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leaves of graciasBoy HOWDY, I love starting Thanksgiving morning stretching my regular muscles and my gratitude muscles. As I await the arrival of my family and, of course, the roasting of the Brussels sprouts, my heart feels full of wonder about the work I am so lucky to do and the people I am so lucky to do it with. Whether we danced together this week or we only connected via the World Wide Internet Web, I am grateful for you.

May you be grateful that life is high adventure.
May you cultivate gratitude for everything without picking and choosing.
May you act on that gratitude and take it out into the world.
And may you say, “Sugar Pie, sit by me” at least once today!

Dance on. Shine on.

Susan

Monday, November 25, 2013, 1045am ~ Gratitudinal Roadblocks

Damascus 2:03 Conjure One Feat. Chemda
Center Of The Sun 5:01 Conjure One Feat. Poe
Tears From The Moon 4:18 Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Deep Lotus 5:04 Naked Rhythm
Water Down the Ganges 7:10 Prem Joshua & Manish Vyas
Right Here Right Now 5:57 Fatboy Slim
Sometimes 5:14 Kaskade
Adagio for Strings [Remix by Ferry Corsten] 6:35 William Orbit
Thank you 4:19 Alanis Morrisette
Kind And Generous 4:06 Natalie Merchant
Ordinary Miracle 3:04 Sarah McLachlan
Paddle and Portage 3:36 Solitudes

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 9am ~ Gratitudinal Roadblocks

A Thousand Beautiful Things 3:07 Annie Lennox
Pavement Cracks 5:10 Annie Lennox
Home 5:05 Marc Broussard
Back to the Earth 5:27 Rusted Root
I Feel Lucky 3:33 Mary Chapin Carpenter
Drive By 3:16 Train
Drop 4:56 Cornelius
Adagio for Strings [Remix by Ferry Corsten] 6:35 William Orbit
Breathe (Extreme Mix) 4:04 Soulfood
Thank you 4:19 Alanis Morrisette
Exactly 4:43 Amy Steinberg
New Morning 3:44 Alpha Rev
Thank You 3:50 Tori Amos
Paddle and Portage 3:36 Solitudes

Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 1055am ~ The High Adventure of Gratitude

We Are All Connected 7:07 Magic Sound Fabric
Calling 5:52 Bliss
I Know I’m Not Alone 4:04 Michael Franti & Spearhead
One World, One People 4:43 Xcultures
City of Light (Reverso 68 Remix) 5:53 City Reverb
One Billion Hands 4:05 Lourds Lane
Thank You 4:59 The Makepeace Brothers
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Shine 4:12 Joshua
New Morning 3:44 Alpha Rev
sugar pie 3:39 The Subdudes
Wall of Breath 2:09 Peter Gabriel

Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013, 9am ~ The High Adventure of Gratitude

Sweet Potato Pie 3:14 Al Jarreau
Down To Earth 5:59 Peter Gabriel
Qalanderi 6:55 Cheb I Sabbah
Freedom 2:50 Tyrone Wells
Legend In My Living Room 3:46 Annie Lennox
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Shoofly Pie 3:57 The Wood Brothers
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) 3:52 Michael Franti
Thank you (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin) 5:32 SoVoSo
Why Must I Feel Like This Today? [Feat. Baaba Maal, Michael Franti, Ulali, Radio Active & Krishna Das] 9:28 1 Giant Leap
sugar pie 3:39 The Subdudes
Paddle and Portage 3:36 Solitudes

Taylor Statten Camps Graces

Morning Grace ~ Music by – Michael Head / Words by – Dr. A E. Haydon (1925-48 camper & staff)

Yesterday is now a memory,
Beneath tomorrow’s veil we cannot see,
The dawn brings unspoiled hours for work and play
Let us salute today.
May we be true to all the light we see,
Loyal and strong, that we may proudly be,
With joy and beauty lighting up the way,
Masters of life today.

Noon Hour Grace ~ Music by – Bill Scott / Words by – Dr. AE. Haydon

Thankful for life and all the joys of living,
For food and friends and nature’s bounteous giving,
We take our stand with free men everywhere,
Who spend their lives to make earth still more fair,
And spread life’s noblest gifts that all may share.

Evening Grace (Hymn Of Thanks) ~ Music by – Murray Adaskin / Words by – Dr. A E. Haydon

Let us give thanks that life is high adventure,
That unscaled heights await us, await us every day.
Let us be glad for work and love and laughter,
For loyal friends and comrades, and comrades on the way.
The evening shadows gather round the sunset,
This day will join our long lost yesterdays,
As builders of a better world we seek,
May we be wise to use each newborn day,
Let us give thanks.

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art project outfit 111613 001Here I am before class this morning, wearing my Art Project outfit (stained white pants that I died purple yesterday and the red top that was a sundress that I cut down into a shirt). Purple and red.  Do you know the poem?

Warning by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman
I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
I can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and a pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.

ANYway, today we allowed ourselves the gift of Just This. Focusing our attention right here, right now in the present moment to the one thing that we are doing. One thing at a time. Letting go of the cultural pull toward multi-tasking and distraction. It’s a freeing practice that I, for one, remember and then forget and then remember again.

Give yourself that gift this weekend. Do just this. Just this, right now.
Dance on. Shine on.
~Susan

Saturday, November 16, 2013, 9am ~ Just This: Single-Tasking

Kecharitomene – 6:35 – Loreena McKennitt
Always Waiting (fest. Irina Milkhailova) – 7:08 – Kaya Project
Tears From The Moon – 4:18 – Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Praise You – 5:22 – Fatboy Slim
Desert Days – 5:31 – John Kelley
Lady Marmalade – 4:25 – Christina Aguilera
One Billion Hands – 4:05 – Lourds Lane
Baya Baya – 5:27 – Safri Duo
This – 3:33 – Brian Eno
Sacred Love – 6:03 – Sting
Looking in the Eyes of Love – 4:19 – Alison Krauss & Union Station
Fervent Supplication – 3:43 – Russian State Symphony

spaciousSo good to be back dancing and teaching after two weeks away. I missed you…and I missed the sensation of Nia. Yum. Here is the playlist from class today along with the 2012 video of Heather Small’s Proud (with the Olympic theme!). EnJOY, my friends.
See you next week.
xo
Susan

Video of Proud by Heather Small 

Space – Friday, July 26, 2013, 1125am

Wonderwall – 4:09 – Ryan Adams
Marisi – 6:33 – Cantoma
Tears From The Moon – 4:18 – Conjure One Feat. Sinéad O’ Connor
Shadow – 4:28 – Big Blue Ball featuring Juan Cañizares, Papa Wemba
Drive By – 3:16 – Train
Drop – 4:56 – Cornelius
Breathe (Extreme Mix) – 4:04 – Soulfood
Here It Goes Again – 3:00 – OK Go
Fill Her Up – 5:39 – Sting
Proud – 4:30 – Heather Small
’74-’75 – 4:37 – The Connells
The Space Between – 6:02 – Zero 7

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