Love in the time of Coronavirus

Love in the time of Coronavirus

  Love in the time of coronavirus, is a rapidly developing conversation among those sequestered away with our partners. I mean, when was the last time you spent 24/7 together with no break? We both work from home anyway, but my husband usually travels every couple of weeks, so 24/7 is new to us too. To add to this, we live in France three months of the year for our work, and we got here just a few weeks before everything came to a standstill, leaving us stranded in France until the end of May. I know, I know, France right? But I’m missing my own kitchen and all my equipment, and my mountains where I could at least be out wandering. Here, we are on strict lockdown. Grocery, exercise and doctor only, with one caveat, you have to do it all alone! That being said, however, at least we are safe, and possibly safer here than we would be in the USA where it seems peeps are slow to take this   seriously. I hope all of you are staying safe from the virus, but I thought maybe I should share some tips on keeping your partnership safe. By the way, these work with your kids too, and for single parents alone with kids. Here goes with some Love in the time of Coronavirus ideas: 1. Hug each other.  I mean seriously hug, till you feel each other relax. Physical contact is important for our well being. Put the bear back in hug! 2. Share the workload. Being home 24/7 means there are a lot more dishes being...
Hello, It’s Me!

Hello, It’s Me!

Dear Beautiful RAgers, Hello, it’s me and I’m back. Hopefully you haven’t forgotten being subscribed to this blog. I disappeared almost two years ago after posting a guest blogger. That post appeared on March 12, 2018. Two weeks later, on the day my next post would have published, my oldest son unexpectedly died. Needless to say, my blog was the last thing on my mind. Last year, I was contemplating working on my blog again. I went to update my plugins and the whole site went white. However, two days later, my father died. I never came back to find out what went wrong. As I approach the two year anniversary of my son’s death, I have written a long post about my experience and grief. It is far too long for a blog post, so if you would like to read it, please follow this link: Losing Shawn I am excited to be back. There is lots to tell you about, new ideas to share, and events to think about, including those big zero ending birthday years. I hope you will continue to come along for the ride. As we all hunker down to beat the Coronavirus, this is a good time to think, read, write, and just be. I’m in France and we are on complete lock-down. We can only go out for the grocery, doctor visit, or exercise. Let’s keep each other’s spirits up. In reference to the link in this post, if you, or anyone you know is experiencing grief, please share this with them. If you need someone to talk to, reach out, I’m here. Feel...
Louise Nayer: Guest blogger on early retirement

Louise Nayer: Guest blogger on early retirement

Louise Nayer, whom I recently met at the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, agreed to guest blog for Radical Aging today. She gives us a little insight into her current work, the book Poised for Retirement: Moving from Anxiety to Zen, which was published in 2017. Before retirement, she was a professor of English at City College in San Francisco. Her 2010 book, Burned: A Memoir, was an Oprah Great Read and won the 2011 Wisconsin Library Award. She lives in San Francisco, CA. I hope you will enjoy her essay, “Leaving my job early and saving my soul.” You can learn more about Louise at www.louisenayer.com Leaving my Job Early and Saving my Soul When I was eight years old, I knew I wanted to be an artist. Maybe a dancer? I loved to twirl, studied ballet at Mrs. Tarasova’s studio, and my sister and I dressed up in clothes my mother kept in an old hamper—crinoline slips that swung from side to side, lacy tops and tiaras. We put on the music of Swan Lake on an old Victrola and danced in the living room for hours. Then I wanted to be a pianist. I loved my teacher, Mr. Diaz, a big man from Cuba. The first lesson I had with him, he said something harsh that made me cry. He told my dad, who repeated it to me, that he was being strict with my fingering because he thought I had talent. I had played on my own for a few years and developed my own, crazy fingering method. He softened, and I learned correct fingering. I went back to him for...
A 5 Day Water Fast: How, Why and What I learned

A 5 Day Water Fast: How, Why and What I learned

A 5 Day water fast, words that said out loud get some interesting responses, but deserve a little explanation. I decided to do a 5 day water fast after a lot of research and some experimenting with intermittent fasting. My first introduction to the water fast was in the documentary, The Science of Fasting. This documentary details the benefits of fasting and how it affects the aging process. I started looking for more information and discovered the use of intermittent fasting to maintain body weight and/or lose weight. What I found most fascinating though, was that by fasting you give your body a break from insulin production and in a world where more and more people are pre-diabetic or have full blown diabetes 2, this is good to know.  For several months before I did the 5 day fast, I was intermittent fasting. What that means is I gave myself a full 16 hour window free of eating. If I stopped eating by 8:00 pm at night, then the next day I wouldn’t eat until noon. I did this three to four times a week. The week before my 5 day fast, I did a 24 hour fast by finishing eating by 6:00 pm one night and not eating again till 6:00 pm the next. Each time the process got easier, until I knew I was ready to go for 5 days. I decided to do my 5 day water fast while my husband was on a work trip. This way I had no temptations by watching him eat. All food was placed out of sight. My work week...
Where I’ve been….

Where I’ve been….

Radical Agers! You might have noticed I’ve been on a hiatus for some time now, but I haven’t deserted my site, I simply had to refocus my attention for awhile. Not only did I give up blogging, but I gave up social media as well. My concentration improved almost over night and allowed me to work harder and longer. I highly recommend it. I’ll tell you more about it in a future post. However, now I promised to tell you why I haven’t been hanging out here. So where have I been??? I’ve been novel writing for the past year and a half and I finally finished! The experience was intense, requiring lots of research and study. But I found it to be an incredible process. The responses from my beta readers have been encouraging, which makes finding an agent more hopeful. This work is exciting. I will keep you posted and be back soon to tell you not only about why I gave up social media, but about the five day water fast I completed this January! Turns out fasting is the best anti-aging, immunity building program/product on the market and guess what? It’s totally FREE! I’ll fill you in soon! Keep...