If Only I Didn’t Look Like a Zombie

I cracked up when I saw this picture in the Times of people doing walking meditation. It’s something I learned when I learned MBSR (Mindful Based Stress Reduction) and I actually love this technique, but when you do it you look like the walking dead. I only do it in my house, but I’m dying to try it walking along the river, or anywhere outside, but you need privacy which I don’t have. These people may look funny, but at that moment they probably felt so alive.

I finished The Secret Life of Bees and I’m sorry to say that in the end, it never really fulfilled the promise of the beginning. It was no To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m now reading The Death of Ivan Ilych. Oh Tolstoy. I love you.

SYTYCD Roundup. I think it’s pretty obvious Comfort and Thayne are going home. I feel bad about Thayne. First bad choreography, and then a bad partner. I was glad to hear Mia’s comments to him. Thank you, Mia. I wish there was some way Thayne could stay. He’s a better dancer than Twitch, but people love Twitch so that’s not going to happen. What else? There were a few routines that were so good I had to watch them more than once. Katee and Joshua, both routines. I so disagreed with the judges about Joshua’s waltz — I was blown away by his gracefulness. I guess I have to believe them that he wasn’t doing things technically correct, what do I know, but I didn’t care. I loved watching him. The Bollywood routine!! Courtney and Gev, still growing on me, loved seeing Pasha again, more Pasha please, Kherington and Twitch’s krump routine … the Bollywood routine!! I think I watched that four times.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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