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The weather's been nutty the past few days, sun then rain then hail then sun and rain and whee. The season seems to have trouble making up its mind as to just what's going on, but I think we're starting to turn the corner to spring. A little more snow would have been nice-- I do love it so, no matter how ridiculously difficult it makes things around here. It makes everything seem like a grand and mysterious adventure, even something so mundane as a walk to the grocery store-- such banal outings take on the overtones of an epic quest in my mind, even though they last only an hour at most before I return to my absurdly cozy apartment. I don't think I'd fare particularly well in a real ice age, but dallying with one (as is all we do here in the PNW) can be quite nice.
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The weather's been nutty the past few days, sun then rain then hail then sun and rain and whee. The season seems to have trouble making up its mind as to just what's going on, but I think we're starting to turn the corner to spring. A little more snow would have been nice-- I do love it so, no matter how ridiculously difficult it makes things around here. It makes everything seem like a grand and mysterious adventure, even something so mundane as a walk to the grocery store-- such banal outings take on the overtones of an epic quest in my mind, even though they last only an hour at most before I return to my absurdly cozy apartment. I don't think I'd fare particularly well in a real ice age, but dallying with one (as is all we do here in the PNW) can be quite nice.
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Biking home from school today, passed by new fire station at 55th and 40th that is pretty much done, as far as I can tell, and has had beauty bark spread across its landscaping; I can't think of anything that more perfectly captures what I think of as the essence of rotten, the chemical bite and the fecal miasma, dry but penetrating and so pungent you can almost taste it.
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Biking home from school today, passed by new fire station at 55th and 40th that is pretty much done, as far as I can tell, and has had beauty bark spread across its landscaping; I can't think of anything that more perfectly captures what I think of as the essence of rotten, the chemical bite and the fecal miasma, dry but penetrating and so pungent you can almost taste it.
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Coming back from Fred Meyer today, I saw the most beautiful pre-sunset show in recent memory: a lower band of brilliant white cloud backlit by the sun, with bright blue sky above, surrounded by slate-blue backing clouds, and superimposed over all of it were low-flying, fast-moving wisps of grayish-white foglike cloud. It was the most perfect visual expression of Metal meeting Water I've ever seen.
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Coming back from Fred Meyer today, I saw the most beautiful pre-sunset show in recent memory: a lower band of brilliant white cloud backlit by the sun, with bright blue sky above, surrounded by slate-blue backing clouds, and superimposed over all of it were low-flying, fast-moving wisps of grayish-white foglike cloud. It was the most perfect visual expression of Metal meeting Water I've ever seen.
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The weather has definitely turned to Winter; here, particularly, the dark of the year is very much attuned to Water, the rains and snows filling the world in preparation for Spring. We can see too the greening of the grass, which takes so much less damage in the cold here than it does elsewhere; I've seen in other places how the grass gets brown and brittle under layers of frost and snow, but here, our below-freezing days and even nights are still relatively rare, so we can see the promise of new life even in the midst of death.

It's always seemed to me that there must necessarily be some kind of survival of the spirit after death, if only because if there were not, that would mean that spirit, alone of all the components in nature, is removed from the cycle of life/death/rebirth and renewal that all other forms of life follow. This does not necessarily mean that consciousness survives beyond death, as so many religions are eager to claim, but nevertheless, I think that the energetic qualities that make us us will find homes outside our bodies after those vehicles eventually  break down.
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The weather has definitely turned to Winter; here, particularly, the dark of the year is very much attuned to Water, the rains and snows filling the world in preparation for Spring. We can see too the greening of the grass, which takes so much less damage in the cold here than it does elsewhere; I've seen in other places how the grass gets brown and brittle under layers of frost and snow, but here, our below-freezing days and even nights are still relatively rare, so we can see the promise of new life even in the midst of death.

It's always seemed to me that there must necessarily be some kind of survival of the spirit after death, if only because if there were not, that would mean that spirit, alone of all the components in nature, is removed from the cycle of life/death/rebirth and renewal that all other forms of life follow. This does not necessarily mean that consciousness survives beyond death, as so many religions are eager to claim, but nevertheless, I think that the energetic qualities that make us us will find homes outside our bodies after those vehicles eventually  break down.
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I still struggle with the various relational modes a practitioner might need to employ beyond Earth. The "Mothering" mode just feels so natural to me in a healthcare setting; people usually want to be fixed, after all, and the Earth Mother is best equipped to do that. I can access Fire for compassion and Metal, to an extent, if only to provide authority's remote reassurance; Water and Wood (especially Wood) still elude me. Using anger and shouting for healing just feels so counterintuitive to me.
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I still struggle with the various relational modes a practitioner might need to employ beyond Earth. The "Mothering" mode just feels so natural to me in a healthcare setting; people usually want to be fixed, after all, and the Earth Mother is best equipped to do that. I can access Fire for compassion and Metal, to an extent, if only to provide authority's remote reassurance; Water and Wood (especially Wood) still elude me. Using anger and shouting for healing just feels so counterintuitive to me.
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The weather continues to be truly autumnal, though the air is cold enough to herald the first bite of winter; the differentiation of the two seasons is always a bit difficult here, though this year is forecast to be a bit easier. The forecast is for a very cold and wet winter, which, at this point, I'm looking forward to quite a bit. It never truly seems like winter unless there's snow on the ground.

I've noticed a turning inward among the populace with the cooling and darkening; people seem to have less appetite for socializing when there's less light in the sky. Of course, our school schedules still go by the agricultural calendar despite our not being in any way a majority farming nation, and many businesses have retail concerns centered around Christmas, so it's not surprising that people become more focused of their various work situations than on community-building.
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The weather continues to be truly autumnal, though the air is cold enough to herald the first bite of winter; the differentiation of the two seasons is always a bit difficult here, though this year is forecast to be a bit easier. The forecast is for a very cold and wet winter, which, at this point, I'm looking forward to quite a bit. It never truly seems like winter unless there's snow on the ground.

I've noticed a turning inward among the populace with the cooling and darkening; people seem to have less appetite for socializing when there's less light in the sky. Of course, our school schedules still go by the agricultural calendar despite our not being in any way a majority farming nation, and many businesses have retail concerns centered around Christmas, so it's not surprising that people become more focused of their various work situations than on community-building.
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It's interesting watching people who are superficially very typical of one CF, and trying to look beneath the surface to see if there's a deeper motivation at work that might not be so readily apparent. With SD last night, I was struck as I always am by how readily he moves in Fire, always driving the social energy of a gathering and making a concerted effort to amuse and entertain. Still, I wonder if the desire to connect in that way is all that's behind it, or if there's something else at work, perhaps a desire to be nourished by the attention of those present? I don't see the color of Earth on him, but then I always see red or lack of red too readily, I think.

The weather has cooled considerably, for which I am quite thankful, though most of the trees still have their leaves and the light is still the gold of Late Summer. I do notice in myself an increased willingness to return to work, though I have more of it to do now than I have had for some time, which is due in no small part to my own desire to be helpful. I think it can all be done, but prioritizing such things is sometimes daunting for me-- a Wood deficiency, I think.
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It's interesting watching people who are superficially very typical of one CF, and trying to look beneath the surface to see if there's a deeper motivation at work that might not be so readily apparent. With SD last night, I was struck as I always am by how readily he moves in Fire, always driving the social energy of a gathering and making a concerted effort to amuse and entertain. Still, I wonder if the desire to connect in that way is all that's behind it, or if there's something else at work, perhaps a desire to be nourished by the attention of those present? I don't see the color of Earth on him, but then I always see red or lack of red too readily, I think.

The weather has cooled considerably, for which I am quite thankful, though most of the trees still have their leaves and the light is still the gold of Late Summer. I do notice in myself an increased willingness to return to work, though I have more of it to do now than I have had for some time, which is due in no small part to my own desire to be helpful. I think it can all be done, but prioritizing such things is sometimes daunting for me-- a Wood deficiency, I think.
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The air has cooled rather a lot, which is most pleasant, but the Late Summer humidity is still with us... which makes me think of humus, which is just another word for terra. Let it never be said that the Chinese were the only ancient culture to see a connection between the Elements, however unconscious or informal it might have been.

I'm reading a book that came out of the "Men's Movement" in the '90s, and I can barely contain my impatience with all the heterosexist blather. The root assumption of all this literature seems to be that there's some eternal tension between the sexes, and that gender identity is this eternal static thing that can only be healthy one way... which is not at all my own experience, and I've never really given much of a shit about manliness qua manliness in my own life; masculinity is where you find it, I think, and I find it wherever I damn well please.
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The air has cooled rather a lot, which is most pleasant, but the Late Summer humidity is still with us... which makes me think of humus, which is just another word for terra. Let it never be said that the Chinese were the only ancient culture to see a connection between the Elements, however unconscious or informal it might have been.

I'm reading a book that came out of the "Men's Movement" in the '90s, and I can barely contain my impatience with all the heterosexist blather. The root assumption of all this literature seems to be that there's some eternal tension between the sexes, and that gender identity is this eternal static thing that can only be healthy one way... which is not at all my own experience, and I've never really given much of a shit about manliness qua manliness in my own life; masculinity is where you find it, I think, and I find it wherever I damn well please.
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And here it is three days later, and despite some almost-sleeping a couple of times during class (you do 17 hours of A&P in one weekend and we'll see how alert YOU feel), things went pretty well. Most of it was stuff I already knew in a general sense, so now I have a chance to get a really good handle on the specifics. One minor epiphany came as we were discussing homeostasis, and I realized that that word is just Western science's way of talking about balance, and that an allopathic doctor is trying to achieve that just as much as any Five Element practitioner. Our methods differ widely, of course, and there are some things that each methodology is better suited to than the other-- I wouldn't go to a surgeon for spiritual support, just as I wouldn't see an acupuncturist for a stab wound-- but each is trying, ultimately, to get to the same place.

Today is so disgustingly humid, I can barely stand to sit here and type this: Late Summer has taken hold of Seattle with a vengeance, and is shaking us like a cat shakes a fieldmouse. I am now officially ready for Autumn, pretty clouds and sunbreaks notwithstanding.
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And here it is three days later, and despite some almost-sleeping a couple of times during class (you do 17 hours of A&P in one weekend and we'll see how alert YOU feel), things went pretty well. Most of it was stuff I already knew in a general sense, so now I have a chance to get a really good handle on the specifics. One minor epiphany came as we were discussing homeostasis, and I realized that that word is just Western science's way of talking about balance, and that an allopathic doctor is trying to achieve that just as much as any Five Element practitioner. Our methods differ widely, of course, and there are some things that each methodology is better suited to than the other-- I wouldn't go to a surgeon for spiritual support, just as I wouldn't see an acupuncturist for a stab wound-- but each is trying, ultimately, to get to the same place.

Today is so disgustingly humid, I can barely stand to sit here and type this: Late Summer has taken hold of Seattle with a vengeance, and is shaking us like a cat shakes a fieldmouse. I am now officially ready for Autumn, pretty clouds and sunbreaks notwithstanding.
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Yoga again this morning. Wendy (the teacher) said something at the beginning of the class about how it's autumn already, and I might have agreed, but by this afternoon it was definitely feeling like late summer again, all warm and humid, and to top it off there's a great big yellow harvest moon in the sky tonight. Still, I can feel the season winding down, nevertheless; the farmers' market only has two more weeks left to run here in Lake City, and the offerings are starting to get slimmer as the harvest starts to thin out, the bounty of Earth going below the surface for another year.

A&P starts tomorrow, and dear god but I hope I don't suck. Final exam isn't until January, at least.
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Yoga again this morning. Wendy (the teacher) said something at the beginning of the class about how it's autumn already, and I might have agreed, but by this afternoon it was definitely feeling like late summer again, all warm and humid, and to top it off there's a great big yellow harvest moon in the sky tonight. Still, I can feel the season winding down, nevertheless; the farmers' market only has two more weeks left to run here in Lake City, and the offerings are starting to get slimmer as the harvest starts to thin out, the bounty of Earth going below the surface for another year.

A&P starts tomorrow, and dear god but I hope I don't suck. Final exam isn't until January, at least.

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