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Refuge in Laos

As part of preparing for my recent trip to Laos I read a series of mysteries that take place there in the mid-1970’s, just after the communist Pathet Lao came to power.  The main character is the delightful Dr. Siri … Continue reading

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The Schnoz

When I was nine years old, an artist friend of my parents told me I had a classic Roman nose and profile.  I wasn’t sure I knew what that meant, but almost fifty years later I remember it. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Accountable

Gretchen Rubin posits in Better Than Before that we tend to fall into one of four tendencies, depending on how we hold ourselves accountable.  We are generally accountable internally (Questioners—we’ll only make external commitments if we understand and agree with … Continue reading

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Look at Me!  No, Don’t!  Don’t Look at Me!  Yes, Do!

I’ve always wanted to be seen, yet also to be safe.  I’d grown up with a father who frequently criticized me (and others too), especially making negative comments when I’d had a “failed” attempt to look nice (like a frizzy … Continue reading

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Love is Love

 This week a young friend felt compelled to come out on Facebook as gay after the mass killings in a gay nightclub in Orlando. After apologizing for not telling everyone in person, he went on to say: “Of course I … Continue reading

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Thank You

  On the day before Thanksgiving it seems only natural to write about gratitude. I’m grateful for a holiday whose purpose is to help us remember to give thanks. I have a friend who this year has proven to herself … Continue reading

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Spirituality

  On September 3, 1985, I got up at 3am to wish my mother a wonderful trip to France.  I was so glad I made the effort, because she died in her sleep later that evening on the plane. That … Continue reading

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Morning Person?

Morning person? Not me. But when my beloved yoga teacher started a 7:30am class on Thursdays, finishing just in time for me to pull on some work clothes and get to the office, I was in (especially because none of … Continue reading

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Light

For some reason Mail Chimp does not always send out my post, often, it seems, when it is time sensitive like this one.  When that happens, what’s easiest for me is to skip a week–the RSS feed always works, and … Continue reading

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Outfits

There’s an old Kingston Trio song that goes “you can see by my outfit that I am a cowboy; get yourself an outfit and be a cowboy too…” I frequently think about this song because the roles and/or identities we … Continue reading

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Flying home

Flying home into the sunset from a very relaxing time in Florida on retreat and visiting family…so relaxed that this is it for this week’s post! photo:  Monday’s sunset

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Mind

As you read this, I am on a week-long meditation retreat. On retreat we maintain Noble Silence—speaking only when necessary. We don’t read or write for the most part, and certainly don’t listen to music or the radio or even … Continue reading

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Lights

One of my favorite things about this time of year are all the lights.  Here’s one from Florida. Happy Holidays all! The days are getting longer again–hooray!

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Bounty

Have you heard it’s OK to eat butter? And eggs too? Of course, if we could get fresh-churned butter from organic grass fed cows, that would be the best! Recently I’ve been given eggs from three different friends who have … Continue reading

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Lunar Eclipse

Hasn’t the moon been spectacular this week? Full, red, eclipsed… Since it was clear that most of her yoga students would not be getting up at 3am to see the eclipse, Angela guided us into becoming our own lunar eclipses. … Continue reading

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Caring for the Earth

When I first started my Buddhist study and practice, a friend asked me “why do you follow a path where the first thing the guy taught is that ‘life is suffering’? I replied, “because it’s an accurate description from my … Continue reading

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Vacation

On vacation with my family this week. Here’s a photo from a previous vacation more than 60 years ago!  May we all enjoy connection, relaxation and adventure. Happy summer, everyone.

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