Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Feminist Scholar Blurs the Arts and Sciences: An Intimate Conversation

*This interview of Dr. Patricia Leavy was originally prepared for publication in the now defunct arts e-zine, HerCircle* I interviewed scholar and novelist Patricia Leavy for an UpClose Interview featured in February 2012 HerCircle E-Zine, about her passion for blurring the arts and sciences. Since that interview Leavy has gone from being a professor to […]

Is yoga like stand-up comedy?

“You’re a yoga teacher? Cool…show me something really impressive!” This is a typical response when I share that I teach yoga (and teach the teachers!).  I think that it must be what stand-up comedians feel when they divulge what they do, and hear the inevitable “Say something funny!” Oh, the pressure! When I get that […]

Birds-Eye View

The last time I went to Pikes Peak (not far from the place that I now call home), I had no intention of doing anything other than hiking and enjoying the scenery with my husband. Little did I know that I would have two experiences that changed how I feel about the world around me, […]

The Blessing of Affirmations

When you look in the mirror, what’s the first thing you say to yourself? If you are like most women, it’s not something kind or complimentary. Most of us are WAY too hard on ourselves, and the media doesn’t help with that. Think about it…can you recall ONE company that promotes happiness with what IS […]

Dancing Again

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Mandi Degner. Last week, I finally took a long and honest look at myself in a mirror for the first time in my available memory of life. I didn’t hate her. I didn’t yell at her. I didn’t tell her she was ugly. On Tuesday, I just looked. On […]

Meet Becca — Pioneer, Visionary, and Environmentally-Friendly Taxidermist

Real Deal exclusive interview with Becca: a Pioneer, Visionary and Environmentally-Friendly Taxidermist.  I first met Becca about a year or so ago, when we both attended a production of NORMAL THE MUSICAL in Charleston, SC.  Becca offered feedback that — to this day — has served as a catalyst for some new programs for our […]

BODY EMPOWERMENT – “Breathing”

As part of the weekly Wednesday posting of my ongoing YouTube series “Body Empowerment,” here’s “Breathing (Body Empowerment 58)” originally posted May 21, 2012, on YouTube.com by Caroline Rothstein. This video addresses and explores the importance of breathing and the breath as a coping mechanism in times of triggering anxiety or negative thought patterns. About BODY EMPOWERMENT: Founded […]

Music and Healing

Songs: Tori Amos “Silent All These Years” Alicia Keys “Brand New Me” Welcome to my first column for We are the Real Deal! I am very excited to be contributing to the website and to share my appreciation for music and pop culture. To introduce myself, I have PhD in sociology and I study the […]

Worth the “Weight”?

I never thought I could learn so much about myself from a cactus! Upon a recent trip to Arizona, I learned something about the Saguaro cactus (the really tall ones that can have a bunch of “arms”, once they are 75 years old). They can shrink and expand, based on how much moisture they hold […]

BODY EMPOWERMENT – “Compassion (For Every Year)”

As part of the weekly Wednesday posting of my ongoing YouTube series “Body Empowerment,” here’s “‘Compassion (For Every Year)’ (Body Empowerment 54)” originally posted March 19, 2012, on YouTube.com by Caroline Rothstein. Check it out! About BODY EMPOWERMENT: Founded in 2008, “Body Empowerment” is hosted and produced by NYC-based writer, performer, and eating disorder recovery advocate Caroline Rothstein. In […]

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