Archive for July, 2015

Gorilla Tough: Boxing, Books and a Tablet

Gorilla Tough: Boxing, Books, and a Tablet

What do you associate with a gorilla? For me, it’s my boxing gym. I once took a boxing class with Nate, the other co-founder of Nonantum Boxing Club. When I saw my trainer — his cousin — I asked, “For a big guy, isn’t Nate surprisingly light on his feet?” Because if you saw Nate hopping over low hurdles in a delicate way like a gazelle, it’s a little incongruent with his beefy frame. My trainer replied, “Nate is a gorilla.”

Nonantum Boxing Club, Newton MA

Nate is on the left. My trainer is on the right. Read more…

Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

I started a new class that combines yoga and boxing. You might think this is a weird combination but they are more alike that you’d think:

  • Both yoga and boxing focus on the breath. When you are in the ring, it’s essential to be cognizant of your breath. Some boxers even breath out with a weird sound to remind themselves to breath because no breath = no energy.

Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

  • Both boxing and yoga build a strong core. Side plank, chair pose, plank, vinyasa are all poses that I regularly do in boxing. Weird, isn’t it? But these poses also are essential to strengthening your core and you need strong abs to absorb punches. I got hit in the core once and it knocked the wind out of me, but because of endless planks and sit-ups, I was able to continue.

Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

  • Both boxing and yoga use body weight to build strength. On very rare occasions, I will warm up with 2 pound hand weights if I can find the lone pink pair in the bin; otherwise I struggle with 3 pound weights, but most of the time I train in boxing just with my body weight. This results in long, lean muscles. And yoga with boxing means supple strength and less injury.

Exercise Motivation to YogaBox

I’ve been marketing YogaBox™ to an email group weekly and I typically send out two memes as part of my email campaign just to make it more interesting. I find the memes on Instagram and pull two that speak to me each week. Some weeks the message is motivational. Some weeks when I am tired, I just want something funny.

Here’s my collection from the past year. I hope they amuse you!

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Zoology Books and Activities for Kids

Zoology Books and Activities for Kids & Kid Lit Blog Hop

Zoology for Kids books and activities

Now that summer is here and it’s easier to get the kids outdoors, I wanted to share some great non-fiction books to introduce kids to Zoology. Zoology is the study of animals making it perfect for kids who naturally gravitate to animals, pet stores, and zoos. They are the ones who want to rescue any animal they find. Zoology is one of many career paths for kids who love animals and being outdoors! Others mentioned in Zoology for Kids include:

zookeeper: A zookeeper is a person who manages zoo animals that are kept in captivity for conservation or to be displayed to the public, and are usually responsible for the feeding and daily care of the animals.

aquarist: An aquarist is responsible for the care of fish and marine mammals kept in captivity.

veterinarian: a professional who practices veterinary medicine by treating disease, disorder, and injury in non-human animals.

wildlife researcher: zoologists and wildlife biologists study animals and other wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.

ecology professor: teaches and conducts research on the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

conservation careers: saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks.

zoologist: A zoologist is someone who studies the behaviour, origins, genetics, diseases and life progression of animals and wildlife. There are a variety of different ways that a zoologist can specialize and there are many diverse jobs in this field.

Zoology Books and Activities for Kids

I am probably having way too much fun on Flipagram making small videos set to music off my iPhone which can be posted on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook or even texted or emailed to friends and family. I’m trying to showcase books that I’m posting on such as these on Zoology.
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The Challenges of Naming Your Dog

The Challenges of Naming Your Dog

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My husband and I promised our kids that they could get a dog when our youngest turned five. It was our way to stall until all three could take some responsibility. We tried for one year to adopt a puppy from a shelter. We visited Angell Memorial three times but there were very few puppies and most were for adults only. We went to Buddy Dog but the employee there was quite firm that a Jack Russell terrier mix puppy was too high energy for a family with three small kids. Thank goodness; she was right!

Wally our family dog

We dog sat too, to practice. The first dog we sat shed mightily and could not tolerate high-pitched noises. That breed was out; we had two kids learning to play the flute. The second dog we sat I worried was too large for our small house. We fell in love with him despite his size and did the next best thing to keeping him; we bought his relative from the same breeder.

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Teaching Kids Rich Vocabulary using the Thesaurus

Rich Vocabulary Part 2: Using the Thesaurus

To appreciate the stuffy Thesaurus, it might help kids to read about the man behind the tome. His story is beautifully told in the non-fiction picture book, The Right Word.

synonym: a word that means the same thing, or almost the same thing, as another word

How to Find the Right Word

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How to Pick the Perfect URL for Your Blog

How to Pick the Perfect URL for Your Blog

How do you pick the perfect domain name for your blog or business? When I started a company back in 1986 out of my dorm room with two friends, it was easy. We just picked a name that described the business, Laser Designs which did laser printing and desk top publishing.

MacTemps

When we added temporary staffing using the Macintosh computer, we didn’t have to work too hard to come up with MacTemps.  But then we outgrew the name. We no longer just staffed on the Macintosh or placed temps.

So … we hired a branding company to come up with our new “empty vessel” name. They came up with Aquent, the roots of which means Not a Follower.

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Minecraft with Java Online Class for Kids

Minecraft with Java Online Class for Kids

My 10-year-old son’s favorite camp is a Minecraft one which he does with his friends for the past two years. They are all serious gamers and the moms are happy with a week of really expensive computer camp because we think it will get them programming their own games. I’ve been working to take his interest in gaming into other areas like reading and science and this summer, my secret goal for him is to program on his own in Python which is a better language for gaming I’m told, and easier to use than Java.

Minecraft with Java Online Class for Kids

My son learned Scratch in third grade, and moved on the Java in fourth grade learning programming basics like boolean logic and If-then and if-else statements. He took Minecraft making Mods for the past two years at camp and this year, he will take Minecraft with Java. I’m not exactly sure what this entails but I think it involves a Minecraft server. Read more…

Stress Incontinence and Always Discreet by Mail

Stress Incontinence and Always Discreet by Mail

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What is stress incontincence? It’s a leakage of urine from movements and activities such as coughing, sneezing, and lifting that greater abdominal pressure on the bladder. Contributing factors include weak muscles in the pelvic floor (from pregnancy and childbirth, menstruation or menopause). Ah … I’m three for three and with three children, to boot! No wonder when I started boxing, my nemisis was jumping rope. It wasn’t just because I wasn’t fit enough to jump for two minutes. The jumping motion itself caused embarassing incontinence. Because I boxed with a group of moms and we were going through the same physical challenges, we could laugh at this, but it’s annoying! Read more…

How to Draw Faces Like a Renaissance Master

How to Draw Faces Like a Renaissance Master

How do you draw faces like a Renaissance artist? I turned to the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts for inspiration.

How to Draw Faces Like a Renaissance Master

This first piece in the da Vinci exhibit is actually by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, a student of his, but Leonardo’s instructions to other artists on how to draw faces is still pertinent today:

The size of the mouth is a well-proportioned face is equal to the distance between the parting of the lips and the bottom of the chin.

The space from the middle of the nose to the bottom of the chin is half the face.

The space between the eyes is equal to the size of one eye.

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