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Blast from the Past
Tuesday, November 15, 2016      26 comments

A student whom I taught college art history between 1977 and 1979 -- yes, that long ago!! -- has contacted me out of the blue. She apparently went off to McGill and pursued a degree in art history there. And: we're meeting for lunch to... Read more
Flu Shot?
Monday, November 14, 2016      23 comments

I know, I know. Getting a flu shot is a personal decision. It's your right to refuse. Lots of people believe that the stats tracking flu deaths (and flu-related deaths, when flu evolves into pneumonia or CPD or congestive heart morta... Read more
The Fear Cure: Lissa Rankin
Sunday, November 13, 2016      14 comments

thechalkboardmag.com/lis
sa-rankins-precription-for
-courage That 1CRAZYDOG quote about possibility was my intro to Lissa Rankin, and since then I've listened to three of her TED talks. She's terrific. Not one ... Read more
You Want it Darker
Saturday, November 12, 2016      15 comments

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
v0nmHymgM7Y I've been listening to Leonard Cohen -- a Canadian-- since my early teens. Suzanne. Famous Blue Raincoat. (Of course I bought a blue raincoat . . . who would not?) And of cou... Read more
Vicarious Trauma: Remembrance Day
Friday, November 11, 2016      17 comments

www.theglobeandmail.com/
life/parenting/vicarious-t
rauma-from-ptsd-can-be-pas
sed-from-parent-to-child/a
rticle32798545/ Today is Remembrance Day in Canada -- and Americans too remember their war dead. I'l... Read more
Make Room for Possibility: 1CRAZYDOG
Wednesday, November 09, 2016      16 comments

"Surrender your fears to make room for possibility." Lissa Rankin That's 1CRAZYDOG's quote for today. Maybe she was saving it up for when we really needed it?... Read more
DNA and Quitting Smoking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016      18 comments

www.thestar.com/life/hea
lth_wellness/2016/11/07/do
ctors-notes-finding-it-har
d-to-quit-smoking-blame-yo
ur-genes.html Yup, it's true. Some people find it much harder to quit smoking than others. Apparently i... Read more
Blissful Day
Monday, November 07, 2016      16 comments

We're having such a beautiful extended autumn here. Yesterday was the last day our golf club was open -- and although my golf wasn't great, the experience absolutely was. Brilliant golden leaves, slanting autumn light, and when we got home... Read more
Wow, What a Great Convo!! No Pie in the Face!!!
Sunday, November 06, 2016      17 comments

Really truly enjoyed all of the wise and rich comments on my (risky) blog yesterday . . . it took trust to put it out there, and I'm grateful that the responses refrained from "blog shaming" -- which is not as painful as body shaming (because tr... Read more
Two Live Sparkies and a Candid Conversation
Saturday, November 05, 2016      25 comments

I've known for a long time that my long-time hairdresser (he's absolutely THE BEST) is a persistent lurker (no Spark Page) on Spark. He's totally committed to health and fitness, tracks nutrition, looks (at 58) utterly fabulous and is one of my... Read more
Shout out to BARB5454: staying on the trail
Thursday, November 03, 2016      18 comments

www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
ge_public_journal_individu
al.asp?blog_id=6261243 I've been thinking a lot about keeping on keeping on -- and the role (for me) of the Spark community in doing just that. And then I got a ... Read more
Late to the Party
Monday, October 31, 2016      20 comments

There was a terrific discussion of "Tell Me I'm Fat" on the At Goal and Maintaining Message Board mid-July. JEANKNEE gave me the link www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
ark/team_messageboard_thre
ad.asp?board=0x1111x63727933 ... Read more
Tell Me I'm Fat
Sunday, October 30, 2016      26 comments

www.thisamericanlife.org
/radio-archives/episode/58
9/tell-me-im-fat A Sparkie friend put me onto this radio archive collection which explores the "fat acceptance" movement from a number of different angles. It's... Read more
Low-Key Weekend: Current Reading
Saturday, October 29, 2016      20 comments

Not planning on doing a whole lot this weekend!! I'm at that "yes, gonna survive" stage of recovery from the flu, but still not feeling optimal. So: got the laundry done. Will get to the library. I'm just finishing up the new Ale... Read more
Flu-ish
Friday, October 28, 2016      23 comments

Achy. Sore throat. Running nose. Left work yesterday at noon and slept. Still feeling punk -- and not wanting to spread my germs at work. So: I'm taking it easy, snoozing and hydrating and just generally hoping by Monday I'm ba... Read more

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