The Flailing Tuna Returns

Three years ago, in March of 2013, I had a brilliant idea. I would swim laps. At the pool. Yes, brilliant. For it will be a great cardio workout and the many years I spent learning ujjayi breath at yoga would certainly be of benefit as I gracefully cut through the salt/chlorine mixture of water. Right? Right? Well, wrong. Very wrong. I splashed and heaved my body up and down the pool, gasping for breath at the end, of lap one, wonderingRead more

It is Near

The smells, the color, the coolness of fall is near. I don’t feel it today because it is well into the 80’s and humid. It’s been this way since Monday and not expected to let up until Sunday or Monday. Summer is keeping a tight grip, refusing to let go. I welcome it, although it’s meant that the windows are closed and the A/C runs 24/7. But that doesn’t keep mother nature’s fall from turning Queen Ann’s Lace into dried-upRead more

A Veer to the Left

When I looked, I knew I might never again see so much of the earth so beautiful, the beautiful being something you know added to something you see, in a whole that is different from the sum of its parts…what I knew was that the earth underneath was alive and that by tomorrow, certainly by the day after, it would be all green again.  ~Norman Maclean~  I don’t have expectations of green by tomorrow or the day after. It’s tooRead more

The Melange Report: Two Birds

Birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom. We feed them and tame them and think we know them. And yet they inhabit a world which is really rather mysterious. ~David Attenborough~ In an effort to save time and feed two birds with one worm, I present to you a non-mysterious update on mom and my sugar addiction. Update #1 Mom is awesome. After suffering a TIA last week Tuesday, she was bright, chatty and extremely alert whenRead more

Snapshots from a Gym

“This week, I challenge you to mark your phone as off limits. Rather than giving into the urge to take a picture, write down your impressions of the scene. Who’s around? How does the air feel? What sounds do you hear? What emotions are you experiencing?” Two blocks away it stands. A gym waiting for my presence. Brick, mortar and the tall glass windows that surround the pool and the parking lot that doesn’t quite fit on a busy MondayRead more