My Warrior

Part 1 The Shake Up I was on the phone with my husband when the earthquake hit. “There’s a….” were his last words, before he dropped the phone and rushed into the stairway. People screamed. Hundreds descended towards the ground. Maher followed, barefoot, in the dark, he slid his hand along the banister for guidance. … Continue reading My Warrior

Installation Art

A few months ago when the Chengdu rain was pouring incessantly, and probably around a full moon day, I bought a bunch of frames from Ikea. I picked a handful of my favorite paintings by R and L and created a colourful installation. Me: Do you think these two work in here, in the black … Continue reading Installation Art

How November Whizzed By…

A Family of Scorpios and My Non-Existent Asana Practice November 1: Happy Birthday Rahul and Leila November 7: “He won,” Maher exclaims as I walk in. “Now I’m ready to move to America!” he winks. “But I don’t want to go to America on the Mayflower,” Rahul says. “If we go to Plymouth, America, we … Continue reading How November Whizzed By…

Baby Newton

"Mum look kshhhhh, looook, kshhhh doing kshhhhh up kshhhhh down." That's what I heard this morning. Rahul was trying to tell me something. Something BIG of course. I was focused on staying out of his and Leila's hyper-excited way, working hard at Facebook. I look at him as he's throwing a toy into the air, … Continue reading Baby Newton

Wemember Me

First day back in Chengdu after a month. Leila hesitates before descending a slope. Leila: Mum. [Re] Member me, I fall down here? Me: How the hell did you remember that? I remember Leila!  A few months ago, you fell down this steep slope. Leila: I cry mummy. Me: You're bigger now. You can do … Continue reading Wemember Me

Parenting and Practicing Yoga: 40 Day Salute by Kalley Hoke

Kalley is a stay-at-home mom, trying to model a life well lived for her two wonderful daughters. 40 Day Salute When I practice yoga regularly, life is better. I first discovered this relationship while travelling in Kenya at age 20. After finding a basic (though oddly illustrated) book on yoga in Mombasa, I began to … Continue reading Parenting and Practicing Yoga: 40 Day Salute by Kalley Hoke

Prematurity and School

Also posted at How Do You Do It? at this link. When my babies and I returned to Chengdu from Hong Kong after their birth at 31 weeks of gestation, they were almost 6 months old. Many of our friends came over to visit; to meet the tiny babies. One of those friends was a … Continue reading Prematurity and School

Parenting and Practicing Yoga: How I Almost Became a Yoga Addict by Pascaline Perdikas

Pascaline has been practicing yoga for almost 10 years but she doesn't talk about yoga a lot, doesn't think yoga, doesn't wear yoga clothes, never was a vegetarian, and never did a workshop.   She moved from Paris to China in 2008 and since then a lot changed. How I Almost Became a Yoga Addict … Continue reading Parenting and Practicing Yoga: How I Almost Became a Yoga Addict by Pascaline Perdikas