The Fallacy of Sexual Freedom: Our Bodies Our Sins

Originally posted on Dr. Nymphobrainiac:

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This quote from Budokon University founder Cameron Shayne, who is a practitioner of his own style of therapeutic yoga, martial arts, and lifestyle interventions, moved me to reflection; particularly the first and last passages:

“We shame our children by teaching them that their naked bodies should be covered, because we ourselves somehow are in sin when nude, or we project our own sexuality on children’s nudity.”

Our culture seems to struggle needlessly when necessarily making nudity and sex mutually exclusive…while there is an undeniable connection, the uncoupling of these concepts…to celebrate our bodies…allows us to enjoy an entirely new experience of expression, freedom, and self-love…which extends to the love of an-other…and ultimately leads to an increase in the love we share for ALL others.

Holding this view, when we then consider our sexuality…and our sexual energy…as connected and yet untied to our bodies…we see that,

“Everything creative and inspiring has…

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Crazy …

“If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

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I feel the need for Speed ~ Redux

Having moved to Bothell I’ve noticed my ISP service is a *lot* slower. Here’s today’s numbers:

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In Redmond, in 2011, with the same ISP (Verizon, now called Frontier) I had these speeds:

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Looks like it’s time to find another provider? Naw, I just installed an ASUS RT-N56U Router and check out my numbers now!

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Might have to tweak the upload stuff, but doubling my download is *sweet*.

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Brush|Reed ~ Beautiful music for beautiful art

Here’s your chance to contribute to the arts.

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Clever collaboration by beautiful and talented artists, gotta love and share that! Read more: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brushreed-abroad-series-hong-kong-2014

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Cappadocia Turkey

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~ Albert Einstein

imageDuring a rare Glass family gathering at the parents’s house this weekend we were talking about wonders of the Earth. I don’t remember how we got there but I ended up promising to post something about this rare exotic part of Turkey that over 90% of Americans don’t even know about. Oh, here is the obligator picture of the family with all my sibs:

Cappadocia  is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevşehir Province, in Turkey. In the time of Herodotus, the Cappadocians were reported as occupying the whole region from Mount Taurus to the vicinity of the Euxine (Black Sea).

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The name was traditionally used in Christian sources throughout history and is still widely used as an international tourism concept to define a region of exceptional natural wonders, in particular characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage.

From Wikitravel: The Cappadocian Region located in the center of the Anatolian Region of Turkey, with its valley, canyon, hills and unusual rock formation created as a result of the eroding rains and winds of thousands of years of the level, lava-covered plain located between the volcanic mountains Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan as well as its troglodyte dwellings carved out of the rock and cities dug out into underground, presents an otherworldly appearance.

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The eruptions of these mountains which were active volcanoes in geological times lasted until 2 million years ago. A soft tuff layer was formed, 150 m in thickness, by the issuing lavas in the valley surrounded by mountains. The rivers, flood water running down the hillsides of valleys and strong winds eroded the geological formations consisting of tuff on the plateau formed with tuff layers, thus creating bizarre shapes called fairy Chimneys.

These take on the names of mushroom shaped, pinnacled, capped and conic shaped formations. The prehistoric settlements of the area are Koskhoyuk (Kosk Mound) in Nigde, Aksaray Asikli Mound, Nevsehir Civelek cave and, in the southeast, Kultepe, Kanis and Alisar in the environs of Kayseri.

File:Cappadoccia2.jpegThis area with unusual topographic characteristics was regarded as sacred and called, in the Scythian/Khatti language, as Khepatukha, meaning “the country of the people of the chief god Hepat”, although there are more poetic claims on the origin of the region’s name, such as the Old Persian Katpatuka, which allegedly means “the land of beautiful horses”.

imageThe tablets called Cappadocian Tablets and the Hittite works of art in Alisar are of the important remains dating from 2000s B.C. After 1200s B.C., the Tabal principality, of the Khatti Branches of Scythians, became strong and founded the Kingdom of Tabal. Following the Late Hittite and Persian aras, the Cappadocian Kingdom was established in 332 B.C. During the Roman era the area served as a shelter for the early escaping Christians. There are also several underground cities used by early Christians as hideouts in Cappadocia.

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Project du Jour: Little Free Libraries

“If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.” ~ Frank Zappa

imageRecently a friend of mine reminded me of the Little Free Libraries. Lauren is building her first house and wants to create one of these libraries as part of that project.

Little Free Libraries are a community movement in the United States and worldwide that offers free books housed in small containers to members of the local community. They are also referred to as community book exchanges, book trading posts, pop-up libraries, and Noox (Neighbourhood bOOk eXchange), amongst other terms. ~ Wikipedia

The History:

In the beginning—2009–Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin, built a model of a one room schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved reading.  He filled it with books and put it on a post in his front yard.  His neighbors and friends loved it.  He built several more and gave them away.  Each one had a sign that said FREE BOOKS.

Rick Brooks of Madison, whom he met at a seminar on promoting green practices and a vibrant local economy for Hudson, entered the picture as a colleague exploring potential social enterprises.  The two saw opportunities to achieve a wide variety of goals for the common good.

They were inspired by many different ideas:

  • Andrew Carnegie’s support of 2,509 free public libraries around the turn of the 19th to 20th century.
  • The heroic achievements of Miss Lutie Stearns, a librarian who brought books to nearly 1400 locations in Wisconsin through “traveling little libraries” between 1895 and 1914.
  • “Take a book, leave a book” collections in coffee shops and public spaces.
  • Neighborhood kiosks, TimeBanking and community gift-sharing networks
  • Grassroots empowerment movements in Sri Lanka, India and other countries worldwide.

Looking on the LFL map below, there are NO little free libraries in my neighborhood. Way cool.

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Then there was the battle of the Little Free Libraries.  :0)

If you are interested in building your own Little Free Library check out the  Neighborhood Library Builders Guild on Facebook. You can design yours to be based on something you love like music, a TV show, a movie or whatever. Check out this one designed to look like a Tardis.

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Now comes the fun. What motif do I want to adopt? I will be getting books from my Dad who has a library at his house and he needs to downsize. A sample plan is located here.

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More to follow …

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Test Run of Instagram 2014

Having dropped my WinFone, I finally purchased an iPhone. Yes, I gave up on the Windows Phone because I came to feel that Microsoft was not very interested in overcoming the huge deficiency when it comes to the shortage of Apps that run on their phone. I couldn’t play with so many cool social media applications because true Windows Apps didn’t exist. Finally as a Yelp Elite I can check into places and do other things that I could not do with the WinFone.

So on my first day I installed Instagram and started sharing pictures from my iPhone. It is brain-dead easy to take a picture, create a look by changing the tone and colors, add a lovely frame and post to my Instagram page. When I want to, I can also post to my Facebook and Twitter worlds at the same time.

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Most of the setup is automatic, only requiring me to select a unique name (thus the g4nd4lfe handle), connect to the FB and Twitter accounts, and find some like-minded people to follow. I can view photos from all over the world and friend anyone who’s pictures I appreciate. And I can search my address book and Facebook friends for like accounts that I can follow.

I have also discovered Gramblr so that I can load pictures from my computer. It is a little extra work, but is doable. I have such a huge library that I like to dip into the past periodically. Instagram has a downside where you have to format every picture to a 550 X 550 format. That’s easy to do with new pictures, but much harder with existing pictures from your computer.

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I’m looking forward to seeing more of my peeps on Instagram. Friend me there and I will reciprocate.

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