• Travel

    Namaskara and Mascara (okay…eyeliner)

    (The view of the Miami-like pool from my room at the Ista Bangalore.) I just returned from my 3rd trip to India. Before leaving, I’d been moping about the fact that this trip would be purely business, with no time for a side adventure and little potential for spiritual connection. (Reference 2005’s Ill-Fated Attempt to Attend a Yoga Class in India. It’s harder than you’d think.) However, upon my arrival at our ridiculously hip hotel I was greeted with Namaskara (Good Morning/Good Evening), accompanied by the namaskara mudra (prayer hands). Huh. How could I have missed this before? Similar to Namaste and the angeli mudra we use to close every…

  • Music,  Travel

    Austin post-script

    (Andrew and Lindsay) Yeah, it’s been months since I was last in Austin, but I couldn’t wrap up my SXSW coverage without mentioning our fab and very chill Sunday afternoon at Jo’s. Hanging at Jo’s Coffee is great even without entertainment, but the Sunday before we left we got to hear (for the first time) our friend Andrew’s trio (Andrew is married to my cute friend Mona) as well as the Jo’s house band, featuring Tina Rose (who married Mona and Andrew and is one of the warmest people you’ll ever meet). We’d seen Andrew play earlier in the week as he plays with Kelly Willis. He’s a busy guy.…