Gloria Steinem never stops

We’ve used the same headline for this blog post that The New York Times used for its October 9, 2016, article about the “feminist icon.” John Leland, who wrote the article, explained that Steinem keeps the schedule of a rock star. The weekend before she had breakfast with Leland, she had traveled to North Carolina […]

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The distracted adult syndrome

Too much screen time is bad for children, says Dr. Nicolas Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids—and How to Break the Trance. In fact, Dr. Kardaras concludes, that brain imaging studies show that excessive screen exposure can damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine […]

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One hour a day?

How much exercise do you need? Sports medicine researchers have some answers. If you sit four hours a day, you need to do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you work at your desk eight hours a day, you should get one hour of exercise a day. Those suggestions come from Ulf […]

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Are you normal?

I don’t think I’ve ever been normal, but, more and more, I accept that it’s okay. In fact, Maya Angelou once said, “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” I found this quote in Maya Angelou’s book Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of […]

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When I have pains

“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one,” Maya Angelou once said. My friend Mary Ann recently gave me a copy of Maya Angelou’s Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. I will share some more of Maya’s wisdom in our next blog post. –Joy

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Sit down quietly

“I think when we don’t know what to do it’s wise to do nothing,” Maya Angelou once said. “Sit down quietly; quiet our hearts and minds and breathe deeply.” My friend Mary Ann recently gave me a copy of Maya Angelou’s Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. I will share some […]

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Brutal honesty

I can’t think of a better present than a book, especially when it’s a gift from a good friend who knows exactly what kind of book you will enjoy. My friend Mary Ann recently gave me a copy of Rainbow in the Cloud—The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou. I will share some of Angelou’s […]

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The second spring

Now, when I take an early morning walk with my neighbor Gaynelle and our two dogs, the air is crisper, cooler, perfect for walking. By the time we return, the sun is up and it’s warm, but not hot. It’s autumn again, and the leaves are starting to turn. It’s an amazing time of the […]

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One at a time

Last night before I went to bed, I complained to my husband, “I can’t believe I have to get up and do those stupid exercises again.” I have been doing exercises every morning again and again and again since I broke my leg last year in March. I have been doing them for a year […]

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Just 150 minutes a week

Keep exercising.The experts advise spending 150 minutes a week taking a brisk walk—or doing some other kind of moderate intensity aerobic exercise. Plus, they advise us to do twice-weekly muscle strengthening. Research “paper after paper after paper shows that the most effective, potent way we can improve life and duration of life is exercise,” says […]

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