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Fifty Ways to Nourish Your Soul

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"What would you do if you knew the world was coming to an end?" I was first asked that question back in the 1970s when I was on the road with a dance company, passing time before a flight. The choreographer said, "I would dance until I died." Dance away his life! Meanwhile, as stage manager, I thought -- but didn't say -- that I would sink into total terror and panic. I couldn't grasp how anyone could answer otherwise. On September 11, when it felt like the world was coming to an end, I discovered my real answer. As I moved about my workplace numb from the news downtown, knowing that a friend was most certainly in one of the World Trade towers, a voice inside kept saying, "Go to the river." In recent years the Hudson River has become my place and my practice. It began one hot summer afternoon as a friend and I sat on an old wooden dock during one of those moments that truly matter. I asked him to name the place, but his first response, "Dock A, 79th Street Boat Basin," didn't convey the feeling. So I asked again. He answered, "Cape Grace." Bingo! I began to go to the river on weekends to watch the sun …

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