General/personal blog posts.

NCOSE and Corona: DA:NCE Reflections

Hi friends. Right now I’m ‘Singing in the Rain’ and I mean that literally. It’s raining outside. The pandemic we are experiencing has us all hunkered down at home. Because of that, I want to encourage you with some good news and then share several practical ways to adjust to sequestered life. This is the good news: On April 2, 2020, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) released a newsletter that featured DA:NCE. NCOSE is a wonderful organization that provides DA:NCE with support from personal interaction to the current health epidemic. Besides coronavirus, I hope you take the time to look at their website and understand the ‘hypersexualization pandemic’ that has flooded our world. You friends, are the reason [...]

By |2020-05-07T19:27:30-07:00April 24th, 2020|

How to DANCE

How to DANCE? Go to a CDEA (California Dance Educators Association) conference to enjoy incredible expertise about ‘How to DA:NCE(you know Dance Awareness: no child exploited)’. In January I spoke at UC Fullerton for the 2019 State Conference and was welcomed by teachers who love dance and who love their students. From the opening with Co-Presidents Nicole Robinson and Kim Hoj to the closing session at the end of the day, the day was flooded with opportunities to learn about ‘How to DANCE’. Let me list a few of the offerings there: Masterclasses in the Responsive Body, Movement Matching through Dancefilm, Refreshing your Musicality, Dance Advocacy, Jazz, Salsa, Body to Body Transfer, and Ensemble Thinking. Wonderful Teaching & engagement with [...]

By |2019-05-23T21:19:11-07:00January 24th, 2019|

A Christmas Card in Listening

A Christmas Card in Listening incarnates hope into my soul. Last Christmas I wrote about noise pollution.  It’s a year later and now I’m pondering the opposite of noise. Quiet. I often listen in silence so I can hear my heart. And God’s voice: ” 'Faith comes from hearing(listening), and hearing through the word of Christ' (Romans 10:17)." I’ve also learned that "listening" faith grows my ability to hear other people: “to look not only to my own interests, but also the interests of others” (Phil 2:4). In DA:NCE (dance awareness: no child exploited), personal hearing has gone beyond myself into advocating for the best interests of children. Initially, a Christmas card in listening started an organic journey of my own [...]

By |2020-07-08T12:39:04-07:00December 7th, 2018|

Be F.I.T. and dance into the New Year! Hola from Central and South America!

Hola- Surprised to see the picture of me above in my new Panama hat? It’s hand-woven and very inexpensive. But what does that have to do with dance? Actually, it doesn’t have a thing to do with dance. It has to do with a trip I just took.  My husband and I celebrated 44 years of marriage with an anniversary cruise from Miami to Lima Peru. The trip began on our actual anniversary: December 29. It was wonderful! Of course, no matter where I am or what I do, I like to explore the joy of dance in my surroundings. Now you get the connection. The pictures below share a few instances of what I saw. In Central and South [...]

By |2018-10-16T19:38:51-07:00January 22nd, 2018|

Listening for Christmas Songs or Noise Pollution?

“Joy to the world The Lord has come Let earth receive her King Let every heart prepare Him room And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and nature sing, And heaven and heaven and nature sing……” This Christmas season I am sitting at the computer enjoying quiet music from my Pandora program on Tivo. Traditional Christmas Carols resonate as pianist Jim Brickman plays the notes that instill peace, hope and joy. I know the words to the songs even though I don’t sing them. I love Christmas and I especially love Christmas carols that share the story of Jesus and the miracle of the incarnation. As the music seeps into my heart, suddenly loud noises break into the songs I [...]

By |2018-10-16T19:39:53-07:00December 16th, 2017|

It’s Time to Speak Out about Sexual Abuse

It’s Time. Should we Be Concerned that Culture Creators Are Engaging in Sexual Abuse?"  The latest headlines have been disturbing. It’s a nauseating trend that needs to be exposed. I’m glad that we’re finally talking about the sexual abuse that goes on in Hollywood(and elsewhere). It’s time to stop the silence. Patrick Trueman President and CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation(NCOSE) said this:  ”The news drip day after day of powerful men in society who have sexually exploited vulnerable females is turning into a flood.  I have a feeling that things are soon to explode here in Washington as rumors circulate about top politicians about to be outed.  Nor have we heard the last from Hollywood.  One prominent [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:25:10-08:00November 18th, 2017|

A Premise for Catching my Breath

Every time I see people ‘dance/move’ in appropriate, God-honoring ways, it catches my breath because it’s worship. Of course, underlying that opinion is a premise I have. Everybody is a dancer because everybody moves in lifestyle choreography. That doesn’t discount the value of trained, technical dancers. It just means that the dance family is larger than any of us expect it to be. It’s rare to see the culture evaluate that premise but I’d like to encourage you to do just that. Even if you didn’t attend the worship workshop on scripture choreography a few weeks ago and create within that context, think about what kind of lifestyle dances you choreograph. Is your morning movement crafted with anger or peace? [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:26:28-08:00October 18th, 2017|

Welcome to Scripture Choreography!

One of the easiest and most effective ways to combine movement & dance ministry with trained and untrained dancers is scripture choreography; it high-lights favorite scripture verses and then uses them as the foundation for choreography accompanied by words. Not only do we hear specific verses as they are read, but we SEE them come to life; this movement expression often captivates the hearts of onlookers (as well as the participants themselves). The technique is a win for embodied faith. How does this happen? For many years, I have used a focused scripture verse to either end or begin dance rehearsal with the group that I am leading; that’s what makes it so specific and so special. It’s always a [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:27:54-08:00September 15th, 2017|

An Open Letter to Abby Lee Miller from Mary Bawden

Hi friends- Below is the letter I am sending to Abby Lee Miller in Victorville. Please continue to pray for her and for me. As you know, she is in prison. And things are not going well for her. Have you ever been in prison? I have. Maybe I haven’t been behind physical bars in a physical location but I have entered places that have ravaged and locked my soul. I would be blessed to visit Abby and listen to her heart. Just as Jesus has entered emotional cells with me, I pray for Christ to heal Abby in her physical and emotional cells with living water. Lovingly, Jesus comes alongside my/our hearts in outcomes & choices that we wish we could change. [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:29:02-08:00August 21st, 2017|

Prayers for Abby Lee

I’m sure that many of you have heard about ‘Dance Moms’ and all of the drama surrounding this reality TV show. You probably also know that I cannot endorse Ms. Miller, her teaching methods, or her financial impropriety. The latter issue is what caused her court conviction in 2017. On July 12, Ms. Miller checked into the Victorville Prison facility. She was convicted of tax fraud and was sentenced to a year and one day in prison. Read the story about Abby’s entrance into prison: This is the tough US prison where Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller will start serving her sentence . The 50-year-old reality TV star will reportedly enter FCI Victorville federal prison in California. On [...]

By |2018-02-07T10:30:01-08:00July 19th, 2017|
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