In the spring of April, 2014, I set out to the woods in my backyard to create a spiritual oasis to relax and meditate in. This recently recovered footage documents my journey. Afterwards I push further to literally create

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Save the Earth

Save the Earth

It’s not hard to be in the moment when you’re at the beach. This morning we saw a dolphin, a wild one, close enough to be...

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Accept Autumn

Accept Autumn

I watched a full moon rise the other night, riding my bike home from yoga. Fall is nearly here. I'm not thinking of snow coming...

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Fight Poverty

Fight Poverty

The Community Action Poverty Simulation Kit from Missouri Association for Community Action provides a glimpse into the challenges...

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Tell Me Something Good

Tell Me Something Good

Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

I’ve worked with Des Moines kids and Des Moines Schools since 1980. Sometimes it’s hard to be optimistic when the challenges seem to multiply each year. But this article and the statistics it uses to [...]

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Make Space

Make Space

Posted on Friday, September 26th, 2014

While I was in Akumal I dreamed I gave birth. Don’t worry; someone whisked the baby off before I could do any damage. But dreams of giving birth are really about transformation and creation.
Vacations are [...]

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Retreat to Akumal

Retreat to Akumal

Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014

Akumal is a sleepy little resort just about an hour south of Cancun, Mexico. It’s the perfect place to relax during the gloomy month of November, do some yoga, go snorkeling and explore the underground–the [...]

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Get Happy!

Get Happy!

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014

“We’re happy!” declared the Burmese refugee group as they finished their Des Moines Art Center tour on May 8, 2014. This was the culminating activity of their four-week art class. According to the ELL teacher [...]

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Connect to Mother Earth

Connect to Mother Earth

Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014

I walked into the kitchen and had to squint. The morning sun was shining brightly through the door. It’s been a challenging winter; judging by the number of people walking and running outside yesterday, we’re [...]

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Find Your True Nature

Find Your True Nature

Posted on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Find your true nature. Then resist it. We’ve been exploring this concept in yoga lately, and often the question is why? Another is how? Here’s a story that answers both questions.
Back in 2005 we built [...]

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Start with Hope

Start with Hope

Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014

I met with a colleague this morning; she’s launching a freelance career in marketing and communications. We talked about our Be the Change dinner discussion series, and what we’re trying to accomplish. I’ve thought a [...]

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Let’s Talk Activism

Let’s Talk Activism

Posted on Saturday, January 18th, 2014

What does activism mean to you? Is it writing letters, lobbying, picketing, boycotting, community building? Maybe it’s volunteering somewhere or meditating on peace.
Most people don’t even consider themselves activists. I think we are lucky, if [...]

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Meet Someone

Meet Someone

Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014

Sometimes it’s hard to find a new activity to help break the ice at a class or meeting. I’m always looking for new ideas. I found this one that I put together a long time [...]

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Become an Embodied Being

Become an Embodied Being

Posted on Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

“Your body is a temple of the holy spirit,” I think that’s one of the few catechism teachings that made a real impact on my life. It’s made me hesitate to get tattoos, though I [...]

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