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Healthy Aging

Stay grounded while digesting news

I have taken a break from engaging in the news of the world lately. It’s time to go back. I have a strong desire to re-reinvest and reconnect in knowing what’s...

Generous heart expresses gratitude

Please allow me a moment of nostalgia. It was 40 years ago, the first Christmas my husband and I celebrated that holiday together. We were staying in a cabin in...

Keep calm and write it down

Here’s the scene. I am in my dentist’s office. I know of very few people who look forward to going to the dentist, and during the past year — for a multitude of...

Books find you when you need them

It was a gift from a caring friend. She gave me a pile of books and the command to “take your time with them.” In the middle of the pile was “The Reading List”...

Mastering new tasks brings joy

Lately I find the most unexpected things give me joy. As illustration, I was having trouble printing a document I intended to send to my oldest granddaughter. ...

Grief: Stages ebb and flow

More than a year ago I wrote a column about death and dying and the grieving process, referencing the work of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. A week later I received an ...

Doing it right

“I am not fearful of dying. I just want to do it right.” Those were my husband’s words at our last meeting with his oncologist. Two weeks ago. She liked him —...

Neighbors who care create community

Are you familiar with the term “NORC”? Neither was I — and I’m supposed to know this stuff. A NORC is a “Naturally Occurring Retirement Community.” I now recogn...

One cup at a time

“There are very few things that reduce mortality by 30%.” Stated differently, there’s not much in the way of health behaviors we can personally initiate that ...

This is what friends are for ...

I used to believe the story I’m about to share with you was true. Maybe it is. But I looked for a research citation and found none. So the story may simply be ...

Stay steady on your feet

It was a close call. Envision a sunny spring afternoon. Blue sky. Birds singing. I’m standing on an uneven and slightly rocky lawn in an unfamiliar setting, wea...

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....