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Published: Zine by Odetta Hawk

Odetta Hawk is a truth teller. Her first published zine is available as a five-page PDF download in my shop .  In addition to the PDF download, you also receive a link to a flipbook version that you can read online. This first issue, as illustrated and told by Odetta, is about her birth and the night that her soul came to her.  That night, her soul gifted her a new name and a manifest to speak truth.  Join me in listening to Odetta holler a unique experience of motherhood, domestic abuse, and liberation from stalking and violence. I myself have written a basic Chinese reader about the happiness of fish that is perfect for students of all ages who are studying Mandarin Chinese.  “Yu le: The Happiness of Fish” is also available for purchase in my shop.  

I’m Loving This

It’s a rainy Sunday here in the Green Mountains and I thought I would write up some gratitude for some things I am really enjoying so I can share the joy.  You know, just in case you need some. I am loving making junk journals and altered books.  I’ve finished two and they will be posted for sale very soon in my shop: MADE BY 冯.   I’m going to post them in a new category of “Firsts”.  Many artists sell their imperfect works as “Seconds”, but these are a new kind of project for me and I want to share new things that I am working on at low prices that reflect my lack of mastery, but allow me to share the excitement of new ideas. I am deeply engrossed in this novel by Sanjena Sathian called “Gold Diggers”.  It is both a fascinating peak into the types of identity crisis that immigrants face and how we access agency and power, both micro and macro within our own selves and in relationship.  I finished the …

Forward Folds and Bending Over Backwards in Nature

The number one thing that adults say when I tell them that I am a yoga teacher is: “Oh, I can’t do yoga!  I’m so inflexible and I can’t even get close to touching my toes.” For about twenty-years now, I have tried every socially acceptable way possible at these moments to try to explain that yoga isn’t about being flexible, that anyone and everyone can benefit, that one may or may not become more flexible through yoga, that flexibility is, truly….besides the point entirely.  As soon as I start talking, I see the recipient’s eyes glaze over.  They are no longer paying attention to me, mostly because they only asked what I did for a living as a social pleasantry in the first place. Now, they are filled with regret for having ever made eye contact in the first place.  I can almost see the thoughts of escape to the cheese platter or, even better, the bar, cross their mind. A couple weeks ago I was on a walk with a friend when t …

Geography of Awareness

Do you see these “markings” on the back of the fern’s leaves?  In fact, these patterns are spores.  Each one is a potential fern.  The ferns carry their fertility in each and every leaf.  If you are interested in joining a spore exchange group (not kidding), then you might want to look into membership in the Hardy Fern Foundation.  The American Fern Society is over 100 years old and has more than 900 members all over the world. Not only that, but each type of fern has spores that organize in a different pattern. Recently, I have gone on retreat for a few hours a week to the Fern Room at Phipp’s Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Each pilgrimage to this sacred space has brought me to a deeper place of respect for this amazing plant type.  I am also grateful to the amazing Theresa who cares for these plants and seems to have a well of patience for all my questions as well as some of the other horticulturists and care takers who work without …

A Spring Meditation to Balance the Liver

Spring The water murmurs In the old stone well, And, a rippling mirror, Gives back the clear blue sky. The river roars, Swollen with the late rains of spring. On the cool, jade-green grass The golden sunshine Splashes. Sometimes, at early dawn, I climb Even as far as Lien Shan Temple. In the spring I plow the thirsty field, That it may drink new life. I eat a little, I work a little, Each day my hair grows thinner, And, it seems, I lean ever a bit more heavily On my old thornwood cane. ~Liu Tzu-Hui, Sung Dynasty, AD 960-1278 [This translation from Beinfield and Korngold, page 160] With the coming of spring, here is a gentle yoga-based exercise to balance the liver energy in the body. The energy of the liver (or, “Liver Meridian”) starts at the inside base of the big toe and runs up the inside of the leg, goes through the reproductive organs and flows under the front of the ribs into the liver where it circulates upwards through the lungs.  …