imperfect arabesque



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murmur laughter call-outs purled
and swirled her periphery…where
chromatic images blurred vision
field to fog…dry-grass apples night

the high wire spindled space
beneath the plexus of her feet
for transition of a plane
beyond compress-ed gravity

the lifting of her arms…was all
for palming of the air to balance
accounting  compass of her orient
without pretense net…without prop
of attitude for imperfect arabesque

Bonnie Marshall

Art by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

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Animal Spirits: The Monkey


Through the Peacock's Eyes

3monkeysThis past month I began working with a client, who’s been having unexplained dizziness. Cranio-Sacral and Myo-Fascial techniques have been helping considerably, but it has been the more subtle techniques, such as Chakra Balancing and Reiki, that have opened up the awareness for both me, as healing practitioner, and for my client as to the deeper causes of her dizzy spells. The most significant observation has been the buzzing and intense vibrations around her 6th Chakra, also known as the Third Eye Chakra, which assists healthy function of the brain, ears, intuition, imagination, peace of mind, and intellect and thoughts.

My client has been noticing changes and improvement from her sessions with me (as a healer, I am a facilitator of her own body and mind’s healing ability, since true healing comes from within), but it was a message from an animal spirit in a dream that she had that…

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Snakes unlikely to have killed Cleopatra…


Egypt at the Manchester Museum

Cleopatra VII  at the temple of Dendera Cleopatra VII at the temple of Dendera

Academics at The University of Manchester have dismissed the long-held argument that the ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra was killed by a snake bite.

Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at Manchester Museum (and fellow blogger), says venomous snakes in Egypt –  Cobras or Vipers – would have been too large to get unseen into the queen’s palace.

He was speaking  to fellow Manchester Egyptologist Dr Joyce Tyldesley in a new video which is part of a new online course introducing ancient Egyptian history, using six items from the Museum’s collection.

According to Dr Tyldesley, the ancient accounts say a snake hid in a basket of figs brought in from the countryside, and was also used to kill one or two of her serving maids.

But according to Andrew Gray, Cobras are typically 5 to 6 feet long but can grow up to 8 feet…

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