Wabi Sabi

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A few years ago, my friend Shannon was brainstorming a new offering for her yoga students. I was in one of my "I'm taking my Zen practice seriously" modes, and was revisiting a book Sue Bender wrote years earlier called Everyday Sacred. Bender wrote: One day, in search of something else, I found a book…

Goats, And Chickens, and Writers – Oh My!

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He's sitting in an overstuffed green chair under a window reading one of Victor's books. I look up to see him wiping tears from his eyes. "It's a touching book" he says by way of an apology. I nod in understanding. The first time I came to Rancho Villasenor was 7 years ago. Almost 7 years…

The Work Leads To The Work

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My friend George and his wife Stephie are two of the most incredible people I've ever known. George is a photographer. One of the best. But every time he takes my photo he looks at his camera and shakes his head. I do not photograph well. Stephie is an artist with natural beauty inside and out.…

It’s NOT Complicated

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I think people over complicate things. Especially relationships. It's 3 am and I'm on the phone with D telling him about Aric. D: Have you told him about us? Me: Of course. D: I want to meet him. And so the next morning at 9:30 we all meet for coffee. Everything about this should be…

Something That Has Always Been

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The number of times I started this post - and then set it aside. COUNTLESS. It wasn't supposed to be like this. I swiped right because he was passing through town...and from his profile he was looking for something casual. Truth be told, I wasn't even supposed to be dating. I'd given up men for…

Strictly Business

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As the story goes, B was 11 years old when she dropped out of school and 12 when she had her first daughter. Shortly after, she moves to California where she takes a job working for a man running a car detailing business. She's 16 now - still a girl. But society sees her as…

Risk Not

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Sunday, I rode on the back of a motorcycle for the first time in 20 years. It was exhilarating and absolutely terrifying. My legs shook for hours afterwards. Risk. Life is filled with risk. In fact, sometimes it feels like life is about learning how to effectively manage risk. I felt disappointed tonight. I read…

What Happens When…

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Important things to know about me. I am terrible at feelings. Terrible at talking about how I feel. Terrible at knowing what to feel. And, if you put me on the spot and ask me how I feel about something...I'm likely to completely clam up - only to fall apart later. Most of the time,…

Some Things Happen. Some Things Don’t.

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Life is as simple or as complicated as you choose to make it. I think it was Shakespeare who said, "...for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so". More often than not, it is not the things that happen to us that cause us pain, anxiety, or discomfort - but…