Ode to Gus

Gus, the smoothest collie ever A tarot card reader told me Gus considered himself a singer. He wasn’t barking at me when I came home, he was serenading me. Despite his abandonment issues, he wasn’t yelping...more

Tales of Love in India and New York

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Life Lessons Learned from Dogs

If Lucy were a person, she’d be medicated—Zoloft, Xanax, Valium. She’d be in psychotherapy two-three times a week, multiple 12-Step programs. She’d have all sorts of labels—anxiety and borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive, misophoniac, mean girl ....more

Flying Happy, Joyous, & Free

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life…”—Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird) Yesterday, in trapeze class, I worked on my layout—a straight body somersault that is an intermediate trick and the foundation for most advanced tricks. To accomplish the layout, ideally I should sweep (break) under the bar, then let momentum pull me up...more

Vegan Tips for Beginners

Before following a vegan diet, I suffered from a number of chronic health conditions—constipation, sinus infections, low energy—even long after giving up eating land animals. Instead of energizing me, each meal I ate was enervating. I felt like I needed a nap after every breakfast, lunch, and dinner ....more

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary

The residents of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, a farm animal rescue, rehabilitation, and shelter located amid the Endless Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania, do not arrive at their new home because life had been good to them. Some were abused, beaten, starved. Others were destined for slaughterhouses until fate intervened ....more

Dear LeBron, 2 Words: Hot Yoga

LeBron James, you need to practice hot yoga. It seems, you just can’t take the heat. Hot yoga will help ....more

Don’t Question. Just Accept.

A card from a dear friend arrived in my mail last week. Inside the card—which read, Don’t question. Just accept.—was a cashier’s check for $500....more

Flying Free on the Mystical, Magical Bus

I am a frequent bus rider, traveling weekly from Northeast Pennsylvania to New York City for flying trapeze classes. I could drive—it would save time and I’d be free to follow my own schedule. But, for me, driving in Manhattan is stressful, and the cost is roughly twice what I pay for the bus....more