a blog by Ellen Davies

a blog by Ellen Davies

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Celebrate the eclipse, Part 2

Celebrate the eclipse, Part 2

This makes me laugh, every time. I am a sucker for corny jokes, too. Have you ever had a Moon Pie? Moon Pies are southern treats, along with RC Cola and Goo Goo Clusters. Two graham cracker cookies with a marshmallow center, covered with chocolate. […]

Celebrating the eclipse

Celebrating the eclipse

Did you get outside to celebrate the eclipse yesterday? I organized an impromptu eclipse party on the green in front of our house. We ended up with about a dozen people, including several kids, a few dogs, and some pinhole cameras. Everyone shared the viewing […]

Friday favorites: Seinfeldia

Friday favorites: Seinfeldia

True confession: We watch Seinfeld re-runs almost every night. For years we’ve been doing this. And every time we laugh–even when we know exactly what’s going to happen. Serenity now! Yada yada yada. Master of my domain. Costanza–can’t stand ya. Kenny Rogers Roasters. They’re real, […]

Mason jars and water bottles

Mason jars and water bottles

I was at a yoga teacher training over the weekend in Philadelphia, and I learned that, alas, I continue to be tragically unhip. Apparently¬†all the cool kids are now using Mason jars as water bottles. I am baffled by this. I understand that there is […]

A response to violence: Let there be peace on earth

A response to violence: Let there be peace on earth

The events in Charlottesville last weekend hit pretty close to home for me. My mother lives there, and my nephew is about to start his freshman year at the university. (Thankfully my mother and her husband were nowhere near Saturday’s riots.) How do we respond […]

Friday favorites: The best yoga mat

Friday favorites: The best yoga mat

One of the most frequently asked questions is: What is the best yoga mat? My preference is for¬†Jade Harmony yoga mats. They are made locally (near me in PA) from all-natural rubber. Jade mats contain no PVC, EVA or other synthetic rubber. The company plants […]

Yoga teacher stories: Two Hot Guys

Yoga teacher stories: Two Hot Guys

This is a true story. Several years ago, I was scheduled to sub for my friend Anne’s Wednesday noon yoga class at the Y. That morning, however, I really didn’t feel like teaching. I spent a lot of time complaining to my friend, Kelly, about […]

Emotional eating

Emotional eating

It happened just the other night. A container of caramel gelato, about half-full. I was only going to have one or two bites, just because I was craving something sweet, because I was angry and upset, and I needed something. What I needed wasn’t food, […]

Naturalization ceremony

Naturalization ceremony

Today I attended a Naturalization Ceremony at the courthouse in West Chester. Twenty-one people from 14 different countries became United States citizens. I was there with the Chester County Chorale Society, and we sang the national anthem plus a medley of three patriotic songs: “My […]

Weekend movies: In Her Shoes

Weekend movies: In Her Shoes

  Looking for a good movie to rent this weekend? “In Her Shoes.” One of my favorite writers is Jennifer Weiner, and this movie is based on her second novel. It bombed at the box office (back in 2005), probably because it doesn’t fit into […]