Author Archives: Rachel Leshaw

Vacationing with my Ex: 8 Days in Kauai

Mike and I broke up last summer over a brutal few months that plunged me into therapy, Landmark Forum and salsa dancing, and inspired him to lose 40 pounds, switch career paths and develop a daily meditation practice. Despite the changes, I didn’t want everything to change. I had loved him for 10+ years, and […]

Can the Yucatán Peninsula Save a Marriage?

Barcelona, Cuba, Bolivia. Those were among the list of locations I texted to my boyfriend. “They’re easy to access and relatively cheap flights. Choose one.” He chose the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Mike and I haven’t traveled together in almost two years and my job as a petsitter keeps us sleeping separately about five nights […]

7 Days of Silence and Some Absurd Text Messages

During my week of the flu/laryngitis I’d text my comments to my husband even if he was just on the other side of our L-shaped couch, and he’d reply verbally like a normal person. What remains is a one-sided text conversation proving most/all of my comments unnecessary and excessive. For the whole week everything revolved […]

No, you privileged Americans, it’s not 1938

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Source: No, you privileged Americans, it’s not 1938 In 2005 I visited the Wießensee cemetery in Berlin and the Neue Synagogue located on Oranienburger street. Constructed in the 1860s the building was grand, with Moorish style dooms and faux-minarets. Despite the Holocaust this building and the extensive, lush cemetery that is […]

Too Much Ego Can Stunt Your Growth

Ashtanga yoga deserves its reputation for being physically demanding. “Intro to Ashtanga” classes that cover about 40-60% of the Primary Series are the most difficult Level One classes out there. The first major hurdle (oft dreaded poses that take years to master) is Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (see pic.) If students can’t fully extend their top leg, they […]

Big Bear: Two Days off in Southern California

A dogwalking client recently bought a cabin in Big Bear, a small mountain town in Southern California, 2 ½ hours from the beach town where I live. They’ve been using it on weekends so they lent it to me for a midweek getaway, my first days off since May 22nd when I returned from East Africa. […]

“If You Wanna Pay Me and Be Lazy, You’re a Crazy Person”: Old-School Teaching Needs to Make a Comeback

A woman in our African dance class last week stopped dancing for 10 minutes at a clip to standby and watch. Finally I said to her, “If you can’t do the step, just walk to the beat. That way you can practice hearing the different drums and following the rhythm.” The live drums were loud […]