a blog by Ellen Davies

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Friday favorites: The Big Sick

Friday favorites: The Big Sick

  Summertime movies mean huge blockbusters. But if, like me, you aren’t into action adventure (“Wonder Woman” being the exception) and you just want a clever movie to help you forget your troubles, you’ll like “The Big Sick.” It’s funny (really funny), it’s romantic, and […]

Yoga platitudes

I love yoga and I love teaching it. But as yoga has swelled in popularity, there has also been an upsurge in what I think of as yoga bullshit. You know, the pithy sayings that people post on social media. The ones that make it […]

Fun weekend activity! How well can you draw the states?

  I found this link from the Fug Girls‘ website (which is a fun gossipy site, especially on Fridays when they post links to cool websites). The “girls” are Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, and they also wrote a really good, fun novel called “The […]

Trying something new: Swimming

When is the last time you tried something new? I have started swimming laps at the Y. It’s not pretty. But I’m doing it. And I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I like it. I know you’re thinking, “So, Ellen, what inspired you to start […]

Friday favorites: Daveed Diggs

This one is for Laura, who introduced me to Daveed Diggs by way of the Hamilton soundtrack. We saw him in the show last year, and afterwards we waited at the stage door. Finally he came out, along with some other cast members. Laura passed […]

Friday favorites: Broadchurch

I’m late to this party, but this show is my newest TV obsession. Broadchurch, from BBC. No talking while it’s on! That’s mainly because sometimes we are straining to understand the dialogue, thanks to their accents. This detective show has eight episodes in Season 1, […]

Yoga teacher stress dreams

Yes, they are real. Yoga teacher stress dreams. Everyone has a recurring stress dream. Maybe you’re back in college and forgot to go to your math class all semester but now you have to take the final. Or maybe someone is chasing you and you […]

Friday favorites: Roz Chast

I love Roz Chast. Her cartoons in the New Yorker have entertained me for years. According to this one, I need to step up my game on conspiracy theories!  

Friday favorites: Thoughtful political cartoon

This cartoon by Signe Wilkinson was published recently in the Philadelphia Inquirer. It made some people angry. Personally, I felt humbled. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.  

Best advice I ever got

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received from a yoga instructor is this: acknowledge the pain. How’s that for a needle scratch? Bet you weren’t expecting that. Well, neither was I. Let me tell you the whole story.