Dorit’s Labyrinth at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Carnegie Museum

The Art of Living Well! On August 18. 2019 I had the great pleasure to create a labyrinth at the Carnegie Museum of Art in the Hall of Architecture. Get inspired, check out the video:  Dorit’s Labyrinth at the Carnegie Museum of Art.  The materials used for this installation were footsies that I cut out […]

Celebrating 20 Years in the US

Dorit Brauer Art

The month of May is a special month of celebration for me. This year I celebrate the 20-year anniversary of living in the amazing United States of America. I am infinitely grateful for the possibilities and for how my life path unfolded.    May 1. 1998 I started a new life in Pittsburgh. Please enjoy […]

The Importance of Day Dreaming and Purposeful Imagination

Day Dreaming

The Importance of Day Dreaming and Purposeful Imagination Here is a little fun fact and the reason why it is so important to dream big. Our dreams show us life’s coming attractions. Daydreaming and imagining where life will take you is a good investment in your future. Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes is not the first […]

2012 Book Launch Party

Dorit Brauer's Book Party Pittsburgh 2012

May 5. 2012 I had the great pleasure to host the Book Launch Party celebrating the publication of my auto-biography Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes – A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth at the Christine Frechard Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Thank you for everyone who joined the celebration.      Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes chronicles a modern day […]

Hidden Messages – Licht Light אור

Hidden Messages in German, English and Hebrew Can you find the Hebrew word for light אור hidden in this painting? The painting emerged out of the move to a new continent, embracing a different life and trusting the unknown, when I came to Pittsburgh in 1998. The creation process of this abstract oil on canvas painting […]

Tohuwabohu & Burnt Books, Dorit’s Interview, Israel, 1995

From Düsseldorf to Hod Hasharon Published in Zomet Hasharon June 16. 1995 Dorit Brauer, a German who has lived in Israel for 6 years, exhibits in Zwaim Be Kaffee. It is a bit hard to understand, but for one of her paintings she burned books. Burned books, destroyed yellow Stars of David and the word […]

Dorit Reads Her Poems The Burning & Allenby Street

Dorit Brauer's Poetry Reading

The poems Allenby Street and The Burning are inspired by my years in Israel and were be published in Voices from the Attic Volume XV by Carlow University.  We held the book launch party and the reading at WYEP in Pittsburgh. You are invited to listen to the reading.    The Burning                                                                           Books silently waited in darkness. Books of […]

May 6. 2017 Second Annual Spiritual Journeys Celebration

Spiritual

Celebrating International Female Ride Day and World Labyrinth Day Author Dorit Brauer organizes every first Saturday in May a Spiritual Journey in celebration of International Female Ride Day and World Labyrinth Day. Join the celebration: You are invited to participate in this special event on Saturday, May 6. 2017: A Motorcycle Day Trip including three […]

Circling into Happiness

Immigrant Entrepreneur Award

I am very honored and grateful to be the 2016 recipient of the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award from Global Pittsburgh in recognition of my achievements and enriching the Pittsburgh region with my talent and tenacity since my arrival in 1998. Please enjoy this article, which I wrote for an Immigrant Entrepreneurship writing contest in 2014: Circling […]

A Flexible Person Cannot Be Bent Out Of Shape

Flexible Person

Please enjoy this book excerpt from Chapter 29, as I share my reflections following an encounter with German tourists in Sedona, Arizona. The purpose of Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes – A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth is to invite you to embark on your own spiritual adventure. Only when we shine the light into the […]

First Kiss

First Kiss

Notes from a visit to Germany in 2011: I have loved all my men, the two husbands and the boy-friends in between. This thought spun inside my head, while I strolled along the asphalted service road, surrounded by lavish, green meadows and the rolling elevation of the earth levee, behind our farm. Wind rustled in […]

The Weight of History

Notes from a visit to Germany: Friday evening, May 20, 2011, I visited my friend Toelli’s art studio, only a few kilometers from our farm. We stood outside in his sculpture garden, wine glasses in our hands, enjoying a calm evening. I admired his newest creations, lanky sculptures with cubistic abstractions, painted with gentle pastel […]

The Lost Generation

Notes from a 2010 visit to Germany: My mom sat on a log of driftwood, next to the River Rhine, petting our dog Max, a black and white mutt. We were only a few hundred yards away from our farm. This was the territory of my youth; the lush green landscape, a leisurely flowing Rhine. […]

My Father’s Scar

In Chapter 28 of Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes I describe a scene with my dad, in which he shares memories of his youth and the rescue of his older cousin’s Jewish fiancée. The following are notes for a future publication: Only after my dad’s passing, I realized the loss of the irreplaceable source of knowledge. […]

In the Footsteps of my Ancestors

Please enjoy the notes from a conversation with my mom, while on a trip to Zandvoort, Holland, in 2011: “You know, Dorit,” my mom said, “you are just following into the footsteps of your ancestors.” She reached over and her fingers lightly touched my arm. Our heightened perspective from the hotel room’s balcony on the […]

A Sunny Day in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

Today 25 years ago, on January 17. 1991, Desert Storm started and scud missiles attacked Tel Aviv. I describe my experiences in Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes in chapter 11. As a non-fiction writer I use poetry to tackle emotional or difficult subjects, in search of a way to express what I feel and want to convey […]

Walking the Golden Path

good decisions

How To Make Good Decisions Please be inspired by this meditative thought. Every major decision I make in my life is thought through and meditated upon prior to taking the actual steps in the physical realm. I also describe this metaphysical decision-making process in my book in chapter 25. I hope the meditation inspires you […]

The Lovers & The Orgasmic Experience of Being Alive

Conscious Living

Living consciously means to embrace every day as a new adventure and to live life whole-heartedly with all its ups and downs and with everything it has to offer. Living consciously invites renewal at all times, sorting out and letting go off the things that don’t serve you. Only then can you be free to […]

Every Journey is a Spiritual Journey

pilgrimage

A Pilgrimage Reminiscing. 16 more days until my next big trip. For me every journey is a spiritual journey. A pilgrimage where I uncover new and old parts of who I really am, a journey where the inner experience is more important than the outside journey. As I prepare to re-visit Israel after 14 years I […]

Inner Peace at High Speed

Inner Peace

Enjoyed a gorgeous day of zooming along my favorite country roads on the super machine, including a stop for a peaceful meditation at Cross Creek Lake near Avella, Pennsylvania. But then of course, for me, riding a motorcycle is also a form of meditation, as it requires utmost attention and focus on the here and […]

My Mom’s Secret to Good Health

Good Health

Healthy Habits – Learn my Mom’s Secret to Good Health I love my mom. The most important lesson she taught me is to always be grateful and to never take anything for granted. She loves travel and certainly infused me with the travel bug. She inspires me every day. At nearly 80 my mom is […]

Timelessness in the Labyrinth – Moments of Beauty in Israel

Israel

A life not reflected upon is a life not lived. As I walk labyrinth after labyrinth, I enjoy recalling memories and moments of beauty from my years in Israel.  A labyrinth is a fantastic tool for reflection, introspection and a life-review, allowing you to consciously contemplate the next steps on your journey. In Girls Don’t […]

What is your definition of Happiness?

Happiness

Do you cultivate happiness every day? Do you mark time in your schedule for the things and activities that make you happy? My goal is to find time in my schedule everyday for the things that I enjoy the most. One of those activities is of course motorcycle riding.

What do you read?

read

Tell me what you read and I tell you who you are! I can’t imagine a better start to a new day than sitting outdoors in the sunshine with a nice cup of coffee and reading a good book. I love to feel inspired, as my mind opens to new possibilities and exciting adventures. Do […]

Happiness

Machine

Happiness: Motorcycle Riding & Meditation Finally: My first motorcycle ride of 2015, took place on March 31st after 140 long days of winter. For me motorcycle riding and meditation are very closely connected. It’s an absolute requirement to be totally present in the moment. I am happiest when I ride the super machine, the Suzuki […]

Life is Movement

Life

My mom always sends the best cards. “Life: that’s movement. Movement is evolution. Evolution is progress. Progress means to come closer to your goal.”     During my 2006 solo cross-country motorcycle road trip I kept one of my mom’s cards in my tank bag during the entire trip. Please enjoy the excerpt from Girls […]

What will you risk to truly know who you are?

Some of my favorite words just cannot be translated into other languages. Aufbruchstimmung, which contains the essence of everything I love about life, translates on Google Translate to ‘optimism.’ Seriously, that doesn’t even come close to anything Aufbruchstimmung could possibly mean. Even in Hebrew it translates to אופטימיות. That is far, far away from its true meaning. […]

Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes Wins Its First Award

Winner

In the great company of Eleanor Schano, author of Riding the Air Waves and 1st place winner of the 2014 Authors’ Zone Auto-Biography Book Award. Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes is the 2nd place winner. Eleanor and I have known each other for many years. A few years after I came to the US she interviewed me […]

Happy Birthday To My Dad

Tribute

Father & Daughter Today would have been my dad’s 86’s birthday. Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes – A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth is a tribute to my father. The book title Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes was the mantra of my youth.   My dad passed away very unexpectedly two weeks after I moved to the […]

Why More Women are Riding Motorcycles

Confidence

Freedom, Empowerment and Confidence Great article: Why More Women are Riding Motorcycles and How That’s Driving Change by author and motorcycle enthusiast Liz Jansen. I absolutely agree with Liz. Since the publication of Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes – A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth in 2012, five women contacted me who were so inspired by […]

What is your happiest childhood memory?

happy life

Positive Energies From The Past Create A Happy Life A productive day of writing on the follow-up inspirational workbook for ‘Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes – A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth.’ My head is filled with sweet memories of the “Wild Chestnut Trees” that surrounded our farm. When I was little I had reoccurring dreams […]

The Inspiration for the poem ONE

scenery

A nature walk on Meditation Mount in Ojai, California, inspired the prologue poem of Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes. Please enjoy the beautiful scenery that inspired ONE. ONE – Listen to Dorit’s poetry reading and watch the guided tour of Meditation Mount in Ojai, California. One I am not the hawk soaring high up in the […]

Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes healed a reader’s strained relationship to her mom

Relationship

As an author I am mesmerized to learn which sections of my book inspire readers the most. I am grateful for so much amazing feedback since the publication of ‘Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes – A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth’ in 2012. In a very touching testimonial the description of a phone conversation with my […]

Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes sold in 11 countries

Girls Don't Ride Motorbikes

Thank You To All My Readers Just checked my royalty account with amazon and saw that in 2014 Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes sold in 11 countries: Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Spain, Britain, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan, and of course the US. Thank you to all my readers for joining the spiritual adventure. You are invited […]