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sabrinamari
Birthdate:
5 November
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I'm a medical anthropologist, teacher, writer and facilitator. I've written a book based on my research in Newark, New Jersey focusing on the help-seeking strategies of HIV+ Puerto Rican women. It's called Surviving HIV/AIDS in the Inner City: How Resourceful Latinas Beat the Odds. It was published in February of 2011 by the Rutgers University Press, and is available at Amazon.com here: http://www.amazon.com/Sabrina-Marie-Chase/e/B003QRUFNG.

You can search the book and read excerpts in the middle of this page:

http://nursing.rutgers.edu/directory/bios/chase_sabrina_marie.html

Personal Practice

I'm also a Buddhist and a Wiccan Priestess in the Blue Star tradition, originally part of Braided Stream, a small, tight group of unbelievably beautiful people. My personal spiritual practice draws heavily on the work of Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron and the Tao te Ching. Broad-based spirituality is something of a family tradition: my brother Christopher (quiet_wyatt72) is a religious scholar who specializes in American religions and also considers himself both Buddhist and Pagan.

Family Life

I live with my husband Michael and my daughter Gwen in Plainfield, NJ. Michael (mage_imbroglio) is a man of tremendous tenderness and compassion; he brings fun and beauty to my life. We laugh and take delight in each other every day. Our capacity for joy excites and astounds me. Michael has also brought me another great opportunity: the chance to love and mentor Gwen, our beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter.

Gwen is a wise teacher, generous with her heart and eager to give and receive love. She graces my life and makes me a better person. I am honored to have the opportunity to walk this path with her. We live in a large and spacious home with plenty of room for friends, gatherings, workshops and celebrations of all kinds.

Community Service

I think of my community in both local and global terms. To connect the two while serving both, I head a KIVA.org lending team, "Blue Star Wicca and Friends". Together, we make small loans to women and men around the world, helping them fund their own small businesses and lift themselves out of poverty. KIVA describes itself in this way:

"Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding - not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need." http://www.kiva.org/about

I am excited about the possibilities offered by my local community to my global one. I encourage you to check out KIVA's website and explore what they do and why. If you're interested, you can start by taking a look at my lending team's webpage here: https://www.kiva.org/team/blue_star_wicca_and_friends. Alternatively, my lending page is here: https://www.kiva.org/lender/sabrina7185 .

Roots and Sky

I am bilingual, biracial and bicultural---my mother is from Costa Rica and my father is from Kansas. I am curious about everything and eager to see what will happen next. It feels as though I am changing so fast that I can barely keep up, but in a good way. My life seems to be about continually taking on new and intelligent risks and opening up to everything it has to offer. There is great beauty all around me, and more emerges with each previously unimaginable unfolding in the path.

I am grateful for my life. I believe that in the end, kindness, integrity and compassion are the most important lessons of all. The older I get, the more joy and satisfaction I experience from my life and my choices. The trials (opportunities?) that brought me here were necessary, even the painful ones. Without them, I would never have been able to embrace---or truly appreciate---my greatest sources of delight.

I love my life and this beautiful world. Every day is sweet. In the words of my beloved, "Wooo-hoo!"



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