Archive for January, 2014


Vote For Kamala Chaand Dance Company.

Kamala Chaand Dance Company is highly interested in investing time and money in a program called SEEDs, Self Empowerment Education through Dance.

SEEDs is a program for at-risk female youth that strives to give them body awareness and self awareness so that they are less likely to fall victim to poverty and abuse. In order to take on this venture, KCDC really needs a capital investment of a significant amount of money, we estimate $5,000 or more, to acquire the training to implement the program in our local schools.

Vote for us here, and help us gain funding for this venture.

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Closer

Closer. (from The Muse & Her Demons)

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You have NO idea how excited I am for this.   🙂


Something Tribal, Something Tribal, Something Tribal….
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As I gear up for Something Tribal This Way Comes, I also have to start planning for my Imbolc celebrations. I had the same issue last year, and I felt ill-prepared for two major forces in my life.

Whether you prefer to observe St. Brigid’s Day, the Celtic tradition of Imbolc, or the Catholic celebration of Candlemas, this is the time to celebrate the coming of Spring.

I found this awesome page with ideas for the day: Art & Soul

1. Food and Drink (always good for a celebration!)

Plan a menu involving grains and dairy products. Enjoy a glass of ale (remember, one of Brigid’s specialties was brewing!). You might also want to try this recipe for milk punch or perhaps make the traditional Saint Brigid’s oat bread. Maybe not quite as traditional, but very tasty, here’s one of my favorite recipes for Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Bread.

2. Get Creative

Brigid’s Cross

Brigid is the patroness of poetry, so if she’s helped to light your fire of inspiration, why not try your hand at writing a poem? Or you may prefer to make a Brigid’s Cross. A woven cross that incorporates both Christian and pagan symbolism, these crosses are still widely used in Ireland today to protect the harvest and farm animals. Another popular craft of the season is the corn dolly. The dolls were traditionally dressed in white and adorned with ribbons and baubles like crystals, shells or stones. They were carried by young girls in a procession from house to house where gifts were bestowed upon the dollies.
Or…?? Anything creative, particularly involving weaving or textiles, would be suitable.

3. Let There Be Light

Fire and purification are important aspects of this festival. The lighting of candles represents the return of warmth and the increasing power of the sun over the coming months. As such, one long held tradition is to turn off all of the lights in the house. Then, re-enter and—one by one—turn all the lights back on (perhaps lighting a few candles, as well) as a symbolic celebration of the changing seasons and the return of the light.

4. Celebrate (Your) Animals

Brigid had a way with animals; a white skinned red eared fairy cow is often associated with her. Traditionally, farm animals would be particularly well cared for on St. Brigid’s Day. If you don’t have farm animals, consider giving your pet a special treat on this day.

5. Plant Seeds

In preparation for Spring, plant some seeds outdoors if it’s warm enough, or start some indoors for transplanting later. Or force some bulbs. Good choices are paperwhite narcissus or amaryllis – the bright blooms and sweet scent will help the rest of the winter pass more quickly—and more pleasantly.

You gotta get over it….

Our newest troupe member (student troupe) is gorgeous.
I mean… stunning.
Absolutely stunning.

She’s also super young (19) and thin.
Super adorable.
She has a lot of potential, too, which is awesome.

And I do like her.

But the super girly part of me is intensely jealous of how beautiful she is.

Ugh.

Put on your big girl panties, kid. You can’t be the belle of every ball.

Baby, it’s cold outside

Well… not so much today. We’re going to break 0 (zero) degrees.

Yesterday was bitter, though.
cold
Yeah… two scarves.
Stupid, stupid cold

Stay warm, my friends.