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Scenes from Saturday + Long Jumps & Low Riders

I learned about recovery and allostasis this week. As I work my way back from this mysterious and nagging injury (some might just call it getting older), I’ve been struggling, not just physically, but mentally. Would I ever get my fitness back? Would I ever get back to normal? Those might be the wrong, and potentially harmful, question for me to ask.

Allostasis is defined as “stability through change.” Which doesn’t make a ton of sense at first blush, but means the way to stay stable through the process of change is by changing. If you want to stand fast, you’ve got to keep moving.

Homeostasis says healthy systems return to the same starting point following a change: X to Y to X. This is what I was trying to do. Get back. By contrast, in allostasis, healthy systems also crave stability after a change, but the baseline of that stability is almost always somewhere else: X to Y to Z.

As the saying goes, you can never step into the same river twice. Everything is always changing.

I will never be the same athlete I was ten or even five years ago, but those inevitable changes don’t mean I can’t be a better athlete in many ways. With the right mindset, change can force you forward and it can force growth. Finding something new, instead of returning to something old.

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Scenes from Saturday + Burritos of Destiny

My summer sabbatical started last week and I am a little more aware of what the kids are up to during the day. For Ally, especially if the neighborhood is quiet, that typically means doing some sort of arts and craft. I plan to spend part of my time off writing another book and I’m finding Ally’s work an inspiration of sorts.

Is there anything more perfect than a child’s drawings? In order to create or write, I often have to try and reach back to that open-mindedness and naïveté that kid’s just cultivate naturally. Things pour out of them in such an easy way. I’ll go downstairs and find a stack of canvases done or some new project afoot based on a whimsical what-if. I want to try to remember that and get a little closer to that.

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Chilacates in Jamaica Plain

Chilacates on Centre St. in Jamaica Plain

I’m going to get this out of the way right off the bat. We are an Anna’s Taqueria Family and have been for more than 20 years. But we also really like Mexican food in just about all forms. Put it in a tortilla and I’ll likely eat it. As I’ve said before, lack of really good pizza and burritos in the suburbs where we live is the biggest food fail. I can make a very good pizza but haven’t really conquered recreating great Mexican street food at home. We are always on the lookout for a new burrito or taco place that is closer to home. Jamaica Plain isn’t all that much closer than some of the Anna’s locations but Chilacates was worth a try. Continue Reading