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September 16, 2017 – 2:31 am

In this insightful gem, journalist and life coach Wanda Hennig writes wisely, hilariously and sometimes poignantly about sex and food; living for three-and-a-half years at the San Francisco Zen Center; moving solo from one continent to another; meditation; creative mindfulness strategies and more. Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press). Edition Two (Mouth Orgasm edition) published August 2017 (ISBN 9780996820523 paperback; ISBN 9780996820523 eBook).

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Botti Beautiful

July 5, 2009 – 11:16 pm
Chris Botti — contemporary jazz superstar.
You know you’re a jazz superstar when you make a slow, dark, moody, melancholy record and it tops the charts.

Story by Wanda Hennig
Photo courtesy the artist
First published in Black Diamond Living magazine

We all know Sinatra, Paul Simon and Sting. Most of us, however, didn’t know trumpeter Chris Botti until late in 2004. Strange when you think that his first professional gig was with Sinatra; that for five years, starting in 1990, he played the world with Simon; and that he joined Sting as a featured soloist in 1999 and the two have collaborated ever since.

Butterfly effect links Buddhist groups in South Africa and San Francisco

May 29, 2009 – 2:37 pm
Two of Mbali Ndlovu's cousins play in the yard.
And a miracle called Woza Moya is born in KwaZulu-Natal

Story and photos by Wanda Hennig
First published in the Sunday Tribune, South Africa
The Ufafa district, near Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is home to around 23,000 people. Families reside in a sprawling muddle of family compounds that stagger up hills and tumble into valleys, forming a jumbled patchwork of mud, thatch, concrete block and tin. The dwellings have no electricity. Water for drinking, washing, cooking and bathing is hand-pumped from underground wells and carried in plastic bucket and barrels. The area could have been forgotten. But — was it serendipity, karma or …

Keeping Up Appearances

May 12, 2009 – 7:23 am
Devi Lanphere after — happy to smile and 50-plus pounds lighter.
A great many people were surprised when they heard who was getting a $100,000 extreme makeover. Why would a successful, talented, bright — and at face value, super-confident public figure — enter the ugly duckling contest?

Story by Wanda Hennig
First published in Black Diamond Living magazine
It started with a routine morning scan of East Bay newspapers — part of the standard daily work drill for Devi Lanphere, CEO of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce in east Contra Costa County. This time the piece that caught her eye might not, at first glance, have seemed work-related. It announced an extreme makeover contest. Read more …

Yes you can Wow the World with your online presence

May 3, 2009 – 8:29 pm
Anca Mosoiu, inspiring Oakland web whiz.
Ask Oakland technology guru Anca Mosoiu and she’ll show you how

Do you Twitter, Facebook and have a bunch of people following your daily blog? If not and you feel you should — or need — to know how, go speak to Anca Mosoiu in her 14th Street technology hotspot and salon in Oakland. She’s committed to leveling the playing field, teaching social networking and essential web skills to da people.

William Kentridge: Five Themes in San Francisco

April 6, 2009 – 9:30 pm
South African artist William Kentridge on the streets of San Francisco.

South African artists opens at SFMOMA with huge traveling show.
By Wanda Hennig for Sunday Tribune, South Africa
San Francisco Street photos …

How to rekindle sexual passion when the fire is dead

January 25, 2009 – 11:02 pm
beautiful woman holding apple

It’s late at night and you’re in bed. The body to your left, pushing gentle zzzzs, radiates a comfortable warmth. The radio to your right plays softly. Your mental meanderings are suddenly jolted into focus by Rod Stewart’s voice. It’s golden oldie time and he’s warbling on about passion. “I need passion. You need passion. We need passion. Can’t live without passion.”

Slow Jammin’

January 25, 2009 – 10:45 pm
rachel1lo

Fruit, spice and all things nice …
By Wanda Hennig
From Alameda magazine, November 2008
Rachel Saunders is in the commercial kitchen space …

What women want from relationships

January 23, 2009 – 12:49 am

It seems relationships are synonymous with challenge. Seven-year itches. Call them what you will. All complicated dances — as real in live as on the screen.