The Trees of Northern California

 "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

Free in the West

"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

100 Days of Summer

"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

36 Hours in Rajasthan: Camels, Glamping and one very Amazing Wedding.

What can you do with 36 hours in Rajasthan (which means, by the way, "Land of Kings"), India's largest state covering 132,000 square miles? I mean, that's plenty of space to visit and discover. Our adventure included not only a majestic wedding, but other very wonderful things fit for a king along the way. Our Shri … Continue reading 36 Hours in Rajasthan: Camels, Glamping and one very Amazing Wedding.

Feeling Kind of Blue in Jodhpur, Miles Davis, Coltrane & Bill Murray

"Blue" will be the theme of this blog post. To start, how about hearing Miles Davis and John Coltrane perform "Kind of Blue" while walking the streets of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India? It's available at the end of this if you want to. Up high in Mehrangarh Fort one can see why Jodhpur is called … Continue reading Feeling Kind of Blue in Jodhpur, Miles Davis, Coltrane & Bill Murray

Our Neighborhood in India

Mana eva manusyanam karanam bandha moksayoho (As the mind, so the person; bondage or liberation is in your own mind). The Rasjathan town of Nagaur lies about midway between the bustling cities of Jogphur and Bikaner. Therefore it is not too far from Shri Jasnath Asan, the yoga center I am now at in a 16th … Continue reading Our Neighborhood in India

Winter in Key West

"Of writers and poets and pirates who walked the dirt beneath this slab each carrying a pocket full of dreams. And none as unusual as yours; but all of which came true." - David L. Sloan. It's a December Key West dawn and I'm standing on a pier that's the southern most point of the … Continue reading Winter in Key West

Summer in Vermont…and California and Maine

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

Here Comes Summer in the USA

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

I See London, I Saw France…and The Beatles

I don't know which is more stunning to experience, the sunsets or sunrises in South West France. Or a Beatles 50th Anniversary Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Or how 'bout all of the above. 🙂 After enjoying the month of May at the Lamothe Castle and Farm yoga retreat renovation, … Continue reading I See London, I Saw France…and The Beatles