Sharon Johnson's Column

Sharon Johnson
Oregon Healthy Living Columnist

Light a candle for those you have lost

We started a holiday tradition several years ago in acknowledgement of a dear neighbor’s passing. We placed a candle in a prominent window of our home in acknowledgement and remembrance.

Our holiday eating will get a nudge

This year I’m going to give the preparation of traditional holiday food a little nudge.

I will, of course, roast a plump turkey and serve the big bird with long-time, family-friendly...

A good night's sleep can do wonders

Did you wake up this morning completely refreshed — almost restored anew? Maybe you had such a good night’s sleep you’ve been thinking about it all day, perplexed why it...

The pillars of aging well

What is "aging well?”

The studies that originally posed this query were initiated at Harvard University more than seven decades ago by Dr. George Valliant.

Valliant and his...

We don't easily forget good service

You know it when you see it. Exceptional customer service, that is.

Dad touched us with his stories, not his hands

When my daughter was 4 years old, she would climb onto a stool with comb and brush in hand, and while my father sat in his recliner in front of the nightly news, she would “style...

Kindness is contagious, and always possible

The scene is a Sunday breakfast with family. The conversation is lively. Two of our three children and their families are having an impromptu morning get-together, and my daughter and son-in-law...

Mom's lemon meringue pie still feeds me

For much of my adult life, I’ve been trying to perfect lemon meringue pie. I envision a crust that’s melt-in-your-mouth flaky with a velvety, tart filling. I see myself creating a...

'Robotic Alice' as a future caregiver

Here’s the vision I hold for healthier aging — yours and mine. I see myself in a convenient, easy-living home like the one we’re in now — no-step thresholds, a fully...

If it gives you joy, keep it

Stuff happens. I’m referring to all the miscellaneous vases, unmatched plastic containers, and outdated magazines — those various and assorted items you have accumulated over...