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The International Bedlam Society welcomes in the revival of the Festival of Dionysus!! At Transamoeba Studios Friday & Saturday, 7-10p.m., March  9-24, 2012.

Dionysus has returned to the House of Cadmus to exact his revenge on those who have spoken out slanderous words against him. With him he brings spectacle, dibauchery, raunchiness, and Classical Mythology indicative of its original form. And of course, his Secret Rites…

Suckling, Sparagmos!!


Audience members are encouraged to get in on the action. Come in costume. Scream, drink, jump on stage, kick, laugh,  join in on the suckling or even better some sparagmos!

Celebrate the Secret Rites that remind us of what it means to be human. Dive into the unadultered stories of Zeus, Paris, Orpheus, Icarus, Oedipus, and Pentheus.

Have you ever wondered why a young boy named Icarus was imprisoned in the first place? We know the truth and can’t wait to share it!

This sort of thing can’t be shared with just anyone though.

Only those who participate may know the Secret Rites.

Festival of Dionysus ignited theatre in Athens. This marks the end of days when dulled down, Disney edited versions rule the stage.

Props & setting sponsored by Salvage One. Silent Auction open for all materials provided by Salvage One for the duration of the run.

Additional Accompaniment provided by:

Amy & Ananda Bliss Tribe March 9,10
Aerial Fire Performance Magik & Goforth of the Detroit Fire Guild March 16,17

Fee to enter is $10. In costume is $8, costume rentals are $2.
Password to enter the Secret Rites: Sparagmos (Spa- rag – mos)


Go crazy a little or go crazy a lot.   
Sooner or later we all go mad.  

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Here’s another tasty treat from Carly’s Kitchen. I whip this together for breakfast. It’s called Breakfast Scrum Diddly because it is scruuum didd-ly.  This  also makes a good snack.

Look at Julie's caterpillar!!

  • Rolled Oats
  • Chopped Almonds
  • Cranberries
  • Applesauce
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Milk

Mix together.


Now let’s discuss this, shall we?

As far as amounts go, I highly recommend the eyeball/fist size, drizzle and splash method. Really, it’s however you’d prefer.

Ingredients are always interchangeable with other like items, i.e. cranberries w. blueberries. My mother will eat this only if I make it with dried cranberries not fresh. For different taste & texture all together swap peanut butter for applesauce. You could get really randy & add peanut butter & keep the applesauce. (After careful research peanut butter is okay to put back in your diet. Just stay away from the Grind Your Own kind as that is where you’ll find the most aflotoxins. Less expensive that way anyhow).

My mouth strongly prefers sweet & crunchy. Especially around the holiday’s I’m in need of solid alternatives to eating Turtle’s for breakfast. This dish is fantastic because it really does fill you up, even when it looks like it barely fills up the bowl.

More on Ingredients 

It can be expensive to buy all natural & organic. Much of what I whip up reaches the 75-80% mark. This particular dish emphasizes natural & organic. Its ingredients however make up a good core for any kitchen cabinet.

The oats & almonds are a great duo for your mouth & belly alike. Rolled oats are good for cleaning out your colon & may expand a bit in your belly. Almonds are well-known as a hunger suppressant. Which makes them a good snack to have on hand & well worth their high price. Sesame is a good source of fiber, copper & anti-oxidants. Go nuts. Go raw!!

Cinnamon is great for your brain and your blood. When combined with honey relieves arthritis pain. Honey is a delicious sweetener and actually very good at providing medicinal benefits.

And as they say an Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor At Bay.

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Welcome back me!! To Chicago that is.

For those unaware that I recently pulled a Thoreau and have spent the past 8 (wonderful) weeks on Big Blue Lake, in Pure Michigan. Quite the experience.

Here are at least 25 photo’s taken during my stay. My favorite is the finale.

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Strengthening my relationship with the Tao was in primary focus while on retreat. Coincidentally, a constant re-appearing analogy for the mind is the mirror effect of a lake– only ever reflecting that which is before it, never holding on to anything, letting go once the moment has passed.

Each day upon rising I opened up the front door, breathed in deep delicious air, and was grateful for all that was before me.

On my final day, Big Blue Lake sat absolutely silent and still. No movement what-so-ever. The sun setting upon it was the perfect example of clarity in the mind. That night was the darkest I’d ever experienced. A cloud cover made it hard to find my own hand in front of me. Here, I felt secure. Awe mazing.

Now that I have experienced what it means to be still in nature, my aim is to carry that  steady flow back here to civilization with me.

Henry David Thoreau, believed that the key to strength lies within the spirit not the mind. What I learned during my stay is that anything that has been learned can be forgotten. That what we hold in our hearts is what is true for us and, that which holds down our hearts is what our minds are attached to. I have come to see quite clearly how this rings true in all of us. Demonstrating it, however is something rather different all together.

If you’d like to test this for yourself, try this: examine your own world. Is there anything in it that brings a furrow to your brow? Does anything come up that you’d rather not contemplate? Or, do you suddenly feel uncomfortable in your own skin? For many of us this is likely to occur.

The hard & fast truth is that there is nothing you can do to change whatever it is. You absolutely can change how you feel about it though. Which will make all the difference in the world. Begin by writing it down.

If you’re having trouble getting over those unpleasant thoughts. Take a deep breath. Breath again, keep breathing, & watch your breath until you’ve moved on from it.

Something else I came to realize while away is the direction that this blog is moving towards. (I’m headed there too).  Changes have been promised in the past. Now there is actually some clarity shining upon it. Hints of it are sprinkled all over already. And, I’m looking for help!! Anyone who has some graphic design skills, web-savvy know how that you’d care to share, a digital camera to donate, ideas, in-put, people to pass the word onto, & possibly some editing skills– please say Hello!!


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Perhaps it was written in the stars that the focus for me in 2011 would be food. Or, maybe at twenty-five years (officially & technically an adult), the preparation of meals helped me to feel that I was taking on the responsibility of caring for mySelf. Shining a light on my own diet certainly was the brightest idea I’ve had when it comes to curing my ailing body. Either way, food is our topic.

Food can either act as the cause or, cure of the vast majority of human illness.

Conversationally, food has been brought up consistently. Two apparently opposing perspectives have been shared with me recently. Both of which I empathize with greatly. The first came from a fellow yogi, John, who I grab a beer with after practice on Thursday’s.

John, is a middle aged Engineer, bachelor with a smile that does not cease. Even during the most difficult of poses. His food philosophy: “Quick & Easy.” Which leads him to order Asian BBQ Buffalo Wings at the bar and, to eat microwaved meals for lunch Monday- Friday.

Last night, I listened to a fellow twenty-something as he talked through his concerns about spending too much time focusing on food. Allowing other activities fall to the side in order to to explore the world of preparing meals.

Cheers, to that!

I dedicated much of October and well into November to the practice of preparing good for your body meals. Still, I feel that there is so far to go. Although, I agree with John. When it comes to being hungry, even with my intentions set on doing it right, I’d like it to be quick & easy. Even going the quick & easy route, still requires commitment.

The most important aspect to eating well, while having it ready for your belly before it’s yelling: GRUMBLE, GRUMBLE GRUMBLE, is to start with a solid base.

We’ll be diving into this at length here shortly. First, let’s take a brief moment to grab a snack!

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Welcome, to November!!

My Michigan stay has brought me back into the kitchen. Hooray.

The cottage kitchen is huge, with lot’s of area to maneuver & a lot of drawer’s, cabinets, utensils & choices to work with. It makes me yearn for a Carly sized kitchen with an emphasis on simplicity.

Here’s my recipe for a Filling Fall Breakfast. 

You’ll need a sauce pan, or a personal sized porcelain pot. No microwaves allowed.


Applesauce– I’ve been making my own from all of the apple’s that I picked. This recipe is a product of watery applesauce. Making your own applesauce is super simple. If you decide, like me to do it without a recipe, remember that you need less than water you think. About 1/4 cup for 5 apples.

1 spoonful Almond Butter– Peanut butter harvests mold. So, if you haven’t already now’s the time to make a switch.

5 prunes, quartered. Or, a handful of dried Cranberry’s

Flax/ Rolled Oats— I have a jar of mixed oats & seeds that was tossed together to save space. It makes breakfast prep easier too.

Nuts & Seeds— of your choosing. It’s also beneficial to scoop the seeds from squash and boil or bake for later.

Grated GingerSuper for your digestion. Really, a good way to begin your day. It’s best to grate the ginger right before putting it all together. Giving it some time to release what’s beneficial to your body, but not so long that it’s all gone by the time it hits your belly.

Pour applesauce & prunes into pan on low heat.

Add your whopping scoop of almond butter. Stir until a cohesive consistency is reached.

(This will heat up quick. Be sure not to bring to boil, or risk waiting longer to eat).

Remove from stove. Add your desired amount of flax & seeds. Don’t forget to include your freshly ground ginger.

Give it a stir. Enjoy!!

Even on a day filled with physical activities, this starter will surely keep you going well into the afternoon!!

Chow Baby!


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It’s rather simple to get a fire going in a wood burning stove. The task is keeping it lit.

The key (I’m told) is to build the fire, so that right before bedtime you have a bed of hot coals.

Okay, simple enough.

Experience around a campfire has me believing that a bed of hot coals is what to anticipate right before hittin’ the hay, anyway–

My fire keeps going out though. : (

Last night- RAGING FIRE! Spectacular!!

The whole place was warm. Managed to keep it roaring for a few hours, with very little effort. Than, just before hitting the switch, I laid one large log on top of two toasty warm ones with a bed of hot coals underneath. Closed the door and listened to the rain pitter patter on the roof.

This morning- chills!! I opened up the stove to see that somehow, by adding the large log, I killed the fire. All of it. Right there. Done.

Not long after making this discovery, Layla was going wild over a tall reddish colored man coming to the door wearing a purple cowboy hat. (Purple leather, perhaps from the rain. Not at all like a costume. Stylish country).

This was Paul Smith. Coming to check in on the young lady who knows nothing about living in the country. My Uncle apparently had asked him to do so.

I went over with him my difficulties with the fire and explained how there aren’t any small logs to include, only big ones.

He said he’d have over small logs that burn up quick and bring a lot of heat. This is referred to as morning wood.

If all were to go according to plan, than once again by morning I would be left with yet another bed of hot coals. And possibly a slight chill. Smaller logs don’t take very long to start fire and therefore keep the fire going easier.

I swear I knew this before. For some reason, my family’s log pile is the lamest on the block. On top of that, everyone who came before (throughout the Summer) used up all of the little logs. Leaving behind all of the very big ones. This poses major problems for indoor fire builders. i.e. me.

Alright, in other news:

cme is about emphasizing individuality. An original intention.

Another mission aligned with goodness comes from Dear Friend Steven, of Sexy Suits for Steven. Who is on a mission to dress his patients.

You see, Steven works in the Mental Ward of the Ravenswood Hospital. A bright young lad, with the potential to do almost anything, he chose to help the mentally unsound because “Nothing else imaginable could be more frightening, than to be lost within the confine of your own mind…” Tip of the hat.

Many of the people who come into his care, do so wearing those flattering hospital gowns. Often times, they wear this stunning attire for the duration of their stay. Only to be released wearing the same outfit as they came in with.


Starting with his own wardrobe, Steven has taken up a collection to help out these good folks who has dedicated his life to. Before leaving town I made a charitable contribution of some stylish leftovers that I hadn’t sold & some of my mom’s old attire.

When it comes to the mindful re-use of material goods. This is a very honorable cause. Better than say, bringing it to a thrift store where it will be re-priced before getting back out the door. These donations go directly to serving a single cause–

Providing people with dignity.

After Paul Smith departed, I sat down to a cup of Herbal Coffee (not quite the same) & began reading a book that dissects physical ailments, & dis-ease as being brought on by attitude. What I read is truly worth sharing:

To give, is to make room inside of yourself, so that you may receive.


Or, is that Tao?

If you have any shoes or clothing to donate to Dear Friend, Steven’s direct cause. Please leave word & I will ensure that you are connected with him.

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Rosa Parks

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