Protein on the Potomac

These are swarms of bugs on the Potomac River highlighted by the rising sun behind them. Mist is burning off the water in the morning light.     iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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Here We Go Round in Circles

Late Monday afternoon I was preparing to head out to lead the Monday Night class at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.   I usually take the ’96 VW Cabrio I ‘inherited’ from my mother-in-law, but I had a ‘ weird feeling’ that instead I should take my Honda Element. For local driving, I much
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The Keys to Lasting Happiness

Special AUDIO: This talk explores how you can cultivate lasting happiness.   You’ll learn how to avoid the biggest trap in seeking happiness and how you can cultivate happiness both externally – through wise and skillful action – as well as internally – by how you pay attention.     iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here,
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Morning Cormorants

Living by a large, breathing river like the Potomac just above Great Falls means each day is different. The water levels are constantly shifting, the sun rises and sets in different locations and populations of birds and animals fluctuate dramatically.   In all my years here I’d never seen more than five or six cormorants.
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A Touch of Grace CD

In 1996, Mike McAvoy, Tod Norian, Carol Wahler and I hunkered down in Mike’s sound studio in his basement and shut off the furnace so we had some quiet. We then launched into four fifteen minute cuts which you’ll find on my CD, “A Touch of Grace.”   I’ve often joked that I gave this
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Further Evidence I’m Not Dead Yet.

I do one Facebook post a year, entitled, “Further Evidence I’m Not Dead Yet.” It’s a way to thanks folks for their birthday wishes and take a photo to chronicle my vitality.   I’m immensely grateful to be this healthy.   My mother was a health food nut and worked hard to feed us well.
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Stalking the White Egret

These days it’s getting up into the 90s, so I hop on my paddle board in the early morning and head upriver before I start broiling in the haze-filled heat.   White egrets are rare around here. It’s usually only when there is a drought in the Midwest that they come east.   For some
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Herons in the Morning

  iTunes podcast here, online listening here, stitcher here, and Jonathan’s YouTube channel here.
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Serve and Savor

EB White once said,   “I wake up each morning torn between a desire to serve the world and to savor it. This makes it difficult to plan the day.”   I’m just back form a nine-day intensive with co-director Larrisa Carlson, our great staff and a gathering of amazing teachers, practitioners and adventurers.  
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Teaching Pranayama and Meditation at Kripalu Center

I’m in deep immersion here at Kripalu Center in Western Massachussets.  Nine solid days.   This is the “Teaching Pranayama and Meditation” module for yoga teachers working toward their 500-hour professional certification.    We start at 6:15 and go till 9:00PM most nights.  The “Kripalu approach” is to teach from the inside so we do
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Seasons and Change

I’ve had this trip with friends to the Rockies planned for months, am happy I can be here, but it’s an adjustment.   I came from the swamps of northern Virginia to 11,500 feet of dry Rocky Mountain air.   The contrasts are delicious.     A few days ago Tara and I were lounging
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The Art of Mindful Photography

I often find myself acting out a similar pattern: as soon as I see an especially poignant scene, I reach for my iPhone to capture it.   Photos can be a wonderful way of sharing meaningful experiences with others, but I worry that my attempts to document the moment make being present in it a
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Even More on Letting Go

Special AUDIO: This talk explores even more on the essence of spiritual practice: the art of letting go.   You’ll learn how letting go happens in the mind, but also (and especially) in the body.   You’ll explore through a guided meditation some inquiries that will help you sense who you are not limited by
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Letting Go

I had the good fortune to be with my father when he passed. It was interesting to write this obituary by his side:     E. Earnest (Earnie) Foust, died on June 4th, 2014 in Whitehall, Pennsylvania at the age of 89.   He was a professor of English at Kutztown University and active in
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By My Father’s Side

It’s been almost a week since my father has taken any fluids. He’s no longer urinating and his fingernails are starting to turn blue as his body is abandoning the extremities and rallying around the core of the heart and lungs to keep life going.   Yesterday I wrote his obituary bedside and recalled how
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