Category: health

  • The joy of walking

    The writer Virginia Woolf walked as a cure to depression—and often she came up with scenes and plots for her books during her walks, says Kerri Andrews in her book Wanderers. “Oh, the joy of walking,” Woolf once wrote. “I’ve never felt it so strong in me…the trance like swimming, flying through the air, the…

  • A cure for physical distress

    Walking can strain the body, Kerri Andrews admits in her book Wanderers. However, Andrews writes about Sarah Stoddart Hazlitt’s cure for her physical distress. ”All that was necessary to allow her to move again with ease was a good night’s sleep and fine Scottish whiskey, with which she ‘rubbed my ankle and knee…which did it…

  • Walking is a good use of time

    In her book Wanderers, Kerri Andrews quotes Linda Cracknell about the benefits of walking. Walking, Cracknell says, “helps keep alive older ways of being…. “There was always something to watch, some association to remember, changes in light and sound and fragments of poetry and local lore to think about…. “Long hours walking were not time…

  • Women walking

    I’m walking. I love to walk in the morning. Walking helps me get my day off to a good start. It also helped me survive the pandemic, and it’s calming while we’re preparing to do a major foundation repair and house remodeling. Women have been walking for centuries I’ve discovered while reading Wanderers—A History of…

  • Try sitting and thinking

    It’s okay to do nothing. That’s why I love this quote from playwright Lorraine Hansberry. “Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.”

  • Keep swimming–and keep singing

    My friend whose husband has brain cancer visited me. What can we do when something bad happens? Sometimes you can take action to find a solution, but sometimes there is no solution. These words are from a poem from How Beautiful the Beloved by Gregory Orr.  One of the best kinds of friends are friends…

  • Endurance

    My friend Sally, a retired nurse practitioner, examined my sprained ankle today. She predicts it may take three months for it to heal. Yikes! I am impatient. However, I have no broken bones. And, my problem is minor. My problem is minor compared to the problems faced by the people in Ukraine, Turkey and Syria,…

  • Keep laughing

    My husband Jerry and I both have COVID. Yikes! This is not the best way to start the new year, but we are getting better and we are taking care of each other. And, we’re still smiling—and laughing. Laugh a lot. That’s my Resolution #3. As Victor Hugo says, “Laughter is sunshine. It chases winter…

  • My bodily autonomy?!

    Former Vice President Pence wants to implement a nationwide ban on abortion and to continue the fight “to restrict bodily autonomy.” Bodily autonomy is “the right to governance over one’s own body.” Yikes! Former Vice President Pence has no right to restrict my bodily autonomy—or the bodily autonomy of any woman. –Joy

  • My brain dried up?

    It’s summer in Dallas. It’s hot. Maybe that’s why I’m a bit lethargic and my brain is a bit foggy. At least, my brain hasn’t dried up completely?! Cervantes writes about Don Quixote: “Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind.” –Joy