We Must Try

“I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try.”
~ Roger Ebert

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Have I mentioned I love Elvis?

I really, really do.  My short article on Elvis movies is up at one of my favorite websites, Forever Young Adult. I’m ridiculously thrilled to contribute to a website of librarians, book lovers, & pop culture fans. Gold lame jumpsuit thrilled, even. Read it here: http://foreveryoungadult.com/2012/09/18/elvis-presley-the-original-mld/

Here’s the Elvis ornament that hangs out on my desk while I’m writing.

Yoga, Not PE

I hated PE in school. Absolutely positively hated it. Team sports and sit-ups are not a good mix for someone with CP. In fact, I didn’t engage in anything physical with any happiness or enthusiasm until I did a self-directed health & exercise program in high school. That was fantastic for me–that was the reason I purchased my first yoga tape (Yes, tape. VHS!). Getting out of PE into something self-directed and appropriate for me was a blessing–one I had to petition and fight to get–due in large part to my mother’s advocacy on my behalf (thanks, Mama*), but one that allowed me to approach physical activity from an entirely different perspective. I realized I’m not a PE class person, but I can enjoy some activities, I just need the format to be right. I wonder how many Americans never get to that place after years of miserable PE.

Which is why it’s amazing to see science catching up with lived experience. Check out Yoga Dork’s coverage of a recent study. This part made me nod my head in recognition:

“Teens taking yoga classes had better scores on several of the psychological tests. Specifically, while students in regular PE classes tended to have increased scores for mood problems and anxiety, those taking yoga classes stayed the same or showed improvement. Negative emotions also worsened in students taking regular PE, while improving in those taking yoga. “

Namaste,
Hope

*Seriously, she’s an awesome advocate to have in your corner. You should hear her tackle the phone company!

Fun Sunday Links

I don’t have to work today, because it’s a university holiday weekend, so I’m spending the afternoon goofing off. For me, goofing off is reading Meg Cabot’s hilarious Heather Wells’ mystery, Size 14 Is Not Fat Either (a series about a washed up teen pop star who works in a college dorm in NYC; they’re great), drinking coffee with whipped cream and pink sprinkles (I’m in touch with my inner 5 year old) and catching up on blog reading.

Coffee with Pink & Orange Sprinkles

Creative people I love:

  • Kimberly Wilson of Tranquility du Jour–go look at her adorable pictures of pigs she is sponsoring at a sanctuary.
  • Rosie Molinary–she’s so fantastic–has an essay about creativity up on her blog now.Her tips mesh really well with Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit, too.

Last night, I highlighted my hair–I cut and color my own hair, actually. My goal is to bring back sunny blonde a la Meg Ryan in 1995. It also means I finally spent that B&N gift card I got for Christmas on books about Paris. I have no idea why I tend to hang on to gift cards for a little while before I spend them!

I also saw this really cute house recently. Isn’t that pink & seafoam green color scheme fabulous?

Adorable cottage

It’s official!

I decided it was time for the blog to grow & for me to own hopebordeaux.com. How cool is that? We’re very excited about it! I decided to modify the site’s tagline to be more inclusive, as I want http://www.hopebordeaux.com to reflect more of my interests–yoga, writing, and creativity.

Also, tomorrow is this cute guy’s 8th birthday. I tell him he doesn’t look a day over four.

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Exciting Things in my Mailbox & an Update

Last week, I bought Christina Sell’s new book My Body is a Temple: Yoga as a Path to Wholeness and Shiva Rea’s Daily Energy Yoga DVD, two works I’m really excited to explore.

However, I’ve been a bit preoccupied of late with non-blog writing.

I’m graduating from an MFA program this fall and finishing/defending my thesis soon. Which is exciting and scary and interesting all at once.

So, I apologize for the slowdown in postings and promise that I’ll get back up to speed soon here. There are some new posts of mine over at the Polycultural.

In the meantime, smile at Shiny Yoga’s Monday Manifesto and rent Fully Awake if you can: