On the Loss of Youth: Losing Muscle, Gaining Wisdom

“This is harder than it used to be” has been going through my head lately. Physical strength is something I never gave a second thought to. I’ve always been a fast mover and used to work, volunteer, parent, and party late on Sat. night then get up early on Sun. to...

Getting Older, Feeling Fine

The calendar demands that I get older, but I feel no differently this week than last. The gradual nature of aging — 1/365 at a time — gives me the chance to fix little things before they get big. Nipping what I can in the bud! Part time work has put me on the other...

Vanity: Embracing Fuzzy Photos

The taker of this photo also sent me a “better” one, but I disagree. I like the fuzzy one better. Apparently, my vanity is showing. The shot was taken at the eclipse party next door. Our host sat across the table from me, and when she suddenly saw miniature sunflowers...

Youth: A Loss That Doesn’t Need To Be

My second wind is on it’s way. This mind is reshuffling after reading Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life by Dr. Bill Thomas. The book starts with the history of how we ended up as a culture leading such frenzied lives —...

A Fresh Perspective: Happy Birthweek to Me

Imagine wearing 16 necklaces at a time. Imagine turning 90, decked out to the max in high fashion, with a colorful array of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and a designer outfit fit for a queen. This is what Iris Apfel does in the documentary IRIS. The mass around her...

Keep Your Hands Young – May ’06

This week I stray from my usual subject matter and digress to a very practical one: damaged skin. After what seems like a lifetime of doing dishes, my hands have finally spoken. Damage is evident. Ugliness is evident. It’s a little late for sure, but I say, never say...