Monthly Archives: February 2011

Monday Musing

I didn’t go to yoga class yesterday. Between feeling a little off and the snow and yuck that was falling all over the roads, I thought it best to stay in and find someone to take over the class (as it turned out, the woman who runs the Pilates class before me was able to stay and run my hour of yoga. Thanks, Deb!). That doesn’t mean I didn’t practice, though; after my offishness cleared up, I unrolled a mat and did a short practice on my own. This is important to my story, so stay with me.

I’m thinking that I’ll devote this week’s mindfulness to the idea of health. I had my annual poke-and-prod this afternoon, and after a lovely, pre-prodding talk with my gynecologist, I have a fair bit to think about.

The deal is that people, if they’re lucky, get old. As they age, the rules of their bodies change. Such is happening to me. I’m not as quick to heal as I used to be. While I have (knock, knock!) been very healthy for the last decade or so, I find that when I do get sick, I am not as quick to boot whatever nasty is plaguing me. My arthritis has been (literally) gnawing at me more lately than it has in the past. Last fall, my doctor told me that the results of my blood work, while within the normal range, were a concern for him given what he knows about my crappy genetic profile (seriously; the only thing I don’t check off in the family history is “Alzheimer’s” because no one lives that long).

Last year, right around the time I got the blood work results back, I started making some changes to the way I did some key things. With Success Warrior‘s help, I started making some adjustments to my diet. That has made a difference; I’m being much more mindful of the ways I feed my body than I was in my 20’s and 30’s, and while I’m not losing much weight, I’m not gaining any, either. I have picked up another yoga class at Local U and am planning on getting to the club an hour early on Sundays to start taking Deb’s Pilates class. I’ve made a commitment to practice yoga five times a week, even if I have to practice by myself at home (like I did yesterday). Finally, I’m seriously considering joining the little gym that just opened up the street; it’s easy to forgo the 20 minute drive to the club, the the 3-minute drive to the gym will be harder to complain about (and I can walk there once the temperature goes above 55°).

There’s a lot more to being healthy than just taking care of one’s body, though, and I’m holding myself open to all the ways that I nourish and care for myself. I don’t think we do that enough as a society – look to the different ways we need to care for ourselves – and I think that this will be an interesting week of reflection. Care to join me?


Filed under health, ruminating

Seven Words for the Seventh Day: Learning

There’s so much I still don’t know….


Filed under Uncategorized


I couldn’t help myself; this is just too good.

Sometimes, things just aren’t true.  I like how this guy explained how Gingrich and Beck are wrong here; it’s calm, reasonable, and correct.  This isn’t about enforcing the law; this is about refusing to defend its constitutionality in court.  Totally different things.


Filed under Uncategorized

Every Man is My Superior in That I May Learn From Him

Thomas Carlyle said that.

Sometimes I wonder if I see the world very differently than others.  I notice that I spend a lot of time listening (and I mean REALLY listening) to a lot of different people.  I feel like not a lot of people do that.

I have the good fortune to have some really amazing people in my life who are willing to share what they know, think, and believe with me.  What’s just as important, I think, is that I realize what a gift this is, and I don’t take a second of it for granted.

I am grateful to all of you who read and comment here for being willing to discuss with me some of the (many) things that vex.  I have long maintained that one of the primary reasons I blog is for the community; through this forum, I have access to an incredible range of views and experiences in all of you, and I am thankful literally every day that I can post a question or a problem and get thoughtful, considered, and (mostly) respectful and well-meant feedback.  Your thinking makes me think more carefully and deeply for myself, and I am honored that so many of you are so willing to engage me in genuine discourse, even if we disagree (which we seem to be doing a lot of lately, but that’s still okay…).

So thank you, Dear Readers, for teaching me, for challenging me, and for supporting my constant and continuing quest to see as widely and as deeply and as compassionately as I am able.  I am a better person for having you in my life, and I’m grateful to each of you for the richness, variety, and inspiration that you bring to it.


Filed under admiration, celebration, Friends, learning, love notes

Thought for Thursday: Learning

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what it means to be a lifelong learner.

I’ve lately been frustrated with my students because they just don’t seem to care enough to literally just lift a finger to learn something new. There’s a good news/bad news thing going on here, though; the availability and immediacy of information in the internet is wonderful (what did we do before the internet?!), but it’s also REALLY easy to find REALLY bad information and, in fact, it’s often hard to find reliable information at all; sometimes, finding credible information is really difficult.  I know how to do it, and it’s often hard for me.

What is it that makes people curious enough to want to learn more?  What inspires people to get more and better information?

For me, it’s a combination of things, I think; I don’t want to be ‘left out’ of conversation because I don’t understand what’s being discussed.  I hate missing allusions and connections but more to the point, I’m tickled when I DO get the joke or see the link or make the leap, and that high is enough to keep me going back for more.

I’m also keenly aware of my responsibility, both as a mother and a teacher, to be as well-informed as I can be.  People, especially young people, look to me for guidance and answers, and I would be unethical if I weren’t as prepared as I can possibly be.  It’s an ever-evolving process, of course – one should never stop learning – but I’m not satisfied with anything less than the best I can do.

I am circling around a musing about what I see is an ever-increasing hostility toward educated people, but I’m tired and not thinking straight.  Perhaps I’ll work on it for tomorrow…


Filed under learning

Not On Topic….

… but I couldn’t help myself.

It seems that John Boehner has an issue with the Obama Administration’s decision to not defend certain aspects of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act.

I got this excerpt from JoeMyGod:

House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman just issued this terse statement: “While Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, the President will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation.”

Forgive my profanity, but exactly what the fuck does he think the Republicans were doing when they voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood and redefine motherfucking RAPE?!

These people disgust me.


Filed under dumbassery, frustrations, General Bitching, this is NOT a drill

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Back in September, I started the habit of looking up “today in history” facts to read at my school’s morning assembly.  I’m on vacation this week, but I’m still looking up facts because I get to learn something new every day.  For example, today is the birthday of W. E. B. Dubois


and this iconic photograph was taken in 1945 on the island of Iwo Jima


What have YOU learned today?


Filed under celebration, learning, Little Bits of Nothingness