why i work out with senior citizens (and why you should too)

After several years of membership at our local gym, my family has slowly caught on to the rhythms and unspoken rules of the place. The rhythms dictate our running decisions – well, it’s cold and raining, but it’s soap opera hour at the gym, so . . . rain it is. Additionally, pickup games are evening […]

you must be the baby

My mother and I take a pilates class together on Fridays. (We seem drawn to making fools of ourselves.) Last week after class, while I gathered my things, my mom shared with our instructor that she had had the four of us kids pretty close together, and that now we’re 23, 22, 19, and – “my baby just turned 18.” […]

power and the flu

Update: if you’re tired of hearing about sick people, you can just skip this post and take thirty seconds to watch my healthy, 5’11”, 17-year-old brother dunk. — My husband and I have embarked on an intense weight loss program to jump start the New Year. It’s called the stomach flu. I suppose I was unspecific […]

radiant little monsters

Since we last talked, I’ve morphed into a part-time insomniac. I am still sick. I took a “How anxious are you?” quiz (stupid, stupid, stupid) and ranked severe. In unrelated news, I have sworn off symptom-googling. This is the first long-term illness that I really remember. It is surprisingly lonely, with a touch of scary. I want normalcy for Christmas. You may […]

rest practice

Today, in the wake of a post-caffeine slump, willing myself to write, to be brilliant, to stop falling asleep in my chair, a thin ray of enlightenment broke through the stupor. And I realized – I am doing it again. All through college I believed without thinking that I would grow up when I graduated. The college years, you may have heard, are collectively deemed a critical stage of human […]

fake running

I’m supposed to be training for a 5k. In my dreams, I run daily with my dog and volunteer at homeless outreaches on the weekends, flip houses and lift weights, write music in my spare time and get paid to be an idealist,  eat clean and make meals ahead of time, swear off unnecessary purchases and […]