Monday, October 24, 2016

A Rainy Day in Leesburg

Welcome falling rain!
Thirsty roots drink blissfully,
Parched no more, revived.


I have been home here in Leesburg enjoying this much-needed rain, listening to the rain pattering on my roof, nursing a head cold and writing a haiku. I have also been watching a turtle slowly trek his way to our pond. He has a long way to go, but I am betting that he will make it, eventually! I like his quiet, but strong determination. I appreciate his deliberate, mindful pace, and the fact that he takes frequent breaks to chill out when necessary. So far on his commute he has traveled 45 feet in seven hours. No accident on the beltway or subway shutdown is slowing him down; he is a turtle, doing what turtles naturally do, taking his time.  After a considerable journey, and at the rate he is going, it’s probably safe to say that he will make it to the pond sometime in the near future,
and I for one will be cheering him on from the sidelines, envious of his leisurely trip and laid-back demeanor.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Quelling Rumors

“Rumor travels faster, but it don’t stay put as long as truth.” --Will Roger

As I was entering the studio to teach one morning, The ABC’s of Life, a wall plaque hanging in the reception area caught my eye, and one of the sayings jumped out at me; Quell Rumors. I don’t use the word quell very often in my vocabulary, so I looked it up. I assumed it meant to end or stop something, but it also means to calm something such as fear and worry. Recently it was brought to my attention that some rumors regarding the future of Body Grace have been spreading around town, so I’d like to share with you the truth, and calm the situation; quelling the rumors.

The building that Body Grace is in and the long, red brick building next door were sold to new owners in the fall of 2015. Therefore, I have a new landlord who is honoring my existing lease to 2018. The new owners, a development group, do have plans to tear down the buildings, and as is the case with much of Vienna, begin revamping the Mill Street area. It is my understanding, after meeting with my landlord a couple of weeks ago, that they are probably three to five years from doing that. Getting plans drawn, and zoning approved, as many of you know, can be a long, drawn-out process of countless meetings and bureaucracy, so there is no truth to the rumor that the buildings are coming down anytime soon.

Dear friends, Body Grace is open for business, and thanks to you doing just fine! I promise to be transparent, and let you know should any new developments come up. Armed with the truth, is how we quell rumors, so please don’t ever hesitate to contact me if you hear something that you question, or you have a concern. I love Body Grace and our community, so it is important to me that the rumors are put to rest and the truth be shared.