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Work is requiring me to actually pay attention, Dad has been in town for quite a few days, and a bunch of big, personal projects are beginning to gear up. So, here are some random things in no particular order.

My fandom is all crunchy-granola. *loves RDA to little rakishly charming, yet soft-hearted pieces*

It appears that we're returning to The Land Celebration for Beltane this year. You guys remember Sowelu (sp?), the uber-flaky but very sweet proprietress? Apparently our loud and drunken behavior didn't cause them to hate us, so we get to go swimming again. Hurray! Banjo frogs!

I am so, so grateful to my Airy Girl and my bro, cjpetherick, for his persistence in getting a hold of the nice hippies.

Finally, a note to myself, and a request for design help: It may seem like a statement of the obvious, but it's often so far from one's mind when there's a problem to solve... It seems that the key to being happy is learning to observe discomfort without becoming attached to it. If a person can just calmly watch the discomfort, and strive to understand it without letting it control her thoughts or actions, she doesn't have to suffer from it.

That's a tenet of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, as well as of Buddhism. It is easier said that done, but it's also often easier than it sounds. If only I could remember it, as I move through my days.

Would any of you highly artistic types care to design me an image that symbolizes this concept so I can get a tattoo? I'll gladly pay or trade for it. It'd be a very precious thing to have indeed.

Now, back to my comfortable but meaningless job. Ah, well.


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Mar. 9th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
hey! i can actually go to Beltaine this year, since I am not in the Spring show!! i am all sorts of excited. just have to find someone to drag my ass out there. :-)

in regards to your tattoo...you should talk to ezstrider. he's a very very good friend of mine and a fantastic artist. he is designing my next tat as i type this...i posted a rough sketch of it last week, i believe. he does very earthy, swirly things, and i think he would be very interested in a project like you describe. he's a completely amazing person, and he's very into Buddhism, so he will probably know what you are referring to. his name is Todd. and he is always happy to meet fabulous people, a category into which you fall nicely. :-)
Mar. 10th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
Where do you live? We can give you a ride. We're so there this year, since we missed the last two.
Mar. 10th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC)
i live in upper northwest, but work downtown by judiciary square. were you planning on leaving friday after work, or saturday morning...because if you were leaving friday, i could meet you anywhere metro accessible.

that would be so awesome! i haven't gone for the last two years, either, because i've been performing those weekends. and i have MISSED it so much. i'm really looking forward to this year.
Mar. 10th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
Perfect! We live in Wheaton.

Most likely we will leave Saturday morning, as it makes it easier on us with dog and all. You don't mind riding with the dog, do you? :)

So we could swing down 16th street, pick you up, then go through the city and get on 66.
Mar. 10th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, sweetie. I'll talk to him. And, yay! So glad you can make it this year!
Mar. 10th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
me too! i can't believe it's been so long since i have seen all of you guys.
Mar. 10th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
That's a tenet I desperately need to internalize. Hopefully my work with my new therapist will help me with this.

I need to observe discomfort and help heal it, but remain emotionally detached from it. I'll let you know when that happens.
Mar. 10th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's the trick. If "A" is a stimulus, and "C" is how we feel about it, then "B" is the critical moment when we get to decide if we're going to let "A" make us unhappy. It takes a lot of practice, but it's worth the effort.

*hugs you fiercely*
Mar. 10th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC)
it's a very hard lesson to learn, watching people make mistakes or go through pain and discomfort -- or hell, going through it our own selves but learning how to keep perspective -- but realizing that that's a part of learning and growing, and allowing it to happen. most of us wouldn't be the nifty people we are if we hadn't gone through some of the unpleasant crap we've been through.

i think you're well on the way to learning how to step back, though. you're still very, very empathetic, which is occasionally to your detriment (because seeing pain makes you hurt, plain and simple, not for any complicated mysterious reasons), but you seem to be a lot more able to detach than you used to be. at the same time, you wouldn't be the wolf we all know and love if you weren't empathetic to some degree. you bleeding heart commie pinko, you. >;)
Mar. 10th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC)
Hidihoo, pritty lady. Tracey pointed this out to me. If'n you so desire, I would be interested in sittin' down with ya an' hashin' something out. Lemme know if yer inclined.

xoxox, Slash
Mar. 10th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
Re: tattoo
Ooh! I'd love that. I shall be in touch :)
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