I hope you are having a warm and breezy re-entry into normalcy this week. It’s the week after the unofficial end of summer, or Labor Day in the USA. Emails are whizzing into the computer and the phone’s abuzz with inquiries about private sessions and trainings. It’s fall! For some of us autumn is that special time of year, when school starts up again, we get serious about those projects on the back burner, and feel the zest of cool nights, crispy leaves, getting back to that exercise regimen, and of course pulsating with those nascent nesting instincts! (Are you thinking sex?… well, er duh, yes!)
Here are some photos of my trip back East to the beloved territory of New England where I grew up (in Vermont). These are from Massachusetts near Cambridge along with some quips:
As summer has exhaled its unofficial sunset, I thought I’d share how I spent the last lazy days with good friends and colleagues in Cambridge, Mass. Gina Ogden is one of those rare people, an elder in the field of sexuality, who has more energy than three 20-year olds in her 80th year of life and is leading the pack with her books, workshops and ISIS Network, showcasing how spirituality integrates with sexuality. Like my own MEBES model, we embrace the totality of the human person when we describe and address sex. Others who have warmed my heart, like Ande Lyons, Valeria Chuba, and Robyn Vogel, are sex-positive advocates and amazing women who walk their talk.
I visited the famous outdoors deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and I also had the pleasure of walking around the eerie and pleasant cemeteries in Concord, MA at Authors’ Ridge that house the remains of these American literary giants. 1) Ralph Waldo Emerson who was the leader of the Transcendentalist Movement that influenced my own beliefs growing up; 2) Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, whichwas a household staple for me as a child; and 3) Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, who shared his reflections on Walden Pond and the serenity of nature, where I floated and swam ecstatically in the actual pond itself. I was reminded of the power of nature as soul food. I found the quiet and charm of the region to be soothing, uplifting and rejuvenating. It let me get ready for a block-buster fall!
Enjoy my summer’s end scrapbook and stay in touch. Have a safe and sexy month.
Love & Light, Dr. Patti
Here are some images from my visit to the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum and the gravesites of famous American authors: