Live theater is good medicine: a year at the Guthrie

This week, as I wrap up my first year of season tickets to the Guthrie Theater, I find myself addicted to the music from new Broadway musical, “Hamilton.” It plays in my car and from my iPod during my short runs lately, and earworms from the musical fill various filler pockets (i.e. waiting for coffee to brew, walking the…

Lars Lerin watercolors: Bowled over

How often do you walk into an art exhibit and your breathing just … stops? So it was, a couple weeks ago when I finally managed to fit a visit to this show into my typical Saturday-in-Minneapolis morning. “The Watercolor Worlds of Lars Lerin” was about to finish its run at The American Swedish Institute…

Big shiny things on Russian tables

I think I need a samovar. This was my thought a few hours ago, when my teacup was empty for the second time since my movie started. Running upstairs 5 times during a 1.5 hour movie to get more tea isn’t helping me achieve the goal of keeping energy expenditure to a minimum. I’ve done everything else…

Delacroix, goats, and enlightenment

Photo by @petekmuller/@prime_collective for @natgeo. A group of porters gather around a #fire in the #moorland region of Mount #Kenya. Many of the porters pictured here hail from the small, nearby village of #Naromuru. The men of Naromuru have worked as guides and porters on Mount Kenya for generations. With employment opportunities limited in the…

Good beer, exposure, and a spa

Following our return from Iceland, it took well over a week for me to sleep until the alarm clock goes off, on weekday mornings. It’s winter, here. So, about our trip to Iceland, just a few weeks ago this year: This was my second trip to Reykjavik and to the Airwaves music festival; my first, also for…

Manila, live

I do have more to say, and show, about our recent trip to SE Asia, but this pic says a lot, and will need to suffice until I whittle down my 650 or so photos to something easier to view and parse into a few blog posts for you. Last Thursday evening, our friends in…

The skull in Bhairava’s hands

Bhairava mudra is, like other mudras, a pose formed with the hands. I often use it when sitting quietly, sometimes when I meditate. For me, the gesture is graceful, and is symbolic of bounty, openness, and love. I learned the mudra from part of a yoga DVD: “…Rest one palm on top of the other,…