Mod Mountain

Cultivating groovy inner peace & adventurous spirit while studying Chinese Medicine, the mountains, and me.

Birds of a feather

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Today  was another stellar day. I woke up later than usual, ate yogurt & a banana on my back porch, and watched the groundhogs & bunnies play in the backyard. I got lost in the city earlier this afternoon, which lead me to find my way around, and that’s always a lot of fun for me. It’s what I tend to do when I move someplace new–it’s super stress free when you’re finding your way, and I wish I could keep that up daily, but life happens, so they say. I made myself a pita pizza for dinner, and wrote a few more letters for snail mail to send off tomorrow. I also got to meet three of my neighbors; a lovely younger couple (both are attorneys) named Zephyr & Will, and our neighbor Missy. Zephyr was gardening with Will & Missy was stooping on her porch on the phone. Everyone welcomed me and told me what a nice, quiet/lazy street this is to live on. That was so re-assuring, and I can’t wait to nestle even more into this cozy part of town. After meeting the neighborly folks and chowing down on dinner, I high-tailed it over to the Grey Eagle to meet up with Tracey, Marlene & Ashley to watch a band called “Birds of Chicago”. They were excellent! Their harmonies gave me chills, and I caught myself smiling wide as I looked on to my friends new & old. Catch ’em if you can if they ever play near you for sure! Their name made me think of the global workers’ strike, but specifically in Chicago where my friend Juan has been witnessing & participating in all the action. I’m so proud to have friends on the front lines! Tomorrow I’m making plans for a crafting date with Katie & Brooke–I’m going to be making my curtains for the new digs, and then lunch with Tracey & Ashley. Here are a few pics from the workers’ strike in Chi-town, “Birds of Chicago”, and a motto, or two for the rest of my days.


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Author: Joy Rosa

I am happy to be a new member of the Portland community. Looking to radically transform alternative healthcare modalities by making acupuncture & herbal remedies affordable & comprehensive holistic care to a broader community. I am very excited to continue learning more about Chinese Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine during my residency in Rose City. I began my journey with Chinese Medicine over 6 years ago, as a patient with acute injuries. Upon graduating, I took a position at the Women's Health Educational Consultants, based out of Durham and Chapel Hill, NC. I also began working at a small acupuncture clinic in Greensboro, NC, where I delved into the nurturing and healing properties of herbs & acupuncture while tending to the Chinese herbal pharmacy, and managing the clinic for over two years. Taking an active role in one's own health & well being is very important to me, and extremely necessary to educate and empower ourselves so that we may enable broader community health & wellness. Other activities that bolster my well-being include crafting, communing in nature, collecting vinyl records, and jamming out with Greensboro's radical southern-styled-samba core,Cakalak Thunder, whenever I can.

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