The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. Gustave Flaubert




I am a writing instructor at a university in Florida, and a dog lover. I also love all other animals and find I am most at home in nature.

Recently I began this blog about my adventures in pet sitting which I do part time for a few people. Since I cannot have a dog of my own, this is a way to get my “fix” of dogginess and cat affection.

I hope you will enjoy what you read in my posts.

Thank you for visiting my blog!


55 thoughts on “About

  1. ah sorry about that. I didn’t think my comment from April went through to your blog. I just saw your reply lol. Thanks!

  2. Hi Anda ๐Ÿ™‚

    This is Jennifer who used to blog on freedomfromashes or fearasacompass. We had started our blog at the same time ๐Ÿ™‚ I go by Tathina now and I no longer blog as you probably know, but I recently came out with a new website and I wanted to share it with you. It’s been a little while. Here is the link: http://tathina.weebly.com/ Thanks. Namaste.

    In Love,

  3. Hi Anda ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s OrangeAnkh. As you probably know I don’t blog at fearasacompass anymore. Love your latest posts. They definitely resonate. I was looking for a contact box for you just to stop in and say hello. Namaste. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Cu drag, Anda! ๐Ÿ™‚ Copacul te asteapta cu ganduri bune si cu cate un exercitiu de recunostinta pentru fiecare zi! Daca iti plac gandurile Copacului, spune-le si altoram,s a se bucure si ei de ele! share if you like! ๐Ÿ™‚

            1. How interesting! I never knew it was a common name in Romania. My parents were Latvian and that is the origin of my name. Lovely to hear from a follower in Romania!!

  4. Just discovered your writings – love them. Please continue to do so. And best to becoming realized.

    George Durakovich

      1. I also follow Pema and Hanh AND John Loori.

        Have you heard of John Loori?


        >________________________________ > From: Walks with Yogi >To: gdurakovich@yahoo.com >Sent: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 7:41 AM >Subject: [New comment] About > > > > WordPress.com >anda commented: “Thank you for reading my blogs, George! And thank you for your support in my journey.” >

          1. The reason I asked about Loori is, on the outside chance you didn’t know, he has a lot of lectures available on CD or DVD.ย ย  Most are for sale at his size mro.org but some show up for FREE at wzen.org as podcasts.ย ย  These pop from time to time but then are removed.ย ย  I am attaching one I downloaded, again, FREE which you may/may not like.ย  I you like it, I have a few more I can send you.

            FYI:ย  The lecture is playable on your computer but I use the free ‘itunes’ program to copy them to a CD then play them on my disk player.


            >________________________________ > From: Walks with Yogi >To: gdurakovich@yahoo.com >Sent: Sunday, May 5, 2013 7:34 PM >Subject: [New comment] About > > > > WordPress.com >anda commented: “Yes, George, I have read some of John Loori’s writing. Don’t recall what anymore, so I’ll have to check him out again.” >

            1. Thanks, George! There sure is a ton of stuff out there. I follow Tricycle magazine online and the feature all sorts of wonderful teachers. Sometimes I have to step back or I can overwhelm myself with reading/watching all of these.

  5. It is good to see a naked soul unafraid to express it as it is with her, and unafraid of writing essays as posts (i.e., not sound-bytes). Buddhism, for as long as I can remember, has been accused of cynicism and negativity. It is understood that way only because they don’t look deeply at it. Looking briefly at Christianity as a complete outsider, making an icon of a man tortured to death could seem barbaric. About siblings: the thing that stands out most for me is being told, “You take things too seriously.” (That was in response to an essay I wrote about a person under my charge in the military who killed himself.) I have not told him this, but that brother also takes things VERY seriously, including his opinion of me. He just takes seriously different things. As someone presently only beginning to return to mindfulness training and practice after many years away (and only a couple of years back then), I cherish writings like yours. There are so many, so I have to be selective about which ones to read. Yours share the wisdom found among great teachers, and put it together in a way that brings peace just to read it. I am blessed to be a follower of this blog. Thank you.

    1. Arion,

      Your reply to my blog moved me deeply. I am encouraged and inspired by you to continue writing walkswithyogi. I write most of these as essays (thank you for realizing that!) and hope to publish some of them in the future.

      Where are you from? Your last name sound Indian. Thank you again for your kind words!

      1. I’m American. The name came from Sanskrit meaning, basically, “student.” Arion is a Greek name … either for a mythical horse or a poet. I hitch my name-star to the poet.

        Write On!

  6. I found you through a kind comment you left on my blog. So far I’ve only read your About page and one post, but they were enough for me to start following you, especially when I read this:
    “You who thought you could find a way to make everything okay. You who thought it was all your faultโ€“or all their fault. You who lose your temper too easily, who are jealous and envious, judgmental and fearful.”
    I pointed at myself and looked behind me, and then realized you were talking to me. Yup.

  7. Hi Anda! As you know, I have been reading your blog and I think highly of it. I find the ideals behind this blog inspiring and uplifting and worthy of an award that symbolizes these ideals. I have nominated you for the Liebster blog award given to blogs with less than 200 followers who deserve a little more recognition (although I have no idea how many followers you really have!).

    There are a few simple rules that go along with the award: they are as follows as passed down to me.

    1.Give a shout out to the blogger who nominated you by linking back to their blog.
    2. Nominate 5 other blogs that have less than 200 followers.
    3. Spread the good blog karma.
    Lastly, donโ€™t forget to add the Liebster blog award image to your post.

    – Angela

    here is your nomination: http://ayearoflivingwisely.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/day-255-abundance/

    1. Angela, You are always so generous in your sharing ways for all of us to be heard. I thank you so much for reading and now nominating my blog. Now I will see if I can do the same for your very deserving blog!

  8. I finally had a moment to sit and read, I am amazed, mostly in awe. We are so close yet so far. What first had my attention is that we shared a similar interest in books ~ A Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield, and all of Pema Chodron. Your interest in (inaction or act of) ‘Mindfulness’. is something I have yet to achieve but attempt daily.

    Earlier this week I mentioned a book to you that I was waiting for in the mail, it never came so I purchased a used copy at Haslam’s. I hope to share it with you since you said, ” it didn’t sound familiar” Illusions~ The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah ~ Richard Bach. I will leave it for you when I am finished reading it.

    I have always been ashamed of my flaws, still am at 44 yrs old. I hate to complain, G-d forbid, I’d be moved from the #1 spot to the #2 spot in the ‘people pleasing’ category ~! In and out of AA since the year 1997 (3 months after my mother died and my children were ages 6 and 3).

    Your words are more than an inspiration. I am happy I asked you one evening, “have you published anything?” I look forward to reading and learning more from you. Thank you.

  9. namstey, /this is Amit from India, got to know about you and your blog after subscribing to globaloneTV.
    It is nice to pen your own life story and grow personally as well.I wish you all the best in your sadhana for enlightenment.
    i do blog and have http://yogadvait.wordpress.com as one blog and iamiternal.blogspot.com as the second one.
    You can also find me on face book as Amit Ashok Talekar, if u wish to be friends with me.
    love peace joy blessings…

  10. HIi,
    Have just spent the past few hours reading through your experiment from the begining. Thank you for writing this ….a great serendipitous find which has such resonance with facets of my own living with mindfulness.
    Best wishes to you from the southern tip of Africa.

  11. So happy to have stumbled across your site through a comment you posted at tricycle.com. Happy to have found you – please take a look at my blog too if you are so inclined!

    Namaste. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Very inspirational and powerful blog you have! Definitely resonates and funny that we started our blogs around the same time. Thanks again for the add. Look forward to seeing more of your writings. : ) Namaste.

  13. I love that we are on similar paths. It’s great to know that you are not alone in what you are striving to achieve in life and in writing. Mind you, you have a lot more experience with the practice than I do so it will be interesting to see where our journeys meet and diverge.
    Good luck with it all!

  14. I subscribed. Thanks for your interesting, informative and lively blog. I find myself learning a lot as you share your path of Walks with Yogi.

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