Vacation is only a few miles away

There are two seasons in Chicago: Winter Hell and Summer Sewage. After two floods in fewer than 10 days and the sticker shock of how much money it will take to prevent a third--I needed a vacation. I found my oasis yesterday in the Skokie Lagoons. I've rented canoes there a lot with the kids … Continue reading Vacation is only a few miles away

Get up and WALK!

I live in a neighborhood made for walking. The streets are narrow, everything is nearby and there isn't much parking. The only problem is that EVERYBODY drives. At camp, where nearly everyone lives within a half mile, the carpool line loops all the way around the building. For sure there are drivers from farther away, … Continue reading Get up and WALK!

Running for a cause

My kids and I are running races two Sundays in a row. Now, before you write me off as an overzealous mom, consider the two causes that happened to fall on consecutive weeks. Last weekend's Dan Horyne Skokie Swift 5K brought together Skokie community members and hundreds of those touched by the too-short life of … Continue reading Running for a cause

7 weeks to a healthier home

Never mind the 10 (!) Yom Tov meals you just finished and the Cinnabon you stuffed in your mouth the minute Pesach ended. Today our kitchens are back to normal and our stomachs will be too. And if there ever was a time for a fresh start in how we feed ourselves and our families, … Continue reading 7 weeks to a healthier home

I’m back

I'm back. Back to running outside and back to myself again. If my blogging has appeared sparse these last few months, it's because I spent my first-ever winter running like a hamster on a wheel. Since I hung up my winter running face mask in early January, the treadmill, Downton Abbey and I have been … Continue reading I’m back

Staying Whole, Body & Soul

In 15 years of running, I've had a lot of running partners. Most of them turned out to be my closest friends. And whenever we see each other, we discuss our passion. How many miles we did, when we're going again, our newest gear, our next goal and our plan to reach that goal. But, … Continue reading Staying Whole, Body & Soul

All you need is soup

My toes are frozen and so are my pipes. This "polar vortex" has been so miserable that I actually joined a gym. Yes, after more than a decade of running in Chicago winters, I gave in. New Year's was my last run outside, and I actually thought I might die. Whether it was the ice, … Continue reading All you need is soup

Cold’s Antidote: Hot Toddy & Chocolate Chip Pancakes

This is me, post 8-mile run Sunday morning. Look closely, and there are icicles on my eye lashes. Yes, I am insane. (Read my post on running in winter weather, if you're curious how to manage.) Add to that, the runs I did outside last week in miserable, frigid weather, and I've been feeling chilled … Continue reading Cold’s Antidote: Hot Toddy & Chocolate Chip Pancakes

A little moment of glory

Yesterday was a great run. The kind that reminds me why I get out there, regardless of my schedule, the weather or the way I feel. I had signed up for a little-known half marathon in the Indiana Dunes, along with my friend, Rachel (read her post on the run and join her healthy living … Continue reading A little moment of glory

Counting Stars & Blessings

There are no traffic lights in much of Door County, WI. There are hardly any chain restaurants or big box stores. There isn't even much WIFI. What's there are endless beaches, hiking trails, countless boats, and five bikes for every one car. And stars. Millions of 'em. There's nothing like starring up at a starry … Continue reading Counting Stars & Blessings