Slow down to go fast

It’s the most wonderful and most busy time of year. Once Thanksgiving hits it can feel like a mad dash to the New Year. There can be so many wonderful, generous, magical moments if we stop to notice them whizzing by in a blur.

Slow Down to Go Fast

Lately, I keep hearing different variations of the same sentiment: slow down to go fast. Personally, I’m not sure I’m good at following that motto, but I believe it is important to consider. In a rush I often create more work for myself. This time of year can be especially hard with the added tasks of cooking, baking, getting presents, wrapping presents, and forcing your friends to go caroling with you in the freezing cold—all the usual stuff.

During the holiday season, one of my favorite things to do is to stop, sit wrapped in a blanket, turn off all the normal lights, and look at the white lights on the tree or in my Christmas village. It’s possible I’m really an 80-year-old woman. I gaze at all the ornaments and remember the people who gave them to me and the stories they conjure.

It’s a […]

Slow down to go fast2019-12-20T11:03:25-05:00

Nutmeg Muffins: A Thanksgiving Family Tradition

In Red: Bertha Klug (nutmeg muffin creator).

When teaching a Pilates class, while participants hold a 90-second plank, I try to tell amusing stories. A few years ago on my last day of classes before Thanksgiving, I jokingly said to my last class, “I only have two Thanksgiving-themed stories. You are probably all sick of hearing them year after year. Something interesting better happen this Thanksgiving so I can get a better story for you guys.” I got my wish from a seemingly inconspicuous nutmeg muffin.

Nutmeg Muffins

I have a family recipe for nutmeg muffins from my great, great, great grandma. My family makes them on the regular, but I have been gluten free for 8 years. In that time, I’ve enjoyed nutmeg muffins less. Though I’ve experimented with g-free flours, it seems gluten-free products suck the flavor out of everything. In an attempt to improve the quality every time I make nutmeg muffins I add a little more nutmeg. This year as I preheated the oven on Thanksgiving morning and pulled the beaters out of the drawer to make my bland muffins, I said to myself with the air of hyperbole: […]

Nutmeg Muffins: A Thanksgiving Family Tradition2019-10-16T12:33:12-04:00

Get Moving

This time of year we often see lots of family and friends for various gatherings, often for prolonged periods of sitting and eating.  While that is fun, sometimes we can miss out on our regular exercise routine because we are preparing, shopping, or prepping for meals.  It means this is often the season of a lot more calories in and a lot less calories out.  So how do you get your family moving?

There are fun ways to incorporate movement that can include the whole family and might actually get you all laughing together.  Remember, movement shouldn’t be a chore or a bore.  It can and should be fun.

Eleven Tips for Getting your Family Moving around the Holidays

  • Walk Between Dinner and Dessert

As an added bonus, taking a walk often gets you out of dish duty.

  • Play Charades or Another Physical Game

If your family needs a real challenge, show up this year with Twister.

  • Stretch Between Courses

Think of this like the seven inning stretch.  Get up and get moving.  Pick gentle stretches that feel good.  Some shoulder shrugs or a group hip flexor stretch.

  • Dance While Washing Dishes

Put on some fun music and dance while you clean up.  I think […]

Get Moving2018-02-14T16:07:47-05:00

Plank Story Natural Deodorant

I’m occasionally told I’m crunchy and I always sort of cringe.  That’s not how I see myself, but then I tell a story like this:

All my siblings were in Connecticut a few weeks ago to celebrate my dad and stepmom’s 30th wedding anniversary.  We had a variety of activities planned—dinner, boat cruises, museum tours.  And the weather was beautiful for outdoor activities, except for the fact it was 95-degrees with 100% humidity (perhaps slight exaggeration, but not much). With my brother and sister-in-law in front of the Derby House, Salem, MA With my brother and sister-in-law in front of the Derby House, Salem, MA

After picking my brother up at the airport, we met in Salem to tour the Derby House.  I’d been teaching all day.  It was hot and my sister-in-law asked if I used all natural deodorant.  She was thinking of switching and wondered if I thought it work.  “Yes,” I exclaimed exuberantly.  It is moments like these where I’m actually excited to talk about my choice of deodorant that makes me realize I just may be a little bit crunchy.   “Do you ever smell?” she […]

Plank Story Natural Deodorant2017-12-29T20:26:26-05:00

89-Year-Old Grandma Crawls Inside Igloo

My Grandma turned 89 in February.  A couple months ago we went shopping for a new pair of slippers.  She balanced on one foot while untying her shoe, slid her foot out of her shoe and into the slipper.  She may have held my hand through the process, but her balance was impeccable.  And this is a woman who had polio as a child. Her legs are two different lengths.  There was a point in her life when all her leg muscles had atrophied after spending months strapped to a wooden board, immobilized.


Ruth at 89 outside the Igloo Ruth at 89 outside the Igloo

Still, it came as no surprise when she announced that for her 89th birthday she wanted to see the igloo we had built, and she even wanted to go inside. You had to crawl to get in.  My mom suggested we could lay down a tarp and pull her in if Ruth inside the igloo! Ruth inside the igloo!

she couldn’t get in on her own.  I’m not sure when something turns from fun game with Grandma to elder […]

89-Year-Old Grandma Crawls Inside Igloo2017-10-25T15:59:36-04:00