A Meal in Itself

February 15th, 2020|

The old Wakulla Inn, near Tallahassee, FL, truly reflects southern grace. Sunday dinner at the Inn is nothing short of a well-honed traditional meal offered by waiters that have been serving the fried chicken, buttery biscuits, sweet iced tea, and all of the fixin’s for decades. The restaurant is also famed for its homemade thick and flavorful pea soup. I questioned the waiter as to whether the pea soup was offered as an appetizer or a meal. The waiter proudly replied, “It’s a meal in itself.”


August 23rd, 2019|

My dear grandchildren, Sophie Bell, age 7, and Jonah, age 3, are wonderful playmates. However, sometimes during the course of their Monday-to-Sunday quarantine, one finds fault with the other (real or imagined), and the fur flies. Being there most days,to help my daughter, and to join my family for dinner, I become the unintended referee. It recently occurred to me that I could grant my grandchildren the loving favor of teaching them to resolve their differences by themselves. "Just walk away" has become my mantra,


January 29th, 2019|

I often feel like I’m preaching to the choir when I talk about the crucial health benefits of muscle-toning exercises. Yes, aerobic exercises are important for your cardiovascular system, and weight control. However, that is an entirely different conversation. I will share my authentic and very personal experience. As I continue to edit the Body Electric shows for streaming, I am continually facing a very fit Maggie who made exercise look effortless. And, hopefully, that inspired you. My decades-long investment in fitness paid off. As I shared with you, I had hip replacement surgery exactly one year ago, and quickly recovered (three weeks!). The doctor attributed my speedy recovery directly to my level of fitness.


July 13th, 2018|

The concept of movement “flow” is new to me. And, yet, it’s very familiar. I am thankful that my foundation in ballet has dictated my every move. Many of us have been together many years, and you may be familiar with my “muscle with grace” orientation.


January 1st, 2018|

I recently had hip replacement surgery. My left hip progressed from slightly achy sometimes, to requiring a mandatory limp when walking. After a lifetime of performing intensely demanding, high-impact activity (ballet, jumping, squatting, etc.) and, probably some negatively contributing genetic factors, the joint cartilage had broken down and my left hip refused to behave normally. The verdict: osteoarthritis.


August 5th, 2017|

In the 1950’s and 60’s, Miami Beach catered to tourists whose vacation goal was to return to their northern residences with a prizedgoldentrophy of tanned skin. Visitors flocked to the sandy beaches and basted with exotic oils, suntan lotions and the ultimate, sure-to-bake formula: baby oil spiked with iodine. Toaccelerateandinsure a maximum skin-darkening experience, serious sun devotees added a sun reflector. I grew up in this tropical paradise, surrounded by tourists who proudly wore their painful sunburns. But, I knew first hand, their lobster-red skin would soon itch, blister, peel, and potentially leave them with a permanent reminder of their days in the sun.


January 23rd, 2017|

I often say that each of us has the unique power to define our particular ages. I'm now 70 years old and only I can impose limitations. In other words, my 70 is unique to me and generalities don't apply. "Small changes can make large differences, so we should open ourselves to the impossible and embrace a psychology of possibility. Impossible may in fact be quite possible." (Ellen J. Langer)

New Body Electric Shows in 2017!

December 29th, 2016|

An opportunity to produce a new Body Electric series of 26 shows in 2017 is my passion.. There are many moving parts which all have to come together in order to make this a reality. I have always been an independent producer of Body Electric, airing on PBS since 1984. In the past, it has been funded by a combination of commercial underwriters, viewer contributions, and the support of various TV stations, first WFSU in Tallahassee, FL, followed by WNED in Buffalo, NY. With this series, the 22nd, I’m hoping that Kickstarter will generate ample crowd funding.

Maggie’s Got Your Back

December 27th, 2016|

Your posture expresses your body's relationship with gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture places minimal strain on your supporting muscles and ligaments during your lifetime. Body mechanics refers to the way you use your body to complete various tasks during activities of daily life. Whether lifting, bending or stretching, you should think of how you are using your back to avoid causing an injury.

Pulling Together (by M. Richard, 2007)

December 17th, 2016|

The Siberian Husky was friendly and sweet. Homeland security was his daily beat. He guarded the house when no one was home, but often felt bored and very alone. He guarded the house when no one was home, but often felt bored and very alone.

It’s a Fact! Fitness and Strength Create Immunity Against Aging.

December 12th, 2016|

Aging muscles can lose strength, mass and mobility if we give in to sedentary behaviors; we can start to experience rapid muscle and joint declines in our early 40s. The key is to create an ongoing habit of movement, activity and strength building. People who have maintained consistent weight and resistance training over their adult years enjoy immunity to many of the chronic conditions related to aging.

Water is Life

November 20th, 2016|

For me, this is personal. Last Friday I exercised from 4:30 to 5:30 pm and quickly dressed to meet a friend for dinner at 6pm. We began our dinner with a glass of red wine and I ordered a bowl of chili inspired by the fall-like temperature. We enjoyed our meal,paid the bill, and as we got up to leave, I began to feel light-headed. I sat right down and proceeded to experience intense nausea with the resulting consequences (I’ll spare you the gory details). The culprit turned out to be dehydration caused by inadequate fluid intake.

Strength in Numbers

July 22nd, 2015|

Baby Boomers are plagued by health problems associated with a lack of adequate exercise. Excessive body fat and deficiencies in muscle tone and strength are but a few of the resulting problems. Elevated levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure are proof that we’re living longer, but not stronger. We baby boomers have to demand that fitness facilities, gyms and health clubs, offer appropriate programs that challenge our muscles without stressing our joints.

My Virtual Toolbox

June 18th, 2015|

Embrace change with these 4 tools In the early 1980’s, when the first Body Electric shows aired on PBS, I lived and worked in [...]

Don’t like it? Modify it.

June 2nd, 2015|

Have you joined a health club only to discover that you don’t really belong there? Indeed, fitness programs named Cross Fit, Insanity, Boot Camp, and Zumba can sound intimidating to some people and may not even be appropriate for your age or fitness level. So what to do? Your options might include staying with it, hitting the treadmill, or perhaps spending more money on a personal trainer. Actually, staying with your current class might not be such a bad option, if you take steps to modify your (or the class) routine. (And who wants to throw away good money, right?) With a little tweaking, the class you’re already attending might still provide the challenge and muscle-toning you’re looking for. Check out my 10 Tips for customizing your club or class workouts

No bones about it

May 7th, 2015|

Your body needs calcium as much as it needs exercise When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, exercise doesn’t go it alone. Nutrition [...]

Muscle Soreness

March 10th, 2015|

Respect what your body has to say You’ve heard me say this once or twice before, and you’ll hear me say it again: it’s [...]

Road Workouts

February 23rd, 2015|

Exercise is key to a successful trip My job requires that I travel several days a week. Is it fair to blame any weight [...]


February 23rd, 2015|

Let there be no debate A friend was telling me the other day about, shall we say, a difference in opinion he’d held—for years—with [...]

Aging’s Bad Rap

February 23rd, 2015|

See what really puts your health at risk Aging may well be a risk factor for diseases such as Alzheimer's, diabetes and osteoporosis, but [...]

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