Yoga Uplifted

Yoga Uplifted
Aerial Yoga Takes off in Massachusetts Published in baystateparent magazine I enter the room at Ebb n’ Flow Yoga, where the colorful silk hammocks hang from the ceiling, inviting me to sink into one and try out a new yoga practice that is taking flight around Massachusetts and the world. I can’t wait. Honestly? I am not a yogi seeking the next stage of enlightenment. I’m just a regular mom with a lot of responsibilities, a woman who provides support to others ..read more
Turkey Trots: A Fulfilling Thanksgiving Tradition

Turkey Trots: A Fulfilling Thanksgiving Tradition

Published in baystateparent magazine When Jane Lizotte of Shrewsbury begins her Thanksgiving morning, she won’t be in the kitchen preparing a turkey. Instead, the Shrewsbury Middle School principal will be preparing for the Turkey Trot for the Memory, a community race started by Lizotte and her family in memory of Lizotte’s late father and Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Francis P. O’Connor. Now in its fourth year, Trot for the Memory 5-miler and 2-mile fun run raises funds for the Alzheimer’s Association ..read more
I Spy Butterflies!

I Spy Butterflies!

Butterfly Gardens in Massachusetts show kids metamorphic magic up close Published in baystateparent magazine Who isn’t amazed at the captivating beauty of a butterfly, or the unique metamorphosis that transforms a caterpillar into a graceful and gorgeous winged insect? While you don’t have to travel much farther than your backyard to spy New England butterflies, there are opportunities for your child to learn about and see a variety of both local and tropical species up close at ..read more
From Boundless Love to Beautiful Dreams

From Boundless Love to Beautiful Dreams

Award-winning children’s book author Rose Lewis writes from the heart Published in baystateparent magazine When Rose Lewis traveled to China to meet her 7 1/2-month-old adoptive daughter Ming in 1996, she was excited and apprehensive. It was the culmination of a nine- month adoption process, a journey into parenting that Rose, an older single woman, had determined to embark upon. She knew that adopting a child from another country was, in her words, “a leap of ..read more
Knights!

Knights!

Worcester Art Museums’s new collection spans the ages – for all ages Published in baystateparent magazine The new Knights! exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum heralds in a new, fresh approach to the beloved medieval collection of arms and armor acquired from the Higgins Armory Museum, which closed its ornamental doors at the end of 2014. While the collection is the same, the context in which it is presented is very different: arms and armor are paired with ..read more
Whole Children:

Whole Children: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Published in baystateparent Magazine Walk through the doors of Whole Children in Hadley, Massachusetts, and you will discover much more than special needs kids practicing martial arts, playing Pokémon, or acting onstage. You will discover a place where children of all abilities not only thrive as learners and doers of recreational and social skills, but also are accepted for the unique people they are, and encouraged to be all that they can be. “There’s a sense of joy and lightness ..read more
Reconstructing Valentines

Reconstructing Valentines

The envelope in the mail was hand-addressed from my sister.  My first thought was that this was the next of a series of communications regarding our Dad’s estate. Was I ever wrong. “Was going through Mom’s things and found these. Thought you might like to have them back – hope they brighten your day as much as they did hers,” the written note said. I’ll warn you now, this is going to be sappy. Out tumbled paper-laced heart-cut valentines from the past. My now-17-year-old, ..read more
7 Steps to Better Family Food Choices

7 Steps to Better Family Food Choices

Published in baystateparent magazine Most of us grew up with the USDA’s food pyramid: a visual manmade wonder to guide us toward making healthy food choices. We were taught we could obtain the pinnacle of health by eating just the right number of servings from various food groups, without more than a nod towards the shape-shifting nature of the pyramid’s groups over the years, or the source of our food itself. Parenting brings with it a whole new dimension to how ..read more
Boston Heartbreak

Boston Heartbreak

Within minutes of crossing the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday – 15 minutes faster than my usual time – I was elated. It was my 10th Boston Marathon and my best time ever at Boston. I saw my family in the crowded pack of spectators, waved joyfully at them, and crossed the Finish Line. As I was quickly made my way into the Westin Hotel where our Alzheimer’s team runners and family meet every year, the bombs went off. My family ..read more
Why She Runs

Why She Runs

The Women’s Running Boom – and how it is making moms healthier and happier Published in baystateparent magazine When Susan Smith of Westborough, MA decided to try running as an alternative to her gym workouts in the Spring of 2011, she wasn’t sure what to expect. The fitness director at her gym had been taking a group of women out for short runs to introduce them to the sport. “One day, I said, ‘What the heck, I’m just going to go ..read more