Having Rights vs. Doing Right

If you’ve been listening to the pod recently, you know that I’ve made the choice to shift away from featuring stories about ‘the Org’ on the main feed (really hoping it will stick). There’s now a literal digital library of evergreen episodes - between the main feed and Patreon - that all focus on the mind-body fitness brand / cult-fitness movement that I was once a part of. And frankly, there are many other topics that I’ve been...

New Site In The Works

I’ve been in desperate need of a new website for years now, and I’m finally doing something about it. Inspired, in part, by the fact that my DIY approach to all things website, which (I thought) worked pretty a-okay for two decades, has led to a bit of an SEO nightmare. The google-gods seem intent on pulling content from my former life into my top-level nav of my website. I’m not kidding, folks… content I wrote in 2006 and 2014 keeps on...

Choc Pecan Pie

Yesterday I made chocolate pecan pie. Because it’s my step-mama’s killer recipe & it’s freakin’ delicious. And also because it’s January, and I wanted to drown out the noise of diet ‘cult’ure. Tomorrow I’ll be dropping an episode on the main feed of the pod on this very topic. ‘Diet’ may not be a word you resonate with. But if you’re anything like me you’ve detoxed and purified… fasted and/or logged your meals…...

We’re not done yet

After taking six weeks off from the podcast, I’ve come to realize two things: 1) sometimes when I want to cut&run, all I really need is an open-ended breather... and 2) the ‘cult’ure series isn’t over yet. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll carry on, but I’ve decided to keep the fire burning for now. Folks just keep showing up for amazing conversations - and in solidarity with this work - so we’re gonna keep at it through the...

And so… delete.

You know that thing when you get to the end of a book, the final chapter, and you read the last few words and think to yourself… THAT’S IT? Are you freakin’ kidding me with that ending?! You may have enjoyed the rest of the story, but you walk away feeling sorta ‘meh’ or even disappointed. Yeah. I don’t want the last episode of the ‘cult’ure series to be like that. I’ve been feeling kinda antsy to wrap, to finish off the...

On The Road & In Production

Apologies if this email lands like a hot-mess in your inbox... it's a formatting issue with Patreon, one that I hope they'll soon fix. Click the "View on Patreon" button if you wanna read the full text of this message.✨It's not very often that I skip a Friday bonus drop, but that's what's happening this week. I'm in Kansas looking after my mom, who just had knee replacement surgery. She's recovering like a champ (thankfully). Even so,...

P.S. Labels are necessary

I have more to say on the heels of yesterday's post, because I'm receiving more questions - mostly from folks who are new to the 'cult'ure series... asking me, but WHY is the cult label even necessary? As I said yesterday, I agree that labeling can be a distraction and stand committed to keeping the focus on accountability. AND ALSO.... When is the onus no longer on victims to protect those who cause harm from feeling defensive and upset by the...

“But it’s not a cult!”

My choice to use the word 'CULT' scares some people away from the work I do on & off the pod. So why do I continue to use it? Because it's the right word. For years, when I was involved in wellness 'cult'ures where shady shit was going down... I would on occasion, google the word 'cult' and scan the clickbait criteria, my heart pounding all the while. I was desperately on the hunt for ANY evidence to assuage my anxiety. I'd breeze past many...

Behind The Scenes – Intro to TDP Ep.51

In the intro to this week's episode, I share a little bit about my 2019 trip to the island of Vis, just off the coast of the Croatian mainland. I thought I'd drop in a few pics to offer a visual for those who are interested. Pictured Here (in order): Walking through Komiža on the island of Vis One of the weathered books at the registrars office Three distant family members I located while on the island The cemetery where my Yugoslavian...

What no longer fits

Tomorrow I start teaching again. And, another reminder that the photo I posted a few days ago of me dancing is from eleven(ty-million) years ago - a point that’s very relevant to this story. About an hour ago, I dug out some dance attire that I haven’t worn in years. What you see here is what I’ve held onto after two decades of teaching - 32 pairs of dance pants, 20 sports bras in almost every color, and about two dozen tops (not pictured...