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Tucking into my three tacos from Veggie Grill (my favorite vegan chain restaurant), a family friend asks me, "Do you cheat?" The rest of my meat, dairy, and egg-eating in-laws fell silent as they strained to hear my answer. This was our annual family barbecue, and never one to burden others with my different eating… Read More


Reflections – 20 May 2015

During my freshman year of high school, we read many of the Greek classics. Tragedies were never my favorite, far preferring the comedies. Yet, these past weeks have reminded me of the importance of recognizing our shared, messy, heartrending, and often tragic humanity. My father in law passed away this morning. His death was not… Read More


We have all met the people who were forced to make lifestyle changes to save their health, or even their life. Maybe that person is you. Most people would happily go on eating the way they always have and doing what they have always done if it weren't for that pesky heart attack that almost… Read More


The Householder Pagan

Before Krishnamacharya, yogis were typically ascetics (often called Saddhus) who lived solitary lives of study and devotion. Saddhus have an element of wildness to them, living on the fringes of society, plumbing the depths of personal liberation through meditation, yoga, and ritual. Often, they are mystics, specializing in various related arts including astrological counseling or healing, formulating… Read More


Being Me

"If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also you will have betrayed our community in failing to make your contribution to the whole."  -Rollo May Every writer must struggle with finding their own voice. At least, that's what I… Read More