I was pulling “stuff” out of the car when I heard, “Feliz Ano Joanna”. I stopped, smiled when I recognized him and shared the customary embrace. He held me a little too long and smelled of stale beer. We parted, me gratefully and him reluctantly, and I resumed struggling to take things in. He turned… Continue reading Compassion
I pinch myself when I see enormous pink ribbons on the municipal offices in downtown Tulum, Mexico for October: breast cancer awareness month. Awareness of women’s health issues isn’t exactly Mexico’s forte. I almost appreciated being here before since no one even discussed breast cancer, regardless of the month. October reminded me that I might… Continue reading Pink Ribbons
Change: the only constant. I know that. Really I do. But do things have to change so fast? From one moment to the next it can feel like my life is turned upside down. I want to scream or hit someone or worse, lie down in front of some oversized construction equipment. So what strategies… Continue reading The only other constant.
We just celebrated Independence Day in the US. It comes a little later in Mexico, September 15. But what a great thing to celebrate. Being free, independent, totally responsible for ourselves. But what does it mean? How independent are you? Seriously. On a very basic level, dependence is our nature. From the moment we are… Continue reading Independence
Great You Tube Video on how to be happy.
I had just “liked” a short video of Mick Jagger when two young girls walked into the dive shop. I was waiting for the afternoon person to come in and trying to fine tune my social media skills when they approached me arm in arm with a little chuhuaha. “Como se llama su perro?” I… Continue reading I Dare You
I rushed into Tribal yesterday for the early class, patted Beto before he joined me up the 3 sets of stairs, opened the doors, the windows, turned on the fans, rehung the mats that had been drying since the night before and put out towels. I finished, looked around, inhaled, smiled and felt calmness enter… Continue reading Love your Tribe
It is easy to get down on Tulum lately: almost over hip, expensive and developing so fast that I sometimes imagine the natural places groaning under the pressure. Having opened a new business here just 4 months ago – Tribal Yoga and Acuatic Tulum Diving and Lofts – I feel a need to stop and… Continue reading Why I Still Love Tulum
I sat in the garden at dawn with that first coffee of the day, steam rolling into the air, hands wrapped around a white porcelain coffee mug, nose inhaling the gentle aroma and my lovely dog Uma rubbing her head against my thigh. I looked down at her and said, “I have just 5 minutes… Continue reading Five Minutes More
These days, I walk the beach in the late afternoon. People are generally leaving. The light is soft and the sunset reflects in the clouds that float over the horizon and the waves breaking on the reef about 800 meters off shore. I often get nostalgic, missing my dogs, missing my beach life and sometimes… Continue reading What People Think