French Vineyard in Autumn. The Good Life France.

Le Vendage, the Wine Harvest in France

Le vendage takes place in early fall in most parts of France.

Exact timing depends on the region, the grape variety, the winemaker’s instincts and the sum of the year’s climate. It’s not as if you can buy your plane tickets a year in advance and hope to skate into your favorite winery with a plan. But keeping up on who’s picking what isn’t difficult because these days everyone is talking about it via social media, follow your favourite wine maker and you’ll be kept up to date with events.

For the rest of the article, please visit The Good Life France, where it’s published along with all sorts of irresistible Francophile treats.

Vineyard in autumn in France

#writeyourselfalive. Deux.



In the swim. Day 1 (don’t worry,  won’t blog it out day-by-day)…Day 1:

Typed into novel software the last 2k words from my notebooks. I’ve handwritten over 40k (many while riding a train, it’s about as romantic as can be and yes there was hot coffee and sometimes rain & yes it took years) and have been adding all this story mass into software. Now editing time.

Hopefully & willing & ready & proud…. sure sounds ALIVE to me.


{{Merci pour cette énergie créative.}}

Inspired by the Wines of Provence.




We’re in Provence, on a gravel road off of the D-99 just outside of St. Remy-de-Provence.

We can hear the wind whistling by, tyres on a wet road, a half-heard opera on French radio. The moment is so special we video-record it through the windshield.

We pass open fields, hedges, a house with a little car parked along the side of the road, cross a small bridge. The sky is baby blue. White and grey clouds chunk the sky. I giggle when we hit our millionth big pothole. The Apilles mountain range is the glorious backdrop. Provençal trees line the roadside. It’s gorgeous. I’m telling you, you’d record it too, prettier than a bride on her wedding day. More anticipation than a groom on his wedding night… Then we come to the vines, planted on both sides of the road and our destination, the Domaine des Terres Blanches winery and tasting room appears. Classic sienna roof tiles, red shutters, a little stone porch with a waiting wine barrel. A golden-colored dog doesn’t care that we’ve arrived.


To finish the journey and enjoy your glass of wine, please visit full story at The Good Life France. Soon we’ll publish a special on winemakers in France, featuring the team at Domaine des Terres Blanches and a few other impressive vignerons.

If the closest you’ll get to Provence is your computer, please submerge yourself at the Domanine des Terres Blanches website.


The Joy of Family Yoga

The rhythm of the body
the melody of the mind
& the harmony of the soul
create the symphony of life
~B.K.S. Iyengar

In 2006, before I’d ever taken my first yoga class, I walked my then four-year-old son into a second story Chicago yoga studio, took off our shoes, paid $15 and sat aside while he tried out few poses with a group of other littles. Time passed, we went home. A list was checked: Kids Yoga Class. Done.

That’s exactly how it happened.

A year later, I started my own yoga practice.

Flip the calendar; seven years have gone by since that first kid yoga class. And in those seven years we’ve adopted a different style of yoga: Family Yoga. It’s a way of life, one that we learn bit by tender bit. It’s not a pay-and-drop-them-off arrangement. I teach them, they teach me, our loving teachers guide us all…..


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Flow State. (Quick, what’s the capital…?)

Well this is interesting.

Infographics abound,  and sometimes they are too patchy…this+that gatherings to prove a point. But this is neat. I’m hearing more & more about the flow state.  Is it something we can perpetually create or are afternoons of flow given to us as gifts?

I’ve always thought of flow as “creative lightness”. I’ve always wanted to extend the lightness outward, along the seams of daily life. This seems to suggest it can be cultivated.  Yes, I agree.

Maybe if we dialed down stress by authentically, fiercely giving ourselves to permission this state of bliss-flow could flourish.  Can it be achieved while doing anything? Yes, even that job you hate. Imagine.

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The Theory of Awesomeness Infographic

A Message from The Universe Regarding Your Account.

This is a message from The Universe regarding your account.


Because you are a current resident of the Pale Blue Dot (see below for details),  a deposit will be made in your name. When you wake tomorrow, a fresh year will be in the bank, reserved for you. As always, the benefits of the year will include the following:

The ability to take a deep breath. Unlimited, though average daily use is about 20,000 of these.

The opportunity to learn something new. It’s come to our attention that past confusion caused some of you to believe it was too late to take advantage of this feature of your account. We’ve installed new functions to remind you that indeed, the opportunity-to-learn feature is available to you at all times, in any instance. Reminders include: used book stores, people speaking in foreign languages and that pile of stuff you’ve been saving in your basement.

Harmonious forgiveness. Again, our users have misunderstood the simplicity of this feature. It’s a free gift, included with your existence and activation of Forgiveness does not depend on others’ behavior. The Universe has about 8 billion users, each entitled to Harmonious Forgiveness.  How others manage their Forgiveness supply is not of your concern, the system is not set to handle any type of codependency. Harmonious Forgiveness can be applied internally or externally. For more information, please visit Regret, Mistakes, Misunderstandings and Victimhood — we are deep-cleaning those departments and have plans to use the repurposed energy to supply your Yoga class, next-year’s Mediterranean Cruise and your son’s First Day of Kindergarten.

Acceptance, Letting-go and Letting-be. Upon deposit of the fresh year, you’ll notice that The Pale Blue Dot is a terrifyingly beautiful place. In the past, some of our members have pulled out highlighting pens and made neon the sub-sections entitled Fear, Anxiety, Worry, Stress, Disease and Terror. This year we will no longer allow this narrow focus. Because it’s our intent to encourage Abundance, Prosperity, Happiness, Creativity, Courage and Strength we are upgrading your ability to Accept and Let-go. We understand that you may not be accustomed to navigating these features, so we’ve installed new inspirational touchstones which can be found in The Stars, New Moons, Baby Laughs, Wine Glasses, Really Great Books, and Beatles Songs. May also be found on Nature Trails, Surfboards, Road Trips and Stage Performances with Jazz Hands.

We’d like to draw your attention to the reason that you’ve been included on The Pale Blue Dot. It might startle you to discover that your account is very full. While it’s bursting at the seams (You should see this from the Main Office. 8 billion bulging accounts: the wow-factor is sublime) there is still room for more, so scoot over and accept it.

The reason, friends, is Love.

Even if you’ve exhausted yourself ignoring it, (yes, we see you grumping over the laundry while Love is right there in her Violet Dress waiting for a kiss) it’s there. The miracle of love has mind-changing, body-altering, idea-spawning powers. While The Universe will continue to deposit Love, it’s in your best interest to circulate it. Love remains included in your membership when you leave the Pale Blue Dot and can be exchanged energetically in the Heavens and Cosmos.

To check the status of your account  tomorrow, think of what you love and who you love. Consider what you want to do, how you want to feel, what’s out there to see. Don’t be confused if the new features of your account aren’t immediately clear: this isn’t a mistake. Some features are activated through daily living. This dissonance can be cleared by Doing The Thing or Following Your Bliss. Apply faith and trust and all will become clear. Hugs and kisses help, but aren’t required; there may be things you must do alone.

That’s all for now. Goodnight and Joy Be To You All.


It’s this. The thing you need to hear.

If a #noworrylife would relieve some ache, freeing you to breathe in 2014, this is something you need to hear.

It’s another (data-based, to boot) touchstone on your path. We need these here-with-us teachers.

{French Style} A Party Guide

Bells will be ringing….doorbells. Your doorbell.  All those guests,  work-people, in-laws, neighbors, cats-from-down-the-street, the cast of Downton Abbey, members of Congress…

Wait, you aren’t hosting top-cats & dignitaries?  Well, you can. Here’s how to zest up your party with French class & style:

{French Style} A Party Guide

The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People | Alternet

Had to share. Funny thing is…we thought we couldn’t help it. Good news is…miserable is so last year. A new year is hot on our heels. Will you release worry (and all her outdated, uncomfortable & overpriced fashion) in 2014?



The 14 Habits of Highly Miserable People | Alternet.