Category Archive for 'Wellness'

I was driving home after teaching one Sunday and listening to the TED Radio Hour. Hosted by Guy Raz, the show features a few TED talks each week, woven together thematically in often surprising ways. Guy plays snippets from the talks and interviews the presenters a bit. I always enjoy it. On this particular day, […]

My neighbor is having a tree taken down. She’s lobbied the county for years to have it cut and apparently today is the day. Which is fantastic for her, but a pain the behind for me. Because the bane of working from home when you live where I do is the constant barrage of noise […]

Things I love about summer: I love the heat and humidity. I love long days and a good cricket serenade. I love the swimming pool, popsicles dripping down my kids’ chins and berries, berries, berries. I’m three-quarters watermelon and one-half cucumber pretty much all of June and July. I love not being able to see my […]

New Year’s Gifts

Do you struggle with the concept of a New Year’s Resolution? Do you buckle under the pressure of obligation? Does having a bevy of “shoulds” hanging over your head dampen any sense of excitement you have about beginning a fresh, new year? Maybe your answer is, “No.” Maybe you thrive on setting goals, big or […]

Last month, a long time client and I made the mutual decision that she should stop coming to my class. I could no longer, in good conscience, support her participation in an activity that I felt was hurting her more than it was helping her. The class in question is described by the “big box” gym […]

My first two kids are sixteen months apart and, after the birth of the second child, I experienced tremendous pain and dysfunction in the pelvis and the hip. I sought the advice of an orthopedist, luckily found a great one and he sent me to physical therapy which I did regularly for eighteen months. PT […]

I took a shower this morning – it’s not an everyday thing for me – and afterwards, as I plucked through my closet to figure out what to wear, this thought flashed through my head: You really should put on some jeans and wear a real outfit today. You have the time. There’s no reason […]

I spent fewer than twenty-four hours in my former home, Austin, Texas, this week to take care of some family business. I stayed near the corporate headquarters and “mother ship” store of Whole Foods Market and had dinner there. Dinner consisted almost exclusively of samplings from their Smokehouse – ribs, chicken … delicious. I did […]

The more I’ve learned about the human body, and the longer I’ve lived in mine, the more I’ve come to reject our culture’s notions of what it means to be “fit” and “healthy.” I could explain it a lot of ways, but it can be easily summed up by saying I no longer look at pictures […]

Bus Spotting

I’m not sure how it began, but my two older kids, W and M have been bus spotting for the past few weeks. M keeps a pedometer in the car, and every time she or her brother spots a bus, she gives it a shake. They’re up to six hundred and something buses. Given that […]