Thanksgiving Throwback: 10 Minutes

A throwback to our post on Thanksgiving of last year – my, how quickly a year flies by! – with the hope that its simple suggestion offers the chance for a momentary rest from the holiday craze that has already erupted our streets, stores, and gatherings of family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to all! This … Continue reading

Monday Mantra: Self

“It is necessary for a man to go away by himself, to sit on a rock and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?” – Carl Sandburg Last Thursday we entered into a time called Yama Damstra, a juncture period before Winter when it is said that all beings who … Continue reading

Walking with Wyeth

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape — the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.”  – Andrew Wyeth I grew up just miles away from the historic Brandywine River Valley in Pennsylvania, one region in the northeast where the … Continue reading

Monday Mantra: Patience

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson    

Coming Up Empty

It is at this time of year that I tend to feel especially tired and overwhelmed.  Various projects and work commitments seem to move at lightning speed, and everyone I know (including myself) seems to be in some show  or hosting some event at opposite ends of the city that make it impossible for me … Continue reading

Seeking Presence

If you’ve ever been to Central Park, you’ve probably walked through its renowned Mall. Leading from the Literary Walk towards the Bethesda Terrace – or the other way around, depending on which way you tend to walk – the Mall feels to me like New York City’s Muir Woods, its wide path lined by giant … Continue reading

Monday Mantra: Sky

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”  – Pema Chodron Another Pema quote to start your week.  Simple and elegant, this is a wonderful metaphor for our life’s “weather” fluctuations. The sky space is vast and open. It is like a stage on which the weather sets color and texture and … Continue reading

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