Be grateful

What do you need to do to be healthier? “Most things I would say are commonsense—things you were taught in first grade,” Dr. David Johnson, chair of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center told The Dallas Morning News in an article in its September 30, 2014, issue. “You don’t have to […]

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Survive as yourself

“The real challenge is not simply to survive,” Eli Kazan said. “Hell, anyone can do that. It’s to survive as yourself—undiminished.” I found that quote in a book—Here’s to You by Zadra and Wills—on sale at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. I also discovered two more quotes worth repeating. Be bold in what you […]

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Changing a bad habit

Now when I wake up, I make myself a cup of English Breakfast tea—and drink it without artificial sweetener. During the day, I drink water—plain from the tap or sparkling—instead of diet soft drinks. When I think about my favorite drink—diet Sunkist, I remember that I am determined—Resolute!—to change a bad habit. I have survived […]

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Open your mind

I found a little book full of interesting quotes at my brother and sister-in-law’s house in New Mexico. Here are three of my favorites from Open Your Mind, Open Your Life—A Book of Eastern Wisdom by Taro Gold. * Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in theirs. * A book is a […]

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Laughter for your soul

Titana Kaula, a yoga instructor in Albuquerque, remembers when she was a single mother and she was working full-time. She was so busy that she had to exercise during her lunch hour. She soon realized that those workouts relieved her stress. “Engaging in exercise is some kind of laughter for your soul,” Kaula told Donna […]

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I’m doing it

As I explained in a recent blog post, I am no longer drinking diet soft drinks or putting artificial sweetener in my tea. It might not seem like a big deal to you. But, it is a big deal to me. I have a tendency to be addicted to food—and to drinks—diet Pepsi for a […]

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A day at James and Jeany’s farm

My brother James just broke a chicken’s neck. He killed it, and now he’s plucking its feathers. My sister-in-law Jeany is working at the Los Lunas community garden. Yesterday I helped Jeany and her friend Suzanne make salsa using tomatoes, onions and green peppers from Jeany’s garden and garlic from the community garden. We canned […]

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Making an October resolution

For a decade now, I’ve been counting Weight Watcher points—which means a limited number of French Fries and chocolate candy. And, for a year or so, I’ve been counting carbohydrates because I’m pre-diabetic—which means no orange juice for breakfast. Now, I’m giving up diet soft drinks and artificial sweetener in my tea—because the latest research […]

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Keep going

Earline Loremo is an excellent role model for all of us. As Loremo, who is 90, explained in the September 30, 2014, issue of The Dallas Morning News, she always has been active, but she had a bad fall two years ago and spent several weeks in bed. But Loremo was determined to get out […]

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Growing older and wiser

As I mentioned in a recent blog post, I had a birthday recently. I’m happy to report that I’m not only older, I’m also a little wiser. I credit my increased wisdom to a delightful little birthday book that was a present from my brother David and his wife Barbie. In She…, Kobi Yamada writes: […]

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