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What’s So Bad about Being Alone?

Don’t be lonely too long or you might not have long to be lonely. Only the lonely know the way I feel tonight…— Roy Orbison Are you lonesome tonight? — Elvis Presley All by myself. I wanna be all by myself.— Eric Carmen (covered by Celine Dion) Synonyms for loneliness and being lonesome include desolation, forlornness, reclusiveness and friendlessness. Just being alone doesn’t make all of us lonely or longing for companionship. Sometimes it can be quite [...]

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By |2022-12-01T14:51:23+00:00December 1, 2022|Aging, Companionship, death, Health, Loneliness, Memory|

Beating Odds (and Oz) Despite a Strained Brain

Recovering from a stroke—an attack on the brain—is a tough way to run for the U.S. Senate. The most indelible story of the recent midterm election, other than what appears to be a rejection of election denial and most candidates running on that premise, might be called the Ballad of John Fetterman. It revolved around the stroke that befell him just four days before the May Primary from which he emerged with the Democratic nomination for one [...]

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Quarantining with Covid Challenges Your Attention Span

Reading can be a challenge to your attention span. Then again, it’s a way to get one back — if you ever had one. Mary and I have another day of isolation before we can venture out into the real world. We both tested positive for Covid earlier this week while on a family vacation at a beautiful home on the shore of Lake Champlain just a handful of miles below the Canadian border. It was a [...]

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By |2022-07-23T15:21:53+00:00July 23, 2022|Attention Span, COVID-19, Family, Health, Reading, Social Media|

Taking a Giant Step Backward for Optimal Health

Potato alert: Get off the couch to enjoy better health. Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.— Daniel Francois Esprit Auber (1782-18710 I crossed the line on Tuesday of this week. Furthermore, I shamelessly confess that I took a giant step backward at a crucial time in my life. But it’s all good. Sometimes, when it comes to protecting, even regaining, your health against the tide of aging, going back is [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:35+00:00November 3, 2021|Aging, Blood Sugar, Diet, Health, Healthy Weight Loss, Nutrition, Old Age, Overweight|

Striving for Spunk and Spryness

They’re the “oldest-old” and they’re soaking up Social Security. About seven years ago, not long after I had passed traditional retirement age of 65, I pondered the possibilities of making it to the age of ninety — an age range that was becoming more common among the U.S. populace than ever. It seemed that by 2050, according to a prognosis from those dedicated to the science of aging, a.k.a. gerontology, there would be at least nine million [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:48+00:00July 12, 2021|Aging, Baby Boomers, Health, Old Age, Social Security|

Boomer Slogans and Catch Phrases Live on

Boomers killed America’s love affair with smoking before it killed more of us. Skill Note: Most of  following was written in July of 2015 as a newspaper column several years after retiring from 39 years as a reporter and editor for three different newspapers. Aside from several edits, addendums and asides, it remains the same. I know the range of age for retired people grows wider and wider with each passing year. For starters, people retire a [...]

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Another Invisible Threat Complicating Our Lives

How much plastic are you ingesting? I’ve been doing a lot of research the past couple of weeks on quackery and consumer scams, mainly because there has been such a tremendous increase of such chicanery and it is keeping state attorneys general busy across the country. This outbreak has been triggered by the pandemic that as already changed our lives and will recast our future as a country and, sadly I think, hastening our exit from the [...]

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Curdling the Milk of Human Kindness

Sometimes it takes some digging to get to the truth I guess you might call this the era of fake news, so our biggest challenge as informed citizens is to get real and not live life like a reality show. It’s about exploiting our biases with adulterated or downright phony stories that get passed along until they amass hundreds of thousands, even millions, of believers. The 21st Century version is nurtured and promulgated by social media and [...]

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Mosquitoes and Bats and  Swine , Oh My!

Mosquitoes make even bats look good. How does a weakling become a bully— one of such immensity that the whole world cowers before its invisible fury? This bully, known familiarly as COVID-19, has a posse of some familiar characters in the animal kingdom who have helped set it free while imprisoning the human race. The corona of the coronavirus is a cushion of protein, reportedly fragile and easy to vanquish with sudsy soap, alcohol, bleach and other [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:10:00+00:00April 1, 2020|Bats, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Health, Humor, Mosquitoes, Pandemics, Rodents, Viruses|

Another Year of Making Healthy Choices

So there’s this ad on the radio that trumpets the claim, “You’re not fat… you’re bloated.” Yes, it seems we’ve been blaming those expansive paunches on things like overeating, poor diets and lack of exercise. Turns out that it’s not our fault and there’s a magic pill or supplement that will deliver a flat stomach in a fraction of the time it took you to construct that belly. Apparently there is undigested fat just “laying” there in your stomach— [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:10:38+00:00January 18, 2017|Health, Healthy Weight Loss|
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