a blog by Ellen Davies

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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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]