Mailbag - September 2020
Creating calm through crisis
Pooja, I felt moved to comment on your wonderful yoga piece [The Myth of Certainty: From control to corona to yoga, by Pooja Salhotra, August 2020]. First of all, yoga has also saved my sanity during this quarantine. Besides the great exercise, being still has allowed me to feel the subtle signs of anxiety in my body and tells me that it is time to practice.
Next, my daughter, who is a senior, and you have pointed out to me that the life I thought I controlled was a farce. Reality is what reality is. What we can do is stay centered in our values and take a breath as we look around at our immediate surroundings and judge if we are safe at the moment.
Thank you for your willingness to be vulnerable and honest about the reality that plagues us all and for reminding us that discomfort and growth are positive forces.
To new adventures
Pooja, your story [The Myth of Certainty] brought tears to my eyes. I’m so happy and excited (and nervous) with/for you! I love your writing, and I’m so happy that you’re on your way to NYU. As one who gave up the obvious path (law) for their passion (cookies!), I fully love, admire and appreciate your bravery. Wishing you all good things. I can’t wait to see where this takes you!
Sara Brook, founder of Dessert Gallery
Another Pooja fan
Pooja, I have loved every one of your articles since you started to work for The Buzz. You are a truly gifted interviewer and writer, and your honesty in tackling difficult subjects – particularly of mental health and “re-setting” – have been inspiring and helpful for many in this community. I selfishly hope that we will see many more of your articles, but at the same time I wish you the very best in getting to NYU, pursuing the path of journalism and all the detours and wonderful things you throw your heart into (like yoga!) along the way. Hoping to tune into one of your classes soon.
Cindy’s story hit home
I read this article [An American Story: Red, white and blue isn't black and white, by Cindy Gabriel, July 2020] with chills. I also grew up in south Louisiana not far from where Mr. Champagne was born. My grandfather grew up very close to where Mr. Champagne did, they both served in WWII, both fluent in French (Cajun) and served as translators, and both worked in the mess hall. I like to think that they probably knew each other and possibly defended our country side by side.
The Buzz Photo Contest is always fun. Over the years it has become quite popular; you can see many beautiful pictures from very talented photographers. It is a great way to show your work and what inspires and moves you as a photographer. Also, it gives you the chance to have your pictures seen and evaluated by expert judges. Congratulations to this year's participants and winners. This is a well-organized contest, so if you are a photography enthusiast or just like great pictures, this contest is for you. Thank you to the Buzz staff and judges.
Editor’s note: Thank you to all who submitted photos. Winners of our 15th annual photo contest appeared in our July 2020 print issue and on thebuzzmagazines.com.
In August 2020’s Chef’s Corner featuring Charles Clark, the location of Clark Cooper Concepts’ health-driven concept, Satisfy, was reported incorrectly. Satisfy will open on the first floor of San Felipe Place at 2229 San Felipe. Find this story at here.
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