After several days of helping a friend collect her part of the physical detritus of a shared life prior to moving into a life on her own, I’m also emotionally drained, as both the people are our friends. I don’t say “were our friends” because singly they remain our friends even though now detached into two separate names rather than two names joined by the small word “and.” (more…)
Archive for the ‘Health’ Category
Tags: dealing with pain, divorce, forgiveness, friends, life, marriage, moving on, musings, pain, personal
Tags: farmers market, food, health, Michael Pollan, North Union Farmers Market, photos, produce
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
– Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
If you stay away from grocery stores, Michael Pollan’s admonitions become much easier to follow. Join me in my weekly Saturday morning trip to the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square in the eastern suburbs of Cleveland for food, mostly plants. You can also get eggs, cheese, and grass-fed, no-antibiotic meat if you choose, local honey and much, much more. (All quotes are by Michael Pollan.)
Tags: beauty, farmers market, food, health, lettuce, photos, produce, strawberries
Today at the farmer’s market, I bought the largest head of romaine lettuce I’ve ever seen for a mere $3. While it’s true that romaine is both delicious and nutritious, lettuce look at its beauty.
Tags: cancer, family, flash fiction, Friday Fictioneers, gifts, health, laughter, Love, short story
As someone once said…oh, wait! I said this.
Take heart, all ye brave Fictioneers
For Wednesday is finally here.
Look at the prompt.
Create what you want.
Work through the blood, sweat and tears.
One week I’m sure that I heard,
“One hundred words? That’s absurd!
I can’t tell my story
In all of its glory
With that few,” some authors averred.
Now that the deadline is near
Even tho’ that story’s so dear
If you wield the scalpel
Relief will be palpable
And your writing all that much more clear.
EL, this picture is so you!
What do you give someone who might shortly need nothing?
Poking around a dusty antique store, we serendipitously unearthed the perfect cancer-fighting gift, a gift that was us.
First came Jessica, always nosy, Christmas-present-ferreter-outer extraordinaire,
Nigel, giraffe-tall and gangly,
Mom, “a real tigress” as Dad fondly called her, and
me, an adopted polyglot of colors.
We smuggled the Elezegeraffe into Dad’s hospital room, aided and abetted by willing nurses. Today “E” resides in our side yard, reminder of a time of joy and laughter.
To this day, we remain convinced that the ensuing hilarity was the beginning of Dad’s healing.
Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
A day without laughter is a day wasted.
Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
According to some studies, laughter therapy may provide physical benefits, such as helping to:
- Boost the immune system and circulatory system
- Enhance oxygen intake
- Stimulate the heart and lungs
- Relax muscles throughout the body
- Trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)
- Ease digestion/soothes stomach aches
- Relieve pain
- Balance blood pressure
- Improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)
Laughter therapy may also help to:
- Improve overall attitude
- Reduce stress/tension
- Promote relaxation
- Improve sleep
- Enhance quality of life
- Strengthen social bonds and relationships
- Produce a general sense of well-being
Tags: day of rest, day off, family, focaccia, food, friends, Genesis 2:2, gluten-free recipe, God, health, musings, recipe, resting, Sunday, take a break
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Genesis 2:2
Wait! If you don’t believe in God, don’t run off. This is about resting, not about faith. If God rested (which we all know He didn’t really need to do, except as an example), surely we mere humans can use a rest as well. But do we get one? (more…)
Tags: cutting things from your life, family, friends, growth, health, just say no, lilacs, miscellaneous, musings, personal, priorities, purning, relationships, technology, time off, words of wisdom
I mentioned to Bill one day that our three lilac bushes needed pruning, then forgot about it. One memorable day not long after, I drove home and saw that he had pruned them (was, in fact, just finishing)–to about a third of the original size. I was appalled. But fortunately, the lilacs came back strong and every spring we see dark purple, lilac, and white blooms, one large bush of each. (more…)
Tags: assault by sound, coffee shops, down time, health, Hot Topic, musings, noise, noise pollution, silence, sports bars, technology, technology vs. people, too much noise
I was assaulted yesterday at the gas station while attempting to fill the van without having to take out a payday loan. Exiting into the biting wind, the blare of the outdoor televisions forced its way into my ears, alternately urging me to buy some product I know will kill me (and not even having the courtesy to taste good while doing so) and telling me everything I never wanted to know about “entertainment news.” (more…)
Tags: at risk for osteoporosis, bone health, bone strength, exercise, exercising in winter, exercising indoors, fitness, get fit while watching TV, getting in shape, getting started with fitness, health, indoor exercise, jogging in place, osteopenia, osteoporosis
I can see the skepticism on your face from here, so don’t think you’re getting away with it just because you’re hiding behind your computer, laptop, tablet or phone! Some of you are wondering if you’ll also get a set of Ginsu knives free when you send for my $19.95 program (free shipping and handling, today only). And some of you, who shall remain nameless, are simply scoffing. Get in shape while watching TV? If it were that easy, everyone would be fit.
Tags: green, greens, health, photos, produce, vegan/vegetarian, winter farmers market, winter food
Tags: 2013, advice, Bobby Flay recipe, family, food, friends, health, musings, New Year, resolutions
We’ve had our last meal of the year: Bobby Flay’s salmon with mustard and brown sugar glaze, (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/salmon-with-brown-sugar-and-mustard-glaze-recipe/index.html), farro (my new favorite grain), cauliflower, and bubbly. Later, we’ll have Julie Hasson’s rice pudding, (vegan and seriously good), http://www.juliehasson.com/2011/10/old-fashioned-creamy-rice-pudding/. (more…)