"I feel most at home out along the Ocean's edge. Where land meets sea...life reaches into me with a soothing calm." Jesse Lee Longacre "Country music isn't a guitar...it's a feeling." Waylon Jennings We spent this past winter at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center in Northern California, located three miles through the Redwoods from the … Continue reading From the Pacific Coast to Desert to Music City, Springtime USA
"Won't you keep us from all harm, wonderful redwood tree," Van Morrison. One of the greatest albums of all time has to be Van Morrison's Saint Dominic's Preview. The album was released in 1972 after he moved his family to northern California and spent some time walking through the woods near his home. Of all … Continue reading The Trees of Northern California
"I breathe in, I breathe out," Kenny Chesney. It has been almost six months since we left Florida with a rooftop tent as our primary residence. The plan has been to camp, hike and visit friends and family throughout the U.S. and Canada...plus practice yoga - breathe in, breathe out, be grateful for this trip - as well. … Continue reading Free in the West
"Summertime and the livin' is easy." I can't decide which version of "Summertime" I like more: Ella Fitzgerald's or Doc Watson's. Perhaps at the end of this blog post you can decide for me? Man, it's been hot during this summertime of 2018! Donald Trump doesn't think it's unusual. "The concept of global warming was … Continue reading 100 Days of Summer
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt. The speed limit is 75 mph on I-95 here in northern Maine and the few vehicles I see are taking that to 80+ as we approach the Island Falls exit. That's Mount Katahdin towering 5,267' above sea level to the left. … Continue reading Yoga, Lakes & Mountains in Maine…and Teddy Roosevelt, too
I wonder what the late George Carlin would say about the life in the USA these days? I saw him perform years ago on a summer night in a large white tent at Vermont's Stratton Mountain Resort and I'll never forget how amazingly funny his accurate thoughts on politics and other subjects were. I was … Continue reading Summer in Vermont…and California and Maine
June is the best month - Rick Swartz. My Yoga World tour took me London to Boston direct and darn cheap via a new Norwegian Airlines jetliner to start the month of June. My reasons to be back in the U.S. for June included my daughter's birthday, the start of the Wanderlust Yoga Festivals across … Continue reading Here Comes Summer in the USA
With a population under 90,000, the country of Andorra has less people than my hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin. It's majestically tucked high up in the Pyrenees, landlocked between France and Spain. I read the food there is excellent, featuring a blend from both its superb neighbors, so that was enough for me. I'm going. With 24 hours … Continue reading Call me Andorra, but don’t call me late for lunch.