Don’t you just love a good story? One that hooks you from the very first scene and keeps you on the edge of your seat through the building of the plot, the introduction of each character, the climactic struggle between good and evil, and ends with a happily ever after? I love the ups …

“The shepherds came to see the baby, stood by his mother’s side. Here lay the Savior, inside a manger, O what a glorious night…I heard the angels singing Hallelujah. Let the earth receive her king. I know that love has come, singing it out – Jesus Christ is born. The shepherds wondered; they couldn’t …

I love Christmas music. I could listen to it year round, but I exercise restraint (and avoid conflict with the grinches in my life) by limiting my merry playlists to the months of October-December. Okay, okay, sometimes is goes into January. There’s just something special about having set aside time for things. Christmas music …

"Glory" (Let There Be Peace" by Matt Maher

“One star burns in the darkness, shines with a promise, Immanuel. One child born in the stillness, living within us, Immanuel. We’re singing glory, glory, let there be peace. Let it start in me. One voice speaks for the voiceless, hope for the hopeless, Immanuel. One love brings us together, now and forever. Immanuel. …

I’m a podcaster by profession. It’s my job to interview guests and to truly listen. But listening doesn’t come naturally to me, I must confess. I’ve always been a talker. (In elementary school, my report card consistently included the note “Talks too much.”) I’ve had to learn to listen. But listening isn’t just a …

The Christmas Clap by B-Shoc | Body & Soul Fitness

I love Christmas music of all kinds. I love the traditional carols, I love the recently written songs about the true meaning of Christmas and the joy of family. And yes, I love the crazy Christmas songs that just make you smile, tap your toe, sing along and clap. One such song is “The …

"The Best Christmas Ever" by Newsong | Body & Soul Fitness

What would make this year the best Christmas ever for you? Stop and think a minute, list some things in your mind, then check out this list in the song “The Best Christmas Ever” by Newsong: “When the snow starts falling, friends come calling, you can feel the love in the air. Singing carols …

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 …

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 …

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 …