tales of a wayward yogini

Parting with a dear friend

I’m headed into some heart-wrenching changes in my life, which I’m working hard to ignore. How deeply can I dig my heels into the universe to stop my world from spinning around? Apparently not deep enough.  My wonderful friend, Lynette, who I’ve written about over the last few years, is moving to Florida. Lynette was one of the first friends I made in the foothills.  I somehow knew I would connect with her based on a Georgetown yoga studio bio I read about her. I tried in vain to attend her class, but the studio had gone out of business a
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Hawaii lessons – cont’d.

I’ve lost track of the times I have spent sitting in the sand or on a rock enjoying the ocean, whether in Hawaii or along our SF coastline. Our Hawaii trip once again offered me time alone to enjoy the sea while Rick and Lalo explored. I found a great spot on a ledge next to a sweet yellow lighthouse and spent time with God contemplating my life.  Something about the ocean, especially if the sun is shining on the water, transports me, opens my senses fully, and helps me take stock. It’s easy to move quickly through my busy
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Hawaii- cont’d.

I’ve mentioned before how much I love the Hawaiian islands. I recently had someone from Hawaii say to me, “the islands either capture your heart, or they spit you out.” I gave the comment a bit of thought but dismissed it fairly quickly because, luckily, my love affair with the islands has only intensified over the years. I didn’t doubt her comment, though. The islands are as volatile as they are beautiful. I believe in the folklore and pay my respect at all times, both to the land and the inhabitants. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been fortunate
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For Goodness Sake

I’m heading back into book talk. Winter was quiet, and I welcomed the respite. As spring arrived, promoting Lessons of a Wayward Yogini has slowly reawakened, taking nature’s cue. I’m excited … let me tell you. I connected with For Goodness Sake in Truckee back in the winter. They are a Non-profit CommUnity Center for Self-Discovery and Spiritual Growth with a library, classes, programs, and events. I stopped in to introduce myself and tell them about my book. I met the director, Kimberly, chatted for maybe five minutes, left my book, and came away knowing I had made a connection that would
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My sister ‘n me

(Photo taken in 1960, me, Sharon and my Dad) I love the fact that no matter how old I become, there is always something new to learn, about others, about our world, and most surprising, about me. I recently began learning to post on TikTok because Booktok, a part of TikTok, is an excellent platform for promoting your book. Oh, great! Just when I’ve learned to somewhat navigate my way around FB and Instagram, not to mention creating and sending my newsletter on Constant Contact, I now feel I should learn to use TikTok.  What’s really funny about the idea of creating
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Continuing to reach for happiness

I read this quote recently in one of my favorite newsletters by  Dr. Mark Hyman. It has stayed with me. “I am washing my face before bed while a country is on fire. It feels dumb to wash my face, and dumb not to. It has never been this way, and it has always been this way. Someone has always clinked a cocktail glass in one hemisphere as someone loses a home in another while someone falls in love in the same apartment building where someone grieves. The fact that suffering, mundanity and beauty coincide is unbearable and remarkable.” –
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Ukraine

Before reading this post, which was written on March 11 (I always write my posts a week in advance), I just need to add a thank you for all of the kind responses/comments, even cards, which continue to arrive about my post regarding Rick’s vertigo. We both feel very blessed to have so many supportive and nurturing people in our lives. And to update you, Rick has been getting along great ever since. We are doing our homework and learning about the different types of vertigo, so that hopefully, we will be better equipped should it happen again!  I’m posting
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The reset

A few mornings ago, greeting the day making my way out to the kitchen, my day took a turn for the worse. That phrase would beg reconsideration by the end of the day. Stay with me…  Rick had just finished his breakfast at our cute little stool slot in the kitchen counter, which he frequently eats at if I’m only having a shake or hurrying to walk with my neighborhood buddies! I gave him a hug and a kiss and started to walk away as he let out a disturbing sound. I turned around to see him in distress.  It seems I’m
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