Whose Body Is This?

Clutching the steering wheel of my mother’s car, my hands suddenly catch my attention, as if a ray of sun suddenly shone on the muddy backwaters of my mind and exposed the millions of microscopic particles floating in the constant stream of experience. The knuckles poking out like the rounded tops of an ancient mountainContinue reading “Whose Body Is This?”

How To Be Unstoppable: Interview with Vellu Saarela

With a swing of the leg and an arch of the back, his toes draw a circle high up in the air. A light greeting to the sky-blue spring floor in between, and he’s back in the air again. Every time you think he’s going to finish a sequence, you’re wrong. And you never know what’sContinue reading “How To Be Unstoppable: Interview with Vellu Saarela”

Ode to Smiling at Strangers

The second glance, the eyebrows raised ever so slightly. The millisecond of disbelief, quickly melting into surprised delight. The little flash of warmth in the chest. “That stranger just smiled at me.” And flustered cheeks rise like bread in the oven.  How about that little gasp in your heart when an especially attractive someone randomly beamsContinue reading “Ode to Smiling at Strangers”

Upside Down Lessons

I spend a reasonable amount of time balancing the rest of my body on my hands. An intricate cocktail of corporal coordination, concentration and sheer willpower, handstands will let you look at the world from a different perspective (heh).  Years of negotiating with gravity in this way have rewarded me not only with an increasedContinue reading “Upside Down Lessons”