pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

November 22, 2011

Just go ahead and add these to your holiday menu. Due to technical malfunction, I don’t have pictures, but you’re going to have to trust me on this one. These cookies are amazing. I wish it could be fall all year. But then the craze of pumpkin-flavored everything wouldn’t be so special. These moist, soft […]

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something to hold on to

November 19, 2011

I subscribe to The Ripples Project, which emails weekly quotes every Monday. The gist is, 1) you can read the message in 60 seconds, and 2) it will brighten your day. However, when this week’s message arrived I couldn’t have been more irritated. Standing on some pretty craggy ground, the following did not sit well: […]

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when the fruit falls

November 17, 2011

I’ve been taking a lot of walks, asking nature to teach me. The beautiful leaves in their falling. From Ajahn Chah’s book, Food for the Heart: Sometimes, when a fruit tree is in bloom, a breeze stirs and scatters some of its blossoms. Some buds remain and grow into small, green fruit. A wind blows […]

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what the living do

November 16, 2011

    I don’t remember where I first heard Marie Howe’s poetry, but I remember being completely knocked over by it. Her poem What The Living Do is possibly one of my all-time-favorites. She reads it and others in this fabulous interview on NPR (does Terry Gross annoy anyone else??).     Prayer by Marie […]

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never say never

November 14, 2011

That’s Griffin. This summer I went to Austin, Texas to see my friend Jamie, the baby in her belly, her husband and her whirling dervish son, Griffin. As a two year old will do, Griffin had funny little sayings he would repeat over and over. One of them was, Yew nevah know!  Whenever Jamie and I […]

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a stroke of her hair…

October 27, 2011

Many years ago I had a friend who was going through a lonely time. Probably post-break up. Or maybe just the torture of being in your twenties. She told me how sometimes when she couldn’t sleep she would tickle her own arm or stroke her hair. I remember thinking it was kind of sad that […]

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give yourself some space

October 25, 2011

As you know from that whole butterfly bit, I’ve been thinking a lot about struggle and challenge and change. Apparently many of you are wrestling with some of the same qualities — thank you for your messages and comments. It’s nice to know I’m not alone! In the spirit, I taught a couple of classes […]

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contest – win a weekend with pema chödrön

October 23, 2011

The best part? It’s from the comfort of your own home. In the past month alone I’ve received comments and messages like: I feel like I need a break before I break! I’m craving deeper study and teachings. The message of simplicity is calling me but I don’t know where to start. I’m going through […]

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new york recap – photos & recommendations

October 18, 2011

There is no wasting time in New York. You know the New York minute lasts about 35 seconds. And in that 35 seconds you’re going to do 14 sun salutations and three headstands. It’s awesome. And… wow. Our NYC Studio Crawl was amazing: eight classes in five days; some of the best food I’ve ever […]

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the value of struggle and the damn caterpillar

October 11, 2011

Recently my stepdaughter decided to quit her second year of crew. She said she wants to focus on her grades and not be away from home so much. Here’s the real deal: it’s hard. Crew is kick ass. The workouts are boot camp-intensity, the hours are long, it’s cold and then hot and then cold […]

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