Progressively Falling Apart

Are we progressively falling apart, or less dramatically, is the more significant question “what really is aging?”  In the last year I have had three surgeries that required anesthesia. Friends of mine have had breast cancer, melanoma, falling incidents, accidents, and broken bones. Harrumph…is this what getting older is all about? Progressive frailty is a reality…

Saturday night….and it’s all right

Retirement is likely to sound to the unretired like every night assumes a sameness. Since no one day is generally different routinely related to work or weekends,, there is an assumption that every day has a certain sameness. It doesn’t. There are certain life’s rituals that attach to days of the week. Also, there is…

Lucca, Italy

This morning I was reading the Sunpapers’ Life and Travel section.  There is an interview (by Jae-Ha Kim) of the new book, “The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir” written by Sheila E.  One of the questions was about travel and asked what untapped destination should people know about?  The answer was Lucca, Italy.…

Chicory and Late Summer

This reminds me of my childhood and summer walks in a meadow. Common chicory is also known as blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue sailors, blue weed, bunk, coffeeweed, cornflower, hendibeh, horseweed, ragged sailors, succory, wild bachelor’s buttons, and wild endive (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).  When cultivated, it is radicchio and Belgian endive.  This plant has many…

Using UBER

Recently on a trip to Southern California and due to lots of logistical issues, I was without a ride from the airport in Orange County to visit family in Laguna Beach.  I was planning on taking a taxi since it seemed the simplest.  My son suggested I use UBER.  I have seen many articles on…

Lullaby Time: Little Man You’ve Had A Busy Day

Nearly every newsletter on health, national newspapers columns on skin beauty, and talking TV heads emphatically stress the benefits of sleep. The 2013 International Bedroom Poll – National Sleep Foundation, is the first international sleep habits poll, http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-polls-data/other-polls/2013-international-bedroom-poll , and it noted cultural differences among six countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany,…

Beautiful and Peaceful Evening

Calming and serene, isn’t it?  Mother Nature can provide solace, pleasure for the eyes, and peace to the soul.  After a month of traveling and surgery and tourists, this unexpected view tonight brought peace and yet, motivation.  What is most amazing is that looking out on the marsh shows life is ever-changing, like a child’s…