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YES, GOD EVEN CARES ABOUT YOUR BAGEL ADDICTION

27 Nov

I usually keep a pretty clean diet because I really suffer when I don’t. I try to avoid processed foods, gluten, dairy, and sugar and focus on lots of veggies, fruits, and protein.Anyway, a few months ago I discovered this local spot that makes the MOST amazing pumpernickel bagels ever. From a former East Coast Jew, that's saying a lot.Well, eventually this bagel-flirtation grew into a full-blown obsession. I had to have one every day. I'd think as I drove up each morning, “Well, at least it's not cocaine or heroin. It's pretty innocent ...” But, while they might be...

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Coconut Mansplaining at Indian Rock

06 Oct

It was a particularly beautiful day here in the Bay Area and seemed like the perfect time to go break a coconut. (If you don't know what that means, then you definitely will once you read 'Outrageous Openness'). After all, we were midway between two big eclipses and letting go of the Old is a perfect way to open to the New. I figured I’d trek to a favorite spot and let go once and for all. Indian Rock is so cool if you don’t know it. Right above North Berkeley, with beautiful stone carved steps that take you straight...

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Hate Therapy

02 Sep

I was sitting in a Tribeca cafe when a guy walked in the door, caught my eye, and strode over. “Well, well, well, Gloria,” he began, his voice shaking with anger. “Look what the cat dragged in. I knew you’d eventually get thrown my way. And what the hell did you think would happen when I got that notice from your nutjob ass-hat lawyer? Did you think that low-rent slimeball could scare me into more dough?” He went on for a few more loud, obscenity-laced minutes, while the writer in me sat riveted, musing, “God, I miss New York!” Soon...

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Invite the Help

02 Sep

So if you read my books you know I consider almost nothing random (except when it is:)) and signs bloom in wild ways when we're open. Even in traffic. So I was just on Highway 880 heading past Oakland when I somehow got stuck behind a stalled car. The guy was on his cell and there I was, trapped behind him, with mega-traffic to both sides. Even with my signal on and my arm out, NO ONE was gonna let me go. For about the next 10 minutes I sat there in the rumbling din of traffic, amazed. But finally...

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When You're Good and Ready

11 Apr

The other day I was thinking about amazing Gloria who taught yoga when I was in college in New Haven. That was the mid-seventies so yoga was not exactly common on campuses; we were the Absolute Total Weirdo course. And there was Gloria, at least 60, teaching asana, with perfect posture and a radiant composure and peace different than anyone I’d ever met. At the time, I was busy being a full-time lunatic who was so not ready for her.  I took a semester but just couldn’t calm down to do what she said.  She always spoke about eating cleanly,...

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