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Mr. Mandela

We have lost the physical presence of an extraordinary person in Nelson Mandela but the spiritual lessons he taught us through his dedication to humanity, equality, and justice will be gifts we can keep forever.

He joins the close ranks of a handful of people that have shaped our...

"One Track Heart"

The first time I heard Krishna Das sing is lovingly stamped in my memory, it was a Sunday morning in 2009 and I was in Jersey looking for a yoga class to attend outside my home studio. Taking yoga classes from varying instructors is one of the great joys in my life, each yoga instructor has...

Plantar fasciitis

I recently worked with a woman that had endured several foot surgeries due to chronic foot pain caused by daily wearing of very high heels. Through the sides and between the straps of her beautiful designer stilettos, the stitching scars were visible of all her historical surgeries. I worried...

Pieces left behind

Traveling home for the holiday, I adjusted the mapquest directions in order to pass by a couple places that I used to live and work. Not returning for four years has seemed like the right choice, and revisiting now seemed therapeutic. The two places that I wanted to visit, one I lived and the...

Recycling cookie sheets

The days when cookie sheets enjoy much usage are, unfortunately, behind us; I wish this was not the case. If we spent more time baking our own cookies they would have far less preservatives, create less carbon footprint, we likely would not consume as many, and there would be personal love in...

The holiday season

With the holidays fast approaching, we can be cornered into a frenetic tornado of responsibilities. The connection between added activities, that often involve extended family, and over use of less than healthy coping strategies is not hard to understand. Many of us are already stretched...

Sharing memories

Finding myself last night, almost by accident, at a dinner party of women from a different generation than myself, I spent significant time just observing and reveling in their more than 20-year-old friendships. There was much warmth and intimacy in the room, the group has been through...

The couple at the pool

There is a couple at the pool that have peaked my curiosity, and my respect. Each day at four they arrive, her in a neon pink, flowered, swim cap and him in a speedo; they are definitely more than 80 years old. Holding hands, they gingerly walk into the pool, she lingers behind him whispering...

Old tools

As a little girl I remember spending time with my dad in the garage while he tinkered on machinery of all sorts. He had a wall of shelves where his larger tools were kept, several standing toolboxes, and a tool belt. My job was, from his cryptic description, to locate and hand him tools that...

Personal Value

Having a history of loving real estate, and recent events where my family is attempting to sell a piece of property, brought me to a metaphor yesterday. If all houses have value based on their structural elements combined with history, wouldn’t the same be true for people? Can we appraise our...

Green tea

The benefits of drinking green tea are well accepted anecdotally, and more recently by research. It is believed that green tea is a helpful agent in preventing cancer, fighting weight gain, regulating circulation and body temperatures, and preventing heart disease. Flavonoids, (the...

"Absent"

Watching the documentary, "Absent," last night I was thankful for the opening of a discussion that we must have. Thank you, Justin Hunt, for yet again tackling a complicated and important topic. "Absent" shares the stories of children and adults that have grown up with absent fathers, abusive...