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Author: Mary

Our Mothers Map Our Lives

Our Mothers Map Our Lives

I have always been the crier in the family. Growing up, I cried every week when Gilligan and the castaways were stranded yet again on their tropical island. On the other hand, I have seen my mother cry on only a few occasions. The time I remember most was when my piano teacher chastised me […]

Road Food

Road Food

My recent trip to Panama required a bit of resourcefulness when it came to food at certain times. There were more than a few days when I was on the road all day, worried about finding my next destination. On those days, I usually resorted to club soda and plantain chips that I bought by […]

Get on The Bus

Get on The Bus

“You’re either on the bus or off the bus.” –Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test A few weeks back, a couple of young women blew into Nosara and caught my attention. I first noticed them after yoga class as they carried two hand-painted driftwood signs that I didn’t stop to read. A few days […]

Mi Jardin es Tu Jardin

Mi Jardin es Tu Jardin

While in Boquete, Panama, I visited a garden that I read about in my guidebook. It surrounds a private house but the owners allow anyone to come through the gardens during the day. I didn’t know what to expect but figured it would be a nice distraction for the morning. As it turns out, it’s […]

What if You Had No Limits?

What if You Had No Limits?

If someone had a yogi couple of the year award, I would nominate Susan and Bill. No, Susan can’t put her leg behind her head while balancing on her arms. I’ve never seen Bill float from downward dog into a handstand and then gracefully glide into a seated position. Susan has beat up her knees […]

Meetings Made of Magic

Meetings Made of Magic

Have you ever thought about how complicated it is for the universe to bring two people together? To get the right folks in the right place at the right time, there are tons of strings to pull, planes to delay and sleep to disrupt.  When you think about it, it seems like a complex web […]

It’s All in Your Head

It’s All in Your Head

The mind is its own place, and in it self Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n. John Milton, Paradise Lost On my trip to Tibet several years back, our small group camped in the countryside, visiting remote nunneries and other sacred sites. Set high atop mountainous terrain, many of these sites […]

Pay Attention to the Burning Bush

Pay Attention to the Burning Bush

The Omega Institute is an organization that offers high quality programs for physical, mental and spiritual growth.  Whether it’s yoga, health and wellness, creative pursuits or self-reflection, Omega offers powerful programs for even the most jaded workshops junkies. While Omega is based in NY, it turns out they have an active program just outside my […]

A Typical Day in Playa Guiones

A Typical Day in Playa Guiones

In Playa Guiones, the howler monkeys start chortling and roaring around 4:45 A.M. I usually hit the howler-snooze button until around 6. Breakfast on the patio. Usually fruit with yogurt and a little granola. Sometimes it’s dense bread smeared with avocado. Yum! Yoga in one of the many studios here. One of the reasons I […]