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Niyamas

January 14, 2021
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Today I’d like to write about and bring forward the ethical precepts that are implied in this vehicle. Authored by the sage Patañjali, there is a living legend of known guiding observances to help a yogin(i) feel at peace in her or his or their life of this practice.

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End White Silence

January 7, 2021
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I want to say that the deep-double-standard of the USA is being white, vs. being-anything-but-white.  I’m going to try to write this diplomatically; in some ways I feel privileged to understand this because I know what it means in many ways to be white.  Therefore I am a responsibility bearer to ending white silence.  And I know what it means to be not-white as well.

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Saguaro

December 21, 2020
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For anyone following along on the blog—Thank You—Megan found out she got the job with Keshet Dance in Albuquerque! She and Jon will be moving to New Mexico in early 2021.

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5-Day Trek

December 8, 2020
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❝Do a diary or write down every detail, thought, feelings, etc. for your 5-day trek… for posterity.❞
—Dad, December 4, 2020

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El Paso

December 5, 2020
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On my road trip through Texas last week, I made it a mission to see an old Spanish mission.  This El Paso landmark was originally established in 1691 as Nuestra Señora de la Limpia Concepción de Los Piros del Socorro.  The current structure, operating today as the parish Socorro Mission La Purísima, was renovated following a flood in 1829.  “It remains one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements of the Southwest,” reads the monument.

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Skeleton Canyon

December 2, 2020
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“The surrender of Geronimo in Skeleton Canyon on that historic day [September 6, 1886] forever ended Indian warfare in the United States,” says the monument.

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Chiricahua National Monument

December 1, 2020
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To the Chiricahua Apache, this place was Yahdeshut, “Point of Rocks.” Today it is known as Massai Point, after one of the last Chiricahua Apache warriors, Big Foot Massai.

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15 Years Ashtanga Yoga

November 20, 2020
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So, December will be my 15-year anniversary of practicing Ashtanga.  Wow.  I think my first class with Richard Freeman was in December of 2005.  Grateful that transpired. I can’t say it’s been 6 days a week for 15 years.  I admire anyone who can do that.  But for instance, there was about one year recently…

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Melting Pot Culture: Filipino American History Month

October 22, 2020
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There’s Lola, my grandmother, with my brother and her anthirium.  It’s Christmas in Naples, Florida, 1988.  I know I’ve been into the retro photos lately, as my aunt has passed them on.  But upon seeing the anthirium plant, I couldn’t help but post again.  I have an anthirium in my home right now and also…

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Lola in the Garden

October 16, 2020
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My aunt in Tampa and I were going through memory lane yesterday. Here are pictures of my grandmother (Lola) in her Naples, Florida garden in 1988 with my cousins, four years after she moved permanently to the U.S., and later at Christmas time in 1999 with my aunt and uncle.  You can see a hint…

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