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Dean Kirkland

The BlissQuest Blog

http://www.theblissquest.com/

Located in Portland

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TheBlissQuest is Back

I live on a remote road, it might be hours before another car comes by. So when I saw a Jeep Cherokee with the hood up and lights flashing, I pulled into the turnout to see if they needed a lift. A guy in his fifties, scruffy and grinning came to the passenger side. I […]

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I’ll be posting the mid-month reviews in two places: on Wisegoddess.Com and Theblissquest.com/blog until the transfer and conversion is complete. February is showing early signs of spring already, so my outdoor to do list is getting long already. It feels like a mad dash to get indoor projects partially completed, and wri

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It’s a sort of pastime for my regulars to try fixing me up. Though, Stano (76) is probably the most persistent. He’s consistently going on about the merits of love, the need for people to have companionship and so on. I dread making eye contact some days because I just don’t have the energy to […]

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I’m going to need to make more of an effort to engage in regular, constant dialog with strangers and keep some skills from rusting…and gumming me up at the most inopportune times.

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Despite these challenges, and perhaps because of them, I’ve found an enormous amount of peace and comfort out here. It’s not unlike growing up Alaska.

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I get farmers, salt of the earth folk talking about politics and the almighty wall, next to a table of interracial lesbians and their adopted children talking about the nature of kindness and acceptance. Neither table seems aware of the other.

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I guess you could say of my failures, I laid a trail from my own ruin on the way to building the dream.

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Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

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This is an example page. It’s different from a blog post because it will stay in one place and will show up in your site navigation (in most themes). Most people start with an About page that introduces them to potential site visitors. It might say something like this: Hi there! I’m a bike messenger […]

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Forgiving your abusers: Part 1 As we begin the last stretch, I decided to fill in this gap. First I need to clarify the title, Forgiving your abuser is not just about “abusers”, or “offenders” as a third party, this process treats forgiveness in the most radical sense and definition – forgiving

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I’ve been working on a tribute to my late friend, Michael Laux, in The Pillars of Dawn series. At last I believe I have a character for him named Laux, of course, that will do him fair justice and remember him in writing. He won’t make his entrance till book three, but I hope it […]

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Dipping my toe back in the dating pool has revealed surprising and somewhat shocking feedback about myself and how I’m perceived and seen by others. Even more difficult to understand, is that it’s not bad news. Weird. To be honest, my heart’s still not really in it, but I know it’s exercise that need

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I’ll be signing and selling at Jacobsen’s Books in downtown Hillsboro on Saturday the 16th from 9-4! Please stop by and say hello!

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It’s strange but I’ve been having the sensations lately, that there’s a clock on. A sense of urgency, a need to BE somewhere, or at least be packed/dressed/prepared to go when the call arrives. It’s very much a feeling like I’m going to miss my flight, or that I need to be at the dock for boa

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Sometimes you don’t know how much you’ve changed until you meet up with a friend who says, “There’s something different about you.” “I think I’ve lost another ten pounds since I saw you,” I replied. He frowned, “No. It’s something else.” We chatted amicably f

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Dear fellow travelers of bliss, Before I go soon, I’d like to wish for you all… an interesting life. Seriously, why would anyone wish that upon you? Because I’m mean that way. May you never be bored, too comfortable, too convenient or too rooted in your patterns. May you be swept up with passions, and rockete

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                                                            Well, made it to 36! There will be dancing and spankin’s, martini’s and misadventures this weekend, I&#

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As the blog weeks are winding down, I’m struggling with a mixture of emotions related to the transition. I didn’t expect to be so conflicted and turbulent. For lack of a better way to explain it, it feels like I’m saying goodbye to an old friend. This old friend has been a constant companion, a […]

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I love that I live in a city that allows me to walk into a Rockabilly BBQ full of strangers gathered to learn swing dance, and say, “Sorry I’m late, my Shaman was getting me drunk.” …and nobody blinks. Ah, Portland, how I love thee. I spent the day with my Shaman doing dream journey, […]

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“I can’t find it now. There was a post about you and your brother and he wanted you to go be happily in love. I wanted to read it to my brother before your blog is gone. You have a special relationship with your brother that I admire. Can you please send me the link? […]

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“Can you please be more specific about the baggage you’re sorting? If you’re throwing out bad habits and people, I am wondering what you mean by that. I am transitioning from an unhealthy romantic relationship, and could use some advice about how to move on.” Sheesh. Well, I need to be absolutely clear – I […

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This weekend I was at the NW Book Festival on Saturday, then the coast on Sunday with Sondra who came down from Alaska for some girl time and mutual spiritual works. I’ve definitely been feeling the strain lately, the strain of transitioning to a new perspective, new belief structures and the life remodel in general.

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Tuning. One of the things I’ve come to love and look forward to in the process of re-incarnation is the tuning process. Transitions, especially abrupt ones with major emotional turmoil are like being thwapped with a giant cosmic tuning fork. Pluto takes no prisoners, Saturn shuffles all the truths, Mars opposition des

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With only a few weeks left to answer emails, I’m trying to get through the heavy ones first, some are not able to be posted on the blog as they are intensely personal for some folks (those I will reply to privately). There seems to have been something big going down in the world, that […]

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Dear RoadHog45443, You asked, “How can I get noticed as a female writer in a men’s Sci-fi world?” Oye. I wish I had a good answer for that. The thing is, I don’t think it’s going to be “men’s genre” much longer. In all honesty, there are dozens of excellent female writers in

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Dearest Losing My Faith, Ordinarily, I let questions and letters pertaining to religion and belief structures slip by without a response. For many reasons, I simply don’t engage on the blog with either religion or politics. However, your letter struck an open nerve that I didn’t realize needed to be addressed – and so

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Dearest Anonymous, I’m so sorry to hear you are going through a breakup in your marriage. I know firsthand the traumatic grief that comes from such a loss, and I am sad and full of love for you. Truly, it is a terrible thing you’re going through. I’m not by any means a counselor or […]

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As the blog will be closing down next month, I’m posting the 36th Note to Self early. There’s a lot of learning curve in this last year, and I suspect, more ahead, so this one is a long one. I tried to cover the last year, and make enough projections for the upcoming that I’ll […]

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YAY! The NW Book Festival is this Saturday the 26th, and I’m scheduled to be signing and selling ‘Murder of Crows’ with my awesome tent-mates (our tent is Pick Your Poison) Chad Coenson and James Eickholt!! We’ll have goodies and trouble galore, so do stop by and say howdy! Also, the NW Book Festival

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