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Spring has sprung our plants back into life. Are you tending to your inner garden? "Krokuswiese - Botanischer Garten Leipzig" by Maja Dumat, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Liberate Yourself This Spring! The Body Will Follow.

Spring is a time of new beginnings.  Yadda, yadda, yadda! Truth is, we are always in constant renewal.  We enjoyed the New Year on January 1st, Chinese New Year, and now we welcome Spring (which I last year celebrated by waxing poetic about the Liver and Gallbladder), which also has its own associations with renewal […]

Chinese New Year festival in Chinatown, featuring dragon made of plastic bottles and other recycled plastic. Photo by Margarita Alcantara.

Reporting From The Chinese New Year Festival, Chinatown, NYC

On January 31, 2012, I battled my way through the slowly-meandering crowd in the streets of Chinatown in New York City to catch the Chinese New Year Festival.  It was packed!  There were mostly Chinese folks in the crowd, but there were also a lot of out-of-state tourists, and non-Chinese folks in the mix.  It […]

February 5, 2012 New York City | No Comments

"Chinatown NYC Lunar New Year" (cropped) by Patrick Kwan, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Enter The Dragon! Chinese Lunar New Year 2012 Is Underway

Happy Chinese New Year!  Year of the Black Water Dragon. Granted, it started on Monday, January 23rd, the first day of the first Chinese lunar month.  But, luckily for us, we have until February 4th to celebrate (since it’s the last day of the Chinese New Year festival, and the first day of the Chinese […]

Happy New Year! "Pretty" by Russell Bernice, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Make Way For 2012!

Tonight, many folks (including myself) will be bringing in 2012 with style, loved ones, sass, energy, proactive intentions, or a mixture of all five.  If you’ve decided to go to Times Square this evening, then God Speed!  Don’t say you haven’t been warned.  Back in the day when I’d watched the ball drop in Times […]

December 31, 2011 New York City | One Comment

Halved acorn squash, with ghee and nutmeg, fresh out of my oven! Warms the cockles.

My Heart Is Aglow With Needles, Reiki, And Acorn Squash

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since I posted my first blog post, ever, for Alcantara Acupuncture!  But, it has.  And I’ve been enjoying every bit of writing it!  I’ve learned a lot about blogging, my acupuncture/reiki practice, wellness, human behavior, writing, and myself.  I hope you’ve found it entertaining, informative, and, sometimes, […]

Come To Audre Lorde Project’s Wellness Day This Saturday!

Come on by this Saturday.  I’ll be one of the two acupuncturists providing services at ALP’s Wellness Day at the Brooklyn office!  Accessible healthcare.  Woot woot! When: Saturday, November 12, 2011 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm Where: Audre Lorde Project 85 S. Oxford St. (Basement floor) Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Unfortunately, there is no elevator in the building.) Searching for […]

November 11, 2011 Acupuncture, New York City | One Comment

A menacingly joyous collection of pumpkin lights. "Orange Halloween Pumpkins", by Chris Neal, , used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

How To Creatively Celebrate Halloween With Acupuncture And Oriental Medicine Day

Halloween happens to be my favorite holiday. Not because we get to promote tooth decay in today’s youth (chocolate is delicious 365 days of the year, but as a caveat, everything is tasty in moderation!)  Or, to don tiny costumes with seemingly shrinking hemlines with each passing year (in NYC, the hip beauty store chain, […]

"Omar Freilla" by Frank Hebbert, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

I Am Teaming Up With Audre Lorde Project’s 3rd Space Healing!

First off, thanks to those who came out to the Sunday’s BMW Guggenheim Lab’s “Free Community Health Care Day” on Sunday.  It was incredible!   It was held in an airy space at the corner of Houston and 2nd, where East Village meets Lower East Side.  Complete with wide and open brick alley feel, long flowing curtains, metal […]

September 30, 2011 Acupuncture, New York City, Reiki | No Comments

"Spa" by Dennis Wong, used with permission under CC BY 2.0. Source.

Upcoming Event: Free Community Health Care Day at Guggenheim Lab

BMW Guggenheim Lab will be hosting a “Free Community Health Care Day” this Sunday.  I will be one of the acupuncturists performing community acupuncture there, as part of workshops and demonstrations led by Third Root Acupuncture. The BMW Guggenheim Lab is “a mobile laboratory traveling to nine major cities worldwide over six years… the Lab […]

September 24, 2011 Acupuncture, New York City | No Comments

Yours Truly in Union Square. Picture by Cristina Pastor.

“From Warrior to Healer” Interview in The Fil-Am

Archetypes proliferate through our culture.  I speak about it a little bit in a previous blog post. One definition, as listed in the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, explains it as, “In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from the past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.” […]