Learning to stand: t’ai chi, qi gong, and unscrambling the CNS

About 15 years ago, I studied shaolin kung fu with Ted Mancuso at the Academy of Martial Arts in Santa Cruz. I was outrageously lucky to wind up there. I had too much spiritual feeling to tolerate the gym-type martial arts classes normally found in the US, but not nearly … Continue reading

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The wall, redux — with demons on the side

Sooner or later, deep and chronic illness (like, oh, let’s take an example at random, CRPS) will bring you face-to-face with your worst demons. It’s only a question of when, and precisely how. When I came to adulthood, I realized that I felt a powerful need to earn my right to … Continue reading

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Need more than "Dysphoria"

There’s an impressive clinical word for “feeling yucky” — it’s “dysphoria.” It’s literally the opposite of “euphoria.” One of these people is Dysphoric and one is Euphoric. Guess… 🙂 The trouble is, there are so very many ways to feel yucky, or dysphoric, especially with a disease like CRPS, but only … Continue reading

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Marathoning, murder, and masses

Who the hell would bomb a marathon? The shock and fury make my eyes hot and narrow. Second thought: what a way to go – accomplishment, adrenaline, euphoria, and a quick blast. Yesterday, ironically, I realized I was fully recovered from overdoing. That only took 11 days… I took careful … Continue reading

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Letter to my PT – how about a marathon?

Dear [PT], Something crystalized in my mind, after reading the preface to a friend’s book. (On Kindle here.) I  do well with having rather demanding overarching goals. (Trauma nurse at DC General, software geek at Borland? yeah :)…) I have some good mental and creative goals (books on mythology and … Continue reading

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