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Future Playmates

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Sweet words from sweet playmates

September 23, 2011
I've enjoyed your words over the years.
Sometimes, for me, words fail.
Yours don't!
November 10, 2008
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Peace and Blessings
Foxy HoopSiSt*a*R..
August 1, 2008
Caroleeena is amazing. Caroleeena changed my life. With a simple invitation to Transformus she opened up a whole new world to me. I don't mean just the new people I have met and the things I have done (all of that is great too.) I mean she opened me up on the inside. My heart has been stretched and thrown open. She is like the caress of sunshine that gives a seedling the room and strength to grow. I have never felt so free. She simply grants you permission to be yourself and joyously witnesses it. What a beautiful gift.

All the self hatred and shame just evaporates. I don't know how I got so lucky to meet such a beautiful person -inside and out-. Did I mention she is incredibly photogenic and has a laugh that is down right musical.

I am truly grateful to be friends with someone that says beautiful things like this:

"So I want to recognize everyone who has ever had the courage to share their opinion or go out a limb by filming themselves and sharing it with us or had the kindness to leave an encouraging comment or reached out to help a newbie figure something out. Community is made up by community members and I recognize that I am only one member of this wonderful community. It wouldn't exist without every single one of us."

Thank you Caroleeena for being such a beautiful inspiration and acknowledging the courage it takes to step out into the light. I LOVE YOU!
May 23, 2008
Because of Caroleeena,
me and coffee are ruined for life!
I am no longer satisfied with simple coffee unless it
has Kahlua and Bailies. And when I do get what
I want in my coffee, I always have the most fond
memories of Caroleeena
floating across a field of wild flowers
in a colorful hippie dress…
April 29, 2007
This amazing woman has changed my life. She has empowered me with so many wonderful skills and a truly valuable friendship. I am forever grateful to have her in my life. She is an inspiration, a confidant, an endlessly energetic playmate, and one of my heroes! I admire her courage, generosity, enthusiasm, optimism, activism, and her laugh. The world is a better place with you in it. I look forward to reading your book! I love you, and remember to think about bubbles! ali cat
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Fire Poi with Funkuponya at SPARKcon

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Mulder Cares for Orphan Kitten

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A Little About Me

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A virtual hug from me to you!

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My Scribblings

I am the very model of a modern Star Fleet Admiral
I represent the planets bound together federational,
I knew God on Olympus, and fought aliens historical
From Abadeen to Romulus, in order categorical;
I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters astronomical,
I understand the lady parts, mental and anatomical,
About warp core technology I'm teeming with a lot of news,
Dilithium without a doubt, is what we need to swift transduce.

I'm very good with other life forms, do not ... read more
Thu, March 8, 2012 - 5:04 PM permalink - 8 comments
What is the opposite
of drowning
of going under
of sinking like a stone?
Is it staying afloat?
Treading water?
Is it breathing?
Is it swimming?
Swimming is exhausting
It'll wear you out
unless you're lifted
by the air in your lungs
by the arms of someone who cares
by the nose of a friendly dolphin
or a floatation device
maybe a surfboard
with a sail
that catches the wind
and takes to the air
so that you're flying.


The opposite of drowning
is fly... read more
Thu, December 29, 2011 - 11:57 PM permalink - 2 comments
Love is a monster
hiding in the bushes
I tiptoe through
dry leaves
crackling twigs
fearful of Love's awakening.
If it notices me
I don't know what it will do
what I will do
I am afraid.
So I tiptoe
quiet as I can
through the forest
what it looks like.
Fri, December 9, 2011 - 11:14 PM permalink - 4 comments
(sung to the tune of O Come All Ye Faithful)
The morning after
waking in a strange place
covered in glitter
eyelash glued to my thigh...
How did I get here?
And why am I naked?
O where are my panties?
O where are my panties?
O where are my panties?
O there they are.

(Freestyled on the bus at this Santaconda and saved for the next one!)
Mon, December 5, 2011 - 12:41 AM permalink - 23 comments
I find myself dreaming
of kisses –
sweet first kisses
tender and tentative
confident second kisses
passionate and deep
the butterfly kiss of lashes
dancing on bare skin

of kisses that melt
and hummmm
and purrrrrr…

of kisses on earlobes
a kiss on the nose
of kisses on hands
and fingers
and toes
of kisses that buckle
and kisses that seize
and kisses that mash
and fondle and squeeze
a kiss on the forehead
the back of the knee
inside of an elbow
an ear if it please
a... read more
Fri, September 23, 2011 - 4:26 PM permalink - 12 comments
Hello Beloveds,

I have decided to offer one more nine-week series in my backyard. (My home is 609 Sardis Dr., Raleigh, NC 27603. Near the NC State Farmer's Market.) I am going to offer hooping classes on Thursdays and Poi, Fans and Staff on Mondays.

7:30 - 9:00: I will be offering an intermediate hoopdance class that will emphasize integrating dance technique and building strength in specific moves of your choosing. We're going to learn to rock your favorite moves and add ... read more
Fri, August 12, 2011 - 9:00 AM permalink - 2 comments
In the beginning
there was God
and then
there was a Big Bang
and God flew apart
into countless tiny sparks
into us
and into everything.

And when we die
we fly apart
slowly we think
faster than we realize
into countless tiny sparks
still us
still God
and also the next...
a diaspora of goodness,
a diaspora of God-ness.

The universe
and everything in it
is holy.

- Carolyn Mabry
June 11, 2011
Sat, June 11, 2011 - 9:56 AM permalink - 1 comment
A lump under the covers.
my kitty
a happy memory
not really there.
Yet there.
I choose not
to smooth the spread.
I'm happy.
He is here.
Sun, May 22, 2011 - 9:23 PM permalink - 4 comments
My rapture will look like a beautiful earth with all the sanctimonious, prosthelytizing puritans and fundamentalists whisked away to their idea of heaven leaving this beautiful planet to those of us who will take care of it and not treat it as a gift given to us to dominate and use and destroy while waiting for the end times.

My rapture will look like an earth where any adult can marry any other adult they love ... but they don't have to if they don't want to.

My rapture will look lik... read more
Fri, May 20, 2011 - 10:41 AM permalink - 12 comments
So I'd spent an entire week re-vamping my backyard so I could teach classes in it ... and then this happened:

I'm really lucky. Forty-four people are dead.

What a week.
Fri, April 22, 2011 - 4:41 PM permalink - 6 comments
It is a myth that dogs will eventually outgrow their fear of thunder or other loud noises without treatment. Phobias are intense fear responses that are out of proportion to the real threat of the situation. Fear of thunderstorms is common, and in areas where thunderstorms occur frequently, dogs experience many traumatic episodes yearly. Such fear generally gets progressively worse. Usually, there is no clue as to what started the thunderstorm phobia. Some dogs may be biologically predispose... read more
Sun, February 20, 2011 - 12:44 PM permalink - 2 comments
I am very excited to announce that I will be teaching hoopdance at Hooping University! Hooping University is an online treasury of hoop instruction with curricula by some of the best hoop dancers and instructors in the world. I feel so honored to have been asked to participate in this project.

These are not 10 minute youtube vids but half hour intensives on every aspect of hooping you can imagine. I reviewed the site and I feel really good about encouraging people to enroll. Here's why:... read more
Tue, February 8, 2011 - 1:42 PM permalink - 98 comments
A ping pong ball
emerges from hiding
pulled with dust bunnies
from hidey hole.
A broom sends it scurrying
and I reach to field it
nostalgia numbing my fingers
so that it drops
and bounces
and suddenly Cass is there
his tail held high
curled at the very end
he bouncing on his toes
like a ballerina
on a pogo stick
straight up and down
so that I hear the click of his toenails
before he bounces backward
into a horeshoe
watches warily
then bats again.

I miss him... read more
Fri, January 7, 2011 - 9:51 PM permalink - 4 comments
Empathy is the capacity to feel what another living thing feels. It is not sympathy, which is to feel sorry for someone else, but the capacity to actually feel another sentient being's emotions through our consciousness rather than our physicality. Empathy exists in many animals. I recently read an interesting study with rats in side by side cages. The rats in Cage A were given a special treat but if they ate it, the rats in Cage B received an electric shock. As soon as they realized this the... read more
Wed, December 1, 2010 - 1:24 PM permalink - 3 comments
Musicality is a major aspect of dance. It is also a part of Flow. But, sadly, when it comes to hoopdance, absorption in tricks, technique, choreography, even costuming can get in the way of dancing musically.

Musicality is challenging to define. To me, it is the difference between dancing "to" the music or "with" the music and dancing "in" the music. Many people mistakenly believe that being musical simply means dancing on time. I disagree. I believe musicality sometimes involves going off... read more
Wed, December 1, 2010 - 1:22 PM permalink - 1 comment
When I was in Japan, I got to briefly study Hoop Rolling with Naomi, director of Japan's Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation and a rhythmic gymnast since she was nine. Naomi could make a hoop roll and return to her in many unusual and inventive ways. Most of us are familiar with rolling a hoop in a line with back spin. Imagine being able to send your hoop off in a circle so that it sneaks up behind you like a mischievous child. It was fascinating and made me see hoops in a whole new way. It got me... read more
Tue, November 30, 2010 - 2:32 PM permalink - 1 comment
I am a total size queen
I said it
I like 'em big
Big as I can get 'em
Big as I can manage
High as my nipples
Round enough so I can close my fingers
Hold 'em
Big as I can get 'em
and still manage my favorite moves

I said it
I'm a size queen
I like my hoops big.
Fri, November 26, 2010 - 7:04 AM permalink - 1 comment
When we look at trees in winter, we think of them as dormant. But they are not dormant. Even if, to the naked eye, they do not appear to be growing, they are growing. After bursting forth with new growth in springtime, trees bud and blossom, burgeon and bloom, branch out and burst forth all over with new growth, growth we can see, growth we can measure. Trees continue to grow throughout spring showers, through the long hot summer, through the warm but cooling autumn, working hard, growing, gr... read more
Mon, November 22, 2010 - 7:03 AM permalink - 0 comments
When it come to polishing your dance, few things shine as much as "The Big Finish". The Big Finish is one of the things that differentiates between dancing and performing. It's also one of the things that distinguishes between a hooper and hoopdancer.

The Big Finish is comprised of three parts:
1. A Ta Da! Moment
2. A Denoument
3. The Final Pose

The Ta Da! Moment.
Your dance may have a lot of flash and glitz but you always want to save one special move for the highlight of the son... read more
Fri, November 19, 2010 - 12:01 PM permalink - 1 comment
Contrary to what you may have read in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, we humans are not very combustible. We are mostly water. With the exception of our hair, there is not much on us that is predisposed to being going up in flames. What is flammable is fuel. Once you know this, you know that the main thing you need to do to protect yourself while fire dancing is use fuel safely. In this course, we will learn how to do that, which clothes to wear, the qualities of the various fuels and some first ... read more
Mon, November 15, 2010 - 2:44 PM permalink - 1 comment
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Night of the Dancing Flame Poi-formance

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Hooping in the Living Room

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Mulder and I Go Broadway!

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My Little Family

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Speak To Me Of Lovely Things

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Candyman at Lead with your Heart Benefit

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