Walk on the Sky

It never ceases to amaze me how easily it is to walk past and even through the stunning beauty of life without seeing anything. Take this puddle, for instance. It is just a puddle on road broken up with potholes and littered with small rocks a dump truck spilled months ago.  You could splash through it or avoid it on your way to the park just a block away.  Most people do.  It could be nothing but a nuisance, a breeding ground for mosquitos, a mud pit, a failure of

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Everglades in the Summer



Everybody knows it's a bad idea to visit Everglades National Park in the summer.  But it was my husband's idea, so we were all dragged along.  In January we had such a lovely time, Andres thought we should visit during all the seasons to see the changes. That sounds reasonable unless you

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Making World Peace: A DIY Project



Halloween is just around the corner.  Already grotesque images of zombies pop up during commercial breaks in family comedies jarring me with disgust.  I'm not into playing scared for fun.  I see too much real terror in life to enjoy flirting with it for entertainment's sake. Right now,

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Dearest Jack,



Happy birthday my darling boy! You are now a whole hand old.  This thrills you, but has caught me gasping for air.  Being five seems like I can no longer hold onto any vestige that you are a baby.  On the eve of your birthday you assured me that you will still be silly and cute when you

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Before You Were Born…



Airplanes crashed into buildings in a city I have never been to and in another city close to where I was born. I didn't know how to tell you about this, or when, but you came home from preschool and informed me, Planes crashed into buildings in New York and people died.  I called director

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Is Superman Cool? the Dinner Debate



The other night at dinner, Max decided to throw down out of the blue.  He spoke in an even, authoritative tone. Max:  Superman will never be cool! Dramatic hush falls over the table. Jack:  Superman will never not be cool! Max:  I dislike Spiderman!  What does dislike

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Back to Life



Today is the First Day of School! Yesterday my neighbor brought over three humungous mangos from his late-blooming tree.  I thanked him and wished him a happy day off, and he wished me the same.  The thing is, when my family is on holiday, I am working my hardest.  Someone has to create the

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The Poetry of Science



My mother was born today. Last night, when I couldn't sleep, I thought of that miracle that took place many years ago: My mother's birth, the birth of my first great love, which preceded my own life. Flabbergasted with awe, I poked open my curtains to glimpse the Super Moon.  I had

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The Fall in Yoga That Changed My Life



Ten years ago today I unrolled my yoga mat in my sunny studio apartment in South Beach, grounded myself in breath, and dropped into a backbend that would change my life forever. On the path from standing to a beautiful arch, a hiccup of fear jutted me slightly off course, and I hit the edge

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