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Healthy Aging

A nudge from Naurine

Three decades ago, a British anthropologist/psychologist, Robin Dunbar, declared that 150 is “the biological limit for the number of people with whom one can h...

‘People age slowly or all at once'

Years ago, I read a New Yorker magazine article that posed the question: “Can the infirmities of aging be postponed?” The “slow way” of aging is described as “d...

Rule of Three for snazzy fashion

There is a YouTube video getting attention lately from people who may not be typical social media users — people like me. The topic is “capsule wardrobes,” defi...

Set boundaries and stick to them

At age 14, I started a babysitting service in my neighborhood. There were loads of young families and parents who liked to party on weekends, so I was in great ...

Healthy Aging: Reading makes you smarter

Why do you read? Not just today’s newspaper articles or this particular column, but what makes you pick up a good novel, immerse yourself in a recently publishe...

Did you know socks are health tools?

I have said this before. There are not a lot of things as important at this time of year as wearing socks on your feet. You scoff, perhaps. But I have it on go...

Healthy Aging: Asking better questions

“If you already know the answers, ask better questions.” Yesterday, that phrase kept rolling across a computer screen in front of me in large, bold letters as I...

No, really, ‘how are you?’

How are you today? I mean, really, “How are you … today?” That’s the question the journalist Melissa Kirsch started asking herself early in the first wave of t...

The joy of gardens and focaccia

“He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity's sunrise.” — William Blake When I find joy, I embrace it. For me, there is no poetic kiss inv...

Take control of your health

Personality and disease appear to have a definite relationship. It’s as old as the ancient Greek philosophers. The first physician, Hippocrates, believed bodily...

He’s turning pro at 8

Grandchildren are a gift. Even if I’d had no children, at this stage of my life I would probably borrow someone else’s kids — play with them, learn from them. C...

Don’t smoke, get fat or lose your family

As I do almost every morning, I just finished reading the newspaper. Several morning papers, in fact. Newsprint versions with my magnifying glass in hand and on...

Kitchen cures and home remedies

Many years ago during a visit to my parents, I saw a covered glass jar sitting on the kitchen counter. It contained a colorless liquid with golden raisins nesti...

The healing power of marital humor

I have been writing this column for roughly 20 years and have, no doubt, written several times about the healing power of laughter. Today’s submission carries t...

The joy of the jab

I was caught completely off guard when it happened. It was a Monday morning, and I was in the produce section of our local Fred Meyer store. Six feet from me, a...

Hooping is harder than it looks

A few weeks ago my husband and I were invited to his 80-year-old cousin’s spacious, well-appointed condominium overlooking Puget Sound. It was supposed to be “j...

I like your hat

I’m going to share some words I have shared previously. They are even more relevant in this cautiously post-pandemic and politically and painfully divisive circ...

Speaking the language of love

This is a newspaper column masquerading as an anniversary present. In a few days, my husband and I will have been married 37 years. Gifts are not typically exch...

Road trip ahead

Ready or not, my husband and I are about to undertake our first post-pandemic road trip. It’s a four-day, three-night venture with long-held friends. In our 37...