Category Archives: People

Interview: Jacqueline Cleveland, Quinhagak, AK

Jacqueline Cleveland from Quinhagak, AK, on the Yukon-Kuskoqwim delta, speaks about finding art as a grounding force for surviving years away from her village, racism, and loneliness. Her path lead to majoring in film, and producing a gorgeous documentary about her native Yu’pik cultural dance. To view Jackie’s graduate thesis… Read On

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City vs Country, Part 2

Mouse killer

The Calvary has arrived. No mice sightings since this big black & white furry fellow leapt into our home & our hearts, to our rescue. The first night here, he nearly had a mouse. He’s a hungry hunter, just how we like it! Other than furry rodent killers, I’ve been… Read On

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Partnering For Success – Hummingbird Honeys Creative Support Group

Since my mom passed away, it’s been pretty tough to get back on track with editing the content for The SpokenCoast Project. I didn’t expect her passing to derail me from the project so severely. Honestly, I often have moments where I wonder if I’ll ever finish it at all.… Read On

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Downton Abbey

My mom’s 1 year death anniversary was January 4th. I was hoping it would go quickly, but sure enough, my old familiar friend, the moth-hole ridden, smelly dark overcoat of grief somehow found its’ way onto my shoulders. Through the help of great friends, family, yoga, and a spiritual community… Read On

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CAMPAIGN FOR CORTNEY – 2012

Cortney Malinowski in Guatamala

In 2011, my friend Cortney Malinowski’s life changed when she partnered with Cross-Cultural Solutions for a volunteer trip to Guatamala. CCS placed Cortney with developmental disabled orphans in Guatamala City. She was so touched by the tremendous gift of giving to others’ in need, she decided to volunteer again with… Read On

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My Other New Life: NYR Organic

NYR Organic Logo

It took me 6 weeks to write this post, too. I guess I came up against my own judgement wall around the “Mary Kaye” model of business ownership. My entire working career has been in sales, marketing, and customer service. Now, I finally am part of sales & business building… Read On

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Marissa’s Current Yoga Schedule

Marissa Krupa - Yoga Instructor

Here is the latest listing of yoga classes I’m teaching regularly or subbing over the next week, in Chicago. If you live here or are in the area, stop on by! At the end of the list are a couple of descriptions about the various classes I teach. Ping me… Read On

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Air Prayers: taking good intentions to the next level

Back in June, I had the delightful surprise of being contacted by Christine Marzullo, the founder of Air Prayers.  She started Air Prayers after her father passed away suddenly, in 2004. What I love about Christine’s organization, is she has tapped into the value of energy through prayer. She felt… Read On

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Chicago: A Healing Place (Who knew?)

The last few weeks brought crippling anger & grief about my mom. It was an anger, a rage really, that was deeper and more unexpected than I imagined. Fortunately, in the South Suburbs of Chicago where I currently reside, there are incredible natropath healers. Yes, this cultural wasteland, this non-descript… Read On

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Learnings From the Master Cleanse – Part 2

Bag Balm tin

Here is the second poop installment…If you missed Part 1, this is the follow up to my Master Cleanse, and subsequent hemorrhoid fallout requiring a trip to the ER.  ER Aftermath Sadly, the papers I left the ER with did not contain a prescription, but instead a referral to a… Read On

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