Category Archives: health

Labor saving devices?

“Alexa, feed my cat.  Alexa, write my term paper and then scrub the kitchen floor.” According to a recent New York Times article, people are falling in love with digital assistant Alexa, Amazon’s voice service found in several of its … Continue reading

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How our brains mess with us

Donald Trump says the news media lie. In most instances he’s wrong, but that’s not the focus of today’s blog. Many of us face a bigger threat to receiving honest information than from the so-called fake media. What could that … Continue reading

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The garden as therapy

The best thing about retirement is that you can slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life. Except that I keep forgetting to slow down. No. That’s not entirely true.  I devote my early mornings to reading the news, … Continue reading

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Forbidden fruits

These days, deciding what goes into making a healthy meal requires serious study…and a certain flexibility about “the latest” research. A recent issue of “Time” magazine listed twelve foods we should eat (taken from their list in “Time 100 Healthiest Foods”) and gives … Continue reading

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When it comes to aging, attitudes matter

In 2009, 100,000 American women, middle-aged and older, demonstrated that when it comes to health and aging, our attitudes matter.  Those with a more hopeful outlook on life (optimists) were less likely than those with a more negative view of … Continue reading

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Seasons of change

Northwest skies are gray and our backyard plum and maple trees have already begun to let go of their leaves.  No matter how warm the days, nights are cool. Projects I began in the spring, then ignored while the sun … Continue reading

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More alternative medicine

There was a time when people suffering from delusions talked about being abducted by aliens.  Maybe they still do. Anyway, the gist of what happened in these forced encounters was that the aliens did a lot of poking and prodding … Continue reading

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Non-traditional medicine for a traditional patient

When someone talks about about health problems you know that they’re old, and that the topic is likely to put you to sleep. Wait!  This is not your ordinary medical story. I’ve just embarked on a month-long journey that requires … Continue reading

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A lifestyle, not a diet

They tell you it’s not a diet, but a lifestyle.  They’re wrong. It has to be a diet: I’m hungry. Nutritionists advise us to stop eating sugar, not the natural sugars in fruits, but added sugars found in everything from … Continue reading

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Shh. My brain is recharging.

As my husband and I plan to meet friends at a Seattle restaurant for dinner tonight, I predict that much of our conversation will be lost. Not because we won’t be talking, but because we won’t be hearing. Sure, our … Continue reading

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