Toxic Stories, how to purge them

With all the skimming of Web stories, surfing the Net, speed reading my mind gets to feeling so gorged, I long for the virtual-room equivalent of the Romans’ vomitorium.

The Grass is Singing, Doris Lessing

The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m not big on mysteries or whodunnits and this novel has a dose of both genres. But given that Doris Lessing is the author, you get not only an edge-of-your-seat read but a deepening understanding of the Apartheid culture of South Africa. […]

The Tango Body, for Followers

There are hinges throughout the entire body. Not just the obvious ones—hips, elbows, knees—but the less obvious, too, shoulder blades, the vertebrae of the spinal column that lift and lower our ribs and that turn our upper body counter to our lower body (CBM). In fact, there are hundreds of hinges, named and unnamed. You […]

Memoir: Faithful Narratives are Boring

Nobel-prize winner, Eric Kandel talks about how the time we spend remembering far outweighs the time we spend living. Kandel describes two brains, two bodies—one that experiences and one that remembers. The one that remembers, according to Kandel’s research as I understood it, uses a different clock, one that is what I’ll call qualitative, as opposed to the clocks that measure precise seconds, minutes, hours. So for example: as a child my family spent anywhere between three and five days of each summer down the shore. But Down the Shore dominates the map of my memory, extends and flows over all else that happened during those three humid months. The rest of my childhood summers were spent longing or feeling restless (to escape NJ). Indeed, if I probe and look deeper, I find the other stuff.

Oregon Coast, Los Angeles Times

Read the original article here. August 26, 2012 FLORENCE, Ore. — My mind drifts back to Ken Kesey’s 1964 novel, “Sometimes a Great Notion,” as my friend Rob and I drive west from Eugene to the Oregon coast along scenic Highway 126. The curling two-lane road sweeps through views of the Cascade Range cloaked in […]

The Art of Writing Memoir

Workshop series in three consecutive Tuesdays learn: How and why memoir differs from autobiography, How to capture the essence of your personal experience, How to make it captivating to readers, How to shape the elusive narrative arc, How to find and use writing conventions that fit your story & situation, How and when to breakaway from conventions, How to incorporate experimental writing

Fog Catalogue

This is a work in progress and has been approved by the  International Council on Fog Fog is divided into three greater categories according to the  degree of Moisture (wet or dry),  its Source-— from sky, ground, or water—and its Light Content. I MOISTURE CONTENT A. Pluvia: wet fog a. Plumerie: (not to be confused […]

Tango Maestros & Their Nicknames

Nicknames for the argentine tango maestros – composers & singers


The voice of tango

Lyrics | Louis Armstrong lyrics – I Get Ideas lyrics

Tango is like a pulsar, like Venus, like Earth . . .

pulsars are stars that are wearing down, falling apart like worn out humans. Pulsars are “the remnants of once-mighty stars that emit beams of energy like cosmic lighthouses” and they are born when the core of a massive star stops producing energy. However, says StarDate, f they partner up with another pulsar they regain energy and get strong again. Just like in tango: “. . . if they have a companion star, they can spin up again by stealing some of its gas — a process that can make the pulsar spin hundreds of times a second.”

Kuan Yin’s Prayer for the Abuser

Read at SF Zen Center by Jana Drakka, Saturday Sangha lecture, Jan 7, 2012 Kuan Yin’s Prayer for the Abuser To those who withhold refuge, I cradle you in safety at the core of my Being. To those that cause a child to cry out, I grant you the freedom to express your own choked […]

Rock & Wood Art of Sierra Nevada

It’s catnip for the muse of a writer to get lost in this level of life, sans mots. An artist acquaintance introduced me to wabi sabi (see below) and it inspired me to see with new eyes. Every writer needs new eyes, oh say once a year. My annual trip to the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountain Range always renews me from the inside out.


Dust off your hiking boots and line them up next to your tango shoes. TANGO ON THE MOUNTAIN is an overnight milonga in a stunning natural setting, Saturday, November 19, at the 100+ year old West Point Inn on Mount Tamalpais in Mill Valley, Calif.

Transformation Tango Workshop

Tango Transformation – indepth instruction on the embrace and walking as we explore tango from the inside out

Milonga Heaven with Oscar Casas

Tango for Obesity


Yoga for Tangovers

Yoga can be done anywhere, even at the Jersey Shore. The sand there is the perfect graininess for throbbing, over-danced feet. In this short video, you will recognize three basic yoga poses. The first pose is ado mukha svasana or downward facing dog. The second one is utkatasana or awkward chair pose. The third is a full lotus or padmasana. You can and should modify each of these three poses to your own level and ability. The point is to focus yoga’s nourishing and revitalizing energy on your poor tired feet. You can see how I do that. Don’t baby your feet, yoga them. I do these same poses on a mat at home, too, ah, but the sand is added inducement. A few notes for each pose:

Patty Hennessy, Green Goddess

I’ll call the Green Goddess. Could you believe that a cocktail of fresh kale, celery, carrot, green apple, and lemon juice could taste so magnificent? One man said the color was hard for him. I said the color pleased my eye but I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. I recalled my taste of wheat grass with some trepidation. This beverage was like a margarita minus the alcohol . . .