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Healthy Aging

The gift of a tender word

If a situation calls for affirming words or tender acknowledgments, what do you say? “It depends on the circumstance,” you might respond. Yes, it does. But when...

Time is a mother

For people my age, having a mother to celebrate on Mother’s Day may be only a memory. Finding the perfect Hallmark card and appropriate flowers, only a memory. ...

What does ‘old’ bring to mind?

I have a query for you. Don’t think too much about it, just say whatever pops into your thinking. Here’s the question: “What are the first five words that come ...

Hard choices are definitely hard

The philosopher Ruth Chang of Rutgers University believes “hard choices” arise when “your options are not equally good, but none is better overall. They are goo...

Some love requires a dog

Do you remember reading an article titled, “What Happens When Love and Science Double Date?” I don’t think there were definitive findings, but I was surprised t...

Go to town with affirmations

In 2020, I wrote a column that nakedly exposed my adoration for my youngest grandson, Jordan. I have written several columns over the years extolling him, but t...

Too much to worry about

There is so much to worry about these days, but I have decided not to. Worry that is. At least for one hour a day. A defined hour of every day in which I start...

Stories of heroism abound

Do you ever wonder how you would act in a perilous situation? Do you ever think about whether you’d have the courage to stand up to a bully, a bully with a gun....

Searching for stories of courage

I’m always in search of stories. I lean toward authentic, well told tales that bump up against my heart — and make me think about life a little differently. I ...

Sticky nooks and crannies

Decision-making as we age gets sticky. Studies have found we older adults are less able to hold on to multiple thoughts, and as a result have increasing diffic...

Let’s talk abut talking

I fancy myself a good conversationalist. I hold my own in most social settings and I occasionally offer gems of conversant wisdom that surprise even me. As olde...

Teachers have really stepped up

At the beginning of the pandemic, two long years ago, when we were all trying to set up remote learning and parents had to adopt the behaviors of in-the-home cl...

Humming a new tune

While scrolling through Amazon.com in search of spring — and, yes, I know it’s early — I happened upon the perfect gift to give myself. It was love at first sig...

Proceed with what works for you

I received a lot of reader reaction to last Sunday’s column (“The Healing Power of Decency”). It appears I’m not the only one pondering its absence in our curre...

Healing power of decency

In the late fall of 2020, I recall listening to an audio-video recording of a 2016 interview with Sen. Lindsay Graham, Republican of South Carolina, in which he...

Think about what’s going right

I received a “gratitude journal” for Christmas. Two, in fact. Having them visible on a daily basis inspires me to contemplate what’s going well in my life, even...

A world within a world

Transitions take many forms. Old year to New Year. Winter now and soon spring. Birth followed by death. For our family, 20 years ago, the holiday season began w...

Memories of Christmas past

One of my most vivid holiday memories is my husband crouched, half-lying, on the floor of a Globe Lamp store in Vancouver, Washington. He’s trying to gauge the ...

My gift of jellies to you

Like many of you this past week, I am packaging baked goodies for friends and neighbors, mailing colorful holiday cards, and sending emoji-festooned emails feat...

Tips for gifting well

I’m looking for a holiday gift to give a friend who is a three-books-a-week reader and a healthy aging advocate. She is also my sister. She celebrates Hanukkah ...