This is the blog of Julia Douthwaite Viglione, and my dog, Honey Girl (a German shepherd-Corgi mix). Ever since we met at the foster home sponsored by Pets Connect, it’s been unconditional love on both sides. And how she talks about it! Her grunts, moans, and sighs are every bit as expressive and lovely as a cat’s purr. Even though we are both learned ladies (I have a Ph.D. in French literature from Princeton and Honey Girl graduated at least three times from “Top Hat and Tails” training school in Mishawaka, IN), this blog is dedicated to a simple idea: friendly life. The idea that kindly friendship–for yourself, for other people, and for other sentient creatures on our planet–is what truly matters. No “credentials” can compare.
The subtitle, “Zen and T’ai chi wisdom for beginners,” derives from my reliance on sources such as: the study of Asian moral philosophy, Stoicism, and the practice of T’ai chi. I practice a wonderful 90-minute session of preparatory exercises and the Wu Form of T’ai chi (as far as I know it, a bit more each week) four times a week, under the direction of Grandmaster John Leong, Seattle Kung Fu Club. I avoid mentioning such things much, for fear of displeasing readers, but rest assured that I continue to study and practice T’ai chi since beginning this blog in 2017. I have also begun learning Aikido as of January 2021, with Sensei Michelle Pleasant of Fusion Kung Fu. Those traditions provide a strong basis for the calm forbearance we need to endure upsetting news, and to enjoy life every day, no matter what happens.
p.s. The title “daily” was a mistake! By week two it was getting too hard! So I’ll bring good thoughts almost daily. Or weekly, or whenever a good thought comes to mind.
p.s.s. You will not find me or my business, Honey Girl Books and Gifts LLC, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, sorry. You will find me virtually here on this blog. But I’d rather see you in person. I’m out and about in Seattle, and mostly in a tiny north-facing studio overlooking Elliottt Bay, happily sewing quilts, listening to music (KEXP for example), and bopping around the room. Come visit when this pandemic is over!
BIG NEWS: My quilts will be featured in West Seattle Grounds coffee shop during the whole month of June 2021!
Update March 2021: Please send me your old Levi jeans, if you have any! I will pay $5 per pair, plus shipping. I am incorporating the two pockets from Levi’s in every “Respect” quilt I make, so the need is ongoing. Use the contact form here, or email me at email@example.com.
Honey Girl, looking adorable, October 2020.