There are times we wish for change and times we dread it. To paraphrase the truth-filled saying, the only constant in life is change. Our ego-aspect fools itself by believing what we have will always be there, will never change. It’s like a form of temporary amnesia or a dream-state we walk around in, whether this is about a change we would welcome or one we wouldn’t. The ego-aspect wants to believe the dream-state, more often than not, so it can feel secure and comfortable. But everything changes, doesn’t it, either by improving or by diminishing, until it’s a memory only. So, we … Read more
I have been an avid reader since my early school days. As I near age 85, I still read five books each week. I enjoy my daily hours of reading; wherever I am, I always have a library card. These books, plus those I buy, fill my days with a special pleasure. My local library allows only five items at a time but I switch these each week. A dear friend and neighbor drives me to the library (first), then to the supermarket for my few grocery needs. I stopped driving (voluntarily) at age 80 though I could still drive if I chose. I was trying to be sensible about it…and I still think I made the … Read more
A talk show host was commenting on Millennials and how they have difficulty dealing with life's ups and downs and disappointments. Specifically, the host was explaining that college counselors are overburdened with distraught students who feel they have been slighted, cheated, or disrespected in some way, or were traumatized by a mouse in a dorm room. Millenials are said to bring their parents to job interviews. In short, they are devoid of coping skills every successful adult needs to navigate the realities of life. Somebody or something has to help wake up misguided and coddled young … Read more
My new career in real estate requires that I interact well with clients. In other words, I need to be charming -- more charming than I already am. You may be thinking, "How can Barbara possibly be any more charming than she already is?" I'm thinking the same thing but I am always open to improvement. :-) To improve my "charm quotient" I need to understand that today, feelings are easily hurt if a politically incorrect word or term is used unintentionally. A glance, touch or movement may be perceived as inappropriate. Tone may be taken as harsh or judgmental. Look at the furor created … Read more
Growth hormone reduces risk of osteoporosis fractures in older women For years after it was administered, growth hormone continued to reduce the risk of fractures and helped maintain bone density in postmenopausal women who had osteoporosis. Oysters harbor, transmit human norovirus: Avoid raw ones Oysters not only transmit human norovirus; they also serve as a major reservoir for these pathogens, according to new research. Can you avoid hangovers after heavy drinking? Are some people immune to hangovers, and can eating or drinking water after heavy drinking prevent a hangover? … Read more
On the few occasions that I visit a traditional medical doctor, he or she is surprised that I do not take any medications. I must be doing something right because at my age, I "should" at least be taking something to control cholesterol, coronary problems, high blood pressure and/or diabetes. I always reveal that I take lots of supplements but I am rarely asked, "Which ones do you take"? It's assumed they are useless and that I'm wasting my money. I work with a naturopath. Several times a year I have a comprehensive blood analysis that reveals what's going on in my body. If something is … Read more
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