The Joys of Getting Older

The front cover:

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The back cover:

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The contents:

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Customer reviews are mostly positive:

5 out of 5 stars – Wonderful book! – by S.K. Smith December 28, 2010.  This fall I purchased this book for each of my birthday group. We are a group of over-65 friends who celebrate our November birthdays each year. Giving this “blank” book was both a tease and a challenge. One of our group is using the book to record ten things she’s thankful for each day. I use it to record special thoughts or activities as they come along.

There was one critical reviewer, who apparently didn’t get it:
1 out of 5 stars – Frustrated – by Col Jack Cacheon March 29, 2017.
Received 1st book w/ all blank pages. Notified shipper and received a 2nd copy and it to had all blank pages. Haven’t had time to follow up for a replacement. – So much for QC!

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The Wellness Project

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Enjoyed Phoebe Lapine’s new book immensely.  A self-described guide to finding the middle ground between health and hedonism, Phoebe provides eminently do-able ways in which you can become the architect of your own health one small step at a time.  Many of us have acute health challenges that rattle our cage, demanding that we go about the business of attending to our health in a more serious, or at least more effective way.  Phoebe’s motivation was frustration in battling Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune dysfunction of the thyroid gland named after the Japanese physician Hakaru Hashimoto.

The book is chock full of platitudes that are charming and some that are downright clever.  Here are a few of my favorite:

  1. Wellness is a journey, not a destination.
  2. Change is pretty f*ing hard.
  3. Decrease bread, red meat, alcohol; increase fruits, veggies, yogurt.
  4. Ractopamine, a drug that keeps animals lean, acts as a stress hormone in humans.
  5. Lemon juice is one of nature’s secret weapons.
  6. Things sometimes get worse before they get better.
  7. The best nourishment is the company you keep.
  8. Rashes are signs of internal imbalances, not random dermatologic events.
  9. Walk away from toxic relationships.
  10. Stressing about inflammation can sometimes be as corrosive as gluten.
  11. Food is ritual and cultural, to be savored and celebrated, until it isn’t.
  12. Chronic dehyrdation is one of the biggest barrier to good health: “Drink until your pee is consistently the mellowest of yellows or until you no longer feel thirsty.”
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Another Milestone!

A joy to witness the high school graduation of our eldest granddaughter, Atara Goldstein, this afternoon.  So proud of all her accomplishments, including National Honor Society, but mostly the beautiful young woman she has grown into, inside as well as outwardly.

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Happ Retrospective

By special request, a retrospective of Ian Happ through the baseball years as he readies himself at the top of the lineup again today for the Cubs’ afternoon start at Wrigley.  The sequence is:  Mt. Lebanon Devils (High School), Harwich Mariners (Cape Cod League), Cincinnati Bearcats (College), Eugene Emeralds (Short A), South Bend Cubs (Full A), Myrtle Bech Pelicans (Advanced A), Tennessee Smokies (Double A), Mesa Solar Sox (Arizona Fall League), Cubs Spring Training, Iowa Cubs (Triple A), and the Chicago Cubs (Major League).

Happ - Mt. Lebanon High

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Happ - Cape Cod All Star

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Another Nod to Joseph-Beth

It’s been nearly seven years since I blogged about Joseph-Beth, and it was great to see on our recent trip to Cincy that this independent bookseller is still going strong.  Such a pleasure to browse there, discovering many titles published in the UK market last year and translated into Amer-english in 2017.  Long may Joseph-Beth live in bricks & mortar!

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Beautiful 8th Grade Graduation

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A beautiful evening yesterday, with our eldest Cincinnati granddaughter, Chaya Gittel Goldberg being awarded her 8th grade diploma.  The poise with which she carried herself, and her heartfelt remarks, made us all proud.  Her artistic flair in helping create her class yearbook was evident, and it was great to witness this wonderful milestone as a family.

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“The Ian Happ Game”

CSN Chicago is already dubbing last night’s contest on ESPN “The Ian Happ Game”, no doubt because he homered in two of his first three at bats producing 4 RBIs that would be more than the margin of victory in a 7-6 game giving the Cubs a sweep of their midwest rivals.

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And what a showcase for Ian to display his talents in the leadoff spot for the Cubs, on a national stage.

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Reticent to bask in the spotlight, Ian was nudged to the top of the dugout stairs by teammates who sensed how electrified the Wrigley fans were by his second blast with two runners on base in the 4th inning.  He acknowledged that the curtain call was an awesome moment.

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As manager Joe Maddon observed after the game, “I means this guy, they struck him out a couple of times, but he’s really dangerous when that bat comes through.  He’s going to continue to do a better job of knowing what not to swing at.”  What is Joe referring to?  As I’ve pointed out before, as good as Ian’s judgment of the strike zone is, he has one Achilles Heel which is the off-speed pitch that drops below the strike zone as it crosses the plate – which he invariably gets on a two strike count and seems to have difficulty not  swinging at (when you’re talking baseball, you can end a sentence with a preposition).

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