It wasn't until I saw Annemarie's nice introduction post that I realized that I committed a major faux pas: I barged in here and started writing and commenting without so much as a hello. I feel like a boob. So, if anyone's interested, here are a few little nuggets about me. I'll try to keep it pithy.


Dharmabummer is a reference to Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums. I chose it because I identify as a spiritual slacker. I blogged under that name at Open Salon from January 2009-2010 and I remember some of you from that time but I don’t think a lot of you remember me. All I ever wrote about was sex and death.


I’m a Psychologist, yoga teacher and (in my spare time) a volunteer social worker for an agency that advocates for kids who have been abused or neglected. Since I work with kids and some emotionally unstable people I prefer to keep my real name off my blog. Also, I often say some salty and ribald things and I want to be free to continue to do so. Some of you know my real name and some of you may learn it and that’s fine but let’s keep it between us, okay?

I once massaged Peter Fonda- no, not in a sexual way, you deviants! I worked as a yoga teacher and massage therapist throughout grad school. I know it doesn’t make me cool that I massaged Peter Fonda but….. ...Captain America? Pretty freaking cool. Amirite? I also massaged Heather Graham and while she’s incredibly beautiful I have to say that I’ve never met anyone in my life with so little muscle tone. I’ve held babies that had more muscle tone. I don’t mean, “she doesn’t work out” lack of muscle tone, I mean “has this woman been carried from room to room her entire life?” lack of muscle tone. 

The skinniest veal calf EVER. But soooo lovely.

I’m only ever told that I resemble two celebrities- Jennifer Aniston and Tonya Harding*. They look nothing like each other and I look nothing like either of them but I have been told this more than once (but only by strangers). Weird.

I remain unaffiliated- I am a recovering Catholic and I practice yoga and vipassana (I tell you about that later, if you like) but I don’t completely align with any one religion or philosophy. I have ideas but not deeply held beliefs. I’m mostly Buddhist, sometimes Pastafarian, sometimes a compassionate nihilist.

Leonard Cohen is my spirit animal.

I only comment when I feel I have something to add. If I’m interested in someone then I want to know about their inner world. If I ask a question or make a comment that feels too probing or too personal, please tell me. I’m not here to antagonize anyone. 

A writer at McSweeney’s described the necessity of exercising the writing muscle and he likened it to “that machine at the gym where you open and close your legs—writing is an exercise in exposing yourself”. That works for me. I’m here to write about my passions, fears and embarrassing moments, of which I have many. I hope you enjoy.

“So come my friends be not afraid, we are so lightly here. It is in love that we are made, in love we disappear.”- Leonard Cohen

*in case y'all don't remember, that's the Olympic skater who was responsible for knee-capping Nancy Kerrigan. i don't take it as a compliment:(

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Comment by alsoknownas on October 16, 2016 at 10:06am

You're correct.

I've seen Tanya smoking a cigarette in the parking lot where I work.

She doesn't look like Jennifer Aniston at all.

Comment by nerd cred on October 16, 2016 at 10:21am

Nice to know more about you and I look forward to reading more of your posts. (nerd cred isn't my real name, either.)

Comment by Dharmabummer on October 16, 2016 at 10:23am

alsoknownas: Argh! A sighting of her in the wild. To be honest, no one has said this to me since the 90's, thank fsm.

Comment by Phyllis on October 16, 2016 at 10:25am

Hello! I don't remember ever writing an introductory blog but if I had, no one would have read it. It took a while for me to find friends at Open Salon.

And I had to do this- morphthing.com allows you to create a combo of two faces. Tonya and Jennifer's love child is pretty hot!

Comment by Dharmabummer on October 16, 2016 at 10:29am

Ha! Thanks, nerd cred!

Comment by Dharmabummer on October 16, 2016 at 10:32am

Damn, Phyllis. That is awesome.

Comment by Dharmabummer on October 16, 2016 at 10:46am

And I was at OS for a full month before one person acknowledged me. I was just writing into the void. I think that first person was...Greg? Was that his name? The jazz musician. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 16, 2016 at 11:10am

We share Leonard Cohen as a spirit.  I've been hooked since I heard him sing this:

Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control,

It begins with your family but soon comes around to your soul,

Well I've been where you're hanging I think I can see how you're pinned,

When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned.

Comment by marilyn sands on October 16, 2016 at 11:22am

Welcome aka Dharmabummer!  You're officially in.  Massaging celebs isn't a prerequisite; but it will do.  ha ha

Comment by Zanelle on October 16, 2016 at 11:51am

Well Hi...I was at Open for a long time near the end.  I started blogging there about why I was a compulsive overeater....it helped but then I found I had lots of other things to say too.  Blogging suits me as it is short and sweet.  in and out.  Thanks for reading and commenting.  We need you.

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