October 20, 2010

5Rhythms Spiritual Dance Practice

The 5Rhythms is a dance practice called movement as spiritual practice and a healing journey for the untamed spirit.


Created by Gabrielle Roth several decades ago, it has an international following and thrives in New York City. Introduced to this through the grace of meeting someone training to teach the 5Rhythms, it has brought remarkable awareness into my life. Initially, sweating like never before was astonishing and fun and felt good. Then the real experiences started. Moving so much started to "unstick" things inside me. I am amazed to witness this. It's fun but can lead to some difficult places too. For anyone who is a seeker, the places are where we want to go, scary as they might sometimes be. It might sound a little nuts that a dance practice could do this but life is full of things that are nuts, including us, right.

January 30, 2010

Winter Frolick

Is there anything more adorable than a frolicking baby bear? Four new baby bears have taken up residence at the Bronx Zoo, thanks to people who care about keeping wildlife alive. Their moms were killed when they wandered too near humans, in different incidents. There's a reason every kid has her stash of stuffed bears. The real thing is amazing.


January 25, 2010

Cuteness Fix

For your daily cuteness fix, just go check out Zoo Borns. The cuteness never stops.


January 2, 2010

Will the Real Pinnochio Please Stand Up

I've had a thing for Pinnochio forever. Maybe that's where I first went wrong in childhood, loving the lying little boy. Alas. However, I'm an optimist so I don't really buy that. Pinnochio is appealing for many reasons. The tale of a little wooden puppet boy who is loved into reality by his father / maker is compelling indeed. His inability to hide his true nature, as his nose grows when he lies, is a great twist of literature, to me, encompassing profound concepts.

We cannot hide our true natures, says Pinnochio. Face them and the truth will set you free, in this case, granting a brave new world of life seemingly impossible. In this beautiful new year, I wish all of you and me too a world of seemingly impossible beauty and reality, filled with happiness and adventure beyond our wildest dreams. Welcome, reality, welcome 2010. 

December 31, 2009

Down to Your Toes

Everything you touch, use and wear should bring you joy and make your tasks easier. Witness these artistic, graphic, great colored socks by Happy Feet. Feel the color all the way down to your toes. Have a happy, joyful New Year's eve.


December 21, 2009

The Design of Time

Timepieces and clocks make for endless interesting design opportunities. Here are a few cool contemporary clocks that make nice holiday gifts and aren't too expensive either, all from Chiasso.


December 9, 2009

The Effect of Tulips

Tulips slay me. They have been the inspiration for great chairs, as in Pierre Paulin's tulip chair. Here is an array that makes me feel amazing. Ahhhhhh, tulips.


December 5, 2009

Holiday Roundup

The Smithsonian has a fun exhibit showing many artists' holiday cards from seasons past.

The example above is a Mario Carreño holiday card to Enrique Riverón from 1930. Highdie ho and happy trails to one and all.

November 9, 2009

Technological Footwear Fun

These boots are made of plastic. Seems amazing and fun. The company, Melissa, makes other footwear, although these booties surpass other offerings in terms of style. Inexpensive too. Wonder if they're comfortable. Might have to find out. 

November 7, 2009


When you pause to appreciate it, New York city hosts more amazing opportunities for fun than a person can take in in a lifetime. I had a fantastic time dancing for hours with a great guy one recent Saturday at the Edison Ballroom in midtown. The sounds of Joe Battaglia's Big Band that we danced to were smoooooooth. 

Food at the Edison Ballroom is amazing and the service solicitous. It was a stormy night when I went, traffic was horrendous and all the garages were full. The contrast of a great time, once landed, was that much better.

November 6, 2009

Punch It Up

Give yourself a punch. A punch of color. You'll be glad you did. Here's one way, with a gorgeous wrap.

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