Moving Towards Mustang

September 30, 2014

Day in Pokhara: trek group with Ngawang, a Tibetan guerrilla fighter based in Mustang in the 1960’s, and his son Oangdi, our local guide. Our journey began in Pokhara, a lakeside town with sweeping views of the Annapurna range, where we had the rare opportunity to speak with an old Tibetan Khampa warrior. In the […]

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Artisans of Kathmandu

September 20, 2014

Patan palace square with temples from the 16th-18th century. Newari people are the centuries-old artists of the Kathmandu Valley, and our tour in Kathmandu takes an inside look at the old kingdom of Patan and some of its world-famous artisans. The pagoda temples of the palace square pay tribute to the craftsmanship that goes back […]

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No Drought Here

September 16, 2014

Rain pours from the sky all night, and I wake up in Nepal. Trek logistics, meeting staff, drinking tea–a day is consumed and the rains drum all night again. Jewelry purchasing, nonprofit meetings, catching up with friends, and the relentless monsoon continues. After experiencing California’s worst drought in 119 years and heading into a high-altitude […]

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September 12, 2014

Suddenly my life exploded. Within one month of returning to San Francisco in May, I sat a 5-day silent meditation retreat, bought a home, and moved…in addition to working with my business clients, meeting friends, celebrating birthdays, returning to yoga, and dancing all day on the beach. This is what happens when I’m in harmony […]

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Finding My Joy

May 17, 2014

Nepalis generally don’t hesitate to state the obvious with friends and family — and they’re rather observant. They greet me and appraise with me (with affection). If I’ve gained weight since my last visit, they tell me I’m a little fatter than last year. If I’ve changed my hairstyle, they comment on it in the […]

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Purple vs. Pink

April 28, 2014

Maya informs me that her favorite color is now purple. She explores my suitcase, finds a stash of bindis, and selects a purple one to wear on her forehead in the morning. However, she is wearing all pink outfits, from shirt to shoes, two days in a row, so I suspect that old favorites die […]

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Marrying A Fruit

April 26, 2014

While in Kathmandu between trips, I happened upon a ubiquitous and yet unusual Newari ritual: marriage of young girls to a bael fruit. Yes, full marriage regalia–clothes, jewelry, ceremony–to wed a fruit. But it all makes sense… Hindus have a traditional practice of sati, women throwing themselves on the funeral pyres of their husbands. Newari […]

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Everest Base Camp 2014

April 23, 2014

Tomorrow I begin my second trek of the season, my 20th trip to Everest Base Camp. This year, the mountains are no less spectacular than when I first saw them, but I am bereft of new description. The extreme geography is comfortingly familiar, the dirt trails well-worn in my memory. The mountains fill my soul […]

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Karma (The Hindu Variety)

April 4, 2014

  What did you have for dinner on Sept 28, 1997? Don’t you know? We obviously can’t hold every experience in memory, but every experience or action leaves a residual vibration in our subconscious and continues to be a part of us and to affect who we are. These vibrations collect together and gain influence, […]

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Recalibrate and Return

April 2, 2014

Reposting with photos corrected… Spring comes, and I begin my regular pilgrimage towards the highest peaks on earth. About 35 hours from home on one side of the planet to a hotel on the other. Across the ocean, time pauses in Hong Kong airport. Layovers are like living in suspended animation…Hours of stillness, watching the […]

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