2017: A Good Year for a New Story

2017: A Good Year for a New Story

The French word for sunflower is tournesol, meaning turning toward the sun. ~ Rosina Mihajlovic, Rudolf Steiner School teacher More than a year ago, I did a weeklong workshop that turned ‘my story’ upside down. My story had been running me for over four decades. It...
Stuff Happens: My Tooth Fell Out!

Stuff Happens: My Tooth Fell Out!

  Everyone knows: don’t loan money to friends  A few years ago I did something that many wise people have advised against. I loaned money to a friend. He was in a dire predicament and my immediate instinct was to help him. Without a second thought, I said I...
Yoga for Exhaustion

Yoga for Exhaustion

Who hates being exhausted? Me! It’s not sexy to find oneself in a state of exhaustion. It could even be viewed as decidedly unattractive. Worse, exhaustion is often accompanied by low spirits, including a whole lot of resistance to feeling this way....
On the Cusp of the Path of Love Course

On the Cusp of the Path of Love Course

  Sitting at the airport in Los Angeles, my two and a half weeks in the USA is about to come to an end. It’s been intense. I’ve been to the Sonoran desert of Arizona, attended a heartfelt family wedding on Ohio’s Lake Erie, stayed in the Golden Gate...
The Dreaded ‘D’ Word

The Dreaded ‘D’ Word

  Let’s not talk about the ‘D’ word When I was growing up, it was the ‘C’ word that was unspeakable. Thankfully, we can now call cancer by its name. Those who are afflicted with cancer don’t have to be ashamed any more of having a...
Yoga Teachers Don’t Get Sick….

Yoga Teachers Don’t Get Sick….

  … except when they do. Lurgy Time* I’ve been suffering from a nasty cold/cough for three weeks now. Finally and at last, I’m on antibiotics, and I’m quietly hopeful. I’ve been up and down. I thought I was getting better and then crash-kaboom! That has...
Yoga And Your Hip Replacement Surgery

Yoga And Your Hip Replacement Surgery

‘Anticipating’ hip replacement surgery  Hip replacement surgery is a daunting prospect for anyone. Fortunately, the first suggestion of the surgical option usually comes well in advance of the need for the actual operation. You have time to get used to the...
Yoga and Surgery: Good Companions

Yoga and Surgery: Good Companions

The All-Clear Five years ago today, I was a patient at Hunters Hill Private Hospital in rehabilitation after double hip replacement surgery. I’ll give a little time to let that sink in. Yes, two hips at the same time. I had bi-lateral surgery, a 3.5 hour...
Old Age: What’s the Big Deal?

Old Age: What’s the Big Deal?

In the lead-up to my 70th birthday in December, I’ve been playing with the idea of declaring myself old. This is my way of getting used to the idea. After all, at some point I have to own my age, and ‘old’ is just a word, isn’t it? I know there...