Sweat, Tears, Sea

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”  Friedrich Nietzsche. I did it.  I ran my first full marathon.  It was HARD.  I’d do it again…. I will do it again. To try to summarize a transformative experience like running your first full marathon […]

Next Chapter

“Real dishes break. That’s how you know they’re real.”  Marty Rubin. Grab a box of tissues, just in case.  While you’re at it, pour yourself a nice full-bodied glass of Syrah, or if you’re not into that, brew yourself a steaming ginger chamomile tea.  If you’re in the middle of something with your kids or […]


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”  Dr. Seuss. I had yet another running breakthrough last weekend.  One of my 2015 running […]

Service is Joy

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.  I woke and I saw that life is all service.  I served and I saw that service is joy.”  Kahlil Gibran There are times when the prospect of writing about an experience seems so large and daunting….when you know that you do not have the […]

One Year Ago, Today

“Worry is a misuse of the imagination,”  Dan Zadra. For this week’s blog post, I am sharing with you an essay that I wrote a couple of months before I started my blog in January of 2015.  This essay is about a half-marathon that I did last year on October 19th. It was the half-marathon […]


“Just take my hand, lead…..I will simply follow the blueness of the water, the white waves rolling free…where the earth beneath my feet and stars make my heart whole again…in long and priceless moments of shared solitude.”  Oksana Rus. “They say that the first 20 miles of a marathon are just training and preparation for […]

Full Circle

“Not completing something doesn’t negate the work before it…..Energy was not wasted but created.”  A quote by me, Paria Hassouri, that first appeared in the post Fear or Flight, but was repeated by Jake as the opening mantra for his class on September 9th, 2015. Jake came back from Peru in the last week of […]

Built to Last

“And the wind and snow and the rain that blows…..None of those would matter much without you…….And as long as it’s talking to you…..Talk of the weather will do”– song lyrics by band Built To Spill I have a friend, let’s call him Sam, who regularly follows my blog.  Sam is unique in a few […]

Crossing Bridges

“Often the thing feared, once crossed, turns out to be an unexpected bridge from which we can see who we were and who we are becoming.”  From the Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo, but first heard by me through Jake. Jake, my yoga instructor/secret therapist, has been gone for a while.  He is in […]

Mile Shortage

“.2 is about completion… .2 is about mastering pain…  .2 is about commitment.  .2 is about growth.  .2 is about experience.  .2 is about life.  If you have experienced .2, then you will never be the kind of person who does something ‘almost’ or ‘half-assed.’ …  .2 is simultaneously the end and the beginning.  Because […]