We live on a street where we get power outages often. And, by often, I mean sometimes when there is a gust of wind that wouldn’t push a sailboat 10 feet, we lose electricity. As soon as it starts blowing outside, my neighbors and I have gotten into the habit of gathering flashlights and, Read More

As a Body & Soul Fitness instructor, I don’t repeat a lot of older routines once I have learned the new session. The big exception is Christmas 2012 which I have taught for the past 5 years for the 6 weeks before Christmas.  It is always wonderful to revisit and be brought back to a particular, Read More

I love the holidays. In my opinion, Christmas songs can start as soon as the first leaf turns orange signaling that fall is here. Halloween and Thanksgiving are fine and all, but, for me, the Christmas spirit takes over fall and winter. This is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but a, Read More

The nativity scene pictured here has been part of my Christmas since childhood. I have many fond memories that stir my heart as I think of where it was placed in the home where I grew up and the sweet family times we had at this time of year. It was passed down to, Read More

In a blur of rituals and jam-packed schedules, it is easy to lose sight of the joy of Christmas. For most people, the stretch of time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is one mad rush of holiday activities. There are kids’ concerts to be attended, gifts to be purchased, then the trips to see family., Read More

The holidays can be a time of stress and over-eating. We want to offer an alternative— fitness, faith, and service. Come to a free class, be inspired, get a good workout, and give back to your community!   Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  , Read More

What does Christmas mean to you? There are so many aspects of this special season that bring us joy. I urge you to take a moment and think about what matters most. Take a deep breath, smile and think about the true meaning of Christmas. Part of Christmas is about “shopping”-whether online or in, Read More

Traveling can be exhausting! I flew to California for a nutrition conference last month. Once there, I enjoyed the palm trees, sunshine, and, of course, the lectures I attended, but the trip itself was less than amazing. Shuttle bus fumes, heavy luggage (I know nothing about traveling light), crowds, security—these are all necessary evils, Read More

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose… Growing up in southern California, the holidays consisted of palm trees, sun and Santa’s on surfboards. Jack Frost did nip our noses in the mornings, but by the afternoon we were sunning ourselves on the beach.   I remember one year when I, Read More

I love Christmas. The day after Thanksgiving I cannot wait to put up my decorations− decking my halls and walls and tables. My husband laughs at how many Christmas decorations I brought into our home the first year we were married− and the fact that I can add to them every year! I light, Read More