A Meal in Itself


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.”

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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,

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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.




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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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.

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Maggie’s Got Your Back


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.

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Pulling Together (by M. Richard, 2007)


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.

Pulling Together (by M. Richard, 2007)2020-09-23T20:39:51+00:00
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