Two Dog Tales

Lovin' Lake City

By Annie Stocker
From the March 2017 Two Dog Newsletter


On a recent Thursday evening, in the basement of the Lamb of God Church, a place that graciously hosts a lot of our local Lake City meetings, there was a very well attended community forum on safe needle injection sites. This is a controvertial and very current topic that is up in many cities across our nation which are dealing with major and increasing heroin addicton issues.  Even though discussion was heated and well presented positions were across the board, it was, in conclusion, recognized and stated aloud that all our intentions were the SAME.... To do ALL we can to help fellow humans live a safer and healthier life. The presenters also acknowledged that this was the most civil and collaborative meeting of this sort that they had been part of.

When we left this meeting my husband and I walked half a block away to the Lake City Community Center where there was, as there is on every Thursday evening, a Contra dance (square dancing in a line). This event happened to be the yearly 'Folklife Festival' (Memorial day at Seattle Center) fundraiser. There were seven live bands scheduled to play continuously through the eve... with little of the usual verbal 'caller' direction, as these folks who were attending were the real deal... over 200 avid experienced folk dancers. So my husband Ray and I, even though, for our wedding 26 years ago had a wild and wonderful contra dance at Day BreakStar center, sat by the side enjoying the best of the westcoast old timey music and most particularily enjoyed soaking in the beaming faces of the whirling spinning bowing masses.

After sometime we wanted/needed to move our butts so headed home walking past Two Dog...where the second of two Thursday eveing super cool classes was ending. MELT, a class designed to help you relax, rehydrate and stimulate body connective tissue was having its last of 4 sessions. The instructor from North Carolina had planned to teach this night so she could meet her grown son, a Seattle resident, at the contra dance next door after teaching! :))  and I had remembered that earlier that eve Judith Marcus, a living treasure healer and Lake City resident, had offered her wisdom on Feldenkrais, a gentle neuromuscular bath done through guided slow movements while lying on the floor.

By this time Ray and I were ready for bed, only 2 blocks away, but full in our strides with pride as residents of this bouyant and vital and growing community. -Annie

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