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I Hated the New Star Wars Movie, but then I Saw it Again

  By Tyson Davis I am a Star Wars fan—a HUGE Star Wars fan. I’ve seen each of the movies dozens of times, yes, even the prequels. I have learned to accept Jar Jar Binks as part of canon. I was very excited to see J.J. Abrams’ new trilogy and what he would do with my beloved characters. He didn’t let me down with The Force Awakens. While basically ripping off the original Star Wars plot, he was still able to introduce a new group of characters to the Star Wars universe, while treating the old characters with the...

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The Death of a Ballerina

  By Debbie Lynn As I took the last curtsy, my head held high in grace, the curtain closed and the applause was bittersweet. It was the last few minutes of perfectly choreographed movement. The spotlight bathing my body and the sweat trickling down the nape of my neck was overriding the pain of my heart. This pain was trying to escape through my chest and in the blink of an eye, it was over. I paused in my glory and thought “I was fluid tonight.” Backstage, unraveling my elegance, the satin brushes my skin. What softness, what shimmer,...

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No Coincidences: Beginning the Journey into Iyengar Yoga

  By Nina Rubin There are no coincidences, especially in yoga. I opened my first B.K.S. Iyengar book on a recent morning to learn more about the poses I’ve been practicing. I’m trying to memorize learn the Sanskrit words for all the poses, including postures like eagle (garudasana) and plow (halasana). As a student of yoga for the last decade, with greater emphasis and practice over the last five years, it’s about time. I’ve been that student in class who glances up when the teacher says Utthita Parivṛtta Aṅjaneyāsana. Sheepishly I look at the other students who seem to...

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Into the Light: Inviting Grief Inside

  By Leanne Chapman   “Your grief is your love turned inside-out.”  ~ Alison Nappi The losses started early and went unnamed. My grief was not seen or heard, even by me. No one could meet me there, and being alone with it was too overwhelming, so I put it away. Over the years I began to fade as that dark storage container became more filled, to the point that I was afraid to open it. All the dark things in there might come crashing down on me at once. I walked around in a fog, with half of...

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Stop Making Resolutions, Make Rules

  By Leo Babauta I’m convinced that creating goals or resolutions is hardwired into us, because we can’t stop making them. Unfortunately, we’re not as equipped for making the goals come true, and the pattern most of us have seen is that we start a goal with optimism, only to be disappointed when we haven’t done much after the first week or so. I’d like to suggest that you try creating rules that will make your goals happen. A rule in this case is an action you do after a specific event happens, as consistently as you can, which...

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