Old Exercises, New Me

    April 30, 2016
    When was the last time you did something for the first time?

    After, oh, a 20 year hiatus, I’m taking acting classes again. Muscle (including the brain) memory is a funny thing. 5 weeks into the class, I haven’t done anything for the first time. My body remembers what it’s like to let go, my mind knows that acting classes are safe spaces, my cheekbones remember how to float under the soft touch of Alexander Technique. What is new, or at the very least different, is the me of today. I’m not a teenager at a performing arts school – deeply insecure in a pool of talent, or a college student second guessing the future financial worth of spending a lot of time rolling around on the floor when university is filled with choices. I’m a woman, a wife, an aunt, an executive. In short, someone who has played role after role, ironically, after leaving the world of acting. I’m twice as old as I was when I decided acting was too playful, too frivolous.

    I love my Sunday class; I look forward to it all week. I try to separate my mind from my body, to turn my judgmental voice off, to relish the three hours of playtime. Last week, I found myself in an improv session where the phrase, placid raccoon, came out of my mouth and the memory of this truly spontaneous, utterly ridiculous utterance has kept me laughing all week – a happiness nugget that I can hold on to.

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    Exercise LA

    In search of the Griffith Park Teahouse

    It was a fool’s errand, anyway! The teahouse has been moved out of Griffith Park, but when my friend Jenny suggested the hike, she didn’t know that. Spring is here in Los Angeles and…

    April 24, 2016
  • Tracy Holidays


    Has it been two months and one week since I sat down with the intent to write something? I wonder how real bloggers do this every day. Perhaps that should be my new year’s…

    January 3, 2016
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    Exercise Lifestyle

    Becoming a Runner

    Everyone says they can’t run. It’s a universal truth. About 8% of those people are correct – the rest, including myself, my husband, and myriad friends can learn how to run. My husband decided…

    October 26, 2015
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    Food Travel

    A whirlwind of two weeks

    My trips back East for week aren’t usually two weeks long, but this one coincided with a wedding in Baltimore and wanting to visit my parents up in New England. Highlights included: Lunch with…

    September 28, 2015
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    Packing for 2 Weeks Away

    About a year ago I became a follower of the “capsule wardrobe” tenet and it has has greatly simplified my life. Nowhere is it more obvious than when I pack for work trips back…

    September 13, 2015
  • Dan Tracy, Karin Tracy

    16 Years

    It’s not a banner anniversary; in fact the associated year gift is wax and that’s among the more dull of the offerings. It’s not even a particularly exciting day as we have mundane chores…

    September 12, 2015