I need a hero

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I need a hero

I have an idea that’s just a sprout at this point, but I’m excited about it. And somehow that led me to humming an old 80’s song by Bonnie Tyler. The actual title is “Holding Out for a Hero” but I remember it as “I Need a Hero.” Watching the video, I realized Bonnie Tyler […]

dream of the praying mantis

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dream of the praying mantis

Last night I had a very vivid dream – a dream of the praying mantis. A bright yellow spider was in my house, in a giant house plant. The spider scared me. I knew I had to get it out of the house, but it was so large I was having trouble locating a jar […]

willpower

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willpower

Why is it that willingness (readiness, inclination, will, wish, desire, alacrity) is a desired trait, and having willpower (determination, strength of character, resolution, resolve, resoluteness, single-mindedness, purposefulness, drive, commitment, dedication, doggedness, tenacity, tenaciousness, staying power) is admirable, but being willful (headstrong, strong-willed, obstinate, stubborn, pigheaded, recalcitrant, uncooperative, obstreperous, ungovernable, unmanageable) is a fault? Is it just a […]

new types of yoga

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new types of yoga

In my yoga practice, I’ve been focusing more on my drishti (gazing point) lately.  Focusing on my focus, to be as redundant as possible. (I’m quite convinced this is the real reason Pattabhi Jois said yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory. Words become babble. Just do.) Anyway, the drishti for many poses is nasagra – the tip […]

a bang up job

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a bang up job

One of my clearest childhood memories is when, at age five, fueled by the injustice of not being able to do what I wanted with my hair, I took a pair of my mom’s sewing scissors, crawled under the dining room table, and cut my own bangs. As a kid, my large forehead and skinny […]

birds of a feather

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birds of a feather

I’ve got poultry on the brain. It is an unfortunate side effect of failing (succeeding for one day) to give up coffee cold turkey. What was I thinking?!? And, WTF does ‘cold turkey’ even mean? I don’t know!  My bird brain doesn’t want to hold onto a single idea long enough to find answers. Like a […]

if she only knew

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if she only knew

Ash was not happy with me today. I bought her a harness because she’s getting old and is constantly getting tangled up by her leash. I figured the harness would keep the leash up out from under her paws – that’s what it appears to do for the neighborhood pugs and puggles and poodles. But […]

baby egret

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baby egret

I was just out on my paddleboard in the back bay area of Newport. A shallow waterway where boats aren’t allowed and birds rule. The one that captivated me was a slender white bird – egret in shape but so much smaller. A baby, likely. It is possible it is an entirely different species, but I’m […]

take the donuts

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take the donuts

Just take them. A few weeks ago, a friend commissioned me to make her a necklace featuring a quote from Amanda Palmer. (Amanda Fucking Palmer, as she often calls herself.) I’ve been a fan of Amanda since I saw her and her amazing Sharpie eyebrows give a TED Talk. I’m currently listening to her audiobook The […]

instructions

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instructions

My yoga teacher gives a talk – conference – each Sunday. Her theme this year is using our yoga practice to develop our minds. In line with that, she’s been asking us to examine why we do yoga, what we hope to gain from it – and why we’ve picked ashtanga specifically. She also commented […]