De La Mancha: United Tai Chi 7/24/13 digest

  • A recent reminder of De Cervantes’ Don Quixote mapped my brain path onto it’s musical adaptation, “Man of La Mancha” and it’s defining song “To Dream The Impossible Dream”.  So I sampled several versions of the song, as I had this itch to download it. I ran across several, including renditions by Jack Jones and Andy Williams (too milquetoast—imagine Pat Boone covering “Welcome To The Jungle”); Robert Goulet (serviceable), Brian Stokes Mitchell (with its modest piano accompaniment), and Elvis Presley (too much or too fast musical accompaniment).  I finally settled on Richard Kiley in the original 1965 Broadway cast recording, with his deep bravura delivery, aurally fitting my flavored impression of the show or story. What has this to do with Tai Chi or internal arts, you ask? There is more than one art form, more than one version or school of thought within each of the different disciplines, and even sometimes in the same class/same teacher, each student may hear, see, feel , smell or taste different things.  Regardless of that, as Christian likes to say, if you are on a path from the heart that is what is important. With deference to lyrist Joe Darion, hopefully also on a quest “to reach the unreachable star.” 
  • Shares/Finds: For some gathered notes and research summaries into Tai Chi effects on ADHD including items from American Psychiatric Association 2010 annual meeting, and research from the University of Miami School of Medicine. 
  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Some neck stretching and wrist work in our warm-ups. Parts I & II of Yang 108. Eight pieces of brocade. Broke down and inspected Parry Re-direct. Dry erase boards and the notion of starting from the beginning again. Word of the day “iteration”.  Standing meditations. Practicing part I very slowly. Relaxing the palms.
  • Student News and Upcoming Events:  Welcome new student Tony. Reminder, there is no nighttime pharmacy class on Thursday July 25.  Blood Drive August 23 YMCA, register     Safe travels to Christian on his journey this week. QI Gong workshop special: $5 off the regular $25 if you wear our United Tai Chi t-shirt to Christian’s August 3rd event in Kerr Park. Welcome back Sun. Kudos to our Facebook supporters–  Judy K and Deborah O for recent positive comments online; Claudia for the ‘share’ of our newsletter URL link; and Rim frequently chiming in.
  • Et cetera:  Movement in Stillness discussion on Claudia’s July 18 blog
  •  Regular Weekly Schedule (no night class July 25)


Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM


Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM


Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr

  [90 minute, small class attention, *separate fees   apply]


7:00 PM

Spring/Summer Evening

Beginners  at Boot Road Park (weather permitting)

110 W. Boot Rd       $10 drop in rate.


6:00 PM

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          align=”center”> Have a great week, and may all your armpits have tuna sandwiches.


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