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Anthony Bourdain, Food and the Soul

I knew of Anthony Bourdain but hadn’t watched any of his shows until I learned of his passing. In viewing parts of several episodes, I discovered that we had been kindred spirits: lovers of food, travel, exploring the unknown and, also, appreciators of simple pleasures. In one tribute to his life, there is a video … Continue reading

Convoluted Kaddish for a Complicated Relation

[note: this post is 2-3 times longer than usual] “Oy, es iz shver tsu zayn a Yid!” — Oy, it’s hard to be a Jew The world changed in large and subtle ways in early November. The day before the U.S. election I received a short e-mail from a distant cousin in Munich. She told me that her … Continue reading

Watching Soccer Through a Feldenkrais Frame

If I think of achievement principally, I find that some part of myself is always left out. – Moshe Feldenkrais, Amherst Training If Moshe Feldenkrais hadn’t nearly destroyed his knee in a soccer match as a young man, or if he had chosen risky surgery to repair it, he wouldn’t have developed his groundbreaking method that allowed him … Continue reading

Feldenkrais Functional Integration: Learning to Live Lightly

Through awareness, we can learn to move with astonishing lightness and freedom at almost any age. – Moshe Feldenkrais During my last Feldenkrais training segment, I had a Functional Integration (FI) lesson with Julie Casson Rubin, one of my new trainers. In an FI, the practitioner teaches the student new patterns of movement through touch and/or … Continue reading

Dear New Yorker: Your Gluten Article is Hard to Swallow

Dear New Yorker, There was a time when I couldn’t wait for you to arrive in the mail each week. That was in the mid-1990s, when I was in my late twenties and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Your covers and cartoons delighted me, your articles and essays informed and challenged me. Spending … Continue reading

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