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Leslie Hendry
Leslie Hendry is the founder of Azawhistle Kids, a content provider developing meaningful and fresh entertainment for kids. She's a former New York lawyer who became a devoted Ashtanga yoga practitioner, authorized teacher and meditator. When she’s not dreaming of India, she writes and creates in Los Angeles and sits on the board for Yoga Gives Back, a 501c3, raising money and awareness benefiting women and children in India.

Entries by Leslie Hendry

"The Big Spoon," Indiewire's Project of the Week Evokes a New Movie Genre: The Unromantic Comedy

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 1:18 AM


Indiewire is a "must read" according to Variety. Forbes branded it the "online heartbeat of the world's independent film community." So when the young writer/actress Mallory Culbert's (Road to Nowhere) script The Big Spoon was featured as project of the week, I felt...

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How to Consider Time a Natural Resource

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 4:30 PM

No matter how you may feel, what mood you are in, or in whatever life situation you may find yourself, the one thing never to doubt is you are always, 100 percent, unequivocally, a human resource. With a mind and a body, we humans have the capacity to do. Whenever...

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Silver Lake Children's Theatre Group Hits Adult Themes With Intelligence and Humor

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 3:24 PM

I've often heard the advice that an adult should read a children's book once a year. I'd have to modify this advice by saying go see a children's play once a year. Then I'd have to modify that advice and say go see a children's theater group once a year....

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Parents, Meet Your Kids' App Developer

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 2:39 PM

Education is experiencing a modern phenomenon. Never before have parents been able to participate in their child's education in such a democratic, entrepreneurial, spirited and compassionate way as they do with apps, either by choosing educational apps or developing apps themselves. Not all parents need to add app development to...

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'Happy' the Documentary: Happy, the Life

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Recently, I was reminded of the documentary Happy by filmmaker Roku Belic. A friend brought up the 2011 film in conversation and I couldn't remember if I'd seen it. Such is the information overload I experience being connected to the 24/7 library a.k.a. the web. I...

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It's Free and Natural: Five Tips to Help Kids Focus

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 1:41 PM

If I were a kid today, there's a good chance I would be diagnosed with a focus related issue. I'm guessing, but I remember how hard it was to focus in school. Some of my strongest memories are looking out the window.

I'd also say, because of the abundance...

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5 Reminders When Teaching Kids Life Skills

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Imagine you're in military school. It's sunrise. A drill sergeant screams in your face to make your bed. You whip out of bed, flip the sheets over the mattress, throw pillows to the top and stand at attention. You're 7-years-old. Your heart races while the fear of death streams through...

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Lila French, Los Angeles Based Filmmaker Premiers Her Film Birdbath

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 2:51 PM

Lila French says she's been underestimated before. I'm not sure how she could feel that way having garnered a degree at MIT, but it goes to show we don't really know the who behind many of the people around us.

Lila's upcoming theatrical premiere, Birdbath, is a film adaptation...

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Put Down the Cooking Gadgets and Clean Up

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 3:15 PM

In the past two decades or so there's been an explosion of interest in home cooking. Not exactly like our mother's or grandmother's home cooking. Perhaps it shouldn't even be referred to as "cooking" but more as "cheffing." The verb could be described as experiencing food in a different fashion....

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'I Need a Drink'

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 12:56 PM

How many of us (or how often do we) get that anxious feeling that tells us you need a drink?

Like, say you're overwhelmed. You need a drink.

Or you just want to surrender to the day/evening, so you have a drink.

In our culture, "you need a drink"...

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Cleaning: The Physical and Mental

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 1:36 PM

We've come a long way baby. But not in that sexy feminist way of those Virginia Slims cigarette commercials. What I mean is just 60 years ago, we as a culture weren't in an exercise-crazed mindset. Many communities were small towns where walking to the store was norm. Kids played...

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Bayne Gibby, Actor, Releases Children's Book, You Mean the World to Me

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 1:00 PM

Some say it's well worth reading at least one children's book a year. Of course I'm speaking about people who don't house the under 6 crowd. Their kid book requirement is well in tact I would imagine. But reading a kids book as an adult to better connect with the...

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The Touch-Screen Generation, Digital Natives, Your Kids!

(11) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 6:11 PM

We Americans love naming things. It gives us an immediate picture and helps us understand the totality of things. So picture an 18-month old toddler: pull-ups, dribble, grasping at the nearest shiny object, babbling. Now picture him in front of an iPad and prepare to be freaked out. This is...

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Kayvan Mashayekh, Los Angeles-Based Filmmaker, Opens African Safari Photo Exhibit

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Have you ever visited a place on vacation and been inspired to nestle more permanently into the community, make friends with locals, poke around in local real estate offerings, or fantasize about opening a cafe where people linger, sipping cappuccinos?

Filmmaker Kayvan Mashayekh happened to visit one such place, taking...

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When No Child Is Left Behind, Really

(12) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 9:50 AM

This week, students in California's Encinitas Union School District will participate in a new life-skills curriculum. The new program includes yoga, nutrition, character education, goal setting and wellness. Can someone say sign me up!

This week also marks the ten-year anniversary of the No Child...

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India's Gang Rape Problem

(14) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 9:34 AM


February 9, 2012 (Chennai) Boyfriend, 4 others rape 19-yr-old after spiking her drink; February 18, 2012, (Kolkata) Kolkata gang rape case: 2 arrested; May 12, 2012 Another gang rape in Hyderabad; June 20, 2012 (Mumbai)

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Sean Vegezzi, New York-Based Photographer, Releases New Book

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 10:30 AM


I don't warna grow up, but it seems like Sean Vegezzi just did. A 22-year-old New York City-based artist, Vegezzi is making his name with a recently published book of photographs depicting jaunts through the boroughs of New York City stealing (and...

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Move Over, China and India -- Meet the Third Billion

(4) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 3:37 PM

Bear with me while I state the obvious: Most, if not all, governments and corporations around the world are male-dominated. The majority of philosophies, classical literature and economic principals have been created and championed by men, with comparatively little input from women. Today, we're at a tipping point where a...

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Is Your Yoga Working?

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 7:53 AM

An excellent day to me is wearing shorts and flip-flops after a wonderful yoga practice. Call me easy to please but it's the small things that make my day: fresh juice, a walk with my dog, nice weather. I chuckle at myself, inventorying the changes of who I am now...

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'The Science of Yoga' - A Good Summer Read

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 11:16 AM

I did not want to read The Science of Yoga, The Risks and the Rewards, by William J. Broad. I'd followed the New York Times Magazine's pre-book launch coverage on juicy subjects in Broad's book: yoga and orgies, yoga and paralysis, then a sh%t storm in...

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