Love of Dance

For today’s post I would like to discuss my love of dance.    I have always enjoyed dancing of all sorts, and even without taking any professional lessons, I have trained myself in different types of dance.    For me dancing is an expression of inner emotions through graceful and sensual movement of the body. …

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The Importance of an Active Lifestyle

For today’s post I would like to look at the importance of living an active life.    For me this includes my daily yoga, dancing, and walking (I am a pedestrian and take the stairs whenever possible).    When I was on my honeymoon, in Salem, I absolutely adored that we could walk basically anywhere…

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My Top 10 Rock Bands of the 1960s

For today’s post I would like to do a countdown of my favorite bands of the 1960’s!   The music in the 1960s was very much inspired by older cultures, as the counterculture movement embraced many mystical traditions!    This is perhaps a reason it is an era of music I truly adore.   Without…

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My Top 5 Most Magical Stevie Nicks Songs

For today’s post I would like to do a countdown of my top five picks for most magical songs by Stevie Nicks.   I love the music of Stevie Nicks, both solo and with Fleetwood Mac.    This countdown will have songs that have an ethereal and magical feel that Stevie is so known for!…

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Into the Woods

The musical Into the Woods was made into a Disney movie musical in 2014.     The beauty of this musical is that it is a mashup of several beloved fairytales!    There is the Jack and the Beanstalk storyline, the Little Red Riding Hood storyline, the Cinderella storyline, and the Rapunzel storyline!   We…

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The Phantom of the Opera

Gaston Leroux’s tale of a deformed man, named Erik, haunting a beautiful young woman at an opera house in Paris is one that has become iconic.    This is likely due to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that has been a Broadway smash since the 1980s!   This happens to be my all time favorite…

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The Sleeping Beauty Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty Ballet was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.   It is based on the fairytale of Sleeping Beauty.   It is one of three ballets composed by Tchaikovsky.    It is my personal favorite Tchaikovsky ballet, and actually my favorite ballet of all time!   I am, in fact, walking down the aisle…

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Camelot: The Musical

In 1960 Lerner and Loewe premiered a new musical entitled Camelot.   The musical was based on the successful Arthurian novel Once and Future King by T.H. White.   On stage the role of Arthur was originated by the great Richard Burton, and the role of Guinevere was originated by Julie Andrews.  On an interesting…

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Mandolin

The mandolin is part of the lute family of stringed instruments.    It has four sets of paired strings, a total of eight, that are played in pairs.   The tuning of the mandolin is G,D,A,E traditionally.    This instrument, or at least early forms of it, was used by medieval minstrels and troubadours.  …

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Dionysus as Archetype

Carl Gustave Jung introduced the theory of archetypes that impact our personalities, based in the cultural unconscious.   In the 1980’s Jungian psychologist Jean Shinoda Bolen used these archetype theories in the form of Greek gods.    First in her book Goddesses in Everywoman and then in the follow-up Gods in Everyman.    In the…

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