October 2010

Off-line

I am at this time heading to beautiful Lake Shasta to enjoy an idyllic few days on a houseboat.
I will probably be out of range synthesis lake, but the real reason for “off-line” is I’ve lost my iPhone.
Is my yogic equanimity being tested? You bet. […]

Grateful

Grateful

Today, our last full day in Arizona with my family, we drove up to Phoenix for a late lunch/early dinner with Cary, Diana, Isabella, and Christian.
Daniel has been the main driver (right side of the road in America), but I did have a turn at the wheel the other day, after a hiatus of 35 years.
We’ve put maybe 400 miles on the rental car in 4 days, just driving locally in the main. […]

Age

Why don’t people hold age as a complimentary thing?
I’m not naive. There are so many difficulties; every sense is under siege -loss of hearing, vision, even sense of taste.
Gravity is going to have an increasingly deleterious effect on skin, muscles, and organs.
The result of the above is considered decidedly unsexy. If you are relatively unscathed, you are said to be “good for your age”. You are “spry” or you still have all your marbles.
It’s been a long time since anyone challenged my senior status. […]

Let's Talk About Talk

Let's Talk About Talk

W.A.I.T. – anagram for Why Am I Talking? My favorite expression of the year.
I have been in the company of a few non-stop talkers this year. I think I have listened reasonably well, although perhaps not made enough boundaries at times. Politesse is so ingrained.
At the end of a week of good listening and being polite a while back, I found myself complaining to my mate and then dissolving in tears. […]

The Valley Of the Sun

Nestled among four mountain ranges,
Tucson Arizona is beloved to me as I went to high school and university way back when.
I formed my tastes for the desert, country and western music and mouth-watering Mexican food here.
I misspent part of my younger years drinking pitcher beer and making out under fragrant lemon trees in full bloom.
Happily I have relatives here to visit or I might skip Tucson’s western charms in favor of alluring undiscovered regions.
And happily, the rellies thus far have been congenial.
My yoga mat is a bit dusty after a couple days or non-use. […]

New York Stripes

New York Stripes

“New New, New York”, a woman standing next to me at the airport newsstand was humming. Not all cities get songs created for them – just the great ones.
I’ve been having a love affair with NYC this week. I admit it. I’ve been romanticizing the warts and celebrating the wonders of the city’s architecture, clothing boutiques, eateries and human verve.
It was a slight jolt this morning to traverse from the chic of East Village Manhattan to the mundanity of Queens for our ride to LaGuardia. […]