Memories of Katrina and Rita

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August 29th 2015 is the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina coming ashore, leading to the devastation of a place I have called home! I had the opportunity to reside in NOLA in 2001.  I fell in love with the vibrancy and … Continued

You Are Never Too Old for Karate

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 This article appeared in the December 2012 edition of The Lutheran. As a martial artist who was older than I was when I started, I was draw to Roberta’s story. I corresponded with her over the next couple months. She started … Continued

Writing In The Margins

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 Sensei Michael, Sensei Jan and I have been having an online discussion about kata and bunkai. Sensei Michael quoted a book and said that he had “Written notes in the margins.” I do that, too. I write notes in the … Continued

Reverse Origami

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It is my understanding that origami is the art of folding paper. Paper is folded to make objects. In fact, one of the gifts I received when I left my last parish was a book whose pages were folded into … Continued

Tai Chi Benefits Everyone

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 Tai Chi is very beneficial for everyone…. all ages, all capabilities, all experience levels. Research shows that Tai Chi assists will all sorts of health benefits from arthritis, joint/muscle movement, breathing, blood flow, and even sleep patterns. It helps with … Continued

Bring an Empty Cup

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 Last Thursday, this was the message on the white board at the YMCA where we teach and train. Everyday, there is a daily thought. This one reminds us that we should start each day fresh and new. We hinder ourselves when we bring … Continued