The Struggle = The Prize

Things We Forget does it again! I’m in the middle of a life-changing muddle right now. I have, as we like to say around our house, “good problems” that I’m sorting through. When I was in a similar situation a few years ago, I whined to my artist friend Stef that I just wanted things to be settled. She said, “Oh, sweetie. When things are all settled, you’ll be dead.... read more

Book Club: The Gifts of Imperfection

To me, being a superhero goes beyond the physical — parkour-like skills, lean muscles, and never-quit attitude in the face of adversity. A true superhero is also emotionally and mentally fit: balanced, secure, and optimistic. That combination of the physical and mental is what defines a complete badass.I’ve been reading Brene Brown’s blog Ordinary Courage for a few months, ever since Dave... read more

Boots and Cats (and Bison)

There are four reasons I’m sharing this video: 1. Boots! 2. Cats! 3. Bison 4. I find it delightful and silly. Enjoy! (You will think you’ve seen it all after about 30 seconds, but treat yourself and stick around ’til the end when bison makes an appearance.) read more

Wonder And Camels

I’m about to draw parallels between comedian Louis C.K., my favorite Victorian character Jane Eyre, our Saturday Hatha Star yoga class, and camels. Hold on tight; I promise it will make sense soon. All of these things have been making me consider the notion of wonder (and delight, surprise, and, ultimately, joy). I think we tend to define the word wonder with only one of its meanings: a feeling of... read more

Vote For Paleo

Outside Magazine is running a poll on to name the “best diet for 2012.” We all know that’s paleo, right?! Let our thunderous meat+veg+fat voices be heard! The poll ends on Monday, January 30 – but go vote now! (The poll is on the bottom left of the Outside home page, so you have to scroll down past RECENT ARTICLES to... read more

Book Signing At CrossFit Austin

I’m super excited to let y’all know… I’m doing a book signing at CrossFit Austin on Saturday. My favorite CrossFit box is kicking off their annual Circle of Awesomeness Challenge on Saturday morning with benchmark workouts for the participants. Ouchie! After their travails, I’ll do a short reading from Well Fed, and will be selling copies at $5 off the cover price. I’ll... read more

Happy Lunar New Year

Monday, January 23 (tomorrow!) is the Lunar New Year, which marks the beginning of the new year in traditional Chinese culture (as well as Vietnamese and Korean, too). Now seems like a great time to whip up some Chinese-inspired dino-chow to celebrate the year of the dragon. (The Big Picture shares some pretty stunning photos from around the world.) Chinese Fried (Cauliflower) Rice This recipe uses pork,... read more

Smupdate! January 20, 2012

Sometimes, when I’m hanging with the corporate overlords, Dave emails me photos of what Smudge is doing. This just in: Smudge, the recently-appointed CEO of Smudge Publishing, LLC, would like to remind all of us that sometimes the best response is to lie down, smile to yourself, and just... read more

Mexican Meatza… Ole!

You know I always tell you the truth, so here’s a confession for you: my ideal Friday night is pizza on the couch in front of a movie that requires only, like, 30% of my brain cells (or I also like to snuggle up to my umpteenth viewing of When Harry Met Sally… or Jane Eyre). Here’s another truth: I’ve had gluten-free pizza delivered from lots of pizza joints in Austin –... read more

We Should Care About SOPA

I considered joining the blackout today that big content sites like Wikipedia and Boing Boing are staging in protest of SOPA. Rather than disappear for the day, I decided to share some educational stuff about SOPA instead. SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act (also known as House Bill 3261 or H.R. 3261). If signed into law, the bill would allow copyright holders to see court orders against web sites accused... read more

My New Vocabulary

[photo] When I started my yoga adventures a few months ago (as part of my Healing Experiment), I didn’t know what to expect, but I didn’t anticipate that  (1) I’d learn a whole new vocabulary, or (2) that combining movement and breath in a particular pattern would leave me simultaneously tired and refreshed – and 24 hours later, comfortably sore. It seems that Kundalini Yoga is making... read more

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