Oryoki's House

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Oryoki Bowl

Oryoki Bowl
February 03
Quaker buddhist, kinda quirky, loves cooking and knitting and movies. Dr Who fan, Scandinavian-aquarian and cat lover. Would love to be paid to travel around the world and write about local healing cultures. While eating and drinking and dancing. One day I will have a health cruise in the fjords.


FEBRUARY 5, 2015 5:57PM

Breath like life

Breath like water, pooling into saccules

filling and stretching, lungs afloat. 


Breath like waves, rushing into alveolae

exchanging gasses like sand and shells. 


Breath like tides, pushing up capillaries

pushing out blood, beating the heart .


Breath like life, oscillati… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2014 1:45PM

Dharma Dancing

My dance has reached a new level.  After weeks of showing up, and being in the lesson and practicing, I have some dance in my legs the way one gets sea legs after a while.  The rhythm is now more in the hips and feet than in my head.  I still… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2014 1:53PM

Black Death Friday

Angel rolled over and patted his girlfriend on the shoulder,

"I don't think we should go, I am feeling kind of bad."

"Nonsense, you just ate too much again.  It will be good for you, sweat off that second piece of pie."  Maria was scooting out of bed, crossing the room… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 13, 2014 3:16PM

The Happiness Buffet

Bring Your Own Happiness.  

It should be so simple that we all know this implicitly.  Yet, we don't.

Somehow, we are raised to believe that happiness is something we get if we deserve it.  Like love, if you are good and do the right things, you deserve happiness and someone… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 10, 2014 11:35AM

Playing House and Feeling Loved

I found myself talking to my dance partner for a while after dance last night.  His father is in the hospital, ailing, and his family is gathering around.  We talked of his relationship with his parents, his relationships with his daughter, and his siblings.  There is stress and strain… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2014 1:21PM

What do you have to offer?

Today I want to see the movie Interstellar.  This isn't a surprise, I love scifi, and I like me some good space opera.  And Christopher Nolan is a great film maker.  I haven't been to a movie in a while, and I haven't been going to as many films as I… Read full post »

I am what most would consider a direct communicator.  I work on this, because I believe it is the best way most of the time.  Best for me, best for the people I am dealing with, to be honest and upfront when possible.  It is not because it is so easy,… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 2, 2014 4:51PM

A Light Goes Dim

This week is a special anniversary for me.  In a few days it will be what is known as "Dad Day".  This is the day my father died.  The lead in is the long month of October, each sunset marking of a few minutes earlier, each sunset a few minutes later.… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2014 2:10PM

Happy Hall'o'rotica..... Tink or Treat

He knocked on the door with excitement.  It was room 6 b, but the "b" was missing a nail on the top of the letter, and it had fallen to look like a 9.  He took it as a good omen, although she still hadn't answered the door.  Had he arrived… Read full post »

Linda scanned the stacks again, sorting the books and clothes and electronica to their order list, and making sure each pile matched its new owner.  Later, she would fill them into prepaid postage boxes and envelopes, and bring the load to the post office.  The home business of mail order r… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2014 7:43PM

Put your money where your mouth is

I love this expression.  It means so many things.  

1) invest in good dentistry, people love a beautiful smile and it is a gateway to good health

2) eat fresh and organic, whenever possible, keeps good health

3) if you are going to talk about it, you probaby should try… Read full post »

He didn't remember how he ended up in the conversation exactly, but he had been standing at the bar behind two coeds for about 20 minutes, waiting to get up and order his Hennessy on ice.  They were leaning on the bar, laughing and drinking lemon drop martinis.  They didn't appear… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2014 2:01PM

Changing minds, hearts and standards

It seems that my life is research.  I have always been inquisitive, reading books and trying to learn new things.  I ask a million questions, try on a dozen emotional outfits, and literally try to see things from others' points of view.  I don't have to do everything in order to… Read full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2014 10:13PM

Monogamy and the Modern Woman

The beauty of not dating at all is in the time you get to spend finding out what you value.  There is "not dating" because you are too busy, or have a project to finish, or have to focus on something, or feel depressed or asexual.  There is the other "not… Read full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2014 10:11PM

Monogamy and the Modern Woman

The beauty of not dating at all is in the time you get to spend finding out what you value.  There is "not dating" because you are too busy, or have a project to finish, or have to focus on something, or feel depressed or asexual.  There is the other "not… Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2014 3:41PM

Bierotosphere: Paradise Found, part 6

Elena looked out the lab window.  She was standing at the sink, scrubbing up tubes and flasks.  The ocean was calm today, after the storms of the last few days.  The sun would set in about two hours.  Her husband should be home soon.  If she hurried, she'd be in time… Read full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2014 5:50PM

Bierotosphere: Hungry, part five

It was monday and Elena and Richard had eaten six mangos and a shared protein bar since saturday morning.  With any luck, someone would find them and let them out today, but they realized they might be locked in until Saturday.  The temperatures were high, and they were getting dehydrated a… Read full post »

Passion has been on my mind a lot lately. 

I want it and I don't.

My body and mind don't process those chemicals they way they used to, and I think it is probably a really good thing.  Except, of course, it's lousy.  Who doesn't want to be absolutely gripped… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2014 4:14PM

Bones, Sticks of Stone

Bones lie down in grooves, like scars against gravity.

Born of dynamic tension, broken by calamity, healed by resistance and grown again into tree rings, marking years of personal drought and high water.  

Bones hold us up and keep us down, bones give form, direction, and match yang to… Read full post »

By the time dusk had fallen that night, Elena realized that Derk wasn't there at the facility, wasn't looking for them at all.  Either he hadn't gotten her message or... or he wasn't coming.  That meant that it could be another day, another two days... up to a week before Tiffany… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2014 3:44PM


What is this thing called chemistry?

A friend recently asked me to write my take on this.  What does it mean, how do you know when it is something to pursue and something to avoid?  How can you quantify it?  How can you qualify it?  I am not sure I  have… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2014 10:28AM

Bierotosphere: Marooned, part three

Elena tried the handle again, but it was tight.  The airlock had been completed, and the sensors were programmed to change in one week.  Unless there was a computer override, which had to be done from the control room.  She reached for her cellphone, only to realize it had been left… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2014 4:09PM

Love in the Time of Ebola

I recently made some decisions in my life around love and sex and dating.  I hadn't been making decisions before, I was going with the flow to see what happened.  I did go with the flow, I responded to my flow and the flow of those not me.  I wanted to… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2014 11:30AM

Bierotosphere: Landlocked, part two

By six pm, Elena had finished all the checklists for the day, and laid out the rest for the week in the control room.  She had done all these tasks before, but not all by herself without backup.  This wasn't a drill, and her career hung on the results.  The season… Read full post »