Do you know Nia? It is a non-impact aerobic workout program to international music that draws from many different strands of dance, martial arts, yoga, and other wellness practices. But in a Nia routine, participants are supposed to address not only the body component of health, but also of the mind and spirit. At least … More Preparing for the Solar Eclipse with Nia
Several weeks ago, this blog post gave you the link to an app that would show what you would see in the Great American Eclipse of 2017–if you were in the United States. A couple of days ago, this post had suggestions about what to do if you were working (or outside the US) or … More Solar Eclipse Food: Solar Eclipse Soup
Monday, August 21, much of the United States will be transfixed watching the total solar eclipse. But what are your options if you can’t see the eclipse? There are two major reasons why you might now be watching the eclipse: 1. You have to be inside, or 2. You don’t have the appropriate equipment to … More What to Do if You Can’t Watch the Eclipse
I started today as I usually do, with a two-mile meditative walk through our local peaceful and beautiful park-like cemetery. And as has been the case for the past several days, my mind and my heart were reflecting on the sad events at Charlottesville this weekend and the international fall-out of our personal, collective, and … More Lessons on Charlottesville from a Deceased Grandaddy
This morning I started the latest of the free meditation series offered by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra. It is a 21-day program of free daily meditations, this time on the theme of Desire and Destiny. Deepak explains that while many people think our desires detract from our spiritual pursuits, he believes just the opposite; … More Desire and Destiny
Following up on my last two posts… I love the magical world that J.K. Rowling created in her series of Harry Potter books. I delighted in being with Harry as he viewed Hogwarts for the first time through his Muggle-experienced eyes, and enjoyed all the little familiar-but-with-a-difference touches that Rowling threw in, like staircases that … More Want Some Magic? Have You Tried the Post Office?
Has it really been 20 years since the release of J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book? It some ways, it seems like only a little while ago that I first cracked open Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and in other ways, it is already such a literary classic that it hard to imagine we … More 20 Years of Fictional Magic
One of the biggest events of Summer 2017 will be the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 that will be visible in 14 US states (including NORTH CAROLINA, YAY!) In North Carolina, only the westernmost tip will see it as a total eclipse like the one shown here, but it will be a pretty … More Will You Be Able to See the Eclipse This Summer? Find Out Here
In North Carolina, today is the first official day of summer, the months I think of as the season of exuberance, based on Yoko Ono’s poem, “Season of Glass.” SEASON OF GLASS spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence winter passes … More Welcome to the Season of Exuberance
My last blog post was about comedy, but this one is about tragedy. Because as much as I’m committed to bliss, that doesn’t mean ignoring the pain and sadness related to events that produce international grieving. I’m referring, of course, to the May 22nd suicide bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena, England. … More What Do We Tell Our Children?