On Pantanjali, the Self, and why I practice and teach yoga


The aphorisms composed by the Hindu siddha guru Pantanjali, who flourished in India during the second century B.C.E., are among the oldest and most revered scriptures of yoga teachings. Yoga was originally a practice of meditation designed to awaken higher consciousness about the universe.  In the Sutras, Pantajali explains that the purpose of yoga is … More On Pantanjali, the Self, and why I practice and teach yoga

Good Morning Nepal


Today is the first of my real working days here in Nepal.  For now, my schedule will be: 7am  Orphanage—where there are six children who have been rescued from the street. 9am –Breakfast of dal bhat and water 11am—Women’s Center, where I will be teaching very poor women how to speak conversational English 1pm—short break … More Good Morning Nepal

Pittsburgh to Doha


I’m taking my son, Brendan, to Nepal, for two months this summer.   At first he was really excited, but now he tells me that he does not quite understand why he feels so miserable about leaving the United States and going to teach English in a Buddhist monastery.  He worries that he will not know … More Pittsburgh to Doha

Naked Truth


The quotation from Schiller, “Kannst du nicht allen gefallen durch deine Tat und dein Kunstwerk, mach’ es wenigen recht; vielen gefallen ist schlimm,” loosely translated, reads “If your deed and your art do not please everyone, do it as well as you can; pleasing everyone sucks.” The painting scandalized bourgeois Viennese art viewers because it … More Naked Truth

Current anti-woman legislation and the rise of Christian extremism


Christian extremists have not quite taken hold of the country, but they pose an emergent, lethal threat to women, men, and children in the United States of America. They do not constitute the majority of Americans, who largely trust women to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. Nevertheless, a vocal and fiercely religious … More Current anti-woman legislation and the rise of Christian extremism

Tawakul Karman: Brave Muslim Feminist Arrested in Yemen


What is happening in Yemen and why should we care?  Tawakul Karman, a feminist activist was arrested today for her role in student demonstrations against the government last week.  She and her husband, Mohamed Ismail al-Nehmi, were making their way home yesterday evening when the police came for her.  He has no idea where she … More Tawakul Karman: Brave Muslim Feminist Arrested in Yemen