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Try 300 kicks

The Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall do 300 kicks during one show. That’s enough to burn 1,000 calories, according to an article in the December 4, 2017, issue of the Dallas Morning News. I’ll keep walking. I am sure that I am not up to even 30 high kicks. But, I am determined […]

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Stay strong like RBG

We’re going to buy The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong…and You can Too! on October 3. The new book will feature illustrations of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who’s 84, doing all of the exercises in her routine—including push-ups and core-strengthening planks. Since 1999, Ginsburg has been training twice a week for an hour with a […]

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Who’s normal?

“Someone you don’t know very well,” my friend Mary told me recently. –Joy

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Women without birth control

Lizel Torreras, the wife of a garbage scavenger in the Philippines, mixed together bitter herbs and mahogany bark, a home remedy for abortion. She would have taken birth control pills, but she couldn’t afford to buy them. “With just two kids, we were already struggling,” she said. “The children were going to have a hard […]

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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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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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Lessons from Ginger, my canine friend

Ginger, my faithful companion, who is sleeping now on the dog bed next to my desk, turned 11 last month. Despite her old age, she bolted out the back door yesterday, sure that this would finally be her lucky day and she would catch a squirrel. “She’s still frisky,” Dr. Allison Merrill, our veterinarian, told […]

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An epidemic of feeling bad

“There’s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what 0.5 percent of the human race looks like,” says Melissa McCarthy, the actress. According to the March 28, 2016, issue of Time magazine, McCarthy is arguing for more inclusive beauty standards. Thank you, Melissa McCarthy. I’m reminding myself […]

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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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Try awe and wonder

Go to an art museum and look at the paintings, or listen to classical music. Feelings of awe and wonder are associated with lower levels of pro-inflammatory proteins that can stress the immune system. That’s why artistic masterpieces can trigger positive emotions that help prevent heart disease and depression, concluded researchers at the University of […]

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