Namastay at My Computer

Namastay at My Computer

When after thirty-plus years of child-rearing I found myself with an empty nest, I needed something to do. Something to help me figure out who I was if I wasn’t a mom, first and foremost. Of course, I had other roles to play: agent, author, editor, significant other,...
The Art of Gifting Books

The Art of Gifting Books

Books make the best gifts. And giving books is good reading for the receiver, good business for the industry, and good karma for the giver. I need all the good karma I can get, so I give people a lot of books. So many that when my kids inspect the presents under the...
The Year of Giving and Receiving (Okay, Mostly Receiving)

The Year of Giving and Receiving (Okay, Mostly Receiving)

When we can meet life with an open heart, receiving becomes indistinguishable from giving and we become conduits of grace. —Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen Late last year, fresh off my yoga teacher training and full of good intentions, I decided to declare...
Embrace the Open Window

Embrace the Open Window

“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” —Julie Andrews as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music “Keep passing the open windows.” —John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire The Bible and the Buddha aside, sometimes I think that all you really need to...
Breathe through Your Superbowl Stress

Breathe through Your Superbowl Stress

Bad plays. Bad calls. Bad food. Watching the Superbowl can be a nerve-racking ordeal, somewhere between death and impotence on the stress scale—depending upon whether your team is winning or losing. (Here in New England, where Patriots fervor has reached bikram-fever...
Breathing Upside Down

Breathing Upside Down

When my youngest child went off to college last year, I asked myself, “Who am I without kids?” Yoga saved me—by helping me breathe in and out, in and out, in and out, while I explored that question. When I lost my job last month, I asked myself, “Who am I without a...

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