Resisting “Staggerment” This Christmas

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I’m losing sleep at night. The last time the trailer for “The Hobbit” flashed across my television screen, I tried counting sheep, drinking warm milk, and taking a hot bath, and I still couldn’t fall asleep. December 14 can’t come soon enough. Taste for yourself:There’s a part of Tolkien’s book that holds a timely warning for us this Christmas season. Bilbo Baggins sneaks into the lair of the dragon, Smaug. He sees the gold and jewels layering the floor of Smaug’s cave, and he’s transfixe … [Read more...]

Dealing With The Holiday Blues

Lonely Santa girl

The holiday season seems to bring out the blue in all of us. I see it every year – shortly after Thanksgiving, and through the celebrations of the New Year, people struggle with a heaviness of heart. It’s virtually impossible to determine why. Yet, we try. Is it the solar index? Is it the bad news we’ve heard from doctors, family members, or employers? Or is it a failing relationship or unmet expectations for life? It’s hard to sort out sometimes. Whatever makes you blue, here are a few ideas to … [Read more...]

Enjoy The Holiday Season Without Guilt

Butter on a white background

I will exercise less this month. I will eat more butter. And I will feel less guilt about spending fewer minutes on the treadmill and more time at the table. These are a few of my resolutions for the month of December, and they’re largely inspired by Bernard Lagat.Lagat is an insanely fast runner. He’s a four-time Olympian. He owns seven American records. And he won the Fifth Avenue Mile last year in a time of 3 minutes, 50.5 seconds. 3 minutes, 50.5 seconds…Are you kidding me?!! What’s more, … [Read more...]


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