September 19, 2007ali cat slinked into hoop heaven one night, quiet and gorgeous, and i loved her right away! her ease and grace and beauty are striking, as are her openness and kindness. i look forward to playing with her more!
March 9, 2007a delightful breeze of color and motion
December 4, 2006I love this woman. She is a sweet being of light. She is a goddess. She is a teacher. She is an activist. She is constantly evolving, constantly striving to do better and to be better. She doesn't wait for things to happen; she goes out and makes things happen. I know her well ... and yet I'm still in awe of who she is. Love love love to you my friend.
Jan 13, 2008-ali cat with Kaivalya Hoopers at Red Rocks Private Party, CO
Okay, so I listed what I love to do, but who am I? Well,
I'm a playful, sensitive, passionate, high-energy, honest (which sometimes gets misinterpreted as cold or harsh), semi-stubborn Capricorn with a Leo moon and a Sagitarius rising. In the Chinese zodiac, I'm a horse. I've got some polar opposite energies spiraling through my psyche, and that creates a very interesting, vibrant, strangely balanced cacophony that is me. I've been an intelligent freak most of my life, never really fitting into the dominant paradigm, although I sure did try for a few years of adolescence. I often alienated my peers by being myself...they thought I was trying to act too smart by questioning seemingly obvious aspects of our culture, so I often pretended I was dumber than I was just to fit in. Once I realized that was a complete disaster, I embraced my uniqueness and truly came to realize how much I enjoy being me. Now, I rarely compromise at being me.
As a child I used to imagine that these amazing underground parties/worlds existed, with really diverse, interesting people who expressed their passions and souls in a infinite number of wild and colorful ways...Luckily, I found that world, and now, I know I'm home. Wherever I am, I am home. Home stays in my heart, so I'm never homesick.
I love to touch the inner divine energy...that place where I feel totally whole, radiant, and alive. I strive to embody that wholeness in almost every breath(that'll probably take a few lifetimes to actually achieve). I am a channel for the divine energy, and I love to tap into that infinite source. It feeds me and can keep me up for days without drugs or alcohol.
I am often intense; I usually know what I want, and I go after it without hesitation (most of the time). I am open-mindedly stubborn...I have strong opinions, but I'm always open to having that opinion changed with good enough reasons to do so. I am usually eloquent and strong-willed. But I do have my insecure, shy moments, and I'm not afraid to cry. I love learning new things. I'm a quick learner, and that has a tendency to make me kind of lazy. I work on that...and I love to challenge myself.
I am often flamboyant, a little ostentatious, and a bit flirtatious. I am observant, analytical, passionate, dedicated, determined, ambitious, kind, emphathetic, impatient, I think too much, and I can end up being too stressed...I actively work on releasing that everyday.
I'm a good listener, and I don't hold much in. I almost always tell you what I'm thinking, out of respect for you and for clear communication. I strive to do that in a kind, tactful way...but miscommunications do happen, of course. I like to think I have a good sense of humor, but I often don't get sarcasm, and I truly dislike it when sarcasm is used as a passive-aggressive tactic for criticism and complaints. I appreciate clarity and radical honesty.
I love life, my family, my friends, and myself. I am very blessed!
But, enough already with the I, I, I...it's not all about me. It's way bigger than that!
We are spiritual beings having a human experience. Our rent for payment on this earth is service. We have the ability to transform our passions into positive, transfomative change in our world. The goal: to live our passions and make sure those passions help make this world a more beautiful, loving, positive, artistic, peaceful place. We are the ones we've been waiting for! We must be the change we want to see in the world. Therefore, one last "I"-- I strive to set a positive example and live in a way that can enable at least 7 generations into our future to live healthy, happy lives on this planet. We are participants; not spectators in the world. We have a responsibility to live with integrity, honor, and compassion for all organisms, not just the humans.
Well, that's probably a little more than the tip of the ice berg of me, but it's a start, anyway...
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Greetings, friends.Sun, February 24, 2008 - 3:21 PM permalink - 7 comments
ali cat and 4 other lovely ladies in the Kaivalya Hoop Dancers (Stephiniti, Breeze, Lady Hoop, and Shana) will be hoopin' it up in India for the next two weeks!
Samsung wants us to perform for their Mobile Asia Conference, but then, they are also sponsoring us to take hoops to kids in the local schools in Delhi! I'm so excited to get to spread hoops, health, and happiness to kids on the other side of the globe! Our contact in India says that this trip is only the fir... read more
Greetings, friends. Anyone in the Triangle Area shouldn't miss the Paperhand Puppet Intervention's radical puppet show!Fri, August 10, 2007 - 8:13 AM permalink - 5 comments
Incredible live band, amazing puppets, inspiring images, captivating stories and poignant parables for our times.
Followed by A Full Circle Fire Performance on Aug 11, 18.
Pre-show at 6:20
Show at 7
Fire Show at dark!
See you there!
Greetings, friends. An amazing event happens twice a year on some beautiful land in North west Georgia...The Rivercane Rendezvous, or the Primitive Skills Gathering. 300 people coming together to learn ancient techniques for thrival skills (not just survival). Amazing live music, storytelling, great food, bonfires, fire dancing, and so much more...Tue, February 20, 2007 - 6:33 AM permalink - 1 comment
I've been going to this gathering for 7 years now, and I hardly ever miss one. Check out the website at www.primitiveskills.org
Rivercane R... read more
We got teased with a 1/2" of fleeting powder last week...Mon, January 29, 2007 - 8:18 AM permalink - 3 comments
I must say, I miss snow in the wintertime.
It's finally cold, and I love it...I love the heat too, but there's something grounding about really experiencing each season.
It seems the piedmont of NC hasn't had a good snow in way too long..
This was shot in Boone, NC.
I loved the way the sunset reflected on the side of this building....Sun, January 28, 2007 - 2:14 PM permalink - 4 comments
! contact juggling, ☆ FREAKS IN COLORADO ☆, ** PUPPETS!!!!! **, **Genetically modified food watch**, **LucEnT dOsSieR Vaudeville Cirque**, *ACTION HERO NETWORK*, *The Hoopers' Journal*, Acting strange in public, Alchemy - The Georgia Burn, Apogaea, Art of Poi, Asheville Fire, B&W Photography, Bamboo, Bellydance, Bellydancing/ handspinning/ fiber freaks, Black Rock East, Blue Turtle Seduction, Bohemians Of The Triad, Boulder, ...