Monthly Archives: October 2011

Death to an old habit

I’m sitting in the coldest room in the house, sipping hot ginger tea, pretending that it isn’t on its way to 80 degrees outside. I love this time of year, even in LA (though, admittedly, I love it less here … Continue reading


Happy Birthday, Aidan

This is my son, Aidan. He was born on October 13, 2010, so last week was his first birthday. He’s a big boy now. It took us 15 months to get pregnant and I was incapacitated for about 4/5 of … Continue reading


Shoe stories

Yesterday, Aidan and I took Reba out for a pee in the morning. It was a beautiful day, not yet too hot but warm enough to be in short-sleeves, and sunny. We wandered up the block to Reba’s favorite spot … Continue reading



Welcome to It’s Not About The Chair. I’m Lyena Strelkoff, a storyteller, performer, speaker, and coach. I believe our stories — the ones we’ve lived, that we can’t believe we made it through, or can’t stop laughing about, or just … Continue reading

Nine years paralyzed and still saying Yes

Today is the nine-year anniversary of the fall that paralyzed me. It’s been an unpredictable day in the past. The first year felt so momentous I could hardly breathe all day. The second was utterly, and surprisingly, glorious. We went … Continue reading