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It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.

This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.

I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Big Apple and Sandy

"Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing."– Socrates
Linda and I just returned from the Big Apple. Sandy chased us away. Just yesterday, we were at the La Guardia Airport with thousands of other travelers wanting to get out of Dodge. What a madhouse as it was noisy, congested and stressed with some with short tempers.
Good luck Beverly, my sister, as she now has to deal with Sandy. I do not envy what’s in store for her. When we left, Beverly and Roger were getting sandbags in order to protect their house and property before their evacuation.
I must admit that the airport and its people handled the crowds very efficiently. Unfortunately, I did not have a seat assignment on the connection from Houston to Sacramento and was told I had to deal with seat assignment there. We had a 39 minute connection between planes and of course our plane to Sacramento was late arriving to New York.  The plane God’s were with us as the pilot made up airtime. Linda and I ran to the connecting gate, I eventually got a seat assignment and we were  the last to board. Our luggage did not get lost and Secretariat was there to meet us and drive us home.
Secretariat, Randall, Diane and Michelle ran a half marathon on Saturday. At first, Randall ran with Secretariat and then fell back. Secretariat was running well and then thought he was racing somebody in his age group. This old looking man was in his late 40s and managed to get in front and finish before Secretariat. He was pleased when he learned that this man was considerably younger than him. He had a good run anyway.
Back to my story and stay in the Big Apple. What a city! We had a blast and walked around a lot of the city during our week there. We walked at Central Park, lower Manhattan, Battery Park, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, at Ellis Island, at the Statue of Liberty, across the Brooklyn Bridge, Bowery, meatpacking district, east village and other places. We ate Chinese, South American, Cuban and Jewish deli. We had so much fun and I did a couple of runs in Connecticut.
One favorite experience was seeing the play “Jersey Boys” which told the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In some ways it was like going to a concert only better in that there was a story told as well. Some of the songs went back to high school, teenage, and young adult years. Do you remember: Oh What a Night, Silhouettes, Earth Angel, I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Who Wears Short Shorts, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk like a Man, My Boyfriend’s Back, Stay, Bye-Bye Baby, and Can’t Take My Eyes off of You and others?
In addition to dealing with all the food that we ate, I stood during a few of our train rides to New York, on the subway, and on the Ferries. The people in New York were friendly and helpful especially in getting around the town. More about NYC to follow. However, it’s good to get back and today I will hit the trail.
It’s very clear, “keep moving.”


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