Studying Hard

Tomorrow, I have my first test in yoga teacher training, so this morning, I figured, I’d go practice and study in the Golden Gate park before today’s class.

The practice went very well.  Here is the breakdown, once I got to the park. Continue reading “Studying Hard”

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A way to value myself, in the tango village

It was a good tango night for me last Tuesday at El V.

I got there early and got a chance to dance with some of my favorite leader friends, some of whom (maybe) got there early for the chance to dance with me.  There were moments of flow, and joy, and laughter, and we said sweet warm words to each other between the dances.  I got to dance with a visitor, who was lovely.  I danced most of the time I was there and left at a good time. Continue reading “A way to value myself, in the tango village”

Planetary Conflagration

“In biological terms, <Jamestown> marked the point where before turned into after.  Setting up camp on the marshy Jamestown peninsula, the colonists were, without intending it, bringing the Homogenocene to North America.  Jamestown was a brushfire in a planetary ecological conflagration.”

– Charles C Mann, 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

This is what happens when a journalist writes a history book.  I need a bigger spoon!

Having been to Jamestown just before the season when the camp was set, I get shivers thinking about it.  Brilliant blue skies over the mighty James river, fresh warm air, tall trees all around, after weeks and weeks of nothing but the Atlantic in sight.  Case in point though, who knows what the trees were like back then.  Still, the colonists arrived at what looked as the Atlanticist paradise, and then a couple of months later, all hell broke loose.  And then some more.