When Tragedy Strikes

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

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Just Move

There’s something about the nature of being human that often seems like we’re looking for a fight. Maybe it’s how we’re brought up. Maybe it’s the whole “no pain, no gain” that is spoken so easily without really examining the implications of following that advice. Actually, maybe it’s not really the nature of being human, but the complete opposite. I don’t think it’s our nature to want to be confrontational or combative. And I’m not even talking about with other people, I’m talking about how we are with ourselves. Continue reading

The Junk Drawer Dilemma

I love drinking tea.  It’s always been my “happy place” even when things around me are crazy.  Even when I teach a hot yoga class I will sip hot tea.  

I have this nice green mug with a mesh basket for loose-leaf tea and a lid to steep the leaves.  Things can get a little hectic after I teach class chatting with students so last week I just threw the basket (with the steeped leaves) back into my mug and put the lid on it.  And forgot about it.  Until yesterday.

Yesterday I thought, “ah, what a good day for a nice cup of tea!” So I pulled my teacup off the shelf, took the lid off and…

Discovered a whole new ecosystem.

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New Year’s Resolutions

The last of the Christmas cookies have been gobbled, trees are starting to find their fate curbside, and couch cushions have started to mold themselves to the shape of our backsides.  Right around the corner is a New Year, promising new beginnings, new resolutions, a new YOU.

Right behind it is reality. Continue reading

The Great Equalizer

Everyday we are bombarded with all sorts of propaganda and messages trying to tell us what we need.  We need face creams to look younger, we need money to feel sexy, we need to own a house to be a good parent, we need brand name clothes to feel like we fit in.  We need, we need, we need…but do we really? Continue reading

Rock Me Like a Hurricane

This week the east coast had an unpleasant encounter with Sandy.  In some areas she was a bit irritating and inconvenient.  In other areas she was downright devastating.  The storm gave me a lot of time indoors and a lot of time to think about the things in my life that are really important. Continue reading

Trust Me

Yesterday was the kind of the day that makes me remember why I love living in New England.  The taste of fall was in the air and it was the perfect hiking weather.  While my boyfriend was at work, I picked up his high-energy Weimaraner and took her to meet up with a few friends and their dogs for fun romp out in the country.

The dogs met up for the first time and got along smashingly.  They had a grand time running through the fields, fetching sticks, swimming in the water, and wandering around in the woods.  By the time I got back in the car I had a tired, happy, and well-behaved dog that I got to share a really wonderful afternoon with.  I felt very lucky to have a bond with such a great dog.

It hasn’t always been this way. Continue reading

On the Road Again

My car has seen better days.

She’s missing a hubcap.  Her newly replaced bumper from her accident has been quickly marred by my neighbors’ repeated failed parallel parking attempts. I’m pretty sure her doors are used by people in parking lots to bounce their own doors (and carriages) off of for fun judging by the amount of dings and paint transfers.  Her sideview mirror is glued on courtesy of the snowstorms of two winters ago.  I haven’t washed her exterior in…ever.  I can’t see out her side windows due to dog nose smudges.

She’s been around the block a few (billion) times. Continue reading