It's so good to be back here after being absent for what feels like forever. First and most important, I hope that anyone who was in the path of Hurricane Sandy is safe. Although the storm did hit where I live in Connecticut, we're faring better than many. My home was without power for five days. It's funny; I knew power would eventually be restored. This was hardly our first experience with … [Read more...] about A Hurricane: Teachable Moments
What happens when you grow up in the 50s and 60s, well before things like fluoride, sealants and flossing were di rigeur? Well before parents were on top of their kids' every move, knowing each time they had a bowel movement? And well before we knew that. like your health, you also couldn't take your teeth for granted? If you're anything like me, you end up as an adult with lots of root canals, … [Read more...] about Easy Ways to Care for Your Teeth
I got a new cast this morning - one that is a bit less cumbersome and clunky. At least my elbow is free to move and I can see more of my fingers (which still resemble sausages, only slightly paler and more delicate ones than before). If I twist my left (casted) hand into a certain position, I can reach some keys on my computer and type using both hands, to a degree. But ouch! That position hurts … [Read more...] about The Bright Side
I recently - clad only in a small towel - entertained a roomful of young, strapping able-bodied men in my hotel room. Some of them were firemen. I don't know about you, but there"s something quite sexy about a guy who will risk his life to save another's, as well as run to the aid of a damsel in distress (no, i didn't mean "undress..." or maybe I did). Intrigued? Curious? Suspicious? Abandon … [Read more...] about Feeling Vulnerable
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 34 – almost 24 years ago – a diagnosis in someone that young was certainly an anomaly. And although physicians were informed about my treatment options, that’s where the knowledge began – and ended. No one paid heed to my lifestyle. I was young, after all, had two little ones, needed the energy to run after them, was not resigned to sitting on the … [Read more...] about One Easy Thing You Can Do to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk
Okay, I need to get this off my chest at the risk of sounding old. And a little cranky. But hear me out. I think it's just a bit strange...no, not strange...maybe a better word is sad...that the younger generation (Oh, I hate sounding like this! But what else can I call them??) can't make a simple phone call when they want to ask someone out. I was recently having a conversation with a … [Read more...] about I Don’t Get This Whole Texting Thing
Well, someone must have been listening. Just when my feet gave up the idea of being comfortable in just about anything BUT sneakers, a lovely email arrived in my inbox, offering to send me a pair of shoes from Dr. Scholl's new line of comfort footwear. It was tough to pick from the choices of adorable athletic shoes, boots and loafers, and after going back and forth, insisting to myself I needed … [Read more...] about Giveaway Alert: Win a Pair of Women’s Shoes from Dr. Scholl’s Shoes! And they’re super-comfy, too.
I have friends of all ages, ranging in age from 20-somethings to 80-somethings. I enjoy them all; time together is always time well spent. When I'm with the younger ones, I feel like the wise old(er) woman, experienced enough to impart some of my hard-won wisdom upon them. (I never volunteer unless asked. I hate the thought of coming off as pushy or as a know-it-all. That makes me shudder. But … [Read more...] about Valuable Lessons Learned from Aging
My first reaction when I heard the recent story of the bullying of a 16-year-old high school girl from a small town in Michigan was thank-goodness-I'm-too-old-for-this-kind-of-thing. But then, on second thought, I realized that bullying, though many times associated with middle and high school years, can go on way into adulthood, with actions like sexual harassment, manipulation, shaming, verbal … [Read more...] about Bullies, Be Warned! (There is Kindness in This World).
After visiting Miami's Pritikin Longevity Center a while back, I'm happy to say many of the lessons I learned still resonate with me. Instead of using salad dressing, I drizzle my salad with the best balsamic glaze I can afford. I've cut my protein portions from eight ounces to about four, and find that it's just enough, since most of my plate is loaded up with salad and veggies. While some … [Read more...] about It’s Never Too Late to Make Healthy Choices