Author Archives: stillalife

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.

Who is the real you? Ask someone else

Recently, a newcomer appeared at my monthly lunch with former work friends: a daughter-in-law who was visiting from another state. In other words, a younger person. While aging is not a focus of our conversations, when we meet the topic … Continue reading

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Happiness around the world

Lately, when I’m not in doctor’s offices or the emergency room, I’ve had a bit of time on my hands, some of which I’ve put to reading. (All these medical adventures relate to small fractures on my ankle and a … Continue reading

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Not another lifestyle blog

Lifestyle. A topic that’s been on my mind since I saw a piece from The Washington Post on “global lifestyle trends.” Until I read the article and researched the number of blogs devoted to this topic — 1.4 million and counting … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with sloth?

When I was a kid, my favorite activity — which resembled inactivity — was lying on the couch and reading. My parents weren’t as thrilled as I was about a physical output that consisted of moving my eyes across a … Continue reading

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Giving crutches the boot

Today’s horoscope sealed my commitment to return to blogging after another long hiatus.  It said, “Maintain reassuring physical health and fitness routines. Steadily build energy and strength.” If only… For the past month, I’d been doing exactly what the horoscope … Continue reading

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Happy that some trends are passing me by

I’ve reached the stage in life where the thought that some trends are passing me by brings great relief. When I was younger and heard elders talk like I’m talking now I felt disappointment. How could they not want to … Continue reading

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A poem for everyone

Seems like I’ve been away from this blog forever.  I’ve been busy reading other people’s writing, as in grant applications, as part of my volunteer role on a local committee. My head is into programs for those who are homeless, … Continue reading

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Finding silence where we can

7:30 a.m. That’s when the trouble begins: heavy equipment chomps down on the collections of wood, metal and plastic that once were houses, making our house rumble while they’re at it. Following this, the new construction begins with a bang, … Continue reading

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Technical support

I miss Nancy. She provided tech support to everyone in the building where I once worked. Nancy was calm under pressure from the masses of employees who called her every day saying they needed her help immediately, optimistic that she … Continue reading

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Thanks but no thanks

Advice you’ll never hear from Miss Manners: You may send your friends and relatives birthday cards, anniversary cards, graduation cards, get-well cards and sympathy cards, but don’t send anyone a thank-you card. It’s too risky for both the sender and … Continue reading

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