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Gratitude on Thanksgiving Day



From Downtown Brooklyn See also File:Lower Man...

As 2012 draws to a close I increasingly feel the need to reconnect with important people in my life and thank them. If you are reading this, thank you for the connection and the support!

I enter into my second year in New York with a wonderful job at Real Pilates, a robust and growing private client list, and emerging consulting opportunities that will have me working again with old friends and making new ones in other parts of the world. Life is good!

At the same time that I am embracing opportunity, I am also faced with endings. My father recently fell, spent three weeks in hospital, and I moved him to an assisted/independent living facility. In addition, I recently signed the paperwork for my mother to be in hospice care until she passes of liver cancer. While this is a big part of why I returned to the states, it is also a deeply difficult and trying experience in ways I never imagined. I am so very grateful to be here to assist them as much as possible.

And apparently NYC is now a hurricane spot. Instead of swapping hurricane season for winter, as I had envisioned, I now have both. We live in a skyscraper near the South Street Seaport, and were without power for a week and heat/hot water for about 11 days after Sandy. But we were lucky. Many of our friends and neighbors lost everything. I am grateful to have simply been inconvenienced.

A daily gratitude practice is a truly powerful catalyst for positive life changes, and if you don't have one, Thanksgiving in the US is the perfect day to start one. Simply take some time every day to write down everything you are grateful for. Some days it may simply be that you woke up and finally had a hot shower.

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Post-Thanksgiving Classes at Real Pilates

If you are in NYC, come work out with me at Real Pilates tomorrow, Friday 23 November.

  • 4pm Pilates Mat
  • 5pm Kettlebells
  • 6pm SpringTONE

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Hubby Caught A Purse Snatcher


My Hero Hubby Caught a Purse Snatcher at South Street Seaport on 9/11!

South Street Seaport

We took the Smiley dog out for her walk on the evening of 9/11, and took Fulton street towards South, turning onto Front Street by the Coach store. This Asian kid holding a purse ran towards us with a guy in a suit behind him shouting, "Stop him! He stole someone's purse." Hubby threw me Smiley's leash, and when the kid saw the dog he dropped the bag right in front of me and kept going, with Hubby leading the chase. Another guy came up and when he saw I had the bag, joined the chase.

The woman whose bag it was came running up and I told her that I had her bag. She was distraught, but felt better when she checked the bag and everything was there. She told me that she had been laid off that afternoon and went to sit by the water and compose herself before taking the PATH train home to NJ. This robbery was the icing on the cake, and she was so happy to get her bag back. As I put my arm around her, we heard applause.

Around the corner on Fulton came hubby and the suit along with the kid who stole the bag, an FDNY guy, and two security guards. My 57 year old hubby chased the kid around the block, and when he hesitated (a limo driver turned away from his car to see what was happening) hubby pushed him into a wall and held him until the neighborhood fire guy showed up, congratulated hubby, and grabbed the kid to hold until the police arrived.

The cops came quickly, took statements, assessed the situation, and said that they were so happy because they never catch these purse snatching mules, young illegal Chinese kids working off their travel forever for the Chinatown gangs. Seriously, this kid was young and clearly terrified, with no ID and a throwaway cell phone. We didn't even have to give statements because only the guy in the suit actually saw the crime happen.

Sad to say that this kid will probably be bailed out, have the bail added to his tab, take a beating, and be back out stealing purses in a day or so.

Just another day in the FIDI. Good thing hubby does cardio (thanks Robert Brace's 28 Day Challenge)! The funny thing was that everyone else was either huffing and puffing or making lame excuses for why they couldn't run. Even the young kids. Hubby didn't even sweat. He wasn't even breathing hard!

I am so proud of him!!