Nov. 15, 2011 — I recently took part in a three-day yoga workshop in Truckee called “The Yoga of Possibility and Purpose.” That might sound odd to some of you.
But one of the underlying precepts of yoga is that you can take what you learn on your mat off the mat and into your life.
Here’s an example: say you feel out of balance or maybe downright uncomfortable in a pose. How do you respond to that?
Just the thought of it warms my body and relaxes my mind. Even my dog Snoofy looks forward to our quiet time.
To some, the thought of meditation may be abstract, perhaps a word mistakenly used to identify a misunderstood view of religion.
Nov. 8, 2011 — Gov. Jerry Brown has delivered on his campaign promise to tackle pension reform.
The plan he put forward is bold and comprehensive. It is also politically risky.
Public employee unions, longtime allies of the governor, will strongly oppose key portions of it, as will many of Brown's fellow Democrats in the Legislature.
Even Republicans may balk when it comes to rollbacks for police officers and firefighters, the most politically powerful public employees who enjoy the most robust pensions.
Now don’t get me wrong — I’m not a bomb-throwing, flag-burning, born-again liberal or an easy champion of causes.
Don’t expect to see me sleeping on the grass along the banks of Piute Creek at Memorial Park as part of the Occupy Susanville effort because, frankly, I’ve got better things to do. Still, despite what you’ve heard, one need not be a rocket scientist to understand the protesters’ beef — our economic system is skewed to benefit the rich, and our country is in trouble because of it, in case you haven’t noticed.
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