Year: 2012

November 21, 2012 Dawn No comments exist

We’re in charge of bringing Thanksgiving dessert to my sister-in-law’s this year–and I’m considering indulging a childhood fantasy: Bringing boxes and boxes and piles and piles of Twinkies. Cause, you know, this is it. The last time we can enjoy a good Twinkie. This “last time ever” thing– it really grabs our attention, doesn’t it?…

October 23, 2012 Dawn 2 comments

It was one of those mornings. My children seemed hell-bent on antagonizing each other– and me in the process. My two eldest daughters were having a WWWF fight over who gets to wear the white jean jacket. My youngest daughter decided that it was a spectacular idea to toss all the books from her bookshelf…

October 9, 2012 Dawn 2 comments

Have you ever noticed that even though you may objectively “have it all”, there can still be an undercurrent of frustration or irritability that weaves its way into your day. I see this in my own life, and see it in some of the lives around me. A certain restlessness that is masked by striving…

September 3, 2012 Dawn No comments exist

I’ve been having this conversation with myself and with some of you over the past few weeks–how to take the amazing feelings we get on vacation and bring them into our “regular” lives. You know, the calm, the freedom, the happiness, the peace of mind, the lower stress. Many of us go on vacation, have…

June 12, 2012 Dawn No comments exist

A few months ago, my 9-year old daughter received a fabulous pair of shoes. She hunted these shoes, longed for them, and generally stalked them. Moments after she opened the box, she slipped these pinkalicious sneaker shoes on her hungry feet, a extra spring in her already-bouncy step. “I love them!!” she cooed as she…

June 5, 2012 Dawn 2 comments

Who hasn’t heard, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” ? But if we stopped and thought about it, how many of us really love ourselves well? Perhaps, the truly radical suggestion, the one that would actually pull us out of this struggle, is to love OURSELVES as we love our neighbors/ friends/ children/ partners/…

April 24, 2012 Dawn 2 comments

Where’s Your Sweet Spot? “I have so much time on my hands now. I’m actually looking for ways to fill my days”. My dear neighbor, whose children are now grown and in college, mentioned this to me over the weekend. He continued, “The house is so quiet now”. A ton of bricks falling from the…

March 28, 2012 Dawn 2 comments

“No Way!”, my three kids protested, as I half-heartedly offered them mittens and hats on this cold spring morning. “Okay, then”, I sigh, and console myself with the memory of our pediatrician’s good wisdom about “natural consequences”—which, of course, should have been waiting for them on the other side of the door. I really expected…

February 21, 2012 Dawn No comments exist

Yoga, as a field, has taken a few strange detours lately—the NYT’s article promoting W. Broad’s book on yoga wrecking bodies, the resignation of the founder of Anusara-yoga under the scrutiny of scandal, a local yoga teacher filming and offering herself to the internet while practicing in her bra and panties. Oh boy. As I…