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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 |2021-07-12T18:08:44+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 |2020-04-01T17:37:21+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 |2017-01-18T16:57:02+00:00January 18, 2017|Health, Healthy Weight Loss|

Confessions of a Sleep Lover

I like sleeping. There, I admitted it. I’m tired of being ashamed of what is actually a noble pursuit and something at which I excel. It’s not that I sleep more than everyone else, but I do it so well and hate to give it up in the morning. One learned 17th Century author, Sir Thomas Browne, compared sleep to a death that we experience daily and, like death, it is something from which we may never emerge. You know [...]

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By |2015-07-28T14:34:15+00:00July 28, 2015|Aging, Baby Boomers, Extremes, Health, Marriage, Self-Control, Sleep, Social Issues, Willpower|
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