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By now, we’re all wearing face masks as a matter of course.  I’m as committed to limiting the spread and flattening the curve as the next person.  However, wearing a mask when it’s 90 degrees and 90 percent humidity feels like I”m wearing a (used) diaper! AUGH. Also, while it’s nice to eat to food
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No Fourth of July celebration would be complete without fireworks – but do you know what you’re looking at?  Here’s a quick cheat sheet of some popular ones. Brocade: (at left) A spider like effect in the sky, much like fine lace. The brocade effect is generally a silver tail effect, and is brighter than the
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Can poetry ease the tedium of lockdown as well as boost brain and memory? Although there are many studies that indicate that poetry can help boost memory in people with dementia (see here) in one nursing home, a chaplain is using poetry as a springboard to much more for many more people. Since the end
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The pandemic still continues, with spotty results across the nation.  Some states and municipalities are reporting declining trends, others are reporting a pickup in cases.  The rules for opening stores and service providers, for wearing masks in public, and what’s open (or not) is literally all over the map….and the big unknown is how many
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Although the end (hopefully) to lockdown is almost in sight for some of us, once we emerge we’re going to find that living in pajama bottoms disguised all the weight we’ve gained by our limited activity (and unlimited fridge access). Personally, I was happy to just hold the line, maybe lose a pound or two.
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It’s like Festivus came early this year!  Some of us are entering the third month of lockdown, and tempers are getting especially frayed, but you don’t need three months of house arrest to start feeling a little…tetchy.  Being confined to home and “suiting up” before for that rare trip outside, foregoing haircuts – it all
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Online games are a huge help staying entertained during a quarantine, but they can do more than just divert you.  As we age, playing certain games can help us cognitively…and according to research, might even improve our mood and sense of well-being. To keep things simple, we looked for games that you can play online
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Gee, it’s 4:00 and I feel a little…peckish.  I would eat fruit but I’m all out and can’t spare the hour or so to suit up, go outside and wait on line until I can be allowed into the store…but hey, I think I still have some ice cream in the fridge… Yep, I’ve fallen
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We put out the call to our readers last Sunday asking them for their top three movies and favorite movie quotes. (The story is here, along with the comments. It’s interesting to see everyone’s “comfort’ movies: the ones you’ll see over and over, and your favorite quotes. Among the many reponses we got, we saw
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We posted this open thread on April 5 inviting you to share your favorite movies, the ones you watch over and over again. There was lots of love for the Sound of Music, but a few surprises too! Scroll down to see all the comments from readers and add yours!  While we’re all hunkered down
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We put out the call and got so many responses to our Open Thread about favorite comfort foods. Some of them are pure junk food (guilty as charged, I love potato chips), but the majority were real foods with actual nutritional value…and of course they are as varied as our readers and subscribers. Soup got
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Senior Planet is launching an “open thread” series on Sundays to bring together all our readers and solicit your input and thoughts on the different topics.  Please share your thoughts in the comments!  During this epidemic, we’re stuck at home, we can’t socialize, and we limit our time outside…but not outside the refrigerator! Many studies
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By the fifth day of my nine-day pastel painting workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I was bushed. I decided to skip the class trip to a ranch and instead hung around town with my husband…but over the previous four days, I’d lugged all my gear out into the field twice, painted two churches,
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