Valentina True Through and Through by Maggie Scratch

Fascinating, intriguing, I’m hooked from the start.

She’s not a Dervish

She’s herself.

She could whirl around the world.

That’s the energy

the training

the spirit


Valentina the Brave

She’s one of a kind.

“Wherever whirling is, there is also a quiet centre. Without that peace, emptiness, that zero point – the whole movement would not be possible… Spinning is the archetype of the movement, of dance itself. travels towards the primordial sound of creation. Sema, among other meanings, is the act of listening. It inspired me to listen to the music with my whole body, skin, breath and movement.”

Valentina Lacmanovic



“…real artists are usually discreet, absorbed in their art somewhere far from media over exposure. One of these artists is dancer and performer Valentina Lacmanović, who for years has balanced on the border of her artistic and geographic existence.”


KONTURA ART MAGAZIN number 121 (Croatia), August 2013,

Whirling as an instrument of communication


Photography : Ludvine Allegue © 2016 Allegue / Lacmanovic


The Friendly Gig at the Museu de L’ Eròtica by Maggie Scratch

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How does she make those hair-do buns?

How does she pluck those strings and make it look fun?

This gal’s from Canada’s boondocks,

but she plays that violin

she bends that bow

high and low

and let me tell you,

she rocks!


Señor Dalí

was waiting for me…


…while I checked out the view

from the balcony!

Abracadabra by Maggie Scratch

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Yesterday I started the 4th experiment in the E-Squared book and the title speaks for itself: “ABRACADABRA.” Not exactly pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but more or less in that vein. I love the idea that what you focus on, expands. I believe this. I believe I can make something happen if I think about it hard enough. But one thing is believing, another is actually DOING IT. I’m doing The Abracadabra Principle for 48 hours, manifesting with my entire being, focusing all my energy on what I want to draw into my life. The key is NO DOUBT! No negatives. No sob stories. No whining. No slacking off. Some people want to pull new cars or pianos out of the Field of Potential. What I started out thinking into existence, was a screenwriter’s award, that my screenplay The Blue Shepherd would make it into the quarter-finals. Then, this morning, I pulled the rabbit out of the hat. I saw my character, John, the shepherd, come to life, flesh and blood a real person,  looking up at the sky, herding the sheep and closing the rusted blue gate. Abracadabra! I brought him to life! Isn’t that what screenplays are made for?

Working With the Energy Field by Maggie Scratch


Since I’m on Experiment 3, The Alby Einstein Principle, in the E-Squared book, and it’s all about how my thoughts create my energy and attract like energy to me and whatever I create, I had this thought: I’ll project my shepherd out into the world and direct his energy to the bigger field of energy, namely The Page International Screenwriter’s Awards Competition. By doing this, according to the laws of physics, I can affect the big energy field and draw the energy back to me, or, more importantly, to my story, the screenplay, The Blue Shepherd. The judges will be announcing the quarter-finalists this Friday July 15, and even though the odds in my category, Family Film, are over 500 to 1, well…somebody has to win, so why not my shepherd!





A Birdie Over My Shoulder in Barcelona by Maggie Scratch



Can you find my blackbird? I think it’s a she but her mate comes too. They love water! And I clean their birdbath often, so they thank me by singing and letting me watch them shake their tailfeathers and go into ecstasy. It’s 100° in the shade today! Now that ceramic dish they splash in would be called ‘The Ceramic Dish Miracle’ by Pam Grout, the author of Esquared, a book my friend Caspar sent me about plugging into something called The Field of Potential which happens to be something I already believe in, so I’m doing Experiment One and the deadline for this first principle to present itself is in exactly six minutes. I had 2 signs so far and I’m waiting for the third. The Ceramic Dish Miracle happened one day when I  realized that what I wanted was to find a beautiful ceramic dish that would fit into that plant stand so I could have a birdbath and see if any birds would come. When I went down to the street that day, There It Was. In the street. Sitting on the curb next to the trash container. I swear this is true. I took it upstairs. It fit perfectly on the stand. Do I have a birdie over my shoulder?



Birdbath for the Blackbirds

Full Moon in Barcelona by Maggie Scratch

full moonThis is a shot from my back patio. All I can say is, this moon has been waking me up and that’s the way it is lately, with the moon and me. I used to have a moon calendar and I used to have to check it to know when the full moon was coming, but not anymore. About a week before it’s going to be full, it starts in on me, like some Zen master trying to teach me something. It wakes me up at 4:30 in the morning, feeling all refreshed and ready to make coffee! Am I having a biological reaction to the moon? One week of the month, when the moon’s filling up, I won’t sleep. No calendar needed. When I start waking up with a teenager’s energy, the moon is my master.

Maggie Scratch in Barcelona Celebrating Godmother’s Day

I can’t believe it!

On Mother’s Day—

I forgot to mention Godmothers!

I am one.

So Happy Godmother’s Day to me!

This pic is hot off the press.

My incredible Goddaughter, Winter Miller, is on the right.

She’s standing with an icon,

una santa?

a myth,

Gloria Steinem,  feminist.

This pic is not surprising, it’s not odd.

This pic is a natural!

Two peas in a pod!

Winter and Gloria