Brooks & Crowley March 2019

Review Brooks & Crowley

March 2019


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or two of late season skiing in, this is the year. You can ski on March 17 at many ski resorts for only $17! I’ve heard a weatherman say they’ll run out of skiers before they run out of snow. Speaking of spring, I recently heard a remake of Dave Loggins’ 1974 hit “Please Come to Boston for the Springtime” by Kenny Chesney. I thought about how we haven’t had much of a proper springtime recently — just mud season, then right into summer. Who would come to Boston for the springtime? You’d better say “please” if you are trying to convince someone. But springtime this year may actually be worth visiting for. Without mountains of dirty, black snow and mud to track through, I’m hoping for an early start to good weather and summer. Charles Dickens once said, “Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” It sounds as though he must have spent a few springs around here. We picked up an extra hour of sun with daylight savings time, so it is just the 40-degree swings from morning to late afternoon that get to us. But we know how to dress in layers. Boston has many spring events: The Flower and Garden Show at the World Trade Center on March 13–17; Boston Whale Watching Cruises, which start March 23; the Rose Kennedy Greenway Carousel, which opens March 24; and the Red Sox home opener on April 9. We can do this. Get outside and throw a ball around. Plan your summer getaways so they don’t get away from you. It’s coming. Every day it gets closer. –Neil Crowley

BOSTON STREETS MIGHT BE BARE, but There’s Plenty of Skiing up North

of New England’s ski mountains this year. And, you don’t have to shovel it. Cranmore Mountain, where we typically ski, has received 96 inches of snow so far this year, and that’s been plenty. Other mountains have received much more: Stowe, 218 inches; Jay Peak, 288 inches; Loon Mountain, 152 inches; Killington, 143 inches; and Waterville Valley, 118 inches. For perspective, through Jan. 16, 2019, Logan Airport had tracked only a quarter inch of snow. Boston’s snow total for the 2018–2019 season through February was under 10 inches! The big difference seems to be that most of Boston’s snow has turned to rain, while the cooler temps up north have kept things frozen. One issue for ski resorts is that when there is no snow in Boston, people here don’t think about skiing up North. If you are inclined to get a day

I was lucky enough to get away and go skiing in New Hampshire with the family during our kids’ school vacation last month, and I was struck by the contrast of winter scenery. It was a winter wonderland up there! We've been lucky in Boston this winter; North Country is a different story. Many of the resorts have been blessed with a banner season for snowfall. Not only has there been a lot of natural snow, but it has also fallen consistently throughout the season, so resorts have not had to make their own, more expensive snow. This is the best of both worlds for skiers, who get excited when they see the size of the snow piles on the side of the road grow as they head north. We all know what 110.6 inches of snow looks like, but Boston’s record snowfall from 2015 pales in comparison to the season totals of some


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Has Your Exercise Routine Reached a Plateau? Try These 3 Supplements

MULTIVITAMINS Vitamins aren’t just for kids and the elderly. Many of our diets lack the nutrients necessary for muscle development and good health. A well-rounded multivitamin will add these nutrients into your body, giving you benefits at the gym and beyond. Supplementation isn’t just for gym rats. It can help anyone get closer to their goals and live a healthier life, and these three products are just the tip of the iceberg. While doing your own research is a great place to start, it’s also important to consult a fitness professional when looking for the right balance of supplements. There are many options available, and deciding the best regimen can be daunting, but once you have the proper routine, you can expect results. Final Four appearance in 1977, the team started down a path that would take them to four Elite 8s in five years, and there would be no greater success than the season that came to pass in 1990. Most games are back-and-forth, with drama centering around every possession. That was not the case during the 1990 national championship game. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski guided his team to the final through steady stellar performances throughout the tournament, and all was well until the legendary program met UNLV’s rowdies. The opening tipoff was about as close as Duke ever got to controlling any part of that game. Anderson Hunt, Stacey Augmon, and Larry Johnson ran the Blue Devils off the court, and the Cinderella team everyone came to hate won 103–73 in the biggest blowout in NCAA tournament history.

The fast release helps with muscle growth, and the slow release prevents muscle deterioration and speeds up recovery. PRE-WORKOUT Sometimes you just need that extra push of focus and energy. An excellent pre-workout product delivers vital nutrients to your muscles and increases endurance throughout your time at the gym. These often contain caffeine, so anyone with sensitivity should take a delicate approach when using this supplement. While there are regulatory entities in this industry, many products are not subjected to their oversight. The FDA does not control pre-workout supplements, so users should be aware of potentially dangerous side effects, such as vomiting, jitters, cramps, headaches, and tingling extremities.

Diet, exercise, and sleep are all essential to achieving your fitness goals, but you’re inevitably going to reach a plateau. Maybe it starts with noticing you’re not getting the gains you wanted, or you’re feeling sluggish on a daily basis. This is common when going through an exercise program, and one factor hindering your progress could be a lack of nutrients. The following supplements may be able to help you reach peak physical fitness. PROTEIN Getting enough protein is vital for muscle- building and overall health. But when you consider all the options, choosing the right protein can be overwhelming. Soy? Whey? Plant-based? A fast-release protein, like whey or soy, is best to consume directly after your workouts, and a slow-release protein, like casein, works well if taken before bed.

The Cinderella Everyone Loved to Hate The 1990 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

The early ‘90s was a contentious time in college basketball, full of pure amateur competition. The days of the “one and done” player were far ahead, which meant that all the top-level talent was bred in the hotbed of the NCAA. Players like Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and David Robinson had to prove their NBAmettle in the grueling basketball tournament we all know as March Madness. It has always showcased the best of the best, but America has always loved an underdog. Last year, audiences adored Loyola Chicago as they made their way to the Final Four. Cinderella teams fill our hearts with hope and optimism, but not all of them are loveable.

the noise wasn’t positive, but when you win the national championship the year prior, a little arrogance is necessary to maintain your “bad guy” image. Formally a small state school known to locals as “Tumbleweed Tech,” UNLV wasn’t even a Division I school until 1970. When Tarkanian took over in ‘73, the school went from an institution most acclaimed for its hospitality program to an NCAA basketball tournament regular. After making their first

Perhaps no small school is more polarizing than the UNLV squad that was put together by the late, great Jerry Tarkanian. The team was nasty, flashy, and, most importantly, downright impossible to beat. “The Runnin’ Rebels” ran the court like no team before. Reports have the 1991 Tarkanian squad referring to the Arkansas Razorbacks’ “40 minutes of hell” as “40 minutes of vacation” when it beat the then second-ranked team on its home court. The team embodied swagger and wasn’t afraid to create a splash everywhere it went. Most of


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‘The Obstacle Is the Way’ Stoicism and Success in the Modern Era

his own strategy firm, Brass Check, Holiday and his team have advised major brands like Google and TASER. “The Obstacle Is the Way” represents a distillation of Holiday’s personal philosophy for success. The book gets its name from a modern rephrasing of a Marcus Aurelius quote. The philosopher turned Roman emperor once said, “What stands in the way becomes the way.” From this principle, and the foundational tenets for stoicism developed by the ancient Greeks, Holiday presents a no-nonsense approach to problem-solving that is as old as time. Packed with examples ranging from American Civil War generals to Amelia Earhart, “The Obstacle” paints a clear, compelling picture of what this ancient philosophy has to offer the leaders of the future. The book has a hardline stance: “It doesn't matter what

Would you rather read an inspirational book favored by some of the biggest stars in the NFL, or a strategy guide found on the nightstands of some of the world's most powerful political figures? Well, thanks to Ryan Holiday’s latest work, you don’t have to choose. “The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph” has been championed by leaders in almost every field, from musicians to governors. To understand why this work is winning such high praise, you first have to understand the man who wrote it. In classic entrepreneurial fashion, Holiday dropped out of college when he was just 19 years old, choosing instead to get his education under the direct mentorship of author and strategist Robert Greene. Eventually, his focus on media manipulation and human nature would land him at the top of the American Apparel marketing team. Now the head of

happens to you. It matters what you do,” which removes factors of luck and talent from the equation. To Holiday, persistence trumps everything else. Those looking for feel-good quotes or self- affirming platitudes should probably skip this book. But for those who are serious about reaching their personal or professional goals, and who are willing to put in the work, “The Obstacle” is just the kind of kick in the pants you’ve been looking for.

Laugh Out Loud

Asparagus and Avocado Soup

This hearty soup is the perfect meal for those late winter days when you think spring will never come. It can be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken stock.



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12 ounces asparagus 1 tablespoon olive oil

1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss asparagus and garlic with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes. 3. Transfer asparagus to blender. Add remaining ingredients and puree until smooth. 4. Season to taste and serve.

2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

2 cups chicken stock

1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

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439 Washington Street Dedham, MA 02026 Inside This Issue


There’s Still Plenty of Time to Ski

3 Supplements Everyone Needs


The Most Hated Cinderella


Book Review: ‘The Obstacle Is the Way’

Asparagus and Avocado Soup


Local Events

Enjoying Springtime Events in the Boston Area

IKEBANA CLASS Where: Private residence: 34 Chestnut Ave. Apt. 101, Boston, MA 02130 When: First and third Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Admission: $33 Website: Looking to have a beautiful home decoration? Make your own in this Japanese flower arrangement class. The class is provided by the Ohara School of Ikebana and is open for the first time this year! Any experience level is welcome, and anyone 16 or older is invited to join the fun. It is recommended that you bring your own bag to take all your materials home. To learn more about the class and get more information, visit the website above.

The weather is finally warming up, and it’s the perfect time to head outside! Here are a few events that’ll help you experience the nicer weather.

SUPERFOOD SOCIETY CHATS Where: Boston Public Market When: March 10 and 24, 10 a.m. Admission: Free! Website: Jennifer Hanway is an expert in holistic nutrition and wellness, and this is the perfect chance for you to learn from her. Attending the “Lightest Brightest You” lecture series gives you an opportunity to learn about hormone balance, clean eating, gut health, and how stress and sleep affect your eating habits. The March 10 class is “24 Hours to Less Stress, More Sleep,” while March 24 is “Lightening and Brightening Your Diet and Wellness Regime for Spring,” Be sure to RSVP!


Where: Sixth Gear Cask & Kitchen When: March 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission: Free! Website:

Celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day just got easy! Before watching the annual parade in South Boston, you can enjoy brunch at Sixth Gear. If you get to the restaurant before 1 p.m., you’ll receive a wristband for free! Come back after the parade or later in the evening to celebrate the Irish holiday with family and friends. If you plan on having 10 or more people at the dinner, call ahead to ensure you can fit everyone.


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