Instead of continuing with the negativity, I realized that I understood that "focus on the breath" mantra for the first time ever. Despite my restlessness I breathed my way through the entire class.
That day it occurred to me that doing yoga isn't about achieving the wacky upside-down headstand stuff. Rather, it's being able to control your breathing no matter what you're faced with, and knowing your body well enough to be aware of its capabilities and limitations.
You can easily modify yoga poses to suit your learning level and physical restrictions. If only life could be more yoga-like in that way: custom fit to suit needs and weaknesses.
I suspect that's the way life actually is, but I'm not quite enlightened enough to fully grasp that just yet.
Where: John F. Germany Public Library @
900 N Ashley Drive
When: Sunday, July 25 @ 3 p.m.
Another event going on tomorrow is Birdstock, a benefit for the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. Musicians in the ever-growing line up include Johnny Zoom Cheerleading Squad, Sandy Atkinson, Julie Black, Ronny Elliott, Natty Moss Bond, Wendy and the Soul Shakers, The Charming Devils, Dog Peter Pat, and Rebekah Pulley. (Full schedule provided at the Birdstock link above.) Definitely the place to be if you love local music or want to delve into it.
Where: The Beach Theatre (and surroundings); 300 block of Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach.
When: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost: $10 for a wristband to get into the day's events
Last but not least, I've heard some terrible news regarding the treatment of man's best friend in Florida. This weekend the folks at Dunedin Doggie Rescue have been busy transporting 30 pups down to our area, saved from a pitbull ring in the northern part of the state.
If you are interested in becoming a DDR volunteer or foster parent to a rescued dog (or would like to adopt one or two!) please contact Dunedin Doggie Rescue as soon as possible.
P.S. There's also a one-year-old lab pup in my family that needs a new home. He has a great a family, but two working parents and no yard leave him in need of a different situation.
Email me if you're interested, or need more info on any of this. firstname.lastname@example.org
Be safe out there!
Photo: Two of my favorite rescue dogs: Jamaica & Lola
I love non-fiction author interviews so much that I've volunteered to produce an hour or two worth of them to be aired on WMNF during the holidays, when the Evening News takes a few much-needed days off.
If you have any favorite non-fiction books from 2010, please share! And if you're interested in interviewing an author (or two) and have some time to give to WMNF, I'd be happy to assist you with the production process, from scheduling the interview to post-production. (You have to read the book yourself though.)
On this particular cart sat a book with with a sky-blue cover and one word emblazoning the spine. Lonely. A memoir by Emily White. I was a pretty solitary kid growing up and on into my early adulthood, and this one-word title spoke directly to me.
Within the week not only did I have the book in hand, but I was determined to interview the author and sell the story. Too many people suffered from loneliness, I thought. I'd really like the mainstream press to cover something like this.
But selling stories isn't as easy as it used to be. Lots of places will gladly take a writer's wares for next to nothing (so artists and writer's are subject to socialism, but we can't get socialized medicine to take care of us when we're ill?!). Despite my insatiable need to volunteer in my community, I draw the line at working for free.
Luckily I did manage to get the story sold, to the St. Petersburg Times (my first story for them, if you don't count the music story I did in February for their free tabloid tbt*).
There's no reward quite like writing what you know.