Every year on the anniversary of her death I hope to introduce new people to my best friend Ilana.  She was a bright light in the world, full of joy and life and passion. We lost her very suddenly. One day she was here on earth and the next she was gone, leaving an incredible void in many lives. It’s still hard to believe that she’s really gone, that I will never hear her laugh again. I called her and… Read more

A friend of mine was complaining recently that people go out of their way to avoid saying her name and it causes unnecessary confusion. She made a great educational video on how to say her name. I was surprised at first hearing that she had this problem because to me Indian names are mostly pretty straightforward. But I realized that, of course, I have a great deal of familiarity with them. That was not always the case and so I… Read more

Yesterday we went for our very first ultrasound and got to see our baby! An absolutely amazing experience that is impossible to describe. It has made the whole thing feel more real and helped me to look forward to our future and get excited. I am happy to no longer need to call the baby “It” as we now know…it’s a boy! Meet Garrick Ravi Choate! People were right when they reassured me that pregnancy would get easier. The first… Read more

Note: We know that there are problems with the comment system and I’m quite frustrated as I want to hear your thoughts very much! One thing that may help is to pause any adblocker you may have for this site. Please do feel free to go to the “about” tab and contact me to tell me your experiences with the comment section. All information helps us work towards fixing the problem. Over the last several years I have become much… Read more

There’s a popular saying that getting a dog is a good way to prepare for eventually having a baby. Lately people have been laughing at this idea but I still believe that it is absolutely true. Sure there are some very clear differences. A baby cannot be left alone, while a dog can stay in the house by itself for hours. A baby must be raised responsibly to eventually become a member of society, while spoiling a dog has less… Read more

I have noticed that there are not any comments on my last five posts, which seems strange to me. This blog thrives only on conversation and community and I have been looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the guest post about Yoga, about Krishna as a proto-Jesus story, thoughts for 2016, etc. So speak to me! Are there technical difficulties with the new comment system? Do you just not like the new comment system? Is there something else going on?… Read more

I like the idea of showing that Jesus is not a special snowflake and unique in world mythology, but so far when people try to show proto-Jesus “myths” they get all the facts wrong and I’m getting pretty sick of the misinformation. It’s not hard to find stories of the birth of Krishna and yet in all these articles I see absolutely incorrect information about it. This week I saw one that made claims such as Krishna was born in a… Read more

One day I was reading Cracked.com (if you’ve never been there, be careful. It will suck you in for hours!) and I came across a story about a condition of more intense than usual deja vu. Instantly I recognized what they were talking about. I hadn’t stopped to think much about it but for most of my life I have experienced a lot of deja vu very frequently. It’s not nearly as bad as the guy in the article, but… Read more

2015 has been a huge year for me. I used to feel like I was behind in life accomplishments and being where I wanted to be. But in the last few years Brad and I have been catching up at an incredible speed! We met, next year we got married, next year we bought a house, next year we got pregnant (we started trying, in all honesty, a little bit before we got married!). In 2015 I went back to… Read more

This is a big topic right now and there’s a lot to discuss. It came up particularly recently when some students at a university questioned whether the campus yoga class was appropriative. I think it was a very good thing to wonder and to bring up. I’m proud of them for asking the question.  I have been very lucky to be approached with a guest post from Pierce Salguero, who studies issues like this from a Historian’s perspective. The post originally… Read more

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