JD update Fall 2014

Dear Friends and Family, As my partner and several friends were starting the NaNoWriMo (the online book writing challenge) on Nov 1st, it had me feeling reminiscent of this time last year when I did the same. I’ve been meaning to write to you all with an update about where I am these days. I … Continue reading

jd update: Chicago for the winter

Hello Dear Friends, I hope this letter finds you very well and happy. It is with excitement that I write to you with an update. After spending all summer traveling and sharing music with people at magic camps, I have rooted myself in Chicago for a while. Just as I questioned it, you might also … Continue reading

April update with Lisa’s eulogy

Hello Friends. I want to thank each of you for all your support through this difficult time. Your prayers and messages have meant so much to our family. Thank you. Being with my sister, Lisa during her last 3 weeks was a life-changing experience. I am grateful for every moment that I spent at her … Continue reading

Luckiest sister alive

As I write to you, I’m listening to one of my sister Lisa’s favorite songs called ‘Blessings‘ by Laura Story. Lisa has it in her “Healing Songs” playlist that would play during the chemo treatments for the cancer she has been battling for the past 1.5 years. My eyes fill with tears as I touch … Continue reading


It was Nov 14th, 2012 when I last wrote to you with an update. I know I keep saying this, but time continues to be such a revelatory concept to me. It feels both as if no time has passed and lifetimes have passed. Another Thanksgiving, winter solstice, Christmas and new years (not to mention … Continue reading

Finally, music found in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Today, I’m heading to Kopan monastery for a month-long Tibetan Buddhism meditation retreat, the lineage of the Dalai Lama. A few days after that, I will travel to Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha, where I will attend a 10-day vipassana retreat. This means I will be in silence until December 26, 2012. During the … Continue reading

Walking amongst the Giants

It’s been a while since I last wrote from Pokhara. Although it feels like lifetimes, in linear time, it’s only been a little over a month. After leaving Pokhara, I attended a meditation retreat at Kopan Monastery and spent 27 days trekking in the Himalayas. As serendipitous as life can be, I met an Alaskan … Continue reading

Prosperity for everyone

Over the past several months, I’ve been honored to receive requests from folks to know more about the prosperity magic I have been doing over the past few years. I am excited to inform you that I no longer have resistance to share my practices with others. For a long time, my baseline mentality was … Continue reading

music in traffic median, Pokhara

Today was a great day in Pokhara, Nepal, thanks to a sweet man named Manzoor, who helped me to come out of my musical hibernation. Since I arrived almost two weeks ago, I hadn’t shared music in public, only in the places where I stayed. I got ill when I first arrived in Kathmandu and … Continue reading

Dragonfly on my Heart

This slideshow requires JavaScript. Remember in the last blog when I said I wanted to know the dragonflies more intimately? Well, the day before leaving the German countryside, I was given the chance. My dear friend, Peti and I were walking back to her magical cottage in the woods after spending the day in the … Continue reading