The Aging Hippie: Becoming a Crazy Aunt

The Aging Hippie: Becoming a Crazy Aunt

by Amy Martin Issue – Fort Worth, January-February 2016   Hippiedom is superb training for being the crazy aunt. A good hippie embraces each day as a unique gift overflowing with creative potential and opportunities to connect and serve. We are the keepers of the carpe diem. My heart melts each time my grandnieces greet me at family gatherings with …

Cosmic & calendar highlights 2016

Cosmic & calendar highlights 2016

Just the highlights, not an inclusive list. Lots of seasonal dates and Full Moons falling on weekends, including a Saturday spring equinox. Biggie of the year: Full Moon weekend Summer Solstice! Next biggie: Lunar Samhain and Divali occur on a Sunday, the the day before Halloween/Samhain. February 8 – New Moon & Chinese New Year 23 – Full Moon falls on a …

The Aging Hippie: Crepuscular

The Aging Hippie: Crepuscular

by Amy Martin Sleepless nights and too much rumination. Menopause is long past, so I don’t have that to blame. By this point in the fall, the longer nights should have me in a mood for sleeping. But no, I lie here deep into the night, weighed down by endless what ifs, plagued by perceived slights and lost opportunities, and …

Mosquito Madness: monitoring spray plans / do not spray list / reporting possible West Nile

Mosquito Madness: monitoring spray plans / do not spray list / reporting possible West Nile

How to monitor City of Dallas mosquito spraying plans Bookmark and check this page regularly: City of Dallas West Nile alerts http://spwebext1.dallascityhall.com/departments/codecompliance/WestNile/Pages/default.aspx Bookmark and check this page regularly: Dallas Citizens for Safer Mosquito Control https://www.facebook.com/groups/500647603298628/ Sign up for spraying alerts through the city hall news service, but don’t be surprised if you get none. Go to http://spwebext1.dallascityhall.com/Pages/default.aspx Scroll to the …

Hippie funerals: Homegrown grieving

Hippie funerals: Homegrown grieving

I’ve become quite the expert in hippie funerals. By experience, alas. The early-to-go baby boomers, the ones felled by cancer, too many of those, and folks like my friend Stu, who we still don’t know what happened. And those perished in car accidents — so sudden and relatable, we all drive. The unaffiliated flail a bit as we learn to …

Aging Hippies: Spring Fever

Aging Hippies: Spring Fever

By Amy Martin February 25, 2015 Are you an aging tree-hugging hippie? If true, spring equinox is our day. My hippie roots run deep. It was 1969 and the flower children of Dallas were abloom. So were racial conflicts and heated arguments about the Vietnam War. After narrowly escaping a melee in the girl’s bathroom, with factions debating their fine …

Remembrances and Condolences for Stuart Kraft

Remembrances and Condolences for Stuart Kraft

Remembrances and Condolences for Stuart Kraft Art & Seek eulogy Dallas Morning News coverage   Collected from Facebook Cindy Bennett So sorry for your loss. Marc Bennett & I loved Stu & will miss him camping at our ranch with his doggies; Bella & Marley.   Gae Asbury Benson? I first met Stuart at “Celebration of Fitness”, a tiny yoga-based …

Stuart Kraft: celebration service

Stuart Kraft: celebration service

Celebration of Life for Stuart Kraft November 16, 1954 to February 2, 2015   Friday, February 20 6 to 10 pm   Sammons Center for the Arts 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75219 Important: See parking and directions notes below   6 pm — music circle, talking & sharing, drinking & eating, looking at Stu photos & art 8 …

Remembering artist Stuart Kraft

Remembering artist Stuart Kraft

Remembering Artist Stuart Kraft, Creator of Booker T’s “Pegasus” – And So Much More Amy Martin   |   February 3, 2015   4:13 PM Art&Seek Guest blogger Amy Martin is senior comedy critic for TheaterJones, North Texas Wild columnist for GreenSource DFW, and Texas Faith panelist at the Dallas Morning News. She created the acclaimed SolstiCelebration interfaith gatherings and Moonlady News alternative news service.   …

Tourist Trekking away the Jet Lag at Grand Place

Tourist Trekking away the Jet Lag at Grand Place

by Amy Martin, Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 / (photos & videos by Scooter Smith and Amy Martin) August 6, 2014: Hopscotching to Brussels, first a short flight to Philadelphia. After grabbing sushi and some natural snacks in the airport, struck up a conversation with a friendly German man at the charging station, a most blessed thing to see when your …

Belgium: Contrarians to the Core

Belgium: Contrarians to the Core

Belgium: Contrarians to the Core by Amy Martin Photos by Amy Martin and Scooter Smith   The 1958 Atomium, left, and 1848 statue of Godefroy de Bouillon in Royal Place, right.   Belgium had never been on my list of places to visit before I die. I’m a landscape gal. Knock my socks off with epic views of nature at …

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