Some News

There’s a few things going on in my personal life and with the blog that I wanted to fill you in on. First of all, the premium subscription blogs are leaving Patheos. They’ve been finding that the model isn’t working well. That’s fine with me, I really feel uncomfortable asking you guys to pay for my blogging. So the content over there is going to be slowly moving over here. Starting with a book club starting up on Sunday. It’s… Read more

Trading Away Privilege

I have a variety of interests and something my husband said the other day created a fascinating intersection of all of them. He said that sometimes there is animosity towards transgender people who are transitioning from being male to being female for the reason that some find it insulting and disrespectful to go from a position of higher privilege to a position of lower privilege (or at least find it really mystifying as to why anyone would want to do… Read more

Aspergers, Autism, and Ambaa

I have something to confess. I have not revealed that I have Asperger’s, which is a “syndrome” on the same spectrum as Autism (And I think it may now be considered a variation of Autism). I’m not sure entirely what makes me “different” from…well, average? “Normal”? What do those even mean? But the point is, I only know my own experience. I know how my mind works and I’m told that it’s different from someone not on the spectrum of… Read more

Budget Peace of Mind

You guys know me and money. It makes me so stressed and my instincts are to hang on tight to money and never spend any. I know how to penny pinch and I coupon at the grocery store. Even if we have money in the bank account, I’m never sure if we really have enough and so I make my husband not buy the potato chips he wants. I’m very stingy. My default answer to can we go to the… Read more

Katy Perry and Sanskrit Tattoos

Reading my Cosmo magazine this month (yes, I love Cosmo. Shut up) I noticed Devanagari on Katy Perry’s arm. The image wasn’t clear enough for me to make it out. So I went online to find out what her tattoo is (or is supposed to be, anyway). Interetingly, the two sites that came up first in a search don’t transliterate the script correctly at all. Look at the close up image here: Notice that it says “Anugacchatu Pravahan” which that… Read more

Why Be Motivated If You’re Coming Back?

This is a question that is often asked of religious people of all types. What keeps you motivated in this life if you’re thinking about the next (whether that’s reincarnation or the idea of heaven)? I believe in reincarnation. I tried not to once but I just couldn’t. It makes too much sense to me! So believing that my soul will return, why do I work hard in this life? I work extremely hard at self improvement and barely give… Read more

Women Should Be Able to Walk the Street Naked

I’m going to say something really shocking, but bear with me and hear me out, okay? A woman should be able to walk down the street completely naked and not be raped or even worry that she might be. I’m not saying that women will want to exercise this freedom or that I think it would be great for there to be naked people all over the place, but the point is that IF, for whatever reason, a woman ended… Read more

Reading the Upanishads: Katha Part Nine

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. Today is the ninth post of my favorite Upanishad: The Katha. This is the story of a boy who chatted with the God of death. 6 He verily knows Brahman who knows the First—born, the offspring of austerity, created prior to the waters and dwelling, with the elements, in the cave of the heart. This, verily, is That. 7 He verily knows Brahman… Read more

Some People Are Outgoing, Right?

Sometimes I am frustrated with my own timidity. There are things I want to do but then shyness suddenly overtakes me. And I berate myself later, but in that moment my confidence fails me. Last week it was the Yatra where I should have asked for blessings for Brad and myself and I chickened out. This week I went early to Sathya Sai Baba bhajan group for the practice session. Some of the ladies there have been asking me if… Read more

Movie Club: Paa Discussion

I enjoyed this movie more than I expected to. It’s pretty amazing that the kid was played by Amitabh Bachchan. I never would have guessed. I kept trying to see him under the makeup but I really couldn’t. Kind of clever to have the son played by the father of the actor who plays the father in the movie. Wow that was complicated. Strangely I think my favorite part was in the very beginning before we even meet Auro. I loved… Read more