Thursday, August 30, 2007

Weathering the Storm

What a month it's been. I don't mean to overstate the case, but things happened, events were experienced, and people were involved. Here's a rundown for those keeping score:

1. We got a new car. Last month, Jenifer's 1998 Taurus gave out at around 176,000 miles. Pretty good. But that left us with my 1996 Cavalier. A couple weeks ago it decided to stop running while Jenifer was driving, and we decided it was time to move on. At 179,402 miles it owed us nothing, and so, after considerable but quick deliberation, we picked up a shiny new Toyota Prius. In one fell swoop, we are now officially a One Car Family, reducing our carbon footprint, and one step closer to our dream of becoming wind barons on the Faroe Islands.

2. We were Tayafied. Our friend and force of nature Taya dropped by Philadelphia for a couple weeks between projects. She stayed with us for a bit before heading back to New Zealand to work on the upcoming Asian western Laundry Warrior. Taya threw into sharp relief my own orderly patterns, the reigning stillness and stability of our house. (Hey, I'm a writer.) Jenifer and I are quiet people. We have a quiet car. Even our pet doesn't bark, but murmurs. Taya's the kind of girl you expect to find success as a sword-swallower or fire-eater, and indeed, when questioned, she admitted to having considered running off with the circus. And we love her for it.

3. Progress on the Viking script continued. New story, new treatment. It rocks.

4. October J Rabbit decided hopping is for sissies. About a week ago he simply stopped hopping. He’d been having a little difficulty with his hind legs, but the vet didn’t know the cause. I’m slowly learning not to say too much about his condition at the office, because invariably the conversation then goes like this:

Q : How old is he? A: Ten. Q: How long do rabbits live? A: The usual range given is five to ten years.

At which point my fellow conversationalist wrenches his/her face into the Grimace. Thing is, October J is completely happy, present, and spirited (read: willful), and so we aren’t overly worried. And now that he’s toodling around in the Prius with his yoga-teaching mama to his twice-a-week acupuncture sessions, he’s even fancier than before. We like that.

5. I got this fortune from a cookie: “Soon you will encounter a whole new world of opportunity.”

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Autumn Yoga Retreat With Jenifer Parker

Quick programming note: Jenifer will be leading an autumn yoga and meditation retreat this October 19 to 21. Jenifer is bringing her transformative all-levels yoga to the tranquil setting of The Country Place Retreat and Conference Center, located in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.

The weekend will mix therapeutic yoga sequences with hikes through the beautiful fall foliage of the sanctuary's 450 acres of woodlands and meadows. Perfect for recovering from the usual rigors of life or, say, the Austin Film Festival.

For more information, or to register, visit Jenifer's web site at

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