Monday, September 29, 2008

September 29, 2008


I took the summer off to finish two books. Living a Charmed Life: In an Ever Changing World will be out from HarperOne in April, and The Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health, and Joy, a completely revised and updated edition of my 1992 classic, is coming from Lantern Books in May. Right now, I'm in the midst of moving preparations as we prepare to officially be back in NYC as of October 8. I'm channeling my "inner Martha" as I figure out the decorating, the feng shui, and how to get a 2-bedroom NYC condo to accommodate two offices, a guest room, and William's and my living day to day. I know it will all work out; it's just transitional at the moment and we keep going back and forth on how to arrange things. It's not just things, though: it's arranging our lives, where we'll work, how life will take shape on a daily basis.

I keep exploring Harlem, discovering little treasures, most recently a chic bakery called Settepani that is also an Italian restaurant. (William was hoping for an Italian restaurant....) And being back in the city, even part-time as I am now, helps me feel so connected.

To those of you who celebrate Rosh Hashana, may it be wonderful. And even those of us who aren't Jewish can, I think, take advantage of another new year, a new beginning. We can never have too many of those.

All good things,

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Five Minutes for Peace

I met Patrick Swift when I taught "How to Live a More Spiritual Life" for the Learning Annex. He is a physician in New York City who has put together an exquisite online slide show of photographs and quotations. It is lovely to watch and take in, and it's so calming you can use it as an invitation to meditation. Here's the link:

A lovely thought

Eric Smith sent me a poem he wrote that ended with these lines I liked a lot: "God grant me the awareness, the willingness, to stop seeking Love, appreciation and approval, and find them in myself."

Radio days

I want to do a little survey and find out (1) if you listen to my Internet radio show, "A Charmed Life," on, (2) what it would take to get you to tune in (either live or after the fact via the online archives) if you don't already, and (3) the kinds of guests you'd like to hear on the show. If you want to respond, just drop a line of

For those of you who are new to this list, the show is live the 4th Friday of every month at noon Eastern (11, 10, and 9 a.m. as we count west...), on Past shows are archived on the site for listening at your convenience. My guest for September was Charla Krupp, author of the number 1 New York Times bestseller, How Not to Look Old, now up on the archives. Taking the guest spot the 4th Friday of October will be Lillian Butler, author, raw food chef and educator, and co-owner of Raw Soul -- -- a popular Harlem restaurant recently featured in the New York Times.