a conscience but the last book I read was Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, falling in love with the Japanese fairy tale and its quirky crew of characters.  These two books are stand-outs! « Read the rest of this entry »

I’m Busy, What Can Yoga Do for Me?

July 7, 2013 § Leave a comment

We’ve all heard that practicing yoga is good for our health. We need more breathing, more stretching, more strengthening the body and more opening of the heart and mind. Yet it’s still difficult to get our bodies to the yoga mat or class. Maybe these words can help.

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Scenes of East Harlem in Summertime

June 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

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This Kinky Mind: 5 Easy Steps to Being a Better Lover

April 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

ThisKinkyMind_head_smHey, there!  Welcome, fellow traveler, from wherever you may hail, pleased to meet you here in this Rest area on the Information Thruway called This Kinky Mind.

* Have you ever wanted to be a better lover?
* Are you looking for an article to send to your lover under the auspices of “Look at this hilarious post I found”?
* Are you pretty sure you are a super awesome lover already and just want to double-check?

Great!  Here we go.  Based on years of study and research I am thrilled to present This Kinky Mind’s Guide to Being a Better Lover« Read the rest of this entry »

12Questions Interview

March 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

So honored to be included in this 12 Questions Interview series. So much fun!

12 Questions

Margarita Manwelyan

Where were you when the world ended and a cosmic portal was supposedly opened, December 21, 2012? New Yorker, Margarita Manwelyan was outside, meditating, in Times Square, of course.

From her work with the Occupy Wall Street Meditation group, to her Dharma Punk blog quest with the Interdependence Project, Margarita is on a relaxed, high-smiling quest to bring yoga to the people and consciousness to revolution.

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