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Reaching out

There is a man that stands at the same intersection each day near where I am staying. His sign reads, "I bet you can't hit me with a quarter." Sometimes he grumbles to himself, other times he smiles and waves, this afternoon he had a different tactic.

As I pulled up to the stop light...

Lessons from the pool

Consistently maintaining an exercise regimen can be difficult to manage. One of the tricks I have learned throughout my journey of trying to stay healthy and active is to switch up my routine. When I start resisting exercise, I know it is time to add something new or change things up....

Pomegranate season

It's that time again! Pomegranate season is my second favorite fruit crop, behind only cherry harvest. Everyone has their favorite fruits and vegetables and the most cost effective time to buy those favorites are during that crops season. One of the worst parts of leaving Southern California...

Kim's engagement ring

As we have all heard by now, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are engaged to be married. I wish them the best in their future together, but the engagement ring makes me furious. Reportedly it cost somewhere between 7 and 8 million dollars. Not wanting to give them more spotlight than they...

Postpartum

As a teen I used to babysit for mothers in my rural community. There was one who was vivacious and outgoing after her first child, a daughter. The mother took her baby on walks and glowed with motherhood. When her second child was born, a son, immediately there was a difference. The baby...

Our inner personal trainer

Talking to a friend this past week who has recently achieved long held weight loss goals, I asked her what tools she is using. The only change, she said, is a personal trainer whom she meets with two times per week. I was once again reminded that having a coach can motivate even those of us...

Another school shooter

Yesterday morning outside of Reno, Nevada, a 13-year-old brought a gun to school and killed a math teacher, a Veteran, who was trying to stop him from hurting children. What we know at this point, and the information always changes and develops, is that it was a semi-automatic weapon owned by...

Competition

Attending an intensive yoga retreat not too long ago, we had a guest lecturer who spoke to our Sangha about abundance. The speaker shared her sentiment that the world will always provide, that we as yogis, should surrender to there always being plenty. As I looked around the room, our group...

Farmer's market

The phone rang this morning and then it rang some more. I let it ring since I am staying at my mother's house for a visit. The person on the other end kept calling back, so even though it was dark and I was still sleeping, I answered it. My mom was on the line, "Airsy, sorry to wake you, but...

The Golden hour

A couple years back I was teaming with a very accomplished physician. We were charged with generating best practices advising local hospitals on how to create protocol for "the golden hour," the hour immediately following a child's birth. My role in that team was to provide understanding of...

Bullying

Rebecca Sedwick will be missed horribly, I miss her and I didn't know her. I miss Amanda Todd, Jadin Bell, Megan Meier, Jared Benjamin High and the thousands of other children who have died by suicide related to bullying, and I have not personally known any of them. Rebecca is only the latest...

Alone time

In graduate school a wise mentor once told me, "You only truly know the parts of yourself you share with another." I ponder this when I suspect I am withholding an important part of myself from the light of other's experience. There is something to this concept, sharing something that bothers...