Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!  

That means Happy St. Patrick’s Day in good ol’ Irish, you know…that language that I can’t get enough of.


As this blog post goes to press I’m back in Rome for a second weekend of exploring and enjoying the Eternal City.  Truth be told, I’m probably here… Read the rest of this entry »

Catching up?  Read all my Italy posts here!

So I high-tailed it for Rome right after work.  Another 11th-hour change-up lay ahead of me, though: the plan to drive to Aversa, about 2 km away from where I’m staying, leave my car there and take the train to Rome was completely derailed when I pulled into the parking lot and (I think) determined with my scant Italian that it would cost around €70-100 to park for the weekend. $100-130?!  Uh, that would be a fuck to the no, thank you very little.  I eyed the clock and punched my new hotel address into the GPS – if I hurried I’d make it there in time to check in and then get to Micca Club for the Kabarett Berlin.   Read the rest of this entry »

The guidebooks had been staring at me all week long, and I had been politely ignoring them.  But now it was Friday afternoon, and they were glaring at me menacingly; in four hours I was heading out for a weekend in Rome…and I had no earthly idea what I wanted to do there.   Read the rest of this entry »

The day after I toured Pompeii, I went back down the coast for a second look at ancient volcano ruins; ten minutes closer is the fascinating partially-excavated ruins of Herculaneum, a town about 1/5 the size of Pompeii that was also frozen in time by the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79 A.D. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve always found myself with my feet in different worlds.  In high school the music and drama departments vied for “lesser geek” status by proclaiming the other department the geekier, while I, both musician and actress, became the unofficial liaison between the two worlds.  When my psychology training didn’t feel complete enough I hopped the fence into the land of bodywork and then, when that didn’t feel complete enough either, I straddled the fence and tried to see where there might be a gate.  (I wasn’t quite brave enough then to just take the damn fence down!)  When one group of friends (or colleagues) folded their arms and huffed at the other group, I was usually the one carrying the olive branch across the divide. Read the rest of this entry »

A question for longtime readers: do you prefer this layout, with pictures peppered amongst the text? Or do you prefer the slideshow up top and uninterrupted text, like I did during much of my Germany trip?  (See an example of that layout here.)  I’m on the fence about it, so give me feedback, please.  Thanks!


Today I visited probably the most famous site in southern Italy: Pompeii.  Bustling city of 20,000, reduced to a barren, lifeless pile of flaming ash on August 24, 79 A.D.  Rediscovered in the 1500’s, excavation started in the 1700’s and still goes on today.  Those are the facts…and I’m not sure where to begin on the rest of my experience there.

The city itself is overwhelming, and seems to go on for miles even though it’s only 163 acres, about a quarter of a square mile, in size.  (For Sacramentans, compare with the downtown railyards area, which is 240 acres.)  I wandered happily through the streets for six nonstop hours, guidebooks and map in hand, the total tourist.  Not my usual M.O., as I generally prefer to “be a traveler, not a tourist” but there’s just so much to learn in and about Pompeii, I wanted to wring the day dry and get as much juice as possible.  As a result, there’s far too much to share here, but I’ll see what I can do. Read the rest of this entry »

Hi everyone!  Greetings from Naples!  My first blog post comes nine days into my trip; the first few days were taken up with getting oriented, and the last five with recovering from a back injury that had me out of commission for a while.  I’m still recovering, but felt well enough yesterday to take my first trip out of town.

First, a little bit about Naples itself: Read the rest of this entry »

Today seems like a most fitting day to reconnect with all of you, my Maggie’s Nest peeps, and wish you all a tremendously happy 2012 filled with infinite joy, unlimited abundance, and true love in all forms.

2011 was probably the hardest year of my life, and at times it’s been hard to stay in gratitude and appreciation for all that happened.  Still, that’s been my mantra.  Probably the biggest spiritual lesson I learned last year was that of wanting something different than what I have, without having to hate or disparage what I have.  Becoming unhappy with what is and fighting it tooth and nail, is the way I had always thought change had to come about, and since I’m an extremely changeable creature, I spent a lot of time and energy disliking my present moment in a strange sort of loyalty to the future I dreamed of.  Read the rest of this entry »

Rachel Meeks of SmallNotebook.org wrote an e-book last year called Simple Blogging, from which I learned a great deal about the world of professional blogging.  One of her hard and fast rules is, let your audience know what to expect.  If you’re going to stop blogging, let your audience know that you’re taking a break, and when you’ll be back.  And then be sure you’re back by this date.

I broke this rule big time, didn’t I?  Gone for a month with narry a word to let you all know what was happening.  My apologies!  And now I have to break the rule again, because I need to take an indefinite break from blogging for the meantime.

Since college I’ve been nursing pain in my hands, wrists, and forearms from too much computer use – yes folks, ye olde carpal tunnel syndrome.  Right about the time I started back up on my daily blog posts, I also dipped my hand into the world of professional freelance writing.  Great ideas, both, but they couldn’t have come at a worse time as my carpal tunnel kicked into painfully high gear over the last six weeks.  I’m putting my hope in acupuncture treatments and avoidance of all unnecessary computer activity.  I contemplated handwriting this blog post and scanning the papers in for your reading pleasure, but let’s just get through this as best we can, shall we?

Other factors contributed to my long absence: two musical concerts which took up a lot of time; a new job and a long commute, with not much access to the internet; and a whole lot of soul-searching as I sit with some big questions about my personal and professional future.  Ah, just when I thought I had it figured out!  What a silly notion.

I really appreciate all of you who have enjoyed this blog over time, and I hope I can come back to it on a fairly regular basis, but for now please expect posts to be sporadic at best.  There’s a ton of past content to click through, and you are welcome to continue leaving your thoughtful and thought-provoking comments – I love the conversations!  And thanks, everyone, for understanding.

Bloggers: have you ever had to step back from your blogging commitments?  What worked for you?

Boy, it’s been a while since I’ve checked in about GAPS!  The good news is that in a relatively short amount of time, my body has become much happier.  After stalling at Stage 2 for what seemed like years, I experienced a bit of a quantum leap and subsequent stages went by quickly.  I’ve now finished introducing most Stage 5 foods, and am gearing up for Stage 6 – and there’s no indication that I’ll have any problems at this point, as long as I stick to foods that are legal for those on the full GAPS diet.

This is great news!  It means, among other things, that when I forget to pack a lunch I don’t have to starve.  This afternoon, halfway through a long rehearsal, I found myself really hungry and without any pre-packed food.  After a quick trip to the deli counter at my co-op, I returned with a poached chicken breast and a golden beet & kale salad – featuring raw vegetables, ladies and gentlemen, all of which went down just fine, thank you very much.

The kale was a big step, and the fact that I seem to have digested it without incident means that less-fibrous raw lettuce (a Stage 5 food that I haven’t officially introduced yet) won’t be a problem.  This is a very good thing, and just in time for summer; I don’t have to slave over hot soup during the dog days of August – I’ll be able to enjoy cool salads and smoothies again.  Ah, smoothies!  I’d almost forgotten about you!

And maybe in the next week or two I’ll work up to these absolutely luscious, completely GAPS-legal brownies from Cheeseslave – holla!

So, as I near the end of the introduction phase of GAPS, I can absolutely say that it has been worth it.  It has not been easy; that I’ll admit.  Although I haven’t blogged much about this side of it, the introduction phase dredged up some significant healing crises for me over the last six weeks: I endured some of the worst depression and anxiety I’ve ever experienced, plus a crazy case of hives across my back and chest that burned and itched for days and days.  Even though these were painful experiences, I knew their origins and knew that some powerful healing was taking place through the diet, so there was no question that I would stick with it.  As a pleasant side effect, I’ve lost almost 15 pounds and feel more energetic.  I recommend the diet highly to anyone who thinks they might benefit from it, and would be glad to provide support for those who are ready to take the plunge themselves.  Feel free to comment here, or contact me privately (see the About page).

Full GAPS (and Cheeseslave brownies), here I come!

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