Thursday, June 30, 2005


Yikes - flood water has reached the second step at my back door. I might have to head for higher ground.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Environmental responsibility - you can do something right now!

Using calculators designed by former CSIRO scientist Joel Fleming, a new Australian company, Climate Friendly, measures how much greenhouse gas an individual or a business emits every year and invests in clean energy projects on their behalf. The green investments – including wind farms and shower head exchange programs – save as much
greenhouse gas as the sponsor is emitting, effectively neutralising any overall damage to the climate.

“Carbon dioxide emissions from our homes, businesses, flying and cars are slowly raising the world’s temperature,” says climate friendly director Madeleine Lyons. “Global warming has led to more floods, droughts and other extreme weather events, and the endangering of species including polar bears, coral reefs and butterflies.”

More information
Global warming - Early warning signs
World wildlife fund

A lot of people say they care about climate change, but they don’t know what to do about it. Instead of waiting for governments to cut growing greenhouse emissions we can now take the matter into our own hands. Even if you don't live in Australia (where Climate Friendly are based) you can still take part, and support our planet by making your home and your business carbon neutral.

via Mitra

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Turn your brain off to orgasm

Women may be able to fool their partners by faking an orgasm but a brain scanner will catch them out every time, according to a report presented to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. Researchers analyzed the different parts of the male and female brain that are activated and deactivated during sexual stimulation.

When women genuinely achieved an orgasm, areas of the brain involved in fear and emotion were deactivated. Those areas stayed alert however when women were faking it. The researchers also found that the cortex, which is linked with consciousness, is active during a fake orgasm but not during the real thing.
"The deactivation of these very important parts of the brain might be the most important thing necessary to have an orgasm," said Holstege. "It means that if you are fearful or at a very high level of anxiety, then it is very difficult to have sex because you really have to let yourself go," he added.

The researchers found less deactivation in the males in the areas of the brain linked to emotion and fear when they were sexually stimulated.

Complete article by Patricia Reaney

The Goddess Test

According to the The Mythological Goddess Test that I found on my surf for all things feminine, goddess-like and generally woman related,
I am
66% erudite, 87% sensual, 58% martial, and 33% saturnine.
(I thought percentages were supposed to add up to 100?)
and therefore have the attributes of the goddess Isis

"This Egyptian supreme Goddess is certainly the most influential deity on subsequent cultures. She was the ideal figure of womanhood, usually compared with the Greek Goddess Demeter or her Roman version, Ceres.

Isis was one element of a Holy Trinity, the remaining two figures being her brother and husband Osiris and their heroic son Horus. She was the Goddess of Magic for her brilliance, as well as the Goddess of Love because of her tenacious devotion.

She is often shown with wings, curving to caress coffins and sarcophagi of many a king. In certain papyri she is shown with her falcon wing headdress, covering her ears. One of her sacred symbols is the sistrum, a musical instrument that was believed to ward off evil spirits. Isis' sistrum was carved bearing the image of a cat and was representative of the Moon.

Isis was the High Priestess and an omnipotent magician as well as the only being ever to discover the secret name of Ra. She invariably carries the ankh, the symbol for eternal life. Her name is, by the rules of numerology, adding up to the number “2” and she just so happens to be depicted on the tarot card “Key 2 – The High Priestess”.

Rather flattering.
I might take that on!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Coughing and Kegeling

I'm finally out of quarantine - yeah - but still coughing - boo!

Apparently even after the main bug (Bordella Pertussis) has died the little neuron-toxins that it has released stay hooked in your trachea and continue to irritate for some weeks. I'm taking demulcent herbs and all things smooth and slippery to help unhook the little nasties.

Meanwhile the coughing has given me a great opportunity to check how effective my Kegeling efforts have been since last winter.

I am one of the 1 in 3 women who experience urinary stress incontinence post child birth.
Urinary what?

Urinary stress incontinence
incontinence = not being able to contain or hold on to
urinary = pee
stress = well you know what stress is .. not the psychological kind but the physical kind e.g. pressure

Coughing does a great job of putting stress on the bladder.
And for us one in three that results, as often as not, in an annoying and potentially embarrassing 'loss'.

Which is where the Kegels come into it.
In the 1940's, gynecologist Arnold Kegel discovered that stronger pelvic floor muscles (PC or Pubococcygeus muscle) meant better bladder control for women.

He recommended exercising these muscles, hence contractions of the PC muscle are often called Kegels. One of the great side effects that women who did these exercises regularly discovered was an increase in pleasure during intercourse and for some their first orgasm.


I've been kegeling on and off for eight years since my son was born and it certainly takes more stress than it used to for me to lose control of my bladder. This latest bout of coughing has been fairly pee-free although I have had to resort to wearing my lovely planet friendly cloth pads on a few occasions.

Mmm. I can also report that my sexual pleasure has been steadily on the up although I haven't particularly thought until now to attribute that to my Kegeling efforts.

Recently I discovered a whole new take on Kegels ... but I'm afraid that is going to have to wait until another blog/day.

For more info see (among other places)

Also my new song Do The Kegel

Friday, June 17, 2005

The Minangkabau - a matrilineal culture

The Minangkabau ethnic group is indigenous to the highlands of West Sumatra, in Indonesia.

According to
wikipedia their culture is matrilineal, with property and land passing down from mother to daughter. Religious and political affairs however are the province of men!

Now that makes real sense to me.

Think about it. If you were creating your own society and you had to choose whether to base inheritance on masculine or feminine progeny (and you wanted a system with the least likelihood of arguments and difficulty), would you choose to try and identify the offspring of men or of women?

No, no, no - this woman is my mother not that woman!
Oops I made a mistake - actually I gave birth to that child but never realised it!
I don't think so!

We have adopted an old joke in the area where I live.

How do you define confusion?

Fathers day
in Mullumbimby.

Codex alimentarius - Still hunting witches?

Codex Alimentarius Commission?
Never heard of it?

You and most of the rest of the world.
It's worth starting to listen out.

The Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization created the Codex Alimentarius Commission in the early 1960s to set standards for food safety and to "harmonize" the laws of member nations.

"It was created to promote food safety in international trade. It is on the brink of becoming an Orwellian bureaucracy - far worse than the worst fantasies of the one-world conspiracy theories." Article by Henry Lamb

"Currently, compliance with the complicated and destructive regulations of CODEX ALIMENTARIUS is voluntary but can be enforced by trade sanctions imposed on the World Trade Organization. In July, 2005, these regulations will become mandatory for all WTO members ... once it gets here, it will be illegalto buy, sell, recommend or use any but 28 ultra-low dose nutrients, natural supplements, herbs, enzymes or other natural treatments whether you are a licensed health professional or not. The only legal health option left will be the pharmaceutical one." Health Warning: Codex Alimentarus is Coming

These regulations, which have been passed quietly and without effective public notice, have grave and devastating impact on health freedom. Here in Australia they have already been approved. Many valuable healing herbs are now restricted or illegal. A sinister subtle takeover.
A further attack on ... well ... nature.
And you thought witch hunting was over.

Now the earth is a witch and we still burn her
Stripping her down with mining and the poisons of our wars
Still to us the earth is a healer, our teacher, our mother
She's the weaver of the web of life who keeps us all alive
She gives us the vision to see through the chaos
She gives us the courage
It is our will to survive

From Burning Times by Charlie Murphy
Full lyrics here

Good places to do more listening

Health Supreme

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Women's culture

Have we forgotten something?

In our struggle for equality with men.

Have we missed a crucial part of the picture
... a whole flip side of the coin?

Western "civilization" is a man’s world.
Women have struggled and in many areas succeeded in developing their masculine skills in order to successfully, survive, compete and excel in this masculine oriented culture. All credit to us.

But does it make us happy? Do we offer our greatest gifts? Does it serve the bigger picture?

And where is the world, the way of living, that is designed to support the feminine, that is home, nurturing, supportive, safe, natural for women? That acknowledges our unique (and very different from the masculine) qualities.
What of our cycles? The stages of a woman's life, maiden, mother, crone. During our fertile years, what of the monthly ebb and flow of our womb’s life nurturing lining. How could we imagine that we can stay full and nourished in a world that ignores these vital changes in a women's body and feeling nature. Our conditioning has been so compelling that we manage to believe that we have to squeeze our flowing, rhythmic nature into a narrow uniformity of weeks and weekends.
No wonder there is such an abnormally high ratio of disease in our feminine organs. Did you know that 12 hysterectomies are performed every 10 minutes in the USA? That hysterectomy is the second most common major operation performed in the United States (and many other countries) today, second only to .. you guessed it ... cesarian section!

Where is our women’s culture?

Are we missing a huge and vital portion ?
Are we missing the fact that we have lost all sight, all knowledge and even the sense that there should exist a women’s world to complement this man’s world?

If we have, then where it was lost/forgotten historically?

Did it start in the slow, subtle transference of allegiance from mother goddess to the one (masculine) God? .... alluded to (among other places) in Anita Diamant's "The Red Tent" , described in Susan Weed's article - The Goddess is Alive

Was it confirmed in the burning of the witches - the complete eradication of huge bodies of knowledge about birth, herbs and healing?
Was it compounded in the break up of the extended family during the industrial revolution?
Many traditional cultures retain their women's culture. But we are much smarter, more civilized, more modern then they. Aren't we?

What did you learn from your mother , your grandmother, your aunties and cousin's, your female lineage?

What women's culture is not (although it could be)

Knitting circles
Coffee mornings
Alone keeping house
Mothering in isolation

What might it be, then?

I’m not advocating that we turn the clock back and deny all the successes of the (civilized) masculine world (!@$)

But women urgently need to find a way home, a way to nurture our essential selves to revitalize and regenerate, to relax, to feel known and understood, recognized and deeply honored, to regain our self worth, our sense of beauty and dignity no matter what age or shape our body’s form might be, to share and to hear and to learn from women’s story, her-story, myths and mysteries, to sing and to weave, to create and to give birth, to laugh and to dance, to grieve and to celebrate, to delight in our bodies sensual feeling nature, to recognize that here are a myriad of facets to the diamond of women’s culture and these jewels can only be gained in the company of other women.

What can we do?

Rome wasn’t built in a day

We can start by taking time out on a regular basis to connect deeply with other women.
I don’t mean a coffee and a chat about the kids or even a d&m with a girlfriend about our problems or our love life, although those are good things to do. I mean a space and time set aside (and with intention made sacred) for women to gather and nurture one another with touch, acknowledgment and loving reflection. A time for body oriented expression, dancing, massage, sensuality, rage and delight. A place where it is OK to be exactly who we are.

I have had the privilege of being part of such a group that has met weekly for the past four years. It is the well that I drink from that nourishes and revitalizes me and gives me the strength to carry on. I have felt sick when I arrived and left feeling well. It is the place that I can come happy or sad, ebullient or broken-hearted and I will be seen and loved and leave refreshed. It is place where every facet of my woman-self is welcome. It is my place, my women's culture.

I will write more about this and other things and if this blog could support women to start to reconnect with one another and themselves in this or any other way then I would be a very happy camper. That is my intention and my heartfelt wish. So may it be.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Whooping cough - why I didn't vaccinate

"How come you have whooping cough?" I hear you ask.
"From your son? Why didn't you vaccinate him? How irresponsibe!"

In my view it was the responsible choice not to vaccinate.
It was an informed decision. I spent many hours researching vaccination while I was pregnant and talking to a variety of people about it. I decided that the potential damage to my child's health from vaccination outweighed the potential benefits. I committed to informing myself about the symptoms and treatment options for the relevant illnesses so that I could identify them if they showed up in my family.

Overall I felt that I trusted the information collected by tireless dedicated individuals struggling to make sense of adverse reactions that their children had had from vaccines, over the slick promotional material fed to doctors by extremely wealthy pharmecutical companies. I also felt an intuitive affinity to the idea that many homeopaths and chiropracters hold that the classic childhood diseases provide important stepping stomes in the development of a healthy immune system.

There is a lot of detailed information for parents wishing to inform themeselves about vaccination choices available from the, Australian Vaccination Awareness Network and others that you can reach from these.

It strikes me as bizarre that no-one has taken on Jock Doubleday's offer of $20,000.00 (U.S.) to the first medical doctor or pharmaceutical company CEO who publicly drinks a mixture of standard vaccine additive ingredients in the same amount as a six-year-old child is recommended to receive under the year-2000 guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. See the full details I guess there was more money in selling the vaccines!

And regarding the strengthening of children's immune system check this out.
"There is increasing evidence that having an acute infectious disease of childhood strengthens and matures the child's immune system and that having acute diseases in childhood is protective again chronic disease including cancer, asthma, certain skin conditions and auto-immune disorders." Full article here

When in doubt - look for the positive

I'm in quarantine.
Two weeks nursing my eight-year old through whooping cough...
.... and now I've got it myself.
It's a choice between antibiotics (which apparently won't alter the course of the illness but stop me from being infectious) or two weeks in isolation - Yikes! - my worst nightmare.
I chose the nightmare.
Or is it?
The upside is - I finally get around to starting my blog.

When in doubt - look for the positive.
I'm working on making that my motto.