Two Loose Pegs in Petaluma

Looking for something to do this Saturday? Two Loose Pegs is playing Irish music for a fundraiser for Pam Torliatt on Saturday March 20th. Come see us and enjoy some great Irish music! has the details…and you can probably get tickets at the door if you haven’t ordered them in advance.

Be sure to say Hello when you get there!

Tim Hawkins, The Government Can!

Smile, you’re in good hands!

A blimp? A blimp!

Update Dec. 3: Flight plan just released.

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Good Eats, Gratitude

It’s that grateful time of year. A time set aside for a day of Thanks. A time to enjoy, or avoid family (I’ve done both over the years)…a time of year when it cools down enough that baking seems like a good idea.

piesDuring this Thanksgiving week I’ve enjoyed making Cranberry and Pear, and Sweet Potato Pies. The Cranberry and Pear pie recipe was a gift from my piano tuner, Stephen “The Piano Doctor”. Email me if you’re looking for a good piano tuner in the Sonoma county area. Stephen’s the best. I remember him kindly every time I bake this pie. It’s so simple and really delicious. (Everyone loved it).

The Sweet Potato Pie idea was induced by a recipe on an episode of Good Eats. (It’s really good that I don’t have cable tv. This was the one food network show I watched when we visited Val’s folks, about “sweet potatoes” and I wanted to make the recipe. I’ll be trying the sweet potato waffles soon too…I could have understood it if the show had been about Chocolate, but Sweet Potatoes?)

We had a wonderful visit with my family. Can’t believe it’s been over fifteen years since we’ve gotten together at Thanksgiving. (I’ve always found it easier to be thankful getting together with a friend, or maybe two, rather than joining the masses traveling on a November holiday).

Wishing you all the best, with many thanks to all our friends and family for being part of our world.

Anat Baniel Method training is a GO

I received my official acceptance packet this weekend. I’ll start training with Anat Baniel this January. I’m very excited!

For those of you who know me only through my computer and web design work, I’ve also been doing bodywork for the past 15 years. The training schedule will allow my to continue with my current work load and will increase my ability to help my bodywork clients. If you work at a computer, I’d recommend looking at the Desk Trainer site and trying one of the free exercise lessons. This will give you a glimpse of the work I’m planning to learn.

As part of my student training, I’ll be looking for people to teach group Transformational Movement LessonsSM and hands on Functional SynthesisSM lessons. Let me know if you’re interested in being added to my list and I’ll keep you posted.

A Visit to Anat Baniel’s Class

I was able to sit in on a class at the Anat Baniel Method of Feldenkrais Professional Training yesterday. I wanted to get a feel for the class and teaching and see if it was a fit for me. My interest in Feldenkrais training increases as I see the growth and work that Valerie is learning through her classes.

Anat’s teaching was beautiful to watch. Her movements graceful, present, and aware. I was able to speak to several students in the class and everyone had only good things to say about Anat, her work, and her classes. Many assured me I would be able to integrate Feldenkrais work with my current bodywork immediately. While I enjoy massage, I want to be able to facilitate more change and learning with my work.

Watching the class, I could see how this Method would be a great help with Aikido students. One of my goals for the past several years has been to help my fellow aikidoka to be more flexible and move more freely. We work on making movements without ‘muscling’ and I saw several examples of how this was possible in the work Anat is teaching.

I’m even more excited about this training after visiting this class. Since the classes are in nine day segments, it will only require a week off every few months. I will be able to continue with my regular work while attending classes.

Wish me luck on this journey.

Feldenkrais Functional Integration Lesson

Wow! I received an FI (Functional Integration Lesson) from a student of the Sonoma II Feldenkrais Training yesterday. Thanks Diane! And yes, my life really is perfect now. I even have more flexibility in moving my back and looking behind me. I’m so excited to have more range of movement and I never even knew I was missing anything. (Visit Diane’s website here:

Feldenkrais training in my future?

Valerie is finishing her third year of Feldenkrais training this week. The more I see of the work she’s learning the more excited I am about it. I’ve been doing bodywork for the past 15 years, longer than I’ve been working on the web. I enjoy the combination of work, massage helps keep me grounded in my body, while design/computer work gives me interesting problems to solve mentally.

The definition of Feldenkrais seems to change depending on who and when you ask, but it seem to me to that it helps people learn new easier ways to move. I think it would improve my Aikido, enhance my bodywork practice, and give me new tools to use.

Does anyone reading this have any experience/comments on the Anat Baniel Method? Her training is one that I’m considering.

New tires on my XJ1100

Well, looking at my site today, I noticed I hadn’t posted anything in a month. I’ve heard that blogging is addictive for some, and having a rather compulsive personality, I figured I’d be posting often. Guess this isn’t one of those thing I need to worry about spending all my time doing…

Motorcycling is another story. I look for excuses to get out and ride. I’m glad to have a few people on the coast to stop by and say hello to. A couple weeks ago I picked up a metal ‘thingy’ in my rear tire. Since the front was just about worn as far as was safe I replaced both with new Dunlop Elite 3 tires. I had no idea that it would make such a significant difference in my ride. The tires are broken in nicely and the bike rides smoother and handles better than before.

It’s even easier to find an excuse for a ride. 🙂

When I’m not at my keyboard, I’ll see you on the back roads in Sonoma county!

An Uncluttered Inbox

The dust is settling, and now that I’m over the initial shock of the loss of my mail server, the lack of spam is quite refreshing!

I had gotten used to receiving hundreds of junk emails every day. I had programs and systems in place to sort, filter, and sanitize my email. It worried me when there weren’t a dozen spam messages waiting for me. Was my account working? Where’s the junk?

It’s amazing what we get used to…

This past week, when I’ve checked my email, I find messages from people that I want to hear from! I think I can get used to this.

Still in Limbo

We’re still not able to get email sent to us at our domain. If you’re trying to contact me, check the “about” page for current contact information.

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