Setting an Intention for the New Year

Often at the beginning of yoga the teacher will talk to students about setting an intention for their practice. This is designed to help students focus their awareness and attention on a quality or virtue they want to cultivate on the mat. The thought is that by incorporating a specific quality or virtue into your practice, … Continue reading Setting an Intention for the New Year

Boxing Day Hike

Today is Boxing Day, a holiday celebrated in Great Britain and most countries that were settled by the English except the United States. Some historians believe it started back in the Middle Age when the servants who had to work on Christmas Day took the next day off. As the servants left to visit their … Continue reading Boxing Day Hike

How do you define fun?

I don’t feel like writing today. I also don’t feel like Christmas shopping, or wrapping the few gifts I bought yesterday, or going to the grocery store, or cleaning the kitchen, or thinking about what to cook for dinner tonight, or picking up the books and papers from around my office, or reading submissions, or … Continue reading How do you define fun?

Grown-up Christmas List Part 2

I’d like to start my Christmas shopping, but don’t have any idea of what to buy anyone. I asked my kids to give me a list of what they want. My son said that’s too easy. Instead he suggested I think about what I would like him to have. The first time I asked my daughter … Continue reading Grown-up Christmas List Part 2

Grown Up Christmas List

Gloria Steinem’s "The Top Ten Things I Want For Christmas" speech from a BETTY’s holiday show, recently appeared on Huffington Post. Much like the David Letterman Show, it started at her number ten wish and worked its way to the number one. When I clicked on the link I assumed it would be an Oprah-ish list of … Continue reading Grown Up Christmas List

Finding Joy in the Season

Last year we didn’t put up any Christmas decorations. The general mood of the season was too much for me. The music too cheery. The lights too bright. The shopping too busy. And though I participated in a few Christmas activities, the spirit never hit me. Only a heightened sense of sadness. How could my family ever be normal again? The feeling of holiday … Continue reading Finding Joy in the Season

Chasing Waterfalls

Niagara Falls was my first. My family took an end-of-summer vacation there in 1974. I remember being excited about trip because my parents had gone for there for their honeymoon. I’m not sure exactly how much I understood about honeymoons at nine years old, but it seemed important. I wanted to stay in the same … Continue reading Chasing Waterfalls

Stop and Listen

  Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him as a guest. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he said. But Martha was distracted with all the preparations she had to make, so she … Continue reading Stop and Listen