January 2012


I love this time of year; it reminds me so much of the great times I had growing up in the Norman Rockwell winters of New England oh, and yes it was every bit as picturesque as it sounds!

My yard backed up to a park with an outdoor lighted ice skating rink, so night skating was, of course, a great favorite for all of us. I can still feel my face slowly warming over the steam from Mom’s hot chocolate and the soul-settling scent of cinnamon toast.

Most of the neighborhood kids were related in some way — both sides of my immediate family were numerous, but close, so we were gifted with a familiar group to do things with. My family meant a lot to me – still does. I find great comfort in the certainty, the history, the fundamental centerdness of it. I realize that some of you may not have biological families nearby, but bear in mind that in today’s society one’s family can extend to an ever-wider community, including step families, exes / in-laws, coworkers, and friends. Whether we are linked by blood, marriage, adoption or affection, the holidays offer a variety of opportunities to celebrate the bond. Whatever family you choose to connect with, may you find peace and solace during the holidays and beyond!

Happy Holidays!


“It is within families themselves where peace begins.”

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” Jane Howard, author

“The family is changing, not disappearing. We have to broaden our understanding of it. Look for the new metaphors.” Mary Catherine Bateson, author and anthropologist


Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.
Evening news is where they begin with “Good Evening,” then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
If I agree with you, we would both be wrong.


Memphis Breath Workshop; Saturday January 28 1-3 p.m. Cost $25
Location: Evergreen Yoga, 1514 Overton Park Ave.

Melbourne, Florida January 4-9 Contact Cheri at Aquarian Dreams 321-729-9495 www.aquariandreams.com

Palm Harbor, Florida Oaktrail Bookstore January 13; call Leslie at 727-785-1960 www.informationoaktrailbooks.com

Clearwater, Florida Serenity Now Bookstore January 14-16 call Brooke at 727-787-5400 info@serenitybookstoreandgifts.com

Knoxville Tennessee, Spring 2012 TBA Oasis Institute Call Stephen at 865-588-7707 www.oasisinstitute.org

Nashville Tennessee, March 15-17 Cosmic Connection call Katherine at 615-463-7677 Katherine@yourcosmicconnections.com

Nashville Tennessee, May 4-6 Cosmic Connection call Katherine at 615-463-7677 Katherine@yourcosmicconnections.com


Gift certificates are available for Meditation Classes, Breathwork Workshops, and private sessions. What a great gift . . . from the heart, for the health! Call Daniel at 901-685-2462


I will be at Whole Foods on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the many benefits of meditation. Please join us, and bring a friend. I look forward to seeing you there!

Daniel Lamontagne
Memphis TN

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