Archive for January 2007

Rosie For Impeachment

January 25th, 2007 — 5:48pm

By now many have seen the clip of Rosie O’Donnell calling for Bush’s impeachment on the View. When her co-hosts tried to shut her up, she said something like “Isn’t this called the View”?

I couldn’t agree more with O’Donnell. The president has lied to all of us, and men and women are dying daily based on that lie. Our former President was impeached for lying about his sex life. That seems almost quaint by comparison.

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The Past Few Days…

January 22nd, 2007 — 8:44pm

From last Thursday to yesterday, I was at the Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference. As always, I come away with new insights. I am so fortunate to meet remarkable people in the course of my work. They sometimes inspire me. This time around, Patricia Walden,one of the main successors of BKS Iyengar’s teachings in the West asked me to ask myself, “Why am I embodied in this body?” An excellent question, and one that engages me.
And yet, I also bumped into my same friend at our yoga marketplace trying on flowing Stevie Nick’s kind of clothes, the same friend who at Thanksgiving told me to buy some Spanx. “I know you don’t want to hear it…” she said as I tried on flowing flowery lycra bellbottoms. “You’re right,” I replied. She ignored me. “Buy some Spanx.” The juxtaposition of her Spanx with the groovy, “accept yourself” vibe of the marketplace was truly strange.

And in book news, my husband Scott headed up to Seattle tonight to go speak at Microsoft tomorrow. He is speaking with programmers about his new book, “Dreaming in Code”. (Damn, I must learn how to link in this blog.) He’ll be doing NPR “Marketplace” soon. It’s all so great to see after his many years of disciplined hard work.

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The Madness of King George

January 17th, 2007 — 9:03am

Though this is the title of a 1994 movie, which depicts King George III’s slow slide into dementia and delusion, it seems a completely appropriate moniker for our current President.

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Pomegranate Seeds

January 13th, 2007 — 12:16pm

I was peeling a pomegranate before, pulling back its many chambers, and popping the seeds into salad I was making.

I thought how easy it was to just throw parts of the pomegranate out, not taking the time to pull back its inner pellet textured skin, and throw the rest of the seeds out. Not because they weren’t any good. But because I was in a hurry.

That got me thinking about waste, and how much I can waste food. How lucky I am to have that luxury. And the relationship between waste and overconsumption. If I don’t value something, then I’ll never be satisfied.

I’m an overconsumer — of food, of clothes (I come from a long line of overconsumers in that area), to name a few areas, and I think it’s a good thing for the body and the spirit to take a break from all that consumption.

I’ll report back some time and let you know how that’s going.

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The Yoga Journal San Francisco Conference

January 13th, 2007 — 8:24am

The Yoga Journal SF Conference is coming up, January 18-21. It will be held at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. About 30 of the top U.S. yoga teachers will be there, including Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Aadil Palkhivala and others. About 1500 people attend the conference, and it is a wonderful place to deepen your yoga practice. I will be teaching a class on Thursday, Jan 18th, on getting media for wellness industry businesses.

For more information on the conference, go to, or call 800-561-9398.

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Dreaming in Code

January 11th, 2007 — 8:16am

My husband and best mate, Scott Rosenberg, a co-founder of, wrote a book, “Dreaming in Code,” which will be published next week by Crown. The book follows a software project called “Chandler,” the brainchild of Mitch Kapor, creator of Lotus 1-2-3, and is an analysis of why good software is still so hard to create.

After four years of hard work, it’s pretty thrilling to watch his book get birthed into the world. As a publicist, it’s also pretty thrilling to know he will be giving talks at Microsoft, Yahoo and Google, and watch the media world begin taking notice.
Scott is one of the most balanced right-brain, left-brain people I know, equally creative as he is analytical, all housed within a remarkably kind human being. He’s inspired me for nearly two decades, and I could not be more happy for his success, or more proud.

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Nancy Drew, Take 2

January 10th, 2007 — 8:13am

At work the other day, I was speaking with a reporter from the LA Times. I mentioned my current love of Nancy Drew and how mysterious (no pun intended) I found my current reading obsession.

“It’s comfort reading, just like comfort food,” she said.
She nailed it. Nancy Drew, the mash potatoes of literature.

I think I’ll have another helping.

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Iraq, Heartbreak, and Pelosi

January 6th, 2007 — 12:50pm

I tend not to write much about Iraq, because what can I say that has not already been said. But my heart is breaking. About the incalcuable waste of lives, precious resources, money and time. President Bush is committed to keeping troops in Iraq through 2008, just enough time to kill thousands more Americans and tens of thousand Iraqis. Then dump it onto the new Democratic President so he can say he didn’t lose.

All this waste is because George W. Bush can’t stand to lose. Like some bully on the playground who won’t stop shoving his fist in your face. His father and mother issues are so deep and labyrinthin, that we need a current day Shakespeare to paint its full picture.

My children’s future, our children’s future, the future health of our planet, the survivability of our culture is at great risk. I’m not really an optimist by nature but since it’s my kid’s lives at stake, I’d better become one. We can wake up. We can stop this insanity through our voting power. And we must turn our attentions to the urgent matters at hand: ending the Iraq war. Building peace talks with the Israelis and Palestinians. Using every means of diplomacy at our disposal to reverse America’s steep decline in the world’s opinion — the result of our dangerously ignorant and incompetent President. Invest in alternative fuels. Vote for universal health care. The list can go on for a while.

Our first female speaker, Nancy Pelosi, brought the children of lawmakers up to the stage at her swearing in. Right on girl. Because the world is not ours any more, it’s theirs.

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Nancy Drew

January 5th, 2007 — 1:51pm

I’ve been on a Nancy Drew reading jag. I loved them when I was ten and wanted to revisit them to figure out why. Though there are many dozens of titles, the plot always goes something like this:

Nancy is handed a mystery to solve. Her friends Bess and George join her. Bess is plump, George is a tomboy. They drive off in Nancy’s convertible and start gathering clues. They eat breakfast, gather more clues, each lunch, gather more clues, eat dinner. The plot thickens. They are threatened. Their “special friends” Ned, Burt and Dave join them. They unearth the final clue. Nancy solves the mystery, thanking her friends for their help.

I’m not quite sure why I loved these books so much. They’re poorly written (one of my favorite lines is when Bess says of a haunting green apparition “I wish he’d go out of existence” instead of “I wish he’d drop dead, or more politely, “I wish he’d disappear”).

But Nancy is thoroughly decent, very smart and clearly brave. She’s also unknowable. A neutral canvas with titian hair (which later turned to strawberry blond, like Bess’ plumpness turned to “slightly overweight”). Nancy in a way, is like the media ideal of the perfect therapist – kind, attractive, trustworthy, neutral and ultimately unknowable.

Maybe that’s it. Maybe Nancy was my childhood therapist, helping me believe that I could become anything I wanted.

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