April 30, 2011
April 29, 2011
April 27, 2011
In rehearsal his dancing partner and instructor Karina Smirnoff recognized that Ralph ignited when he demonstrated karate. She built his Karate Kid moves into the dance piece.
When, in the actual performance, Karina slips on Ralph's long coat and falls, Ralph reaches out to her, pulls her back up, helps her find her footing and together they dance with a never-before-seen passion and connection. Watching Ralph take the lead in this way and then seeing the couple dance so beautifully after the fall, really speaks to the trust and belief they have in each other. Karina recognized Ralph's strength and her fall, although unintentional, allows him to find his voice on the dance floor. It was a beautiful moment of a teacher empowering her student and receiving support in return.
April 24, 2011
April 23, 2011
April 22, 2011
I love peep season!
April 21, 2011
April 20, 2011
April 17, 2011
Today Leah and I took a class at Namaste in Oakland's Rockridge. The instructor had has pull one leg at a time over our shoulder and then pull the foot in towards our head. I took that opportunity to kiss my big toe. She was so amused that she asked everyone to kiss their big toes. What a lovely sound of little kisses for our big toes.
April 15, 2011
April 12, 2011
Yesterday there was a particularly dapper man on my street and when I said I had no extra to offer he called me a "white bitch" which only made me laugh since I certainly wasn't going to suddenly reach in my pocket.
Today, in Hayes Valley, a homeless man reading a book actually stood as I was passing - part of his customer relations plan. I didn't offer anything and when I passed him again later he didn't stand. Well, I guess we all have to evaluate the ROI.
April 11, 2011
Monty Roberts, who grew up in Salinas, living on the Rodeo Grounds - an area I passed regularly and visited on a few occasions when I lived Salinas in the 1990s. His book gives insights into how horses are flight animals and humans are fight animals. Historically, people "break" horses through what I would consider to be torture. Monty learned that horses are peaceful animals and have a language to communicate within their community. He observed the language and tried using it himself, learning that you do not need to break a horse but rather join-up with them. He was eventually able to use this same joining-up approach with deer on his ranch.
He uses this practice in his own life in his personal relationships. Only in the afterward does the book mention that Monty, who is known for taking in troubled horses, also took in troubled youth and teens.
I would like to visit Monty's ranch some day.
April 7, 2011
Last night I made a pancake and it tasted so alien - but yummy. This afternoon I'm at our school's bbq and have sunk my teeth into an over-cooked burger but have to admit it tasted good to have meat. However, the potato chips, a former indulgence, taste like grease. Yuck.
April 3, 2011
|Woman sweeping rock garden arena area.|
|Five men negotiating my bike rickshaw ride with the driver who is in the blue shirt.|
|Me behind the bike rickshaw driver.|