A Life with Pain

A Life with Pain

Since 2007 I live with persistent pain. In the first 18 months, pain stemming from an abrupt separation. How abrupt? Imagine learning my beloved husband is a using drug addict. Tens days later I’m alone. Reader he left me. His last three car accidents? They weren’t caused by the mysterious “grey truck” running people off […]

Mustering a Bluster

Mustering a Bluster

When I do yoga I breathe. Seems obvious, right? Without breath I suffocate; I die. Where’s the fun in snuffing out like a candle? One woman’s nirvana is another’s total freedom. I say this because I notice a profound resistance to proper pranayama in modern yoga classes. The teacher says “ujayii breath” and I don’t hear a […]

The Day before Father’s Day

The Day before Father’s Day

The day before Father’s day, June 18th, is my “Sitting Pretty Workshop.” Check out my calendar page for directions to Samsara Wellness Center in Bakersfield. We’re meeting from 3 till 5. Click on the Google maps link on the event page to get routes from anywhere to 5301 Office Park Way. Samsara’s in suite 420. […]

The Wisdom of No Way Out

The Wisdom of No Way Out

As I enter the meeting “Curt” intones, “So nice to see you sober this morning.” Say whaattt?? The blank look on my confused face grants him delight. For the record I’m mostly sober. I haven’t drunk to excess since that awkward age, that period between fourteen and sixteen when my life was messy. Lacking the tools of a […]