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New York Times Mentions Flying Free

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The New York Times article about the flying trapeze class I take at Circus Warehouse in New York, with mention of my book, Flying Free: Life Lessons Learned on the Flying Trapeze. Click here. Photos,…

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Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Body: FitFierce50(TM)

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I used to envy people who skipped breakfast. It seemed like a badge of honor, a testament to willpower that they could make it through an entire night and morning without needing to eat. I…

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Exercise: How to Hire a Fitness Trainer—FitFierce50 (TM)

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Finding the perfect fitness trainer can be a tedious process of auditioning prospects and juggling your already overwhelming schedule. Once you find the one, you might run into a bigger problem: cost. Personal trainers quickly can…

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Leap of Faith: Fit Fierce 50

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I am 55 years old. As I write this, I cringe. 55 may as well be 155—55 sounds so profoundly not young. When a 27-year-old man asked me out, he said that during the first…

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Temple Tough

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My mother begged me not to go to Temple University. We toured the campus on a cold, blustery, rainy spring day in 1977 when I was a high school junior. We’d driven through the surrounding North…

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India: Travel Tips for Women

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I have traveled alone extensively in India, and have always felt safe, despite putting myself in questionable circumstances. I disregarded the U.S. State Department’s warnings and traveled to Kashmir and skied there at a resort, Gulmarg, that…

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You’re Stronger Than You Think

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Because I wrote a book about my experience of becoming a flying trapeze artist despite—or, rather, because of—a tremendous fear of heights, I receive emails from other flyers who, like me, are terrified. Recently, a…

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Creating a Better World

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I have been writing professionally for 30 years. With the exception of my own book, Flying Free: Life Lessons Learned on the Flying Trapeze, a poem for Cosmopolitan, and a magazine article profiling a comedian I…

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We Are All One: Ending Racism

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In the aftermath of yet another mass killing hate crime in the U.S. and the ensuing inevitable debate about gun control, the underlying issue—the real problem—is rarely addressed. Even if the NRA was not the…

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Mind Your Eyes, Ears & Mouth

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[Excerpt from my book, Flying Free: Life Lessons Learned on the Flying Trapeze.] “Concentration is the secret of strength.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Tonight’s flying trapeze class is particularly loud. Besides flying trapeze, trampoline, static trapeze…

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