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Vote with Your Fork! Eating Earth-Healthy

Things have changed. The fork is now mightier than the ballot box. Sounds crazy? Let’s look at some facts about climate change and our food. 1600-page National Climate Assessment concluded that climate change threatens our health by extreme weather, new diseases, more pests and insects, and damage to food and water supplies. The National Academy of...Read More

Is Your Wonton Soup Endangered?

Picture a world without wonton soup, fried rice, and General Tso’s chicken. Imagine no chocolate ice cream and fortune cookies for dessert. Impossible? Think again. According to the Orange Man in the White House, Climate Change is a Chinese Hoax. Fake news. The truth is that the endangered species list is no longer reserved for tigers, pandas, and ...Read More

O My Achy Feet

Some people have pretty feet. Others have ugly feet. By the time you’re afterfiftyliving, we all have rebellious feet. Look at it this way. Our feet put in an average 5,117 steps a day or about 912 miles a year. That means by the time you’re after 50, you’ve walked about 45,600 miles or over 16 times the distance between your favorite ice cream sho...Read More

Wrinkles ‘R Us

Everyone has them. Everyone hates them. Wrinkles mean we’re aging or spending too much time in the sun. Maybe it’s fake news. Wrinkles are really our purple hearts – rewards for life well lived (or fought). If you have wrinkles, like most afterfifty-ers, you should be proud. This woman from Nepal looks proud of her wrinkles and age. Of course, they...Read More

Time to Edit?

Do you live in black & white? Maybe it’s time to edit – add color to your life. The French call it joie de vivre. Las Vegas holds a “life is beautiful” festival every year. Mallory Hopkins wrote, “Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” Wear purple sneakers with hot pink trim. Look at our peers – George H.W. Bush celebrate...Read More

Going Green…..or Purple

Green. It’s not my favorite color. I’m a purple person who looks awful in green. Unlike some people in Washington who loathe green for very different reasons. Don’t get me wrong. Green looks great on trees, money, and vegetables. It works for me on my houseplants but not on my walls (my living room is purple). Color psychology experts say green is ...Read More

Want to Increase Your Longevity? Here’s 7 Simple Strategies

Today life expectancy in the Western World is greater than it has ever been. It has not been by accident, and there are numerous reasons this has taken place. Some of these are obvious, some not so much. There are, of course, no guarantees. We can find individuals who have abused their bodies and yet live to a ripe old age. Others who do all the “r...Read More

My Dog’s Better Than Yours!

Pets. Most of us have at least one. Some are schnoodles, pixie-bobs, and Mexican alligators. Not interested in live critters? Adopt a pet rock, Japanese robo, or silicon jellyfish “living” in neon aquariums. Studies have shown that pets are good for you – even fake ones. They reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and blood pressure. There are three c...Read More

Improving Lives. Here’s 3 Ways to Start…

“I wish that I had…” is a phrase that people often express when they live in regret. As people age, the life that they are living is often the result of actions that they took in their younger days. Most of us who reach our senior years can look back with hindsight at how different things could be. Now seniors are in the position ...Read More

Feeling Disappointed

I used to feel if I was stranded on an island for two weeks and did not have access to a telephone, television or computer that I would go stir crazy and have an anxiety attack.   Thinking about it clearly, I am realizing that maybe all these devices are actually causing me stress. Let me explain: ​While I am not a huge television watcher I do enjo...Read More

Remembering CarrieFisher: Of Moonlight and Bras

Since early November, my husband and I no longer watch television news which means a much quicker turnaround on “hot topic” stories. When my husband heard my strangled, “Oh, no. She died,” he knew I was talking about actress, Carrie Fisher. Of course, we knew that she had had a heart attack and we heard that she was on a ventilator because she had ...Read More

Confessions of a Santa Claus “Booker”

My first true experience with Santa Claus came when I was working in a now-defunct Philadelphia department store in the advertising department. Each year, Lit Brothers, a wedge-shaped building at the corner of 8th and Market Street, hosted Santa Breakfasts where small children could dine with the magical figure and ask for their heart’s desire, con...Read More

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