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Dragons

Recently, I had the joyful, and humbling, experience of making art in the studio of a talented friend and client. She had invited my friend and I to join her for a day of painting where she would offer us some instruction, but ultimately we’d be allowed to just PLAY. It was an inspiration being in her studio, surrounded by her beautiful…

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Volume

Its been over a year since I opened my private practice for yoga and massage and meditation .  In some ways the time has flown … can it really be that I have been through all four seasons in this space already? In other ways it has gone slowly and taken its sweet time for…

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Generosity of Spirit

My Love and I are taking off soon for a vacation!  Travel, for me, is one of life’s greatest joys and, as is the case with all things joyous, it is best when shared. Even vicariously. What a gift it has been to talk of our travel plans with clients and friends and have them participate in the…

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Jar of Ten

There are two things you may or may not know about me: 1) I have a hard time being consistent 2) I’m a girl who loves a project A project requires planning and creativity (love), presents challenges that require problem solving (love), gives one a sense of purpose (love) and when you reach the end…

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Love is All Around

Much has been said of the divisiveness permeating our Country today.  Yes, it is there and it is unsettling.  But there is something else I am noticing in the past few weeks: a desire for connection. I am meeting more eyes as I walk through town.  I want to smile at you and I feel…

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Walls

Luisa’s note: This post is written by Jennifer Blankfein, one of my steadiest dance attendees. I love it because it champions the freedom and acceptance that are at the core of our classes. She expresses this beautifully while sharing the tale of a visitor who came to class and exemplified it all. Enjoy 🙂 No…

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Wake Up Strong

Last night I found myself on the couch under a blanket, reeling from the shock of this election. I felt paralyzed to do anything save for wallow in fear and disbelief. But amid my despair I had a mantra: tomorrow, I wake up strong. I must wake up strong because there is work to be…

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Hats

This is a piece I wrote back in 2011.  Seeing as it is October and I find myself making some changes, it seemed a good time to dust it off … I am collector of hats.  Not the fancy fashionable ones.  No, I am talking metaphorical hats here.  I wear many in my life and, more…

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Harvesting

I have never fancied myself much of a collector. That (seemingly) fanatical drive to seek out and amass Barbies, stamps, ornaments, etc., is beyond me. Plus, I can be a tad fanatical about throwing things out and de-cluttering, so collecting does not appear to be in my nature. Or so I thought. Lately, I have…

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80’s Movies: A Love Affair (and Quasi Book Review)

While browsing through a quaint bookshop last week, drawing my hand across stacked paperbacks on a table, I touched down on Hadley Freeman’s Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies (And Why We Don’t Learn Them Anymore). I picked it up for a perfunctory flip-through and knew instantly it would be…

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Stop & Smell the Peonies – A guest blog from Lisa Olson

Lisa Olson is the creator of 8 Days Workshops, which are a lovely blend of creative writing, personal retreat, soul searching and connecting with similar souls.  All done via email and Facebook so they are accessible for everyone.  She also happens to be one of my closest friends.  Here she shares about a delightful new tradition…

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No Brainer

Ideas can land on you from above, like a gift from the Gods. This phenomenon has happened to me when writing, especially songwriting. Suddenly there is a melody where before there was nothing. I wasn’t even searching. My decision to become a Massage Therapist happened in this way. I was at the feet of a…

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Rubik’s Cube

Have you ever had the sense that you’re working on something?  Something deep, brewing within you, calling your name.  You are chewing on an idea, dusting off a truth or unpacking a dream.  This “something” is not fully formed but it is lurking. Whatever it is, you can feel it, just at the surface but…

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Roots

In my recent workshop, we used a variety of artistic mediums to explore creative “assignments” — writing, drawing, photography, etc.  This was born of the notion that trying something different can reveal a new layer of our creativity, a new aspect of our being. For a couple of the assignments, I found myself writing in third…

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Languages

While out to dinner the other night, my Love and I were discussing goals for the New Year.  As he listed some of his, I reflected that he seemed to have several categories: career, personal development, artistic.  He stopped me and said, “ in my mind, its all language.” At first this confused me because…

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Seeking Silence

Silence.  Listen for it.  Can you hear it in the space between words? Between the whir of moving vehicles, the cell phone chatter, the music, the voices wanting to be heard? Our World is busy.  It is loud out there. Silence can get lost in the hustle. So can space. As in the space to…

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Who Am I?

My recent online Journaling Experience featured 10 days of questions designed to help us gain a better understanding of our identity, what drives us and what stands in our way.  We began with the simple (profound) question: who am I? When we meet someone new we often lead with questions such as: Where are you…

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NEW Journaling Experience Starts Nov 1st!

I am hosting a NEW journaling workshop starting this Sunday 11/1.  It is all done via email so you can participate from anywhere at your own time and pace. Join us! All the details below: 10 Days, 10 Questions: A Journaling Experience We often find ourselves seeking answers in life.  But sometimes asking the right question is the…

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Holding Back

I love to sing! It is from my soul. Lucky for me, I am part of an acoustic duo so, for many years, I have had the pleasure of singing in front of people. It is interesting that singing has been such a consistent outlet for me considering that it was once a source of…

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California Connection

Southern California was home for the first 19 years of my life. It witnessed my formation and, of course, it helped to form me. The area that saw you grow up always has a special place deep within you. It is an identity. My boyfriend Jesse and I met over twelve years ago while living…

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Ebb & Flow

There is an ebb and flow to virtually all things. It is nature’s way. The tide must go in to come out, our favorite Season builds slowly and leaves briskly. (Our least favorite seems to last forever.) We are nature and so it is the same for us. Though, it can seem as though we…

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Sparkle and Quirk

I stand before my closet of clothes. These are all clothes I picked out, perfectly fine clothes, but nothing here feels right today. Nothing says “ME” exactly. There are parts of my personality that are simply not expressed by any of these garments. I go shopping to get something new, the proper outfit for who…

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Sparks

Passion.  We can yearn for it  like a long lost lover.  It can feel out of reach or far removed. We remember how we felt when we first fell in love, started our career, moved into our home.  We recall a sense of bubbly excitement and compare that with how we feel now. This comparison…

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Nerves

This past week I taught a yoga class. Even though I teach yoga all the time in private practice, this was the first time in a long time I stood in front of a group of students to teach.  It was at the wonderful Ganga Flow Yoga studio where I am going to start teaching regularly so it…

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In Defense of Ease

Myth: I need to summon strength and courage to make my dreams come true. Why a myth?  It sounds reasonable.  But recently I had a shift in thought that made that whole notion seem ridiculous. If your dream is born of what you love, why paint it as a giant monster that you must prepare…

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Sunny Disposition

This past week I was vacationing out West and spent several Fantastic days with my Sister and my three nephews in Los Angeles. We grew up in the area and wanted to show the kids Universal Studios and Hollywood and the beach and other fun places we went to when we were their age. The…

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Whispers From the Cocoon

Dear Self, Yes, yes I get it.  You have a hard time in Winter.  You want to lie on the couch,  yet you don’t WANT to want that and so you struggle.  Yes.  I know. But remember that January was a time for cocooning.  It has not been entirely wasteful.  Think of all the insights you have had.  None of which actually stirred…

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Expressions and JournalTalk!

Expressions Remix: A 21 Day Creative Journaling Workshop starts MONDAY 1/12! The first day of any of my online creative journaling workshops in exciting!  There is a sense of new beginnings in the air.  I picture the participants settling down with their notebook and pen to savor the first page as it welcomes all that…

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Stories, Old and New

A New Year. Fresh and shiny. It beckons with possibility. The “thing to do” in a New Year is to make resolutions and set goals. I shy away from this typically, preferring to choose a theme to focus on, such as communication, education, realtionships, etc. This year it occurred to me that my reticence to…

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Crickets

Inspiration can be elusive. There are phases in life when you have so much to express you don’t know where to begin. Then there are those times when you want so badly to say something, yet nothing comes. Crickets. I have been hearing a lot of crickets lately. It is frustrating! The lack of ideas…

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Small Business Gratitude

Small Business Saturday is the latest addition to the Holiday shopping lexicon.  After fighting the crowds on Black Friday and before settling in at your computer on Cyber Monday, you can find some fabulous deals at your local small businesses on Saturday. I love this idea, in part because of my admiration for those courageous…

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Symphony: A Blogpost in Four Movements

Prelude When we were kids, my sister and I attended many symphony concerts at the University of California Riverside. Mind you, this was not our choice. We were dragged there begrudgingly. Our Dad worked as Associate Librarian at the University and was also involved with the Music Department.  Attending those concerts was somewhat of an…

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Kaleidoscope

The fabric of your being is multi-colored, poly-textural and glorious. You are in fact kaleidoscopic. Depending on where you are and whom you are with, your colors and patterns shift. It is all you, though. Every turn is beautiful. Your light shines differently, but brilliantly in every setting. The friends you made in High School…

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Harvesting

I have never fancied myself much of a collector. That (seemingly) fanatical drive to seek out and amass Barbies, stamps, ornaments, etc., is beyond me. Plus, I can be a tad fanatical about throwing things out and de-cluttering, so collecting does not appear to be in my nature. Or so I thought. Lately, I have…

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Time and Time Again

Please note: What follows is not a lament on aging. Granted, it may appear so, but really, it is not. Being of a Zen nature and all, I am NOT freaked out to be in my MID-FORTIES! No, no.  No.  I take these things in stride, I look for the good in everything. Even though…

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Just Go Ahead and Flop

This past Friday, while in New York, I took a dance class.  I have been doing this lately on Fridays, going to the city to take dance and voice classes and absorb artistic inspiration of all kinds. Looking at the studio schedule, I decided to try a Contemporary Floor class.  I have taken many Floor…

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Skillfulness

My recent change of schedule has yielded me more free time. This is exactly what I intended, of course, but free time by itself can be tricky.  There are pitfalls all around (tv, internet, opening the fridge and cupboards repeatedly, etc.)  I was aware of these pitfalls and their allure, so I had a plan:  carve…

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Studio Spaces

The narrow staircase of a dance studio has special meaning for me.  I walked up my first important stairway to dance at age 13.  It was downtown Riverside, California at a magical place called Studio 9.   Ever the latebloomer, I was too old for the kid classes and had start in an adult class.   This…

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My Notebook

I process my thoughts and feelings in writing much better than I do using spoken words. So, as you might imagine, my journal is a one of my most valued possessions. Once upon a time I would hand-pick my journal, something pretty with texture and color, and I would use it exclusively for ramblings of…

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Courting Change

Change comes to me on a breeze. It is a whisper in my ear, a stirring in my belly. It gives voice to a place in my center that says: life is wonderful, but it is time for a shift. When this breeze of change taps me, I don’t always know what to do with…

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Generous

Generosity is a virtue. It is in the upper echelon of human qualities and luckily, it is quality we all possess. Sharing can manifest in all sorts of ways. We can be generous with our time, our love, our money and even our attention. Sometimes we encounter obstacles when it comes to being generous. We…

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Expressions Starts Monday!

I love writing in my journal.  It is such a magnificent way to process your feelings and it is ALWAYS enlightening to see what comes out of my pen.  I recommend journaling to my clients and friends all the time.  Writing is not for everyone, I get that.  There are many ways to work through…

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Curtain Up!

Last June I made a pact with myself to see one Broadway show a month for a year (you can read about that here). All of this as a lead up to this season’s Tony Awards, which I plan to attend on June 8th. As pacts go, this was a ridiculously easy one to keep.…

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HaHaHaHaHa!!

Coming out of this loooong, coooolllld, snowwwyyy winter, we are all looking closely for signs of Spring.  Thankfully we see them: the air is starting to shift, the blossoms are beginning to give hints of their arrival and the birds are warming up their voices for a sunrise chirp. One sign of Spring that has caught…

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Tuning In

You know that moment when you are intently trying to hear something? A drip, a click, a hum, something just off in the distance. You close your eyes and turn your ear to the source. Still and silent you hone in on a singular sound. All other noises fade away. You are utterly. Simply. Focused.…

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Best Picture Review

It’s Oscar time and that means I have been in full movie-going mode! I have seen ALL the films that are nominated in the top 8 categories. So for my own entertainment (and hopefully yours too), I am going to share my thoughts on the 9 films nominated for Best Picture. Here are my mini…

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Friendship: It Is Love

My favorite Valentine’s Day ever was when I was about 16 years old. My friend Erika and I had the kind of lonely hearts reserved for teenage girls. Unnamed longing, crushes galore and endless pondering of what it might be like to actually (sigh!) have a boyfriend. Needless to say we were date-less on Valentine’s…

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Philip and Heath

There is one moment in the recent history of the Academy Awards that has haunted me. In 2006 Heath Ledger did NOT win Best Actor for Brokeback Mountain. He absolutely should have won. It is one of the finest pieces of acting I have ever seen, in a film I consider to be a masterpiece.…

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Fail Better

A few years ago I wrote about the Swiss tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka.(you can read that here) I mused about what it might be like for him to be in the shadow of his friend and countryman Roger Federer, considered by many to be the greatest player of all time. Little did I know back…

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Strength Variations

Strength manifests in different ways.  We know people whose bodies are solid, those who have tenacious hearts, those with impenetrable conviction, those who are strong-willed.  We all possess these strengths in varying degrees.  Some are more prominent than others but,  as with every other part of life, a balance is desirable. For me, 2013  was a year…

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Harmony

har·mo·ny: A pleasing combination of elements in a whole Imagine a choir performing a beautiful song. Hear all the textures, the layers of tone, the dynamics of loud and soft. It takes all of those voices, each one unique, to create the experience. It is the combination of sound that makes the music so sweet.…

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A Thank You Project

Can you remember a moment in your life when someone surprised you with a thank you? Not because you gave them a gift or did something out of the ordinary, but just because you were doing what you normally do. It is so special to have someone reflect back to you the difference you have…

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Creative Conundrums – Hooray!

As a kid , I always loved a creative challenge.  When bored, I would ask my Mom to make-up quizzes for me. My sister and I often made mysteries for each other, creating a scavenger hunt of clues.  I would draw a squiggle on a blank page and then happily turn it into a drawing, delighting in the…

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Why Not Now?

People all around me seem to be taking bold steps.  Somehow the time has ripened for them to claim ownership of their lives and take a leap.   I have watched people: Pack up to move across the country for a simpler life Dare to fall in love Decide to run for office Train for…

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The Glass Menagerie

Staying true to my Theatrical Plan to see a show a month, I headed to the city on Saturday to get in my September viewing. Since there was nothing special I was yearning to see, I figured my best bet was to go to TKTS, check out which shows were listed and choose something on…

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Play Ball!

I wrote this piece in the 2012 but the hero of my tale, Stan Wawrinka has just earned his way into a Semi-Final of the US Open. It is his first time getting to a semi-final in a Major, a terrific achievement. I feel oh-so pleased for him and am re-posting this in his honor.…

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Hot Shot

When I was in third grade I was bullied by a group of girls who were alternately my friends and my enemies. On any given day it could change, there was no logic to it. When they were friendly, I felt included and basked in their approval. But I knew this was fragile and could…

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Ode to Whimsy

Each season of the year has an essence, a theme, a distinction. We note a certain feeling in the air. Seasons are one experience that we all share in together. No wonder we like to talk about the weather! Summer is sumptuous. It represents freedom and ease. We learned this as kids, of course, when…

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Is That Mustard?

We spent last Sunday in Brooklyn with some of our favorite people, family that we dearly love. We wandered through DUMBO and took in beautiful views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan from the other side. Rain was in the forecast, but it didn’t happen. Instead there was a summer breeze off the East River…

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National Dance Day!

Saturday July 27th is National Dance Day!  This was started by Nigel Lythgoe (of the great TV show So You Think You Can Dance and the wonderful charity The Dizzy Feet Foundation), to help promote dance and all its many gifts. There is a gala, a couple of dance routines that anyone can learn and…

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Car Ride

Day to day we interact, we run about, we do our work. Responsibilities are met, conversations are had, things get resolved, organized, accomplished. We do all of this, day in and day out, regardless of what goes on inside of us. Whether we are in emotional turmoil or celebratory joy, the “things” get done, we…

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A Theatrical Plan

Did you know that you can buy a ticket to go to the Tony Awards? Like, just go to Ticketmaster and get yourself a ticket? No nomination needed? Me neither! But it turns out you can. This has my wheels turning. I love awards shows and, next to the Oscars, this is my favorite. You…

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What Did You Say??

If you want to be really unpopular among your peers, try this: on a test day declare how much you LOVE taking tests. Trust me, no one wants to hear it, I have learned the hard way. Of course, I get it now. Tests are very stress inducing for many, causing them to struggle greatly.…

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Pilgrimage

I hop the 1:32 train to Grand Central Station to go see Before Midnight before I accidentally hear anything about it. (Here’s why) My paranoia about this is freakish, so to quell the crazy I am going to NYC where it is showing exclusively. It is playing in but two theatres, one of which happens…

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Movie Love: Before Sunrise

My list of all-time favorite movies is not static. It fluctuates depending on my mood, my phase of life, etc. I even have it sub-divided into “special” movies, masterpieces and just all-around favorites. But one film that sits glowingly atop them all is Before Sunrise.

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Spontaneous Truth

Thinking can sometimes get in your way.  This is not to disparage thinking entirely, for it is surely one of the joys of being human.  Having a mind means we can formulate ideas and process feelings and make connections.  It is wonderful.  But there are definitely times when a little less thinking can be better.…

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Night at the Museum

I recently finished Lisa Olson’s 8 Days of Joy Workshop. One day our assignment was simply: do something that brings you joy.  What fun!   Since I was going to be in Philadelphia for the weekend I knew this would be a cinch.  There are many things I love about traveling to different cities.  Among…

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Emerge

One of the sweetest moments of the year is that first glimpse of flowers breaking through the earth, showing their green. It signals that something beautiful is about to arrive, something just beneath the surface is getting ready to reveal its glory. I savor the potential that permeates spring. It makes me consider my own…

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The Take Away

I’ve been stalling, hoping I might be magically inspired to to write about something other than loss. Alas, my muses seem to prefer the truth, so I will relent. Since Thanksgiving, five people in my life have died. All of them were taken too soon. All of them were unique and exceedingly kind. They were…

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Escape, Enchantment & Ewan McGregor

Movies are a treasure chest brimming with soulful jewels. They can stir deep emotion, challenge your intellect and tear at your empathy. Sometimes, though, you just want to fall in love and have a good time. These are some of the most precious baubles of them all, and often the rarest too. Quality comedies, adventure…

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Struggle – February Newsletter

A certain amount of struggle is natural in life.  It is not necessarily a bad thing and is often a pathway to growth.  Think of watching a child struggle to tie their shoes, a marathon runner struggling to the finish line.  There are times, however, when we choose to struggle needlessly. I am learning a…

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Day 18

On Day 18 the movie viewing stopped. This end was foreshadowed on Day 16 when, after viewing The Impossible, I checked my phone to find 3 urgent texts from my sister. My Dad was at the doctor after falling down and not being strong enough to pick himself up. While this was upsetting, it was…

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Movie Reviews: The First 10 Days

Ok, I’ll admit it. I have always secretly yearned to be a film critic. Roger Ebert, in my view, has the greatest career ever. He excels at what he does and what he does is watch movies (awesome) and then write about them with eloquence and style (even more awesome). Alas, I am not Roger…

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31 Days, 31 Movies

Movies make me feel like anything is possible. My parents took us to the movies often when we were kids. Siskel & Ebert were household names. Somewhere in my adolescence I really fell in love with film and began to appreciate the artistry, the nuances, the raw power of the medium. The lights go dim…

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Feel and Let Feel

In putting together my playlist for Sunday’s dance class I wanted to choose songs that would be appropriate in light of the tragedy in Newtown, a town in our home state, a town near enough that most of us know at least one person who lives or works there. The class is typically a fun,…

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Touch is Love

I lay my hands on his frail leg led by instinct and a desire to ease his pain. His love is strong, his body weak.  My hands move slowly and infrequently.  I feel a place of need and stay there until it is time to move elsewhere.  I watch his face.  Sometimes he tells me…

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Mrs. Daniel

I am taking Lisa Olson’s 8 Days of Thanks Workshop. Each day we get a lesson that helps us tap into gratitude. Today’s lesson involved writing a letter of thanks. I would like to share my letter with you because it celebrates a wonderful teacher. Teachers can be monumental in our lives. Seriously, they can…

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Helpers – November Newsletter

There are certain people in this World who are natural helpers.  They see a need and, without ever being asked, they take to action.  You know these people.  The house guest who cleans up the kitchen as if it were their own.  The co-worker who picks up coffee for everyone when getting it for themselves.…

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Leisure

Do you like to do jigsaw puzzles?  This was a question posed to me the other day which led to a really interesting discussion.  The answer was yes, I love them.  And I do. When I get a craving to do a puzzle I will take myself on a gleeful shopping trip to purchase the…

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This Thing and That – Oct Newsletter

When people learn that I am a yoga teacher they tend to conjure up ideas about my personality. For example, here are three things sometimes assumed about me based on my profession: 1) I am calm all the time 2) I cook, usually from scratch, with organic, wholesome ingredients 3) I enjoy nature, the outdoors…

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Use Your Words

I am in Barcelona with mi novio. Please note my restraint in not using all capital letters and lots of exclamation points for that sentence. Travel is one of my greatest joys and being in Europe brings a sense of satisfaction to my spirit. I get to see things I have heard about it, read…

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