Open Thread

The pandemic is surging/resurging in some areas and retreating in others; authorities say it’s a matter of how seriously the locals are about taking precautions:  social distancing, wearing masks, hand sanitizers, etc.  In NYC, for instance, restaurants were preparing to open for in-house dining, only to have the Governor pull back indefinitely because of the
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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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We’re going into the third month of lockdown.  How are you doing?  What’s your biggest challenge, and how have you addressed it? Have you picked up a new hobby? Learned a new skill?  Do you binge watch TV?  Have you tackled some long-delayed chores?   Started an online class? What gets you through the day?
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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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This lockdown seems like it will go on forever, but there will be an end…but how do we keep our attitudes up in the meantime, and combat depression or other mental/emotional challenges? Some studies suggest that gratitude can be a major influence in our level of happiness, and can even have lasting positive changes in
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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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