A bit of “Big Magic”

A bit of “Big Magic”

I have a bit of “Big Magic” to share with you today. I am in Salem, OR this week and my favorite place to visit when I am out here is the coast at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City: a big long stretch of beach;     a beautiful view of Chief Kiawanda Rock, one of three “haystack rocks” along the coast; and my favorite brew, MacPelican Ale, at the Pelican. A great trifecta! So what made the day magic? There was no wind, the sun was shining, and the temperature was in the low 70’s. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. I arrived around 9:30 and immediately took off for a long walk on the beach. This beach is the only place I’ve ever found sand dollars and many years ago, I happened to find two that were intact, so I hoped to find one again. As I walked, I kept my eyes peeled for a dollar, but all I found were pieces. Lots and lots of pieces. I walked for a couple of miles and decided it was time to turn back. The tide was receding some, so I walked further out and still kept an eye out for a dollar, but no luck. Then I decided to sing to the ocean. I mean, what the heck, no one can hear you above the waves, and I love to sing when no one is listening, so I started singing just random songs, then I composed one for the ocean, sung to the tune of Mr. Sandman, and it went something like this: Oh missus...
When I’m taking my last breath…

When I’m taking my last breath…

“When I’m taking my last breath, I want to look at how I used up the best of myself. How much did I sweat, push, pull, rip, fall, hit, crash, explode?… My dream is to be so well used that in my last half-second, I just burst into dust.” – Elizabeth Streb, choreographer RAgers, this quote really made me think about what I want to convey with the idea of Radical Aging. I believe we are meant to use all we have, to give our best, create, relate, love, strive, achieve, relax, play, have fun and all the things Elizabeth said above! Every minute, we have the choice whether or not we want to live that minute or let it pass through our life unused and unclaimed. It’s so easy to just let time slip through our fingers, wasted. I’m starting to feel that life IS short and maybe there’s not enough time to do all I still want to do before I burst into dust. I have to focus and plan each day to keep it from slipping away from me and some days I do this better than others. Some days, I think, how could I have wasted so much time? How could I have not made the most of the day? Then I go to sleep and the next morning, I try again to get it right. How about you? I have discovered, there is one thing that helps me stay focused more than anything else and that’s taking the time to write in my journal. If you’ve never tried journal writing, well, why not? Writing...
Hello again!

Hello again!

Hello again my Radical Aging friends! What a summer! I had to give up the challenge I issued back in May, as I pulled a muscle and couldn’t keep up the cycling. Took me about a month to get my groove back. In the mean time, I was also away working on a new endeavor and building this (click and take a peek!) and enjoying summer bliss…                                               And…                                 I also moved to this                 But now, it’s time to get back to writing, not just here at Radical Aging, but working on other projects too. I love the fall. Maybe it’s my years in education, because the fall always seems like a time for renewal and regeneration, woohoo!  and isn’t that what a new school year brings? Or at least should bring?  So it’s time to get back to bringing you ideas on Radical Aging, to keep us looking at aging in a whole new way. Aging is not for sissies, so come on, let’s keep this party rolling to the very end! I want to hear what you were up to this summer so leave a comment below and if you know some RAgers out there, share the love! See you soon! Keep...
Are You Ready for a Challenge?

Are You Ready for a Challenge?

Are you ready for a Challenge? Are you ready to get out of a rut? Do something new? Up your game? I am here to challenge you, for the month of June, to do something outside your comfort zone. Something that changes your brain. Makes you stretch. Turns you on. But this is the thing, I don’t know what that challenge is for you, you have to decide what your challenge will be. Yup! It’s totally up to you. We know that as we age, our brains and bodies change in subtle, and unfortunately, not so subtle ways. We forget why we were going in the kitchen or we can’t turn our head far enough to look over our shoulder anymore. We lose our ability to balance, resulting in falls and broken bones. We forget names and places. But get this, we don’t have to at all. Brain science is showing we can still learn, but it takes getting out of our rut. Creating new patterns. And physiology shows we can keep our bodies in reasonable shape by moving everyday. “Use it or lose it” is not just an idle saying, whether we’re talking about our brains or our bodies. I want to ride my bicycle, so I have joined the Great Cycle Challenge and I’m going to ride 300 MILES in the month of June. How crazy am I??? I just decided if I was going to do it, it had to be something that will really make me work hard and ten miles a day is not too bad, but it means if I miss a day I...
5 Steps to Being Present

5 Steps to Being Present

Time may fly, but being present in every moment can slow down that seemingly endless rush of time. Our fast paced world can make being present seem impossible, but actually it’s not so hard. Here are 5 steps to being present. 1. Breathe. Shallow breathing is unaware breathing, the result of being in a hurry. Take the time to inhale slowly, fill your lungs, feel your abdomen expand and then let the breath out slowly. All of us can benefit from engaging in this activity several times a day and once that becomes a habit, you may just find yourself breathing slower and fuller on a regular basis. Meditation is a great way to slow down your breathing and can take just ten minutes a day for a calmer, more at peace you!                                                         2. Look. Seems simple, right? Think about it though, how often do you really look around you and notice the beauty or simplicity or color or vistas? Again, that hurry up feeling we all pander to often keeps us from really noticing anything. I had a friend once tell me that I noticed things other people did not, something I had never realized, but after she said that I thought about how I have always been an observer, even as a child; however, for a lot of people, their surroundings are just a blur. I have a favorite restaurant here in Lyon, and part of the reason I love it,...
And in a blink…

And in a blink…

And in a blink, my time here in France is almost over. Where did the time go? Why does time go so fast? Aging does get one thinking about time and what remains. I feel as though every moment must count. I don’t want to be on my death bed regretting anything. I have learned from my mistakes and feel I am living a pretty full life. I am grateful for this traveling life my husband’s job affords us and for my love of writing, a pretty portable job, which I am at this moment regretting I have not done enough of while here. Oh wait, no regrets. So I was sort of writing because I did a lot of research….in patisseries and brassieres, wine tasting and lots of sight seeing, and a little bit of shopping, all which I can use in my memoir someday. Right? I also went on short excursions with my husband. He visited his clients, and I did more research. Really important research. Read the list above. Seriously though, I have seen a little portion of the world that gives me an appreciation for a different culture, and a greater understanding of my own, and for all of this I am extremely grateful. I have enjoyed every minute of my time here.   It would be hard at this point to look back on my life with any regret. There are things I wish had been different, there are times I wish I had chosen another path, embarrassments, and moments of unkindness or ignorance which I would have liked to have had the wisdom to make different,...