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The Equinox

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I don’t really mind Winter all that much. I have a very nice heating blanket, a giant stash of tea and California wine. I’m quite happy to watch lots of Netflix and work through a stack of books with a warm dog body. My apartment is really lovely – a collection of cast off furniture

Feeling Stuck?

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We get stuck for a lot of reasons. In Buddhism, there is a philosophy (in my own words) that we suffer and struggle because we get “hooked” into attachment or aversion. 1. In attachment, we really want/like something (like feeling happy about an relationship) or 2. In aversion, we really don’t want/like something (like the fear that

Tiny Changes: Update

I don’t really have an operable dimmer switch — it’s currently being installed. I’m pretty much all in or all out. Sleeping kitten purring or She-Hulk on a rampage. Whenever I try to make small changes in my life, this comes back to bite me in the ass. I make the classic mistake of throwing

10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

You know that dance-party, dumb-grin, twirl circles, hug-a-stranger kind of happy? We seek it out, like addicts tracking the sensation of elation and, when we’re not looking, we get it in these light-filled bursts of color and sensation and hope! Then we overshadow it (often immediately) with dread. Brene Brown, in Daring Greatly, calls this Foreboding

Magical Chicken Tortilla Soup

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There’s something magical about the bare minimum.   I have an ingrained habit of overcommitting … even on a minute-by-minute basis. (This has actually made me chronically late for things, because I have an inflated sense of how much I can accomplish in a 10 minute period. My sincere apologies to everyone who’s dealt my

What Can We Do?

This is as close as I’ll get to a political post, probably ever. A couple facts (not the alternative kind)… I’m heartbroken and enraged by the things happening in my country and frightening the people I love.   I’m terrified by the Orwellian cast to the first month of 2017. I feel REALLYFUCKINGMOTIVATED to do

My Big Sur Tattoo

So I got this tattoo between June and August of last year… and I haven’t really shown it off, because I was a little bit afraid of the response to the fact that I’d covered most of the right side of my rib cage in ink. and because my previous body image sharknado – which

Comfort in Challenging Days

I LOVE Half Price Books. When I’m having a really bad day, I visit my friend Saht* at Steep and Brew for a latte, then sit cross-legged on the floor in the budget books section, drinking coffee and carefully selecting a stack of $2 novels based only on the title and cover art. A few

Dumpster Fire. At least it’s warm.

I asked my mom about sending out a snarky Christmas card last year that was exactly three sentences long, encapsulating the vortex of doom that was my 2016. She just sent back a photo saying it might just be an easier explanation.   Celebrity deaths and horrific political events aside, in 2016: 1. I admitted
I don’t make New Years resolutions. I gave up on them years ago when I realized that – like everyone else – I was bailing out by January 9th at 2 pm and was tired of feeling like a failure. I do, however, make little, insignificant changes my brain won’t even notice…like “take a Vitamin D
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