Archive for May, 2010

Yoga and Feldenkrais

Friday, May 21st, 2010

I have the great fortune to work with Dale Jensen this weekend. We are leading a Yoga & Feldenkrais workshop Saturday afternoon. This is a workshop designed to introduce participants to the Feldenkrais Method® and explore the relationship between Feldenkrais and Yoga. You can come to see how it might be possible to use Feldenkrais movement sequences to deepen your understanding and experience of yoga poses. We’ll be doing bhujangasana (cobra) and will see how the Feldenkrais lessons allow more freedom of movement in the upper back.

Please join us on Saturday, May 22, 1 to 3 PM at Harmony Yoga, 1955 Pauline Blvd, Suite 100B in Ann Arbor. The two hour workshop fee is $25. Hope to see you there.

Go Comedy

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Last month I had an opportunity to see the improv comedy group Go Comedy. It was really fun to see them make stuff up on the spot. Like everything, I’m sure it gets better with practice. They impressed me with how quick they were and how funny the stuff was … seemingly made up, right off the top of their heads. They perform in Ferndale, MI and their website is Let me know if you check them out.


Monday, May 3rd, 2010

About a month or more ago I saw a ground hog walk up the front walk, eat some birdseed, and then slip under the porch. Last fall I trapped and released (with the help of my friend, Farmer Dan) two other groundhogs. I’m happy to live in harmony with these animals, but my friends and coworkers warn me about the damage they can cause. Plus, the ones last fall started to eat my cherry tomatoes. Room is one thing … board another!

So, I borrowed Farmer Dan’s live trap again. For about a week it sat empty. One Tuesday night I woke up about 1:30 AM with the smell of skunk in my house. I thought for sure I had trapped one! Upon inspection (in the middle of the night in my pjs) there was NOT a skunk in the trap. I noticed Wednesday afternoon that some of the apple sauce had been eaten but the trap had not been tripped. Thursday afternoon I caught a squirrel. It was lively in there and noisy when I let it go. I refilled the tuna can with apple sauce and Friday morning I woke up and found a skunk in the trap.

This has been my biggest fear. I’ve hear of this happening and there’s a lot of theories of how you get a skunk out of the trap without getting sprayed, but those theories, according to Farmer Dan, haven’t been successfully executed by anyone he personally knows.

My first step was to call Farmer Dan and share my “Plan A”. “Plan A” included tossing a blanket over the trap and then quietly opening the trap to let the skunk out. I guess if the trap is covered, the skunk doesn’t see you coming. If it doesn’t see you coming, it isn’t threatened and won’t spray. Even without the blanket over the trap, the skunk appeared to be sleeping. I could see, though, that it had spent a good amount of time trying to escape. The ground underneath the trap was dug up and there was a lot of dirt in the trap.

So, I got an old blanket, tossed it over, went to yoga class, and when I got back I slowly lifted the blanket to pull the pin that keeps the release end of the trap shut. I backed off and before I could get very far the skunk scurried away without spraying. It didn’t even look back! Phew!

Farmer Dan was happy to hear I was successful. He offered to come over and execute “Plan B”, the lethal plan, if “Plan A” wasn’t successful and I’m glad we didn’t have to execute that stinky rodent. I’m also thankful for Farmer Dan. He’s a good coach and has been willing to help me out in these situations. Last fall when I told him I hadn’t killed anything bigger than a bug, he suggested since I’ve gotten this far in life without using lethal force, that I shouldn’t start. I’m also glad for good advice from friends.


Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Last weekend Apple sponsored an E-waste event at the local high school. Volunteers directed cars, emptied trunks, and sorted and stacked old electronic devices. It’s a great service that happens a couple times a years. The used items are disposed of in an environmentally responsible way and at no charge to those of us who drop things off.

I was car number 2,020 that day with just a shoebox worth of stuff. The 2,000 cars before me had dropped off truckloads already and there were more pallets stacked with monitors, computers and other things, five feet tall ready to load.

It’s nice to live in a town with this kind of opportunity.