Boston Spirit sunset cruise is June 17

Boston Spirit Summer Cruise to benefit Fenway HealthNext month Boston Spirit’s annual Summer Sunset Cruise will take more than 700 friends around Boston Harbor to enjoy some great food from Jasper White’s Summer Shack and music courtesy of DJ Mocha with 100% of the proceeds raised going to benefit Fenway Health.

You may buy your tickets here 

All the fun takes place on Wednesday, June 17 at the World Trade Center pier aboard Bay State Cruise Company’s Provincetown II, boarding starts at 6 p.m. and the cruise departs at 6:30 p.m., returning at 8:30 p.m.

Temptation Tuesday

temptation tuesday, handsome, hunkOrange is officially my favorite color now.

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Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

wineIs that glass of wine worth it?  Sometimes we don’t realize that some of our bad habits and cheat snacks really can add up. If you’re having having trouble losing weight, try adding up the calories from all your guilty pleasures and see in large how many calories it adds up to.

A standard pour of wine has approximately 125 calories.  That means:

  • 1 Glass a night – 861 calories a week and 3,444 a month
  • 2 Glasses a night – 1722 calories a week and 6,888 a month
  • 3 Glasses a night –  2583 calories a week and 10,332 a month

Assuming you are consuming a balanced diet relative to your metabolic rate, and not doing extra workouts this means you will gain at least one pound each month.

Like what you’ve read?  Share these posts with your friends and check out some of my previous blog posts for ideas on how to liven up your fitness routine and to stay motivated in 2015.  Kyle’s Health & Fitness posts.

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Why religious freedom argument is dangerous for Marriage Equality

Following the historic vote in Ireland on marriage equality, cultural conservatives in the US are licking their wounds and they should because the referendum in Ireland mirrors attitudes shared here in the America.  According to polling from Pew Research Center, nearly 60% of American Catholics support marriage equality (up from 34% when same sex marriage was legalized in MA in 2004).

Marriage Equality, same sex marriage, pew researchPew Research Center also recently reported that Millennials overwhelmingly support marriage equality (nearly 70%) and that is significant because this year Millennials will surpass the Baby Boomer generation as the nation’s largest living generation with approximately 81 million born after 1981.  These trends make even religious zealots realize that prayer alone is not going to turn back time (to borrow a line from a Cher song) so they are adopting new language (that can be more palatable to the public) to stem this tide of the pro equality movement.

This is why the bogus “religious freedom” argument is now talked about nonstop by conservatives (and why you’ll hear about “religious freedom” and persecution from Republican Presidential primary candidates ad nauseam). Social conservatives want to position themselves as the victim; this is a tried and true tactic from Conservatives when they lose in the court of public opinion.

Integration is a sinSame sex marriage isn’t the first civil liberty that was opposed based on “religious beliefs” and teachings in the Bible.

The next time you hear someone claiming their ‘religious liberties’ are being trampled upon by “legalizing” gay marriage be sure you address that line of thought immediately – ignoring this gives that line of thought credibility and emboldens those who make this claim. Let’s not forget that gay marriage isn’t the first civil liberty that was opposed based on “religious beliefs” and teachings in the Bible it just happens to be the latest.  Claims that everything from ending segregation to legalizing interracial marriages was against teachings in the Bible and people’s religious convictions.

Memorial Day tribute

Memorial Day Boston CommonWhat a beautiful tribute:  37,000 flags placed on the Boston Common to represent every Massachusetts military member who died in service.  Photo by Katherine Larson.

Random man candy post

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Museum of Fine Arts Boston free on Memorial Day

Free Fun Fridays Highland FoundationFrom 10 am—4:45 pm the Museum of Fine Arts Boston will be open and free to the public as part of their annual Memorial Day open house.  No plans? Swing by and admire this Boston cultural treasure.