I’ve never really been fully aware of my facial expressions until I recently caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I wasn’t feeling particularly gloomy or angry or even a wee bit sad. But the mirror reflected otherwise. The corners of my mouth were turned downward and anyone who didn’t know me might think I was unhappy, unfriendly, annoyed, or a combination of all three. Why did I look so glum … [Read more...] about Why Smiling Feels So Good
"You have cancer." Those three words hold so much power. They're life-altering in too many ways to measure. They're words that every women hopes they'll never have to hear. And as a survivor who has heard those words, I'd like to be able to say that you'll never, ever have to hear them. But there's no sure way to do that. What I can do is tell you ways to reduce your risk - and be aware enough … [Read more...] about Can You Prevent Breast Cancer?
If you’re old enough to remember that old saying “Keeping up with the Joneses,” you’re old enough to understand how hard it has become to really keep up. But I’m not talking about the Jonses any longer. That’s old news. I’m talking about keeping up with the wild pace of technology. My father (may he rest in peace), at 89, taught himself to use a computer. But then again, he was always handy … [Read more...] about Keeping Up is Hard To Do
While my children were growing up, I insisted on cooking most nights. Ever the health-conscious mother, I knew that my meals would be more nutritious than takeout, even though during the busy sports and after-school activity season, the convenience of pulling into a parking lot and ordering through a microphone would have made my life so much easier (and probably would have made my boys much … [Read more...] about Five Steps to a Healthier Meal While Dining Out
I am so delighted to have recently reconnected with a friend from my past. Our children went to preschool together. Shortly after the end of the school year, Charlotte and her husband Alan moved from Connecticut to New Jersey so their two girls could get situated in kindergarten. Although we were good friends, we lost touch. You know how that goes - young mothers get super-busy and our focuses … [Read more...] about Aging With Ease and Grace
Or just put up and shut up? I got the best phone call this at around 8:00 this morning from my older son Jonathan. (Of course. when the phone rang that early, my first inclination was to think "Uh, oh. What's wrong??" But that's just...me. Or a lot of us, most likely). It went something like this: "Mom, a woman got into the elevator and another woman asked her 'how are you?' Oy, she said, my … [Read more...] about Do You Moan and Groan?
Dearest Sun, You've always been my bright star, the center of my own personal solar system, the source of my energy. When you're not out, I feel SAD. The dark days make me lonely for you. But, as I became an adult, it was time to stop worshipping you - at least for extended periods of time. I'm "allowed" to worship you for about 10 minutes, to get my all-important dose of Vitamin D (to help my … [Read more...] about A Letter To My Sun (and a giveaway!)
It’s the rare – and lucky - boomer who can get away without needing reading glasses. These are the years when our near-range vision goes blurry. Called presbyopia, it's the progressive deterioration of near vision that you find you're losing around the age of 45. And since I’m the rule, rather than the exception, over the years I’ve managed to build up quite an inventory of reading … [Read more...] about It’s a Reading Glasses Giveaway!
While watching the Oscar awards last week, I got to thinking. There are so many fabulously talented actors and actresses, directors and producers, animators and screenwriters out there. There are so many others behind the scenes who I don't even know about or will never quite understand what it is they do. They all work so hard. Their work consumes them. And they've likely been at it for a very, … [Read more...] about Why I’ll Never Win a Blogging Award
It happens to me every winter. My head and body feel like they belong to someone else; somewhere else. Call it a bad case of SAD. The winter just does a number on me, leaving me feeling depleted and depressed. I walk around in a fog, unsure of what I'm thinking and where I'm heading. But I fight it, knowing that all good things must come to an end. Here's something I know for sure: Spring is on … [Read more...] about What Do You Know For Sure?