A Love Song To the Beatles

I put this on FaceBook but had to put up a link on here, too, for those that don’t do the FB, thing.  This song was produced by the father of a good friend of my sister’s back in 1964.  It was voted the number one new song on the AM “pop” radio station of the time.  As I remember the chorus is song by my sister’s old friend Ida (daughter of the producer).  My memories might be slightly twisted (I was 7 at the time) but I do have great memories of this and the red vinyl 45 we had.

So worth a listen, 50 years later.  While it was known they would be stars, I can’t imagine ANYONE would know just how famous they would go on to become.  Last night’s Grammy tribute to the Beatles was fabulous.  I thought Ringo had wonderful stage presence and warmth.   Paul has always been a superstar.  I know I speak for all of us when I say how missed John and George were, and are, but they are not really gone when the gift they left will last till the end of time.

Enjoy this girl band tribute, because …They Understood Them!



Proof That Santa Exists

After taking a lot of time off from blogging, simply because it felt right, my head is now bursting with things I want to share.  First, and foremost, I hope that you are enjoying a peaceful and happy holiday season and that wherever you are geographically, there is warmth in your heart.  We totally enjoyed being able to see “the kids,” around Thanksgiving/Chanukah time and feel very grateful for that!

Over the past few months I have been practicing daily meditation and it has become a very grounding part of my morning routine.  Blocking out EVERYTHING (at least trying) and finding those tiny spaces of total nothingness is actually, the very antithesis of nothingness.  Between meditation time, getting ready for work and spending some much needed time with the big red dog (who isn’t as young as he used to be) there has been no morning time left to blog and I have struggled with inspiration (and energy) in the later hours of the day.  Recently,  I have been approached (thru the site) by some different people and companies with requests, ideas and just the inspiration I have been looking for.

The one thing I want to share with you (and the world) today, is what I think is the very best news story I can remember seeing and hearing in…well, in as long as I can recall.  Once, maybe about 30 years ago, I had a dream that I was running down the streets of Manhattan, looking frantically, for a place that sold a newspaper called “The Happy and Fun Times.”   I always loved the concept of just telling GOOD news, so that dream has stuck with me forever.  Fast forward to this week and there comes a story fit for the front page of a paper such as that, the top of the hour television news and a viral video that should be read, heard and seen by all!

So, if you haven’t yet seen the story about what West Jet did to make their passengers holiday extra special this year, you need to stop whatever you are doing and watch this video.  Do not multitask, just take a few minutes to be a part of this happiness.  This company deserves huge kudos for showing the true spirit of Christmas.  Viewers beware; you may want to have some tissues handy.

To think, I didn’t used to believe in Santa.  Shame on me.  If you know a disbeliever, please share this post and video with them.  Let me know what your reaction is.  (Remember, your comment may not automatically appear, but they will..)  I always love your feedback.


The Science of Happiness

Happiness!!! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This explains a lot to me about why I am basically always happy.  It also explains a lot about why things don’t really buy happiness, they just give your more things.  Thanks to my high school friend, Randee, for this one.  You’ll need 20 minutes to watch the video, and once again, if the link doesn’t work (and it might not), you should be able to just copy and paste this to your browser.  While I realize not everyone will agree with what Ted has to say, I wonder if some of us try to hard thinking there is a greater happiness when all we really need is what we already have…


 Let me know what you think about this and have a beautiful, happy day!

For the Love of Animals

Every year around this time, we find 2 otters swimming freely in the canal behind our home.  Though I hadn’t seen them yet this season, yesterday Blaze started barking at something her heard in the canal.  It took me a second or two to realize that what I was watching was a whole family of otters swimming as if they were practicing for a synchronized swimming show.  While I wasn’t nearly quick enough to grab my phone to take a picture (or even better a video) I took a mental video and for me there is nothing that really compares to watching Mother Nature in action.

Ironically (but not really because even though we are on opposite sides of the country, we are almost always on the exact same page) Carole posted this video on her Facebook page.  More of Mother Nature, this time with a kitty and a dolphin.  If you haven’t seen it yet, enjoy!  Of the many things I am grateful for, I am incredibly grateful for the animals.


Every Action

Sir Isaac Newton
Image via Wikipedia

This week, it seems that no matter what else I try to focus on or write about, the ripple effect and how we live each day, keeps coming front and forward in my brain!  Because some of us seem to always be on the same page, Rita (thank you!) mentioned in comment that she shared the following video (or some version of it) with her college students this week.  After watching it this morning, I thought I would share it with all of you.  I am having a hard time getting the link to work this morning, but you can view this video at

The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

As you continue to move through this holiday week and weekend, I hope you will consider how each and every action has a reaction.  This is not some ethereal supposition, but in fact science that has been accepted as truth since the days of Sir Isaac Newton (1687!)  Never, ever think that what you do doesn’t matter or effect the world around you.  YOU matter more than you think!

Remember that every day is Earth day.  Every day we have a chance to say and do the things we might have missed yesterday.  Have a wonderful Saturday.  Get in some fitness, a lot of peace and don’t forget the butterflies and ripples.  Much love.


Forks over Knives — Mark Your Calendars!

I know where I will be May 13th!!! Can’t wait!! Click the schedule link for a city near you.


Forks Over Knives to Open in

19 U.S. Markets, May 6-20,

Expansion to Follow

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce the nationwide opening of Forks Over Knives in 19 U.S. markets between May 6 and May 20. A schedule of theaters can be found by clicking the link below.  We anticipate expanding the release to many other cities in the weeks following May 20.

We know that March 11 was the original release date, and apologize for the delay. However the very successful debut in Portland, Oregon in January led to a surge of new booking requests from all the national theater chains. These venues require a longer lead time to book the film. We hoped not to have a delay, but are grateful for an opportunity to bring the film to a large number of people.

Thank you for your support, without which, a national theater campaign would not be possible. We hope you will enjoy the film!

Best wishes,

Brian Wendel

Executive Producer

May 6: New York, Los Angeles
May 13: Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Phoenix and Austin.
May 20: Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Denver


Sedona International Film Festival

Forks Over Knives will show at the 17th Annual Sedona International Film Festival, which takes place from February 20-27.  Forks will play on the 21st and 24th.  Learn more about the festival by visiting the official website.

February Screenings

-Boston, MA – Febrauary 13th

-Sedona, AZ – February 21st

-Chicago, IL – February 22nd

-Sedona, AZ – February 24th

Click here for details & RSVP info.


The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the
degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

To “B” or Not to “B”

Several of my students have leaned into a plant-based diet and often I am asked about how I deal with the lack of certain nutrients and vitamins.  Mostly, the question of where I get my protein from, arises.  Since I believe our need for protein has been blown way out of proportion by the meat and dairy industry, I am finding no symptoms that would make me think I am protein deficient.  I don’t think I have lost any muscle mass or strength.  My endurance is better than ever and my back and joints great as indicated by the fact that I can finally run again, last night a mile and half at the track after 4 hours of teaching classes and training clients.  Sure, my feet still hurt from those reunion high heels, but this is just temporary (and well worth the discomfort).  When I first transitioned deleted fish and dairy from my already meatless diet, I tried tracking my protein consumption, but I stopped pretty quickly, and I think I am getting enough from nuts, peanut butter, soy based products, beans and even from veggies.  Yes, there is protein in vegetables.

Yesterday the question of vitamin B shots came up, and this is one that I hadn’t really thought about, until asked.  We know that unless we eat meat, it’s really hard to satisfy our needs for some of the Bs.  I probably should be a little more diligent about supplementation, but again, my energy level is better than it has been in years.  I have sub-lingual (under the tongue) vitamin B drops that I take once in a while, when I remember.  I sprinkle nutritional yeast on my food and that is,  just as it sounds, chock full of nutrition, and often (you have to read the label) a great source of vitamin B.  This morning, I did some reading up on the injections, and I didn’t come away with much.  They are often prescribed for people who are truly deficient in B, and show symptoms such as chronic fatigue.  Most of the articles actually discuss the connection between B injections and weight loss.  My guess is that if people are truly deficient, and hence exhausted, the added B gives them the energy they need to be more physical, and as a result they lose weight.  Maybe there is more to it, though….If so I am surprised I don’t hear more about people getting the injections.  I did read about a relationship between vitamin B (sometimes not enough, sometimes too much) and numbness in the legs.  Rita, this made me think of you.  Have you had your blood work done lately?  Just curious.  The take-away from my reading is that there is really not much harm in the injections if you think they are working for you.  Overdoses are not really a concern, though again, if you are suffering with ANYTHING, always have your blood work done.  It can be quite revealing.  Personally, I will always choose to get my nutrition from food instead of supplements as I believe that’s how we were meant to exist, and unless their is an underlying issue, our bodies will best absorb our vitamins and nutrients directly from food.  Healthy meat eaters should have NO problem getting enough B, but again, if you feel good getting the shots, and you don’t mind spending the time going (I would HATE it) than it’s probably fine.  Personally, I go to all extremes to stay OUT of the doctors office.


So tonight’s Biggest Loser Tuesday and 2 contestants will be sent packing.  With no attachment to any of the contestants, it’s still easy to watch the elimination.  I’ll meet you back here, tomorrow, and we’ll share our reactions to tonight’s episode.

If you have any questions, or comments,  please contact me.  I always remind you that you can click the comment link at the bottom of today’s blog entry and send me your thoughts or questions.  If you are new to the blog, your comment will be private and need to be approved by me before it can show up publicly.  You can also contact me through the CONTACT link on the upper left side of this page.  That just sends email directly to me and is very secure and private.  Also know that the ads on the bottom left are all secure ads by our good (and genius) friends at Google.  (Did anyone catch the robotic car those Google people designed.  It drove 300 miles down the coast of California, flawlessly! INSANE)

Thanks for stopping into peaceandfitness.  I hope your day is filled with huge  smiles and great thoughts.  ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE IF WE ARE WILLING TO MAKE THEM HAPPEN!

If you have a few extra minutes and love animals the way I do, enjoy this video as I did.  Thanks to my accountant, Jay, for sending me some great animal videos.


Do I Make You Proud?

Woke up this morning with a few things I wanted to blog about but found this in my morning mail, thanks to my friend, Debbie, and sharing it trumped everything else…Physique 57, pain pill mills, silent brains, they are all topics that just got pushed back to another day–

The video is about 5 minutes and should be viewed with the volume on, so please watch when you can take a full 5 minutes to savor.


once you get to the first screen, just click anywhere and it will bring up the video-hit play and enjoy

Laughter IS the Best Medicine

Happy Friday, everyone.  Sylna, how nice to wake up and find your comment.  It’s a gift, actually, to find my students and friends checking in here and offering feedback and their perspective on things, as well.  I also love the emails that I get, like last night, just before going to sleep, when I found one from my SilverSneaker student, Don, letting me know how much meditating has helped him at a time he was most concerned with some health issues.  Thank you everyone for your open minds, your ability to impact positive change upon yourself and others.  I love the feedback and hearing your perspective on things.

As I sit here typing, I am listening to the morning news on the Today Show.  About the only good news is in the world of basketball.  Congratulations to the LA Lakers on their big win last night.  More good news- if  you are waking up this morning and rains have not flooded your land, tornados have not wreaked havoc in your backyard or oil is not washing up on your shore,  you (we) have much to be thankful for. Sometimes, especially when things are at their worst, laughter can be the best medicine.  So while one might wonder what this video has to do with fitness, or peace, I am CERTAIN that their are times when if we don’t laugh, our health will suffer greatly and our sense of peace will be seriously rattled.  This is not my opinion, its scientifically proven.

I hope this video will provide just a couple of minutes of levity at a time when levity is hard to come by.  I thought it was hilarious (in a kind of sad and frightening way) Thanks to Mitch for sharing this.  Just click and enjoy…


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Senior Fitness at it’s Best!

I got this in email, yesterday, from my co-worker, Debbie…She teaches the yoga part of our SilverSneakers program.  I thought it was cute enough to post and more importantly depicts why I love teaching “seniors”.   I can only hope to move this well when I relocate to…



Enjoy and remember that age is just a number, you are only as old as you feel, a sense of humor is paramount and nothing hurts when you are dancing so get up and get moving and make it a great day!