Your own ‘Dear John’ letter to that asshole Fear

There’s a member of my family –I’ll call him Jack – who, for as long as I remember, has been paralyzed with indecision… fearing making any decision lest it turn out to be the wrong one. For example, Jack has over-analyzed the options of three different roofing materials (metal, cedar shakes and asphalt, if it matters) since 1996, … Read More »

It scared me so badly, I almost sh*t myself*

Yesterday, I pulled up to a busy four-way stop where my view was obscured by a parked delivery truck.  Pulling forward into the crosswalk to assess whether or not it was safe to turn right, I neglected to see a pedestrian getting ready to cross the road, who subsequently slammed his fist down, hard, on … Read More »

Are you good enough?

Yesterday, 12 teacher trainees wrapped up their final weekend of in-studio training for Twist Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training program.  It’s an understatement to say that Heather and I are beyond proud of every single trainee’s willingness to work hard, take a look at their own fears and risk vulnerability. It’s all too common –and … Read More »

A New York State of Mind

Last month, my daughter Claire and I took our first Girls’ Trip to New York City. We shopped, practiced at Jivamukti Yoga School, took in the sights, dined shoulder to shoulder with strangers (who soon became friends) in sidewalk cafes. And, of course, we took in a show. Admittedly, I cringed at the thought of … Read More »

Hilaria Baldwin Balancing It All vs. Me Balancing it All

A while back I was thumbing through an old issue of Yoga Journal, where I happened upon a spread entitled: “Hilaria Baldwin Balances it all with Yoga.” The article features Hilaria – the smart and talented sage yogini, who documents family life with her kids and famous husband, Alec Baldwin, in daily Instagram snaps. In … Read More »

That Moment When We Realize We’re Mr. Stan

Anyone who has spent any length of time mingling with high school faculty can tell you that every school has at least one:  The stiff, socially-awkward-and-resistant-to-change teacher.  He is usually a member of the math or science departments* who bears ink stains on every one of his shirt pockets, and sports the same wardrobe/eyeglass style … Read More »

Caring is Cool.

My mother used to tell a story of my childhood stubbornness. As an only child used to calling the shots, visiting family –including a dozen or so cousins – in South Carolina every holiday season was mostly a positive experience, save a few experiences, like this one. Or the time where I caught the wrath … Read More »

Water Fast Post #7: Fast Begins

I wake hopeful. Even though it’s my second day at True North, it’s the first legitimate day of my water fast, assuming doctor approval. But first, breakfast. To do things get moving, so to speak. See my last blog post for what that’s all about. Under direction to consume as much fiber as I can, … Read More »

Water Fast Post #6: Day 1, Ready to Move.

I arrive at True North in Northern California after a planes, trains and automobiles type of travel journey. Located in Santa Rosa, a sweet little town 30 miles due west of Napa, the center is run by health professionals – M.Ds, N.Ds, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors – who tout fasting as the cure all for not only … Read More »

Water Fast Post #5: Vegans, Looneys and Swingers.

True North is a 100% vegan, mostly residential, facility that offers health programs of all kinds, including both juice and water fasting. The facility itself occupies a 1980s era apartment complex about a mile and a half from Downtown Santa Rosa. Each of the apartments surrounds a courtyard, which immediately reminds me of Amanda, Sydney’s, … Read More »