PawsWalk 2009

PawsWalk: A Seattle tradition for 18 years. Paws, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society hosts a fundraising walk through Seattle’s Magnuson Park. Rob, Scott and I participated this year and plan to make it a family tradition. Rob had a blast and I was surprised by how calm he was. In fact, all the dogs were polite and well behaved. Now I realize that people probably only bring polite dogs to an event like this, which is why we never brought Freya, but it seems to me that the fact that we were all moving in the same direction as a pack really made a difference. When the dogs were milling around they were pretty “doggy” but once we all started walking, they were very focused. A double row of volunteers were standing at the finish line clapping for each dog who had completed the course. I was going to bypass the gauntlet but Scott nudged me and said to take Rob through. He was right! The volunteers started clapping and waving at him and he positively pranced to the water bowls at the end of the corridor.  Next year, I think we’ll form a team and see if we can get some more donations. Paws announced that they had more than 1500 walkers, most with dogs ( they don’t list how many dogs) and the final dollar-count is not tallied yet but as of today they’ve raised $185,000.

Hope to see you there next year!

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The Autumnal Equinox

September 22nd is the Autumnal Equinox: the day the Sun enters Libra, and the beginning of Autumn.

libra2In the same way that the Solstice marks the days of longest and shortest “light,” the Equinoxes mark the day of equal light. Nox is the Roman goddess of night so equinox literally means “equal night.” The glyph for Libra represents the setting sun expressing the balance between night and day. The rising of the constellation Libra marked the beginning of the New Year in ancient Egypt. Equinoxes are the two points in the year (March 19-21 and September 21-23) when the Sun crosses the celestial equator. At these times, day and night in Northern and Southern hemispheres are of equal length. The spring (vernal) equinox occurs midway between the Winter and Summer solstices; the Autumnal equinox occurs midway between the Summer and Winter solstices. The Autumn equinoctial festival of Mabon mirrors the spring equinoctial festival of Oestara with the Light and Dark forces of the Universe switching ascendancy.

Persephone departs the earth to join her husband in the underworld. It is time to give thanks for the summer, and to welcome the impending dark. Traditionally, this is when some of the heaviest work of the agricultural year begins. The harvest is stored away, the farm animals are measured against their feed and decisions are made about how many to keep and how many to slaughter and eat. This is why so much Thanksgiving feasting goes on now. Preserved meat and fruit only last so long.

Symbols of Autumn:

Blackberries, wine, gourds, pinecones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, ivy

Foods of Autumn:

Breads, nuts, apples, squash, pomegranates, and root vegetables.

Colors of Autumn:

The colors of the sunset: violet, orange, russet, maroon, brown, and gold.

Stones of Autumn:

Libra is Pink tourmaline, opals and Rhodochrosite. Scorpio is topaz, bloodstones, garnets, and yellow agates. Sagittarius is turquoise and jasper.

Activities of Autumn:

Making wine, gathering seeds and seedpods, walking in the woods, Halloween, and Thanksgiving celebrations.

Fitness links:

I just emailed these links to several coaching clients and decided, in the name of efficiency, to post them here.

Recipes:

http://www.self.com/fooddiet great everyday recipes as well as ones suitable for entertaining guests.

http://www.hungry-girl.com Many of these are not necessarily healthy recipes for everyday, but they will get you through a craving. I made the carrot cake cupcakes for Scott’s birthday and they are terrific.

Exercise:

http://www.bodylastics.com I have the basic set with the DVD. Love the DVD!

http://www.collagevideo.com This is my favorite source for workout DVDs. I have the S.W.A.T. one in my wishlist, it uses the bodylastic tubing too.

Two sources for free workouts you can watch on your PC or download to your ipod

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/ipod-workouts

http://www.self.com/fitness

Bonus link: http://www.runpee.com

I don’t like to miss anything when I am watching a movie in the theatre, so I have a personal rule about drinking beverages during movies. However, for those who drink … I suggest runpee.com. Just type in the name of a movie to learn exactly when in the movie you can run to the restroom without missing anything important and they even summarize what you will miss while you are gone.

Fitness Coaching

I apologize for not posting for so long but lately I’ve noticed a real “trend” in my work and I’ve finally decided to share it. I don’t know whether it is the Summer wedding and party season or people are wearing less clothing, or what, but I seem to be getting a lot of calls about hypnosis and coaching for weight control and fitness. I am happy about it because body transformation and behavior modification is probably my favorite hypnosis specialty. Hypnosis is great for helping motivate you to stick to the good habits you’ve chosen. I also am amazed at how well it can uncover the root  causes of habits. I think this would be a good focus for a group as well as for individual work, so if you or any of your friends would be interested in a group approach, let me know and I’ll get something going.

Rob is a Therapy Dog!

Breaking News! Rob passed the TDI therapy dog test and the AKC Canine Good Citizen test today. I am so proud of him! The evaluator did a teeth and toes check and a quick brushing just to prove he was manageable. Then Rob had people in wheelchairs, on walkers, and crutches petting him on his head and talking loudly while a kid ran laps around us. He had an umbrella opened in his face and bowls clanged over his head and I had to leave him and go out of sight for three minutes. He was a trouper and did great. Moreover, this all has to be done with no treats and no corrections.

Usually, being left with a stranger is the hardest part for a dog but I’ve given Rob lots of practice at short separations and he got lucky and got a teenage girl to flirt with while I was gone. The only part that was hard for him was walking past the three giant milkbones on the floor. He walked by and didn’t touch them but he didn’t want anyone else having a chance at them either and actually growled really low when the next dog was called out, but no one else heard him. I have never worked on that with him because it has never come up before.

Click to check out the Therapy Dogs International website. The Tail Waggin Tutors (children reading to dogs) is what I’d like to focus on. Maybe the new library will want to get a program started.  If you are in need of a good cry, read the stories on the DSR (Disaster Stress Relief) page.

Click to check out the Canine Good Citizen program webpage.

Addendum: I didn’t realize it until after I posted, but we actually brought Robert home as a six month old on June 6th of  ’07. Today is our second anniversary.

Who is the State Dog of New Hampshire?

Chinook News!

Mom forwarded this link from the New Hampshire News, which says that Robert and Chinooks like him will most likely become the official state dog of New Hampshire. This bill was the idea of a seventh grade teacher and her class and she says the students did most of the work involved in getting it passed in the State House and Senate. What a great way to learn about the legislative process, although one does have to wonder about the 23 house representatives who voted against it. The bill was passed unanimously in the Senate and is now on its way to the Governor for signing.

Since most breeds of dog seem to have originated in Europe, New Hampshire is one of very few states that can actually boast that they have a dog breed that originated there. The first Chinook was bred in 1917 and he was named Chinook. He led Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic expedition and became a household name at the time when he didn’t return from that trip. The Chinook Trail in NH was named in honor of him and all the signs have his picture on them.  Also, Boeing’s Vetrol division, maker of the Chinook helicopter, had a Chinook named Charger as a mascot.

Click here to watch a short news video about the story and featuring 9 Chinooks.

For more factoids, click the American Kennel Club.

For more history of the breed, click The Chinook Owners Association.

My Inga Collection

I get a lot of questions about my collection of Ingas on Facebook. For those of you who aren’t on Facebook, I have over 20 Ingas in “my friends.” Why?  Really, it is quite simple, when I joined Facebook… wait a minute, does anyone not know what Facebook is? Raise your hands.

Ok, it appears that there are a few of you. Facebook is a free, Internet-based, social network that I joined after graduating from Kepler College because I thought it would be a simple (keyword: efficient) way to keep in touch with fellow Kepler-ites. Did I say efficient? Sorry, it is though. I can stay in touch with friends, cousins, stepsisters, and colleagues all in one convenient place, and for someone who has been dubbed “her terseness”, this is a big deal.

So, I had no sooner joined and sent out “friend requests” or “join Facebook” invitations to everyone involved with Kepler than I received a “friend request” from an Italian guy who had started a group of Ingas. I teased him about collecting “Nordic women” but then checked his “Facebook profile” and realized his last name was “Inga.” Then I felt like a killjoy for having teased him about that and joined his group to make amends. What is cool about it is that we are from everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, from the US, Italy, Russia, Iceland. It is not a common name, but since Ing is an Old Norse god, the name does turn up in many different languages and countries. I like that I get “status updates” from friends in languages that I can’t read.

Have you met many people who share your name? I certainly haven’t. What experiences have you had meeting people with your name or finding people on Facebook?

Personal & Planetary Transformation

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