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Back to the Land

Yes, I’ve become a cliché. I’m a dirty hippie girl in a little hippie town, and now I’m going to live in a yurt and get back to the land all 60s-style. Patchouli can’t be far behind. Too bad I hate patchouli. But the rest is true. I can’t remember how it all happened, but […]

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Wandering Days

In an extended fit of nostalgia, I’ve purchased several stories about Frances the badger for my daughter. I remember the books from my childhood, and I’m glad Edie enjoys them too. I’ve also been pleasantly surprised to find that they don’t insult children’s intelligence and they tackle sticky issues head-on, both of which are all […]

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Paleo for the Hard Times

Hey, it happens to the best of us. We talk, think, and dream about food all day long. We prize its healing and mouth-watering qualities. But even those of us who love food dearly hit ruts. This year, a mildly difficult spring turned into a personally challenging summer. After enduring a scary illness for my […]

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Moving Naturally in the Zoo

I’ve talked about MovNat’s Human Zoo concept before, but here’s a quick primer for the uninitiated: The “human zoo” is a modern, global and growing phenomenon generated by the powerful combination of social conventions, technological environment, and commercial pressures.  Increasingly disconnected from the natural world and their universal biological needs, zoo humans are suffering physically, […]

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Moving Naturally…Mindfully

I’m fresh off the beach—tan, relaxed, and annoyed at the fact that shoes are still necessary in my Oregon spring weather. I attended the brand spanking new week-long MovNat retreat in Costa Rica the first week of April, spending seven days with MovNat master trainer Vic Verdier and assistant instructor Julie Angel, with a cameo […]

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Resetting My Jaw

Quite the dramatic headline, no? This is going to be a long discussion of dental and orthodontic health, but I think the subject matter won’t be quite as dull as it sounds. Let me start with some background. I’ve never had braces. My teeth aren’t perfect, but they’ve never caused me much problem either. I’ve […]

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Programming Note: February Hiatus + Whole30 Wrap-Up

Yeah, I’m going to take the rest of February off in an attempt to unplug for a bit. But before I do, I’ll leave you with one more rant to entertain you (see here). Never fear, I’ve got some fun stuff in the pipeline for March, but sometimes I like to pretend I have a […]

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Smarter Fitness—Integration

So I’ve said farewell to a formal yoga practice and I’ve confessed my desire for a better bum. Now, in true contrarian fashion, I’m going to tell you why yoga has been instrumental in my current fitness endeavors. If you’re not thoroughly confused at the end of this, then I’m not doing my job. As […]

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Of Asses and Butts. And Behinds. Posteriors, Too.

I’m just going to say this out loud—I want a better butt. I’ve discussed my dumpy butt before, and before I go any further, I should mention that I am not calling my butt fat. I realize I’m not fat, so let me preempt all the aw-shucks-Karen-you-look-great cheerleading comments. But I, as most well-adjusted adults […]

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Hello 2013! And Thoughts on My Whole30

So we made it. 2013, we’re here. Now what? After I wrote my missive yesterday, the catharsis didn’t quite set in, so I went outside for some movement. I live a few blocks above our local college here, and since campus was quiet, I decided to do some Parkour + MovNat-style stuff and just explore. […]

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