Archive for February 2012

Live it Up on Leap Day Deals

Live it Up on Leap Day Deals
February 29th only happens once every four years.  Since we get an extra day, should we do something special? Tula Yoga’s scheme to get more men into yoga – every woman that brings in a man, gets in free (the woman, not the man) Wednesday only! After yoga, reward yourself with a 29 cent donut.... Read more »

Should Summer Camp Sign Up Require a 4 a.m. Wakeup?

Should Summer Camp Sign Up Require a 4 a.m. Wakeup?
This morning my husband’s alarm began blasting NPR’s Oscar wrap up at 4:00. No, he wasn’t heading to the airport or an important business meeting.  He woke up to sign our 3 and 6 year old children up for Summer Camp at the YMCA. Of course I am beyond grateful for his willingness to be... Read more »

Facing My Fears and Auditioning for Listen to Your Mother

Facing My Fears and Auditioning for Listen to Your Mother
This weekend I am taking one of the biggest steps out of my comfort zone.  I am auditioning to be a part of Listen to Your Mother, a national series of local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. My last audition I can remember was 8th grade Guys and Dolls where I gratefully received a... Read more »
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An Easy Granola Recipe

An Easy Granola Recipe
At the Ventana Inn nestled in the mountains of Big Sur I ate the best granola I ever tasted.  It was sweet, salty, crunchy and satisfying. For lunch we dined at the famous Post Ranch Inn and although delicious (and the best view possibly in the world), I admitted my morning granola was better than... Read more »

Leaving Kids Makes for a Better Mother

Leaving Kids Makes for a Better Mother
We celebrated my mom’s birthday in Big Sur, California this past weekend.  Have you been there?  It is a wooded small town next to the mountains on the ocean with seemingly ideal weather.  I haven’t yet figured out why everyone doesn’t live there. I’m aware how lucky I am to have the option of leaving... Read more »

Guest Post: Competitive Yoga is My Irony

Guest Post: Competitive Yoga is My Irony
  As is evident in my last post; Chicago Now is an amazing community of writers that I some how found myself among.  How lucky we are to ask questions, be inspired and brainstorm with others.  When I mentioned I was going out of town and looking for Guest Writers, I had a huge response... Read more »
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John Friend Steps Down as Anusara Yoga Leader

John Friend Steps Down as Anusara Yoga Leader
Today John Friend took a leave of absence from the Anusara yoga organization after weeks of allegations of sexual misconduct, drug use and financial impropriety. Many of my teachers have studied with John Friend and I’ve always heard nothing but praise for  him. Over the summer The New York Times wrote an article highlighting Anusara... Read more »

Let us Conquer Kids' Cancer

Let us Conquer Kids' Cancer
This beautiful little girl’s name is Donna.  Donna won’t get valentines from her classmates today.  She won’t get to indulge in a chocolate heart or hug her mom, dad and brother. Smart and courteous Donna was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2005 and fought for 31 months before she passed away at age 4.... Read more »

Heart Shaped Food Makes Valentine's Day Sweeter

Heart Shaped Food Makes Valentine's Day Sweeter
Suddenly I am inspired to prepare lots of heart shaped food to surprise my family on Valentine’s Day. I’m trying to stay away from sugar, but there still are festive options that aren’t desserts. What foods are you eating for Valentine’s Day this year? Do you have any heart shaped food ideas to share?
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Naturally Relax with Epsom Salts

Naturally Relax with Epsom Salts
My yoga teacher said today in class, “Yoga is life.” Our practice goes way past chaturanga and our mat.  She also gave me a gift of Epsom salts and essential oil and instructed me to take as many baths this week that I could. Now I am not a bath person.  I never have been... Read more »
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