Monthly Archives: August 2011

Boosting your brain power

There are at least three things you can do immediately to help your brain, the most remarkable organ in your body:  exercise regularly,  sleep well, and lower your stress levels.  So says John Medina, a local molecular biologist and author … Continue reading

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Two passions, two jobs

I’m intrigued by people who live double lives.  I’m not talking about secret agents or cartoon characters like Clark Kent, aka Superman.  I’m referring to people who hold challenging day jobs they love, while also following an artistic passion on … Continue reading

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Standing room only

Do you ever wonder how many people will attend your funeral or memorial service?   I thought about this over the weekend, because I attended services in two different churches, both packed with mourners.  I know the question is hardly … Continue reading

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Red, the color of joy

Yesterday morning, as I rocketed around the track at the YMCA, I watched the senior aerobics and strengthening classes moving to a musical beat in the gym below.  Suddenly I thought of the early morning exercisers I had photographed in … Continue reading

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A contemporary fairy godmother

There are times in all our lives when we need a fairy godmother, not the one whose sprinkling of magic dust turned Cinderella’s pumpkin into a coach and the castle’s rodents into horses, but someone with the same rousing spirit … Continue reading

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Self-discipline, tranquility and snacking

As I celebrate one year of retirement, I’m finally able to relax.  This month, I’ve spent more time than ever sitting on the porch, watching our neighborhood hummingbirds gorge themselves inside the fuchsia blossoms, and admiring the aerobatics of the biplane … Continue reading

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Knitted graffiti attacks spread

At last our city has been bombed.  No one has been hurt, because the bombs have been constructed with material not known to be dangerous, except to the wallets of those who buy it.  I’m talking about “yarn bombs,” or what … Continue reading

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Small Change

Do as I say, not as I do.  Am I guilty of this when I share ideas on these pages from psychologists, philosophers and my experiences about positive ways to enhance one’s life?  Sure.  The recommendations I offer here are … Continue reading

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What’s your mission?

Do you have a personal mission statement (also called a “manifesto”)?  A statement of beliefs and intentions? A set of guiding principles for how to live your life?  It’s possible that you do somewhere in the recesses of your brain. … Continue reading

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Imperfection as a way of life

The Gifts of Imperfection.  Somehow this book ended up on my library request list, although I don’t remember what prompted me to request it.  It was probably the title. I’ve always thought perfection was a gift, so finding a book … Continue reading

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