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ilona fried

Writer, Feldenkrais champion, Aikidoka and explorer of internal and external landscapes.
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Shopping for Glasses Within a Feldenkrais Framework

When quarantine began, I felt as if the pandemic had thrust us into an an intense, but short-lived, Camino-like experience. Rather, the ongoing pandemic feels like a continuous Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson which poses these questions: How much freedom, ease or possibility can be found amidst the constraints we are living under? Which habits … Continue reading

For My Father’s 90th, Musings on Love and Loss

My father would have turned 90 on June 15. A few months after he died in 2003, I discovered this photograph of him from 1949 or 1950. He’s 19 or 20, posing in a beret, wool coat and tailored pants. His shoes gleam. His wide stance suggests confidence. His sly grin hints that he’d just … Continue reading

Stuck Locally, Eating Globally: Quarantacos

Before COVID-19, I somehow got it into my head that if I wanted decent fish tacos I would need to get them at a restaurant or taco stand. Even though I enjoy cooking, it never occurred to me to try to make them myself. Until now. Since grocery shopping, once a pleasure, has become more … Continue reading

What it Really Means to “Eat Like a Rabbit”

To tell someone they are eating like a rabbit is more of a put down than high praise. Rabbits, at least domesticated ones, gnaw on carrots and lettuce thrown in their cages. People who consume lots of salad have been likened to these furry critters, as if eating greens is a form of deprivation. As … Continue reading

COVID Coping: Making Art with Mother Nature

“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”― Mary Oliver In early April, I wondered what I could do to keep myself from losing my mind during lockdown. I rustled through the file cabinet of memory to find something that could serve me now. For many years I made mosaic art. … Continue reading

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