If you think it’s all over at 70, 80, even at 90 . . .
This inspiring video is a "must watch" for inactive retirees.
Short Shorts November 2015
I Get Letters . . . This month I received the following email from a subscriber relating to recent government restrictions on availability of prescription pain medications: My friend is in the midst of a breast reconstruction that has run into a lot of problems. She lives in Oregon at the moment, but all her doctors are here in California. Something is causing her horrendous pain in one of the breasts, an indication that the port has moved and she may have to come in for emergency surgery. Here's the problem: she has no more pain medication, and because of these new restrictions she … Read more
During a TV show featuring people who became millionaires as a result of pursuing their dreams, a woman in the audience said she wanted to start a business but felt it was too late. "After all," she said, "I'm forty." Alas, the downside of knowing the number of years you have lived. How would your life be different if you didn't know your chronological age? What if you had nothing to go on except awareness of your mental and physical abilities, your dreams and aspirations? How would you live if you had enough money to live the way you would really like to live and not have … Read more
Michael E. Platt, M.D.
I published this one year ago in deference to October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since nothing has changed, I feel the message is important enough to bear repeating. The unfortunate situation is that all things pink, including ribbons, has come to symbolize a complete lack of interest in achieving a better approach to breast cancer. The Susan Komen foundation is a farce, and the hundreds of millions of dollars her organization has received has done absolutely nothing to improve women's ability to deal with breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There … Read more
The Brain Fog Fix by psychotherapist Mike Dow, M.D. is a book that should be flying off the shelves. Who doesn't experience brain fog once in a while, or maybe, every day? The author maintains that many of the foods we eat and the habits we have do not support our brains. We no longer get what is needed to produce essential chemicals that keep us energized, calm, focused, optimistic and inspired. And even worse, our choices could lead to long term problems like dementia, Alzheimer's disease, depression and anxiety. The way most of us live, it seems almost as though we've chosen a lifestyle … Read more
There are crossroad moments in life, but there are also moments that have a stronger dynamic than that. These are moments when you face major decisions about giving up or giving out or going forward in life. "A crisis only becomes a breaking point when we fail to use it as a turning point," wrote Guy Finley. Most of us have had a moment when we faced, or may now face, this truth. Depending on what’s going on, we can feel weakened, either momentarily or for longer; and we may have to dig deep for the courage and self-love to head toward the direction of a balance point. Along with this, it … Read more
Last year I met the new wife of a friend. We had never seen each other, knew nothing about each other. Yet, five minutes after meeting her, as we discussed some subject that I knew nothing about, she laughed and told me, "You just forgot about it.” Since she just met me, how can she know what I do or do not forget? Yes, I am 84, but I’m in good health, live alone, do whatever is necessary, such as cooking, doing my laundry, folding and putting away clothes, do all my paperwork, such as reconciling my bank statement and keeping my check ledger straight. I continue to write articles and … Read more
Sooner or later, everyone is touched by someone who is struggling with cancer -- a friend, neighbor, co-worker, acquaintance, or family member. The latest report says that one half of men, and one third of women in the USA, will receive a diagnosis of cancer sometime in their lives. A Cluster of Cancers: A Simple Coping Guide for Patients by Dr.Sherry L Meinberg is different from other cancer books, in that it doesn't speak to the readers' specific medical conditions (as there are well over 200 different cancers). It focuses on the mindset of patients, and how they can become participants … Read more
A Warning For All Men According to Henry Ho, M.D., medical director of head and neck cancer at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, sexually transmitted HPV, or human papillomavirus virus, a well-known cause of cervical cancer in women is responsible for an alarming number of head and neck cancers in men. Dr. Ho calls it an epidemic. College students say prescription stimulants easy to find on campus Seven out of 10 college students say it is somewhat or very easy to obtain controlled stimulants without a prescription, according to a new survey conducted on eight US campuses. The … Read more
Linda J. Brown
Patricia, The Greatest Hurricane Show That (N)Ever was! Or, Stalking The Elusive Not-Yeti In Central Mexico!
World traveler Linda Brown was in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, the day that Hurricane Patricia didn’t exactly hit much of anything! Well, that was NOT interesting! I’m still waiting for my date with that Brutal Beaut, so-called Patricia; but she’s a no-show. I arrived in this small, colonial, mountain town, a little over a week ago; never realizing that a brazen, climatological hussy had set her sights on central Mexico, aiming to make it her slave before swaggering on to conquer Texas. I had me some competition! But, I wanted to conquer this country with love and friendship, not … Read more
John Paul Ouvrier
Let me share a wonderful story with you. I worked for several years with two men; one was ninety four, and the other was ninety five. They each knew about the other through me, but they never met nor talked. One day, I was having a hard time motivating the ninety four year old, so I told him how well the ninety five year old was doing- it was worth a try. He didn’t much care at that moment. However all of that changed when I told him, “You need to get up, because if another World War II vet can get up and exercise, so can you!” He then looked up and stared at me. He asked me what the other … Read more