Exercise

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Yesterday, when I took my dog Lila for walk, we encountered another dog, who was fenced in his own yard.  We know where this dog lives in the neighborhood because we frequently walk on his street.  The dog is a tall blonde handsome labradoodle, who, when we pass, stands up on his hind legs with his front paws on the fence, and barks at us ferociously.  He acts really aggressive, threatens to jump over the fence. He's loud and he's scary. Lila's immediate response used to be to react with equal angry … [Read more...]

ANATOMY LESSONS Week 2

IMPUNITY My assignment this week was to dissect out the great saphenous vein. Saphenous.  What a beautiful word, I mused. What does it mean, I wondered? It sounds exotic. Cobalt-colored. Erotic. Poetic. I would google it when I got home. In the meantime, I would get down to work with the tools the instructor had told my to use: scalpel, scissors, forceps, hemostat. I started at the top of the medial thigh, the soft fleshy part of the inner leg that in any other situation I would have associated with … [Read more...]

The Illusion of Skin

She stands at my head, holding her warm hands over my closed eyes. I, under a tan velvet blanket, catch the scent of lavender emanating from her palms. “Inhale,” she whispers. My breath moves like the tide, undulates slowly through my nostrils towards the shores of my lungs and then back again to the great ocean of breath. “Again,” she murmurs. Deep and rhythmic victorious breaths, beads of life I string together as effortlessly as the snow that’s falling outside the picture window overlooking the … [Read more...]

Sunrise

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This is the perfect drink when you are feeling like you need a recharge.  Beets are great for detoxifying the liver, Meyer lemon is alkalizing, and the apple adds just a hint of sweetness. The separation happens naturally.  Yellow is associated with the third chakra, seat of anger and anxiety, as well as passion and perseverance.  It's the perfect spring tonic, for when we are in those in-between states of constriction and expansion. Sunrise Energy Boost Simple. Clean.  Detoxifying.  Delicious. Put the … [Read more...]

THE UNIVERSE

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Every weekday morning my dad is gone by 6 a.m. to meet his breakfast club. I wonder where he goes, who else is there, what do they talk about?  I often ask can I come with, but my dad always says no, it’s private, for men only, not for little girls. But one Saturday, he asks, “Do you want to go flying with me today? It’ll be a special treat, just you and me.” Usually my dad spends time with my older sister Lynn, showing her the chemistry set, or making the calculator spell upside-down words like BIBLE … [Read more...]

ANATOMY LESSONS Intro and Week 1

I have recently been on a quest for meaning and have found it in the most unlikely place: among the dead. Sometime in my mid-40s, I began to feel more afraid than ever about my chosen career path, which I loved.  I had been keeping a journal for over thirty years, and had been making documentary films for close to twenty years. Other people's stories inspired me.  They touched my heart.  They surprised me.  I had followed a Parkinson's patient for half a decade as he got electrodes implanted in his brain … [Read more...]

Raw Chocolate Decadence

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This raw, chocolatey, frozen yummy treat is completely non-dairy, gluten-free, sugar-free and it's überdelicious. It took me less time to make it than to post this blog telling you how to make it. CRUST: 1 c pecans 7 medjool dates 1/2 c cocoa powder pinch Himalayan sea salt 3 TBSP vanilla Pulse all that together in the cuisinart. Then pat it down in a springform pan and stick it in the freezer while you are making the next part.     THE REALLY DECADENT PART THAT GOES … [Read more...]

Believe

I got so inspired by the altars I had created to inspire me that they worked! And I totally forgot about the extension cord! So after taking in all that beauty and love, I continued on upstairs to look for the extension cord and I didn't find it. But I did find a bottle of the essential oil called BELIEVE.  I love how there are no coincidences.  I hadn't even realized that that bottle had gone missing. I found it in the bottom of a wicker laundry basket that was full of stuff I thought I needed to go … [Read more...]

Altars of Love

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I just totally inspired myself!  I just realized with a shock that what inspired me just now was not some external event or person - that's what usually does inspire me - but just now, I saw that what I created was the source of my inspiration!  That recognition caught me of guard and surprised me and that inspired me all the more and one surprise inspiration led to another and it caught on like wildfire! It started in a really mundane way. I was looking for an extension cord because I needed to plug my … [Read more...]

BIRTHDAYS

Today I called Daisy to wish her a Happy Birthday.  It's March 18, and she's turning 80.  This is a big one for her. I met Val and Daisy when I was a graduate student at Princeton. One September day in 1990, I was training for a marathon. I had just set out for my daily run and was headed towards Carnegie Lake for the usual six-and-a-half-mile loop around the lake, when I saw a petite woman being dragged down the street towards me by a tall, dark, handsome standard poodle.  I stopped in my tracks. I had … [Read more...]