What it’s like to be a mother

“D.C.” was one of many women incarcerated at the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center in Tulsa, but this particular prisoner took a poetry class and wrote a poem that’s published in a slim book called Poetic Justice. She writes that being a mother is: “like sunshine sometimes. It’s a wonderful melody.” And, then, it […]

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Exercise can help cure addictions

If you can’t eat just one cookie or one potato chip—and that one cookie or one chip can lead to a day or two of eating too, too much, you may battle a food addiction. I do. Dr. John Ratey has a chapter in his book Spark—The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain […]

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Exercise makes me feel better

Even when I think I’d rather roll over and sleep some more instead of getting up and taking my morning walk, I know from experience that I’ll feel better after I my dog and I get some exercise. Dr. John Ratey affirms my conclusion and explains exactly why exercise makes changes in my brain that […]

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Exercise your brain

When I take my morning walk, I’m improving my body and my brain. That’s the fascinating conclusion of Dr. John J. Ratey in his book Spark—The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. Exercise improves learning on three levels, Dr. Ratey says. “First, it optimizes your mind-set to improve alertness, attention and motivation. Second, […]

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One life

“We all get one life,” says swimmer Diana Nyad, who swam 110.86 miles from Cuba to Florida in 2013. “You don’t get to do any day over again.” Now past 60, Nyad’s not going to spend any of her one life worrying about getting older. “I color my hair, for sure,” she told The Dallas […]

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How to have a good day

Caroline Webb has suggestions for making the best of bad situations in her book How to Have a Good Day. * When you disagree with people, try repeating their side of the argument back to them affirmatively. They will feel appreciative even if they know they’re not winning the argument. * If you procrastinate, promise […]

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Mindful meditation

Mindful meditation can help you gain control of your own attention and your own presence, says David Gelies in his new book Mindful Work. What is mindful meditation? “It’s really the practice of learning how to be right here, right now in an accepting way with whatever is happening, rather than letting our thoughts carry […]

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Keep sparkling

“Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.” I found that advice in a classroom at the elementary school where I volunteer as a mentor. –Joy

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No female brain?

Researchers at Tel Aviv looked at MRI scans of 1,400 brains and concluded that “the brain does not reflect a clear dichotomy based on gender difference,” reported the online Science magazine on November 30, 2015. The study found that human brains do not fit neatly into “male” and “female” categories. In fact, although researchers have […]

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Women still can’t win

“if you’re tough and take charge, you’re pushy, bossy, maybe even a bitch,” says Catherine Rampell in an article in the January 23, 2016, issue of The Dallas Morning News. “If you stand aside and let others give direction, you’re meek, weak, probably not leadership material.” In a new survey of women who work in […]

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