One of the things I do frequently is help people learn to use their new and terrifying iPad. This scary device is often given to older adults as a way to stay in touch with family. The other day I was helping Margie, and when we finished I mentioned I played the ukulele. She walked over to a shelf by her piano, produced a ukulele and we sat side by side on her piano bench where she played by ear whatever I could produce on the uke. It was the most fun I’d had in ages.
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I just began My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. The Prelude made me cry when I read this line, “. . . inside each of us has a purple motorcycle. We have only to discover it – and ride.” (My dream has always been a Vespa.)
Then I read the Introduction and found the page I photographed above. In honor of Gloria Steinem, who has been my lifelong inspiration, we will no longer have comments. We will have an open space for your story on every page.
When I was a kid I never had bookmarks. I would tear bits of paper from the newspaper or shred a paper napkin to use as a bookmark. Now I collect bookmarks. I have some beautiful ones. Some I love but never use because they are thick – leather or fabric – and bad for the spine of a book. My favorite has a photo of Frida Kahlo at the top and a tassle at the bottom.
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If you judged her life based on her social media presence, you would think it was all cotton candy and joy. The reality is different from the online persona. She’s not alone in this. We all do it. The trick is to find the secret reality behind the facade.
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What do you do to protect your mental health? My main habit to protect my mental health is not to watch TV news. I find out everything important anyway, even though I haven’t watched the news in decades. I know people who watch the news channels all day long. Those people are upset and angry all day long. The news is aimed at the reptilian brain, not at higher levels of reasoning.
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You need 14 hugs a day. Yeah, read that somewhere. How many good laughs do you need a day? Using your smile muscles affects your mental health. So you probably need an equal number of hugs and laughs. If you know someone who makes you laugh pay them a visit and give them a hug.
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Instead of barbecue sauce, she cooked her ribs with slices of bacon laid atop each rib. She didn’t think it was that creative or unusual, but when her guests bit into the ribs, they all exclaimed at length about what a great idea it was.
Maybe she could grow into a decent cook after all.
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The magazines near the grocery store checkout were talking about winter wardrobes. It made me smile. Who can afford two wardrobes? My winter wardrobe is just like my summer wardrobe, but piled on deeper in several layers. I did find a . . .
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What do you need in a best friend? The biggest thing is that they don’t judge. They accept you for whatever you are. If you’re fun that day, they love you. If you’re cranky that day, they love you. A best friend is willing to do things you want to do – even if they aren’t their favorite thing. A best friend listens when you need listening, plays when you need playing, and cries when you need crying.
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