A Part or Apart

I used to hate Ash Wednesday as a child. The cross the priest drew on my forehead with ashes invariably looked more like a smudge, and Mom forbade me from deliberately washing it off. That would be rejecting our religion. But worse than the ashes, which would be gone in a day, it was the beginning of Lent. Ugh! That meant every Friday night was Stations of the Cross followed soup suppers in the Catholic school's basement which always reeked of dirty mops and musty clothes destined

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I Love Holidays



Gung Hay Fat Chow, y'all! It's Chinese New Year and Day 2 of our crazy holiday schedule this week!  In my world, Groundhog's Day is a movie, not a holiday, but Super Bowl Sunday in a home with 3 boys definitely counts as a holiday. This was the first time my boys got to watch the big

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Early Hugs



My 4:45 am alarm started me from slumber. Go, go, go! — so I went, went, went! A mile swim, a shower, a commute home at sunrise. I love my morning swim, but I come home ravenous. My breakfast is as beloved as it is complicated to make. Today I couldn't wait, so I grabbed a banana while

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World Peace and Inner Peace



When I look at the problems our world faces today, I am overwhelmed and hopeless. How do we solve the Middle East? How do live in true racial equality? How do we share our planet's resources justly? Sure, people have opinions about these topics, but how often are they expressed in

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Happy Birthday, Daddyguru!



I married a man who is fifteen years older than me. If we had met when we were younger, it would have been inappropriate: 16 and 1, 30 and 15, 36 and 21. But we were 44 and 29, both of us on solid ground as grown-ups, and so it worked! Nobody ever believes my husband's age. I didn't

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Authentic Indian Chai



I will never forget my first cup of real chai. I drank it standing up against a counter at the Chennai-Madras Airport. I was 34 hours into my 36 hour trek from Spokane, Washington to Bangalore, India where I would live for three months to study yoga. I had booked the cheapest ticket I

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Eggs from the Backyard



Last year for Valentine's Day my husband gave me chickens. It was perfect, even though we didn't actually get our chicks until St. Patrick's Day. Even though two turned out to be roosters we had to return.  Even though one out of the replacement pair died within days. Even though we

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Tree Tops Park



Isn't it astonishing to find magic in your own backyard? We visited an amazing park called Tree Tops just north of Miami. The park was enormous, replete with equestrian trails, nature hikes and wetlands. Our favorite part was the tower to the canopy. And the banyan trees. The

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Better Than Sleep



I have joined a crazy cult. We wake up in the middle of the night (or the earliest of mornings, depending on your perception). We trade the cozy of our beds for dark, clear roads.  We wait huddled en mass for the door to be unlocked. 4:58, 4:59, open We disperse, most headed for the

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Year of the Monkey Mind



2016 is the Year of the Monkey! What a perfect time to take up meditation in order to meet your monkey mind. Monkey mind is the Buddhist term for how our minds tend to jump from thought to random thought. Meeting your monkey mind is the first lesson of any meditation class. However serene

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