Back to Tepoztlán

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A lush view of Chalchiteptl or Cerro del Tesoro.

When we arrived here, my face hurt from grinning. We were in a very real sense, home again.

After a month of non-stop travels, from city to city, hotel room to hotel room, we were back in our village. Not ours in the sense that we possess it–not in any way–but ours in the sense that we know parts of it intimately, and we belong here. Familiar faces greet us. Old friends embrace us. We walk the same cobblestones, smell the same smells, feel the warm sun.

Only this year, Continue reading

I miss you, Yvonne

I’ve been asked why I work to end violence against women. I don’t think there is only one reason. But my sister, Yvonne, and the life she lived and the life she didn’t live must be part of the “why.” Last week marked 30 years since I last had the chance to hear her voice.

I miss you, Yvonne.yvonnebike

These things don’t happen in real life.

That’s what I was thinking. This is not happening. I was maybe 13 years old. We were on our way back from a day boating with my sister and her husband. My sister, who I trusted so and who I thought of as capable. Independent. Together. Continue reading

Mexican Family Film Made in Tepoztlan

IMG_8868.JPGWe were searching for a family film (in Spanish) one night and we came across this gentle and heartfelt gem.

Now imagine our surprise when we saw our town and our mountains in it. Yes the film was made right here in Tepoztlán. And not a whole lot has changed in the 20 years since.

If you speak some Spanish, you’ll enjoy it. It’s a slow stroll through a simpler, more innocent (but adventure-filled) time. If you view it, I’d love to hear what you think.


Ever do something without knowing why? (a letter to Lea)

Dear Lea (my nine-year-old daughter),

We are now more than half-way through our eight-month stay here in Tepoztlán. It has been a grand trip. Full of adventure. And challenges too.


With our ever-loving Jaaki.

I want you to know you’re not the only one who gets homesick, who gets tired of trying to understand this culture—not to mention this language. Who longs for the familiar sites and comforts of home. Our familiar foods, beds, and our always-happy-to-see us Westie Terrier, Jaaki.

Lea, have you ever done something without knowing exactly why? That is sort of how this trip to México came to be. Continue reading


Dana hace Yoga en la Playa

PS. This is not me.

A yoga moment:

So I’m doing my audio yoga class and I’m working through my downward dogs, trying to breathe—you know, “breath in to where you need healing, etc, etc,” when I am struck by words the teacher says.

“Remember,” she says, in that relaxed yogic voice, Continue reading

Seeing Red at the “Madison Rising”

Thanks to Sarah White—neighbor, writing teacher, and friend—for allowing me to share this as Enjoy and Inspire’s first guest post!

Valentine’s Day 2013 saw women from around the globe take up the cause of ending sexual violence. From London to Los Angeles to Johannesburg, street exhibitions, dance performances and musical rallies were all held under the slogan “One Billion Rising.”

In Madison, Wisconsin, Sarah White participated in a flashmob at Hilldale Mall. Here is her personal account. Thanks for the inspiration, Sarah—and everyone who participated.

Congolese women cheer during the global rally "One Billion Rising", which is part of the V-Day event calling for an end to gender-based violence, in Bukavu
Hurried across town. Stuck in traffic on University Ave. a mile from Hilldale Mall, wondered if I was going to miss my 4.15 minutes of…fame? But I got there, 8 minutes to spare. Continue reading

Words to Share



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I know
it’s hard to be reconciled
not everything is exactly
the way it ought to be
but please turn around
and step into the future
leave memories behind
enter the land of hope
–Zhigniew Herbert


Zbigniew Herbert was a Polish poet, essayist, drama writer, author of plays, and moralist. A member of the Polish resistance movement, Home Army, during World War II, he is one of the best known and the most translated post-war Polish writers.

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