Love Stories From a Hopeless Unromantic

I wanted to wake up outdoors. Every day. And he helped make that happen. I knew all along that this would be different, that there would be no babying. There would be no hand holding - literally or figuratively. It is more of a business relationship as he called it once. I admit that description... Continue Reading →

Speak Up!

“What? You’re going to have to speak up.” “I’m sorry, I missed that.” “I can’t understand the words coming out of your mouth.” “Huh? You like quiche at midnight on the Rheine?”(uh, good try…) Blank stare, murmur, head movement that could be a nod, yes, or a shake, no. These are all daily responses I... Continue Reading →

Get Your Hands Dirty

The gnarliest mud I’ve ever encountered was about halfway across Zion National Park in the spring of 2014. Seriously, it was the slipperiest, stick-to-your-leg-iest, sweep-you-off-your-feet-iest mud ever. With at least twenty five miles to go in our day adventure, getting pissed off about it was not a productive option, so we slid and skid as... Continue Reading →

Working Hard & Letting Go

Currently we are stationed in an amazing “small town with a big backyard” on the Eastern slopes of the Sierra. It’s beautiful. It’s breathtaking. It’s also frustrating. It’s also boring. Commitment to a life out of the norm (i.e. in a gracefully aging van without the glamorized niceties seen at #vanlife) has not turned my... Continue Reading →

How to Celebrate Our Rites of Passage

It’s the vernal equinox and one of my favorite days because it means more sun, more warmth and more dirt. Spring with her longer days and shorter nights has always signaled a transition out of hibernation – a rebirth of nature. Though we often happily notice bare branches blossoming, seemingly overnight, or snow melting into... Continue Reading →

Feel Grounded Wherever You Are

“Who sees all being in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.” Isa Upanishad It’s been a heck of a few months. Sparing the details, I fell into the black hole again, deep enough to scare myself into finally reaching out in every direction I could think of for... Continue Reading →

Hard Stuff

January 1, 2018 “As animals, we walk the earth. As bearers of divine essence, we are among the stars. As human beings, we are caught in the middle, seeking to reconcile the paradox of how to make our way upon earth while striving for something more permanent and more profound.” BKS Iyengar I’ve spent forty-two... Continue Reading →

Powerless

December 29, 2017 “Where love rules there is no will to power; and where power predominates there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.” Carl Jung’s words are easy to understand in external relationships but what if we applied this to our self-care? I like to have power over my thoughts,... Continue Reading →

Metronome

December 14, 2017 While my emotional state has been erratic lately there is a steadiness in our daily runs. People talk of the chemical balance and self esteem we gain from exercise, but for me even the simple metronome of left-right, left-right immediately soothes anxiety and resets some wiring. It’s a form of bilateral stimulation,... Continue Reading →

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