In the earliest days of humankind, every person possessed natural skin pigmentation that absorbed harmful ultraviolet rays, thereby preventing damaged skin. After hundreds of thousands of years of human migration and evolution, lighter skin required additional sun protection. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks found solutions in natural ingredients such as rice bran, lupine and olive... Continue Reading →
SOLD on Trekking poles!
I sat on the examination table in my paper gown, my legs hanging off the side, wondering if I should hop down to get a book to read, when the door opened. The older, white-haired, orthopedic specialist who looked to be over 70, entered with a young resident-in-training glued to his side. From the moment... Continue Reading →
When older isn’t wiser
A friend asked for my professional review of an article. One quick glance at the article and I knew my conclusion would not be positive but I wanted to give it due diligence out of respect for our friendship. Two quick Google searches later and the result was worse than anticipated so I put it... Continue Reading →
What makes me feel stronger?
My immediate reaction to this question took me back 10+ years. In my mind, there was nothing better than getting super sweaty after a really tough workout. Admittedly, I'm not a great athlete but that didn't stop me from trying. Like the time I decided to enter a 65-mile bicycle ride to raise money for... Continue Reading →
Today’s things for which I am thankful￼
The truth is I rarely open my eyes upon awaking and immediately start listing things for which I'm grateful. Maya Angelou made a great point when she wrote, "This is a wonderful day I have never seen this one before." Today, I am thankful for: a dog that does not bark or complaina spouse who... Continue Reading →
Write it down!
Bloganuary Day #8 What I like most about my writing is the ability to preserve a memory while it's still fresh in my mind. My family has occasionally joked about my ability to remember things "from the womb." Of course I can't but I associate my long-term memory with the fact that I have always... Continue Reading →
Comedian Stephen Colbert tweeted the following, this morning, in response to this article suggesting skateboarding as a solution to midlife depression. If you have not started following the social media accounts of comedians as a means of bringing joy and laughter to your life, I highly recommend this. Throughout the pandemic, my husband and I... Continue Reading →
Listen to Your Body!
If you were involved in any athletic activities in your youth, you may have grown up with such phrases as “No Pain, No Gain.” Although this phrase became synonymous with sports and exercise, it is actually a very old proverb instructing us that sacrifice is necessary to gain success. But the actual, definition of ‘pain’... Continue Reading →
What we can learn from salmon
Recently, I visited a church where a friend of mine serves as pastor. During the sermon, she told of a documentary she'd seen on the lives of salmon and how their entire species depends on the success of their upstream journey. Her storytelling skills left me believing I had seen the documentary myself. The vivid... Continue Reading →
Stepping outside my comfort zone
I have a great life. Working 2 days per week. Plenty of time to fill with my personal projects. So what was I thinking when I enrolled to obtain a Masters degree, online? Google didn't exist the last time I was enrolled in school. Imagine my panic when I spent an entire day navigating the... Continue Reading →
Signs That You Are Older Than You Feel
I like people. I like talking to people, especially vibrant, intelligent people, with whom I share certain interests. We will be great friends, I think to myself. There are, however, those occasions when, in the course of a conversation, I am struck with the realization that I am older than I feel. These statements came... Continue Reading →
Snap, Crackle, Pop means ouch, ouch, ouch!
Each morning, I lie with my eyes closed, imagining the time of day. Gently, I open my eyes to the strategically-projected time, on the ceiling. Occasionally, I'm surprised at the early morning hour and drift back to sleep. Yet, most of the time, my gradual awakening is the early morning reprieve to the brash, alarm... Continue Reading →
An American Horror Story: Healthcare without Cotton Balls
“Because horror on Earth is real and it is every day. It is like a flower or like the sun; it cannot be contained.” ― Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones It has the feel of a horror film; an empty shell of a building, disturbingly quiet, no one to ask for directions when you find yourself lost... Continue Reading →
Things I’ve learned in my 48th Summer
As my father rapidly approaches his 70th birthday, his return to his "roots" has left the rest of the family rolling our eyes. The fraction of his genetic code that came from Louisiana means that he must now greet all strangers in French. The portion that can be traced back to the Native Americans means... Continue Reading →
Accepting Constructive Criticism Cheerfully
A recent post by psychologistmimi caught my attention. People don't like criticism. This is unfortunate for people like me who love to give it. Yes, I realize this is a character flaw, but one in which I justify by pounding myself harder than any other. As an employer, I heard numerous excuses: I don't usually do that. I'm... Continue Reading →
How to avoid the epic FAIL
"Don't make me laugh," I kept repeating to my friends. Of course that made everyone laugh even harder. My first visit to a mountain bike trail within the city, and I hit a tree. If I hadn't fallen onto a log that displaced the entire left side of my rib cage, I would have laughed... Continue Reading →
Show your face and meet your neighbors.
According to a news report out of Ft. Myers, FL, a man purchased a foreclosed home only to find a dead, elderly woman in the bedroom. According to neighbors, she hadn't been seen in years. The last mail in the home was dated 2011. The fact that a woman died, completely unnoticed by anyone for over... Continue Reading →