Like “Patchwork of Selvage,” a writing project Debra undertook in 1999 and subsequently published in Precipitates, the following two projects are the traces of her experience with a disciplined, daily practice—a process that she first came to value as a student of taijiquan.


Click on the image to view a slide-show presentation of photos Debra took during daily walks to Walden Pond through Winter 2001/2002.

“For a week of even weather I took exactly the same number of steps, and of the same length, coming and going, stepping deliberately and with the precision of a pair of dividers in my own deep tracks,—to such routine the winter reduces us,—yet often they were filled with heaven’s own blue. But no weather interfered fatally with my walks, or rather my going abroad, for I frequently tramped eight or ten miles [!] through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow-birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Click on the page icon above to read excerpts from letters Debra wrote while undertaking the Dantian Challenge in 2003.

“The ability to practice pre-birth breathing lies within each and every one of us. No complicated classes, books or great teachers are needed. On the other hand, merely discussing it will accomplish nothing. You must reflect back to what it must have been like when you were a fetus and then practice . . . and continue to practice. Daoist philosophy is easy to understand, but difficult to apply.”

—Jou, Tsung Hwa



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