At the start of the year I began walking each morning to my Mysore practice. My shala is just a few blocks away from my house, which means my walk takes me through my 100-year-old neighborhood, under live oak trees so overgrown they’ve broken the sidewalks. The walk to yoga and the walk home after […]
I enjoy thinking about language a lot. I spend a lot of my free time doing it, and one of my favorite topics is etymology — how words evolve, what their origins are and where they come from. Which is why I loved this post on MetaFilter asking for euphemisms for communicating uncomfortable stuff in […]
This past weekend I spent a lot of time teaching. On Sunday late afternoon I was fresh from the lake, still covered in sunscreen and wet swim clothes, trying to decide how to spend my evening. Some friends were gathered for a barbecue, including a friend with a new baby, but I was tired and […]
I realize that I have been blogging wrong. I have kept a blog off and on since the early 2000s, and I have recently realized I have been doing it wrong the whole time. I have spent more time making the layout pretty than writing posts. I have spent more time trying to come up […]
“I write because I am a woman trying to stand up in my life. I write because to form a word with your lips and tongue or think a thing and then dare to write it down so you can never take it back is the most powerful thing I know.” — Natalie Goldberg, Writing […]
On August 12, 2013, my friend Jon Lennard was hit by a car and killed while riding his bike in Memorial Park. Four months later, Chelsea Norman, a beloved Whole Foods employee who was well-known in Houston’s cycling community, was struck and killed on her way home from work. Chelsea’s death became the flashpoint for […]
How was your 2016? Celebrity deaths and the US Election aside, I know a whole lot of people who had a really, really awful year.