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Yoga Union: Iyengar Yoga and Scoliosis May 31, 2009

deborahI’ve had scoliosis since I was 14 years old—an aggressive S-curve that was discovered when I showed my mother an odd convexity in my stomach area. First I wore a Milwaukee brace for 3 years:  I joined the swim team just to be able to discard the metal and leather armor gleefully for a couple of hours at a time. Eventually, I turned to chiropractic and lost the brace entirely, but swimming put me on a path of fitness to manage my curve: mostly dance, Pilates and yoga. It was the last that has yielded the most benefits, and in my early 40s I discovered Iyengar yoga and a wonderful teacher, Deborah Wolk, who focuses specifically on using yoga to manage scoliosis. The day that she ran her hand down my spine as I bent forward touching my toes, and she identified my curves without my ever mentioning it, was a day when I found what I had been searching for my whole life. Most people can’t notice my scoliosis, due the to evenness of the curves, but it was my secret shame. Since then my chiropractor has said that my curve always lessens when I’m practicing Iyengar. It’s just a gem that I want to pass on to others who may be on a similar quest. Namaste.  

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What about Moose? May 30, 2009




I don’t live in Chicago, but I have a dog there. I sponsor “Moose” at Chicago Canine Rescue and every month I send $35 to provide him with food and toys. He’s been in this wonderful rescue shelter for about 4 months, maybe longer, and for the life of me I can’t understand why he hasn’t been fostered or adopted. Sure, he gets really excited when someone new shows up—wouldn’t you? But just because a dog gets excited in a new situation, that doesn’t mean he’s like that 24/7. My own retriever, who is beside himself  when company visits, can barely muster a yawn for me, his boring old mom. If I did live in Chicago, I would certainly adopt Moose (living in Chicago is a requirement for the shelter). You may not live there either, but, like me, you can sponsor a pet. Visit Moose here.  Learn more about Chicago Canine Rescue here.


Something About What Happens When We Talk (Lucinda Williams) May 29, 2009


Three Candles Press 2009 First Book Award contest May 28, 2009

typewriter2Three Candles Press is pleased to announce the third Three Candles Press First Book Award for a best first book of poems. The contest will be judged by Alexander Long, whose books include Light Here, Light There; Vigil and A Condition of the Spirit.

Award: Winner receives $500.00 and 25 copies of the winning book. Deadline Oct. 15th (post-mark date). The winner will be notified at the end of December. Runners up and two alternates will be posted on the website by January 15th, 2010. The book will be available through Small Press Distribution, online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and at fine booksellers in America and Europe. The winner will receive a standard royalty contract.  For more info, go here.


Roobie Soup – Fabulous purses recycled from cigar boxes! May 27, 2009

Submitted by Marjorie Cunningham, owner of Marjorie’s Cracked Plate Jewelry and manager of the Reclaimed to Fame Market on 1000 Markets.

One of the merchants at the Reclaimed to Fame market is Roobie Soup of Orlando, Florida, who fashions fabulous purses from recycled cigar boxes.   Here’s her story:

“I have been creative my whole life… in fact I have been surrounded by creativity as well. I grew up in the south and in a college drama department.  My dad was a drama professor and I spent many an after school night in the costume designer’s (my mom) or set designer’s company. 

“I created jewelry and scrapbooked my little heart out. Then I came up with a way to put them together and show it off sort of subtly!

“Anyway, I am not one to do mass production.   I sort of get bored recreating the same old thing.     I love to alter the use of an item and create something completely different and artistic with it.   I live an “altered” life… hee hee!

“I think life should be fun and you should have ample opportunity to laugh, whether it is at yourself or the situation.”


The Who – Athena May 25, 2009

Who knew we had an ode to Athena magazine?


Sweet floral frocks for a pittance

A twist on the floral fad: a $30 Tracy Feith barkcloth skirt on

A twist on the floral fad: a $30 Tracy Feith barkcloth skirt on

Just when was that last time that floral prints were all the rage? As I recall, it was 1982, when all I craved were Liberty of London dresses. So I’ve jumped right on board with the floral thing and likely gone a bit overboard. But I realize that just like the graphic prints of last summer are on the wane, so these blooms of this summer will fade in their freshness. I’ve made a point of searching out economical flowered frocks. (Click on pics for buying info.)

This '50s frock is only $24 at

This '50s frock is only $24 at


Alan Ginsberg Reads “Howl” May 24, 2009


Melbourne crafter/author Pip Lincolne: Meet Me at Mike’s May 23, 2009

mikesAustralian crafter and author Pip Lincolne has a great little shop in Melbourne and the blog and web site to prove it. It’s all called “Meet Me at Mike’s,” even the book. If Athena lived in Melbourne, she’d definitely want a friend like Pip. See more.


In case you were wondering: Balmain on sale May 22, 2009

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balmainIn case you were wondering where to pick up your Balmain duds and accessories, here’s the site: Just don’t expect to find any budget buys. The coat at left goes for over $11K, but you can pick it up for just under $8K. That’s a pretty penny for the it coat of the season. Find more Balmain here.