The news is short, but not sweet

The clamor is getting louder. The experts agree on one fact. We’re consuming too much sugar. Now the World Health Organization recommends cutting our intake of sugar to six to 12 teaspoons a day. And, you could get that much sugar in a single can of soda. Here are some more facts from a March […]

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Are you hungry?

I just had a wonderful visit with my son, Jay, and my brother, James, and his two adult children, Willie and Emma. It was a wonderful visit, but, after they left, I realized that I had spent four days overeating. I ate a couple of big pieces of Jay’s birthday cake with ice cream. I […]

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Anne Whitney and Lady Godiva

I was intrigued when I saw a statue of Lady Godiva recently at the Dallas Museum of Art and noticed that the sculptor was Anne Whitney, who was born in 1821 and died in 1915. The museum’s information explained that Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets in midday in an effort to get her […]

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The penalty for gluttony

Remember the seven deadly sins, standardized by Pope Gregory I in 590 CE? They are pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth. Thanks to Steven Pinker and his book The Better Angels of Our Nature—Why Violence has Declined, I just discovered the penalty for gluttony—and I think the prescribed punishment must be one of […]

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Addicted to sugar?

“Sugar is addictive,” wrote James J. DiNicolantonio and Sean C. Lucan in the December 22, 2014, issue of The New York Times. “And we don’t mean addictive in that way that people talk about delicious foods. We mean addictive, literally, in the same way as drugs….Cravings induced by sugar are comparable to those induced by […]

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Exercise keeps you healthy

Scientists at King’s College London and the University of Birmingham in England studied men and women, ages 55 to 79, who bicycle regularly. The men could ride 62 miles in six and a half hours, and the women 37 miles in five and a half hours. They found that, on almost all measures, the bikers’ […]

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A nice problem

I wish I could lose five pounds. I wish my closet was clean. I wish I had more willpower. “Modern life is a wonderful thing, rife with freedom and opportunity, but it comes with the problem of self-control,” says Daniel Akst, the author of We Have Met the Enemy: Self-control in an Age of Excess. […]

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The clutter cure?

If you’re not living up to your potential, “clutter is probably the culprit,” writess Pamela Druckerman, in the February 15, 2015, issue of The New York Times. Druckerman reports that the top-ranked book on The New York Times list of self-help books promises that, with an orderly house, you can “pour your time and passion […]

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One project at a time

Fayteen and I are resolving, once again, to get rid of some of the clutter in our homes. It’s very appropriate that I found some inspiration and helpful hints in an article from the November 22, 2011, issue of The New York Times. I uncovered the article in a pile of important and not-so-important papers […]

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Books and music

What will Mrs. Dashwood and her daughter Margaret do when her two older daughters go on a trip? “We shall go on so quietly and happily together with our books and our music,” Mrs. Dashwood stresses in Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility. I am sure that I wouldn’t want to live in England in the […]

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