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What’s Your Personal Covid Rating?

"I'd invite you in for a minute but.. (lengthy explanation of who I've seen and what I don't know)." "I'd like to hang out but... (lengthy explanation of who I've seen and what I don't know)." "I'd give you a hug but..." The long explanations and hyper-vigilance are getting stressful. Almost as stressful as self-isolation. With the holidays around the corner, I was wondering why ...
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Don’t Miss The Dirndl Diaspora!

My ancestors are either bursting with pride or rolling in their graves. My animated (storyboarded) play, The Dirndl Diaspora, is getting great reviews! Grab a ticket here and see it while you can! This 90-minute animated/storyboarded feature-length film was written as a play + fashion show for Oaktoberfest, but 2020 decided we can't have live theater, so I upshifted the whimsy. This story, about a seamstress ...
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Peaceful Parenting in Stressful Times

Please share this event with parents in your community! Kids are back to school (sort of)—a great time for parents to tune up their own skills! Join me for a Saturday Night Stuck-at-Home Survival social for parents: Peaceful Parenting in Stressful Times A Zoom class for parents seeking greater family ease, connection, and mental/emotional health with Kristen Caven featuring Dr. Louise Hart Authors of The ...
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Fiberlicious!

Shelter in Place, day Lebenty-Seven: I cleaned out all the cool clothes from my closet that don't fit me right now. Anyone else out there who's put a few pounds on? I'm calling mine the Covid 19.  I've decided to put some of my certifications* to use and teach a nutrition class to complement my other day job of teaching dance fitness. Join me for ...
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Pandemic Poetry Page

Poetry is pouring out of this pandemic and seeping into my screen. This vivid blast of creativity and vision has been a lifeline of hope amidst the uncertainty and anxiety. I'm collecting some highlights on this page. First out of the gate was Lockdown by Father Richard Hendrick. The next thing on my radar was The Poetry Pandemic by Randall McNair, a member of my ...
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Handwashing & Heartmath

Back in January, when the virus was still in Wuhan, a friend forwarded me a link to a YouTube tarot reading that foresaw bodies around the globe being stacked in pyramids. It sounded symbolic, but the pyramidic, exponential spread of this vicious virus has proved her reading to be heartbreakingly true. I'm safe, healthy, holed up with all my wealth: electronic gizmos out the wazoo; ...
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Days Like This…

No on ever told me there'd be days like this. When you want to be 5 places at once... and you manage to make it to 3. But everyone has them now. Especially those like me with Creative ADD. The day like that this year was September 21st, Peace Day, which for months I'd been planning to lead a Zumba-inspired movement-based community meditation and reading ...
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Writing the Rails!

It's Black Friday and I’m on a TRAIN! Sitting in the observation car, windows all around me, a table and tea, a charged computer, I've got (YIKES) 9,000 words to go to complete NaNoWriMo! I’ve been dreaming of this day all week, in the swirl of family and friends. I’ve been working towards this moment for months, and I’ve got 16 chapters written—the shittiest draft ...
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Lois Lane Interviews Authors: Kristen Caven on “The Souls of Her Feet”

This interview with Cristina Deptula of Authors, Large and Small appeared today on Medium: What about the Cinderella story resonates with you? Why did you rewrite it? Cinderella has this mysterious hold on the psyche. We resent its messages but on the other hand we adore them. It’s a story about ascendancy from a low state to a higher one, about getting what you ...
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My Indie Heart

Tomorrow is Indie Author Day and I'm thrilled to be representin' at the Dublin Public Library Indie publishing allows for maximum creativity, and I love every aspect of book-making! I have been publishing independently since my cartoon collection, Inside the Mills Revolution, won the 1990 Bay Guardian Cartoon Contest AND was banned from the campus library! This work is the highlight of my acclaimed 2010 ...
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The Power of Gemütlichkeit

I've just written my third Ode to Oakland (after Joaquin Miller Went Walkin' and BeMused). May I introduce: The Dirndl Diaspora! After instigating some polka at Oaktoberfest last year, my eyes were drawn to the brilliant riots of color at the multiple African fabric pop-ups. What do they have to do with Germany? I wondered. All I had to do was imagine... The Dimond district, ...
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Cinderella and Human Rights

I have been focused on two things, lately: The re-launch of my book, The Souls of Her Feet as the first edition of the Fairytale Reality Project, and Every Man, Woman and Child, a world party focused on teaching the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through music. What on earth do these two things have to do with each other? My novel may be a frothy ...
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