Alphabet Wisdom

Thanks in Alphabetical Order Poem

Alphabet Aerobics Video

Alphabet Dance Practice

Raise a hand in blessing Movement


Take a deep breath… let it out with a sigh

Thanks in Alphabetical Order Poem

By Julie Caffey

Thanks for Algorithms and the math of the universe even though some days it doesn’t seem to add up.

Thanks for Barrie my gorgeous brilliant friend that sends me her thoughts in alphabetical order

Carnage. Yes carnage.  Sometimes it really falls apart. Violently. Kali. Kali Kali Thanks.

Doors.  Doors and doorknobs and the turning of the doorknob into another room another place, down a hall toward the possible.


Friends and flatulence and the sounds a body makes.  Thanks.

Gorgiosity.  Thanks for the gorgiosity of me and you and now and crossing time and space and thanks.

Handiwork and working with hands.  You are so handy with that.  You are handy.  I’d like to give you a hand.

Ideas.  Look what you thought of.  Look at the time you made to be with the idea. Thanks.

Jammin’ jammin’ when you are playing and when you sit down and when you are in motion and when you are jammin’ it is something to behold it is a thing to be thankful for.

Knowledge.  Knowing.   I know things.  You know other things.  Let’s make a knowledge tossed salad. Yum.

Lordy, lordy.  Throw up my hands and thanks Lordy Lordy



Olly Olly Oxen Free Free Free!  Thanks for getting called back at dusk from play. Called back from being “it”, from hiding and seeking, from kicking the can, from freezing in tag. Being called home to dinner. Thanks.

Palindromes – Hannah, racecar, level, madam. Thanks.


Raunchy riled roiled rambling Rocky the dog. Thanks.

Stoic family members of another generation. I melt a heart open for you these years later and thank you for the gentle openings you invited.  That must have been hard.  Thanks.

Ta-ta,  Bye-bye, gotta go. Thanks.

Underwear – preferably cotton and not binding.  Briefs.  Thanks.

Validity, validation. Thanks.  I’d like to not need it. But I’m grateful for it. Trying to wean off it. Thanks.


X marking the spot. Right here. Get digging.




Alphabet Aerobics Video

by Blackalicious

Alphabet Dance Practice

Listen to Moby while you:

  • Fall in love with form with the convenience of A to z,  with the structure and all that is possible from rearranging these 26 letters.
  • Write your name in space using your shoulders.
  • Write it large on the sky using your elbow or a knee.
  • Spell something with your body.
  • Spell nothing.
  • Wonder at all the language that is in your alphabetic poetic body.
  • Shake it out.

Raise a hand in blessing movement

When we dance hand-to-hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can feel that connection even when we aren’t right together. Raise a hand in blessing. Turn in a full circle (or not) and know that others are sending blessings to you too.

Take a deep breath… let it out with a sigh

NOTE: This week’s post is created by Julie Caffey. Julie is a member of WingIt! Performance Ensemble and was in the very first graduating class of the Life Practice Program (then called the internship program).  She is a performer and arts administrator based in the Bay Area with a long collaborative relationship inspired by the alphabet with friend and artist Barrie Cole.  Julie will be performing an excerpt of her new solo work, “AlphaBrick” at ODC theater in San Francisco,  November 21, 22 and then in Chicago at the Illinois State Museum and the Prop Theater in December 2009 and January 2010.


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