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About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness.

Tech troubles

Technology is not my friend and neither are gremlins. I had reason to pick on both this past week. My troubles started with my new Fitbit, the wrist monitor that keeps track of steps walked and more.  After reading the “Product … Continue reading

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It’s not corn. It’s sorghum.

  Ever wanted to know more about sorghum*, besides wondering if it’s a dental disorder? I didn’t either, until I found some growing in my yard.  I’ll point out that my yard is located much closer to city skyscrapers than to … Continue reading

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Decluttering as a solo activity

My husband and I are at the age when we start to think about a future different from the present, one in which we might not spend the rest of our days in our two-story house, might not even live … Continue reading

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It’s a date

I predict that in 2022, I’ll never miss an appointment, and even better, every single day I’ll  be surrounded by fuzzy animal babies and birds with wingspans of 747’s. All thanks to the National Wildlife Federation, Earth Justice, The Wilderness … Continue reading

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Nothing normal about these days

Last week, Washington’s governor lifted most Covid-19 restrictions and pushed us out of our protective nests into the post-pandemic “life is nearly normal” world. For the fully vaccinated, no masks, no social distancing, and hugs are allowed. This is what … Continue reading

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Stop sticking out your neck and stand up straight

I expect nearly every mother in this world has said to her child, “Stand up straight!” My mother warned me about my bad posture at the beginning of seventh grade. Back then, I had no excuse. Today, I’d be off … Continue reading

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If the shoe fits

Our attention spans are shortening. “An average attention span— the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted — has decreased to just 8 seconds. This is 50% less than 17 years ago!” I can vouch for the … Continue reading

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For what are you grateful?

For this blog— on the topic of gratitude— I’m returning to the same source that inspired my previous post called, “Every day is Earth Day.” The source is the book “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, botanist, professor, writer and … Continue reading

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Every day is Earth Day

I spent part of Earth Day gardening, one day after I heard a lecture by Robin Wall Kimmerer, botanist, professor, writer and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. And then I listened to several of her speeches on Youtube. I … Continue reading

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Homage to flowers with Shakespeare’s help

Longer days, blue skies, vaccinations, and flowers are the best treatments to erase the winter and Covid blues, and lately I’ve been able to experience them all. But there’s no guarantee of daily sun until after the Fourth of July; … Continue reading

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