Brooks & Crowley November 2018

Review Brooks & Crowley

November 2018


439 Washington Street Dedham, MA 02026

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"Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we have a longstanding

Besides activities with my family, I do try to get together with a few guys I grew up with. We usually pick a day right before Christmas, mostly because we’re all late shoppers, but we make a day of it. We get lunch, hang out, and shop. There have been years when 50 people have stopped by throughout the day, coming and going — it's always fun to see everyone and spend some time with them. This is also the first Thanksgiving in five years that I won’t have a Thanksgiving-weekend basketball tournament to coach. The travel team I helped coach for my daughter’s team since she was in fourth grade has aged out of the program. They are in ninth grade now and are all playing for their respective high schools. So this year, we will head up to New Hampshire for the weekend! Thanksgiving is early this year, and the extra week leading up to Christmas will allow for more holiday spirit. Try to utilize the extra week to reach out to friends and loved ones you don’t see often enough. No matter what your traditions are or what you're celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful holiday! –Neil Crowley of the family for the day and exchange gifts. Doing this lets everyone be with their immediate family on Christmas Day and still see everyone else for the holidays. It’s like having Christmas twice!" tradition we call Crowley Christmas, which takes place the Sunday before Christmas Day. We get together with the Crowley side

THE START OF THE HOLIDAYS From Thanksgiving to Crowley Christmas

My family has a few traditions around this time of year. The kids do a Secret Santa each year with their cousins for Christmas, and the names are picked on Thanksgiving Day. The kids always have a lot of fun with that. I’m not much of a shopper, but some of my family gets pretty excited to go out and get the deals on Black Friday. It's madness — one year they went out at 11 p.m. to shop and didn’t come back until 6:30 in the morning. Then they rested for a little while before they got back up and did it all over again. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we have a longstanding tradition we call Crowley Christmas, which takes place the Sunday before Christmas Day. We get together with the Crowley side of the family for the day and exchange gifts. Doing this lets everyone be with their immediate family on Christmas Day and still see everyone else for the holidays. It’s like having Christmas twice!

While the retail industry would have us think of Thanksgiving as merely a way to carb-load for the Black Friday marathon, it shouldn’t be overlooked. Thanksgiving is more than just a kickoff to the holiday season. I’m looking forward to getting together for a fantastic meal and catching up with the family about all the comings and goings that have happened over the past year. As for the food, there’s such a large selection that it’s hard to think about which I’m looking forward to most, but if I had to choose, I’d have to say pumpkin pie. We are lucky that we don’t have to really travel for the holidays. We can get where we are going in a half hour. I am happy for that when I see the news footage of crowded airports and interstates. I suppose if you have to travel, Thanksgiving always being on a Thursday makes for a great long weekend.


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A Quick Workout

Prepare Yourself for the Thanksgiving Feast

convolution, and gritty storytelling comes to one bone-chilling conclusion that will make your jaw drop. ‘THE STAIRCASE’ Did Michael Peterson kill his wife? Did the American justice system tear apart the dream it so righteously attempts to protect? What is considered fact in a murder trial? These are just a few of the questions you’ll contemplate as you go on a 16-year journey told over 13 gripping episodes. Questionable expert testimony and crime scene evidence are juxtaposed with a competent defense team and a convincing defendant, making for a story that begs viewers to take sides. In the end, the only fact you’ll know to be true is that you can’t trust your intuition. put your arms out in a “T” formation and move them up and down in small pulses. Then move your arms out in front of you and return to the “T” shape. Raise your arms up over your head and clap, and then return once more to the “T” formation. Rotate your arms in backward circles, switch to forward arm circles, and finish up by holding your squat for an additional 30 seconds. This 30-minute exercise routine is great for before, during, and after your Thanksgiving meal prep. You don’t have to wait around all day for things to finish up — occupy your downtime with short exercises to keep your heart pumping.

basic exercises, but one set of each won’t be enough. To make sure your body is completely warmed up, repeat each set at least three times. After you’ve warmed up, it's time to start the workout. Squat jumps, ski jumps, pushups, plank crawls, and holding a squat stance are easy exercises you can do in your kitchen, dining room, or living room while your feast cooks. Do each exercise as many times as you can in a minute, and just like you did in the warmup, repeat each set three times.

When you’re in the kitchen cooking your signature dishes for Thanksgiving dinner, you might find yourself with short periods of nothing to do. While you wait, why not fit in a quick workout? Exercising for 30 minutes will help ease any anxieties you may have — perhaps about getting those side dishes just right, or about your in-laws, who will soon be seated at your table. To start off, you’ll need to warm up. Keeping the oven in sight and the timer well within earshot, take a few minutes to loosen up your muscles. Jog in place, do some jumping jacks for a minute, or jump in place for 45 seconds. Warmups often consist of these

While in your squat stance, there are several things you can do. For 30-second intervals,

3 True Crime Shows You Have to See Move Over, Sitcoms, There’s a New Trend in Town

There’s a genre of entertainment that many Americans are afraid to admit is their secret obsession. It’s as if you’re hiding a secret that you desperately want to confess, but you’re afraid of the judgment and concerned looks from your friends. Then one day, you muster the courage to casually mention a docu-series you watched — hoping for absolution but concerned the jury won’t understand — and the floodgates open. Suddenly your closest friends and family have passionate opinions on the justice system and can tell you they know exactly who murdered who and how. Deep down inside, everyone loves a good mystery. Here are three of the best.

‘MAKINGAMURDERER’ Directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos take viewers through an experience that feels like the most maddening game of ping pong ever played — in any given episode, your view may bounce from one polarizing opinion to another. After watching 10 mind-bending episodes of Steven Avery and his attorneys going back and forth during the trial, you’ll have questions that demand answers. So

many, in fact, that Netflix has confirmed the production of a second season and a spin-off series titled “Convicting a Murderer.” ‘THE JINX’ Forty years of conflicting reports on three murders make for one compelling HBO series. Robert Durst goes under the spotlight after speaking for the first time about the death of three people connected to him. Aweb of lies,


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What Makes an 82-Year-Old Business Book Relevant? Dale Carnegie’s Classic Offers Timeless Advice

an important thing to remember in whatever business you're in,” Kelsey says. “His advice will always be relevant.” In the chapter titled “Six Ways to Make People Like You,” Carnegie’s second suggestion is similarly straightforward: Smile. We’ve all read science on the psychological effects of smiling, but it’s still too easy to forget this simple gesture. BE HONEST Be transparent with partners and clients, and as Carnegie suggests, be quick to admit when you’re wrong. When it comes to conflict, being right won’t win you anything — it’s better to avoid that lose-lose scenario and instead listen to your associate’s point of view. Respect their opinions. Even better, begin with something you know they’ll say an enthusiastic yes to. Set your relationships up for success by implementing Carnegie’s timeless, genuine advice, and see the results for yourself.

based on relationships, Carnegie’s book hasn’t grown stale with time. Here are three of his suggestions that you can implement today. BE AUTHENTIC Carnegie's methods for winning people over are, at their core, about authenticity. “Show a genuine interest in others,” he instructs. “Give honest and sincere appreciation,” and “Be a good listener.” Adopt this advice by paying extra attention when a client introduces themselves. A person’s name is important, because, according to Carnegie, it may be “the sweetest and most important sound in any language” to that individual. BE NICE Carnegie’s ideas are revolutionary in their simplicity. This is what makes almost anyone who reads the book able to implement them immediately and see results. As Robert Kelsey, author of several business and self-help books himself, points out, Carnegie’s first principle was simply “Be nice.” “That will always be

Laugh Out Loud goes a long way toward building a lasting relationship, something we all know is key to converting leads into sales. With a message It’s a tall claim to say that a book will change your life, but this one has certainly had a profound impact on many people. Despite having been originally published 82 years ago, Dale Carnegie’s effervescent classic “How to Win Friends and Influence People” is still recommended by everyone who comes across it, and it’s one of the best-selling books of all time. In 2011, the book was No. 19 on Time’s most influential books list. How has it remained relevant in a massively different, technologically advanced world? Fundamentally, Carnegie’s book focuses on people, who may evolve, but whose basic needs don’t change much. We all need to feel valued, appreciated, and respected. By fulfilling these needs for your business associates, you will indeed win friends and influence them. When it comes to business, showing a genuine interest in the other person

Parsnip and Turnip Purée

Thanksgiving is a pretty paleo-friendly holiday, but mashed potatoes can be hard to resist. This year, swap out the starchy tubers for parsnips and turnips.


1. In a large stock pot filled with 2 quarts water, bring parsnips and turnips to a boil. Cook partially covered for 15 minutes, until fork-tender. 2. Drain vegetables and transfer to a large bowl or food processor. 3. Add broth, butter, salt, thyme, and pepper. If using a food processor, purée until smooth. If using a bowl, mash until smooth and fully combined. Serve. Instructions

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1 pound parsnips, peeled and cubed 1/2 pound turnips, peeled and cubed

1/2 cup chicken broth

3 tablespoons butter or ghee

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme Pinch of fresh ground pepper

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439 Washington Street Dedham, MA 02026 Inside This Issue


Family Traditions

The Cook’s Workout


True Crime Makes for Gripping TV


This Book May Change Your Life

Parsnip and Turnip Purée


Local Events

art for sale, time for skating, and christmas tree lighting* Local Events in the Boston Area

BOSTON COMMON FROG POND ICE SKATING When: Nov. 14 to season's end Where: 38 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108 Admission: Based on skater’s height; 58 inches and over: $6.00; under 58 inches: free The Frog Pond Ice Skating Rink opens this year on Nov. 14. It is a sure sign that winter is coming. Of course, be sure to check the weather before you go.

FANEUIL HALLMARKETPLACE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING When: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 P.M. Where: 4 S. Market St., Boston, MA 02109 Admission: Free Faneuil Hall Marketplace puts up its giant Christmas tree and turns on the lights for Blink! in late November each year. Blink! features a spectacular new light show this year with over 350,000 (yes, that's a third of a MILLION) low- energy LED lights and a recording of Boston Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops music. Blink!'s 7-minute sound and light show takes place daily from 4:30–10 p.m. between Nov. 28 and Jan. 1. The Marketplace also features carolers, local musicians, dancers, bell ringers, touring Broadway show companies, and other performers throughout the holiday season.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS ANNUAL SCHOOL SALE When: Nov. 15–17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue Admission: Free For more information: 617-369-3622 Over 4,000 art fans, collectors, and shoppers attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts' annual sale each year to snag the fabulous creations by faculty, students, and alumni. Thousands of paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, new media, and more are available for purchase! Sales benefit the artists and student scholarships at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

*From the Boston Discovery Guide


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