A beautiful image of the power of surrender, by Ron Hamad

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Science of Sarah Palin

Okay. Here goes.

A blog is a place especially designed to raise your voice. And people can choose to read it or not. Right? That means you. Because this is my contribution to the dialogue about Sarah Palin. Take it or leave it.

I struggled for a year to decide whether or not to blog. I was nervous about the blah-blah-blah factor. And narcissism. I worry that we have an inaccurate sense of our own importance and relevance and competence. Don’t get me wrong. I believe that we are all incredibly worthy and inherently good and our voices have a place. I just don’t believe that we are all meant to have leadership roles on the world stage – not without hard work, anyway. Not without study and discipline. Not without experience. And context.

That is why I created a tight frame for this blog – eMotion – a place to comment on the emotion of motion. Or the opposite, the challenge of inertia in the human spirit. Or worse, entropy. Because these are things I know about.

Some of these things are scientific terms, mind you. Inertia is a concept of classical physics. It is the resistance of an object to a change in its state of motion.

Entropy is a quantum term, worthy of a more thorough explanation of what it means:

1. Symbol S For a closed thermodynamic system, a quantitative measure of the amount of thermal energy not available to do work.
2. A measure of the disorder or randomness in a closed system.
3. A measure of the loss of information in a transmitted message.
4. The tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity.
5. Inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society.

It seems to me that THOSE OF US WHO BELIEVE IN SCIENCE, have a distinct advantage in this upcoming election. Because we can count on the fact that as we work diligently toward a higher consciousness, there will be a distinct and scientific tendency for opposition.

Which also means that the higher the consciousness, the more quantum the desire for true change on a global scale, the more aggressive and backward will be the opposition. Need I say more?

At first I kept thinking that it was unfathomable that creationism and reproductive choice are actually things we must struggle against and/or for.

But then I recalled that the science of progress means that as hard as we work, there will be a pull in the opposite direction. Disorder. Randomness. Chaos. That these things are SCIENTIFICALLY inevitable.

So that’s how I put my mind at ease. I believe that Sarah Palin is scientific evidence that we are onto something. The universe loves balance. So the science of Sarah Palin, the absurdity of it all, simply means that the quantum force for positive, conscious change must be incredibly strong.

We just need to harness our energy to move conscious voters to the polls. We need only to tip the scales in our energetic favor for one day.

And because of the whole science thing (not to mention the whole Constitution thing) our work will never be done. There will always be opposition and there must always be freedom of expression.

But at least we will know that our children will be taught that there is a science to how the world works. And if you care to explore quantum physics (THE DANCING WU LI MASTERS, Gary Zukav is a good one to start with) you will see that science is big enough and generous enough to hold all the best parts of spiritual devotion in its hands.

So don’t panic. Trust science.

And then vote.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dance and be well.

I was watching "Dancing with the Stars" last night (crying like the dork that I am when they do well) and loved it when one of the celeb dancers said that dance should become our National Health Care Plan. 

I have spent the last year and a half falling madly in love with dance at Rhythm and Motion (visit Heather Britt (and Susan and Alena and Rachel) have provided me a home for movement and wellness that has allowed me to take my Pilates-strong body and move it joyously, each week learning a new song and practicing 9 others.

In fact, when I had the bad luck to get fast-onset double vision last year, the doctor was a little under-concerned about how much this might effect my day-to-day life. 

So I grabbed his arm dramatically and said, "But Doctor, I'm a dancer!"

And I am. When I move on the Reformer or in a yoga class or in a dance studio, I am a dancer. And when I put a few words together on a page, I am a writer. And when I reach out to someone in need, I am a friend. And when I vote, I am a citizen.

We are what we do. And if you just do it - you are it.

So be a dancer today. Or a friend. Or a writer. 
Or register to vote and be a citizen.

Whatever you do - do it.

And be well.

Monday, September 22, 2008


I am overloaded with inspiration and just in the nick of time.

It's rough out there, you know? No matter what are your politics, I think we can all agree that these are some strange days with much uncertainty.

Last week I was blown away in NY by the timelessness of Chekhov. Yesterday I went to hear the remarkable Wendell Berry read from his work at NKU. In addition to the fact that he is a gentle genius in the vein of Thoreau (just replace Walden Pond with Kentucky), he is not a youngster anymore. Mr. Berry has been around the block and he has been keeping notes and taking names.

And I was reminded that while this feels like a very scary time, it is not much different than it was 30 and 40 years ago.  The things Wendell Berry read that he had written so long ago seem as relevant as if he had written them yesterday.

Should that be scarier? Perhaps. Are we taking too long to figure it out? Maybe.

But I think what it speaks to is our refusal to give up hope and to find ways to connect to ourselves and each other, either through simple labor or art or laughter. Take time to read the entire Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front. 

You can find it here:

Or read this lovely excerpt. And then go do something that won't compute.

So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not yet encountered he has not destroyed.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Only the rereading counts ...

Here is a passage from the beautiful novel "Divisadero" by Michael Ondaatje. Thanks Carolyn Krause for the recommendation.  This rocked my world this morning.

"Only the rereading counts, Nabokov said .... For we live with those retrievals from childhood that coalesce and echo throughout our lives, the way shattered pieces of glass in a kaleidoscope reappear in new forms and are songlike in their refrains and rhymes, making up a single monologue. We live permanently in the recurrence of our own stories, whatever story we tell."

Have you reread a book lately? Or your own life? Take time where there doesn't appear to be any. You will be rewarded.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Just say YES.

Oh come on. Just do it.

It is easy. You go to and you go to Schedule Online part and go to workshops and click on the Mat Class with Lolita San Miguel and you say yes. You give us $30 and then you come on this Saturday, Sept. 13th, from 9-10 am for a mat class with a 72 year old powerhouse of a woman who is one of two people in the entire world to be CERTIFIED BY JOSEPH PILATES PERSONALLY to teach Pilates.

Here is why you need to just say YES. Because you will be so happy you did it. Because what else you gonna do on Saturday morning? Because if you think you know Pilates, why not find out if you are close to the source of it? Because if you don't know Pilates, why not find out from as close as you can get to the source of it?

Because you will look taller and younger and more vibrant and sexier and smarter and all around nicer if you do. I swear.


There you go. You look younger already.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


I had a lovely weekend and saw TWO fantastic productions here in Cincinnati. I encourage you to get tix now to see each of these plays.

SHINING CITY is at the New Stage Collective in OTR where a tiny staff and artistic director Alan Patrick Kenny have been knocking them out of the ball park for two incredible, award-winning seasons.  This beautiful play about two men, each haunted by different things, is surprisingly moving; which should be no surprise I suppose as it is written by Conor McPherson, the fantastic Irish playwright. 

AMADEUS opened at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company to sell-out crowds on Friday and Saturday night and for good reason. Chris Guthrie (Mozart) and Bruce Cromer (Salieri) tear it up in this intense story about obsession, madness and genius - all my favorite subjects right there. I assure you that this production will only get better and harder to get tickets for so hurry it up and buy your tickets now.

And I want to express my sincere gratitude to the theatre community here in Greater Cincinnati for doing such extraordinary work, year after year and show after show. I have spent the last two years doing much of my homework about how to make a play right here in Cincinnati. 

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thailand or Bust

My son, Nick Sharp, is on his way to Thailand right this very second. He is spending three months at a university in Bangkok studying. 

I imagine that about now, with his long legs crammed into a seat on the very long journey from LA to Taipei, he might be thinking, "This is a terrible idea." 

I felt the same way on my way to Bali. I felt the same way on my way to spend a month in Paris. I most often feel the same way on my way to any new thing, no matter how near it is. New can be terrifying.  

But isn't it the best??? When you get out of our comfort zone to learn and experience and connect? I can assure you that Bali and Paris were not bad ideas. Nope. Not one bit.

And I know that Thailand will be the same for my son, Nick. Before he knows it, whether he is sitting in a classroom or riding on an elephant or standing on a beach or trying to navigate the crazy city of Bangkok, he will know he has arrived into the best part of life: making the unknown known.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New Dates for True Body Class

Whoops! We hope you can still come!

Please join us for True Body Project for girls and women at the Downtown Pendleton Pilates studio this fall.


THURSDAY NIGHTS - (Not Tuesday nights)
October 2 - November 20th
7-8:30 pm
Downtown Pendleton Pilates
500 Reading Road
Karma class - suggested donation $10 but pay what you can, when you can.
Move, Write, Create, See, Connect, Inspire.

With Julianna Bloodgood, Stacy Sims and friends.

For Girls and Women.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Have You Been Thinking About Teacher Training?

I assure you that if you have been thinking about it signing up for our four month Teacher Training program at Pendleton Pilates, now is the time to JUST DO IT!

Honestly, I know for sure that the experience always exceeds the expectations of the trainees. Not only do you get to connect with yourself and learn how the body really works best, but you get to study what it means to interact with - to truly connect with - another person.

Additionally, it is a great chance to practice Pilates ALL THE TIME while learning Pilates-specific anatomy and physics. 

If you are curious, visit or contact me here or Shannon Faith at 513-333-0191. Payment plans are available. We start up again on September 11th. This session runs through mid-December.