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Acute Pericarditis: Here We Go Again!

As you may recall, last summer I landed in ICU due to complications associated with acute pericarditis—referred to as pneumonia of the heart. My pericardium—the sac in which the heart resides—became inflamed thus causing severe pain as well as shortness of breath. The recovery process has been slow but steady—until last... Read more

Being A Bull Moose

Whatever maladies, trials, and pain may come your way, know that it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose such as... Read more

The Forecast Calls for Helpers

“’Always look for the helpers,’ she’d tell me. ‘There’s always someone who is trying to help.’ I did, and I came to see that the world is full of doctors and nurses, police and firemen, volunteers, neighbors and friends who are ready to jump in to help when things go wrong.” – Fred... Read more

The funny thing about fungus

Every morning brings good things, bad things, fungus things, non-fungus things. What we can do is meet the day clear-minded and do our... Read more

Watch that First Step, it’s a Doozy!

Not many worthwhile things can be accomplished without time, effort, and most importantly an initial... Read more

The Agents of Age

“You never hear of a sportsman losing his sense of smell in a tragic accident and for good reason; in order for the universe to teach excruciating lessons that are unable to apply in later life, the sportsman must lose his legs, the philosopher his mind, the painter his eyes, the musician his ears, the... Read more

Original Recipe for Aging Gracefully

You could say he was aging gracefully towards retirement. He’d earned it. By the time he was 62 years old, he had sold insurance, been in the US army, worked as a conductor and then as a blacksmith’s helper, and for a time he even had a legal career – that was until he fought... Read more

To See Perseverance Instead of Disability

Perseverance is one of humanity’s greatest qualities. With it we have overcome world wars, brutal genocides, plagues (pneumonic and bubonic), earthquakes, tsunamis, and famines. It is our luck then that this particular trait isn’t limited to humans as a collective — but rather it’s something found in each and every one of us. A famous... Read more

Walking Tall Since 1930: a Story of Senior Perseverance

At 82, Tedd Mayer has walked over 5,700 miles in the past ten years.
Firmly gripping the pair of stretching plastic bags in each hand, Tedd Mayer walked steadily towards his home. With each soft step, Tedd’s four mile journey to the stove top drew nearer to conclusion. It was a brisk wintery afternoon in the American Southeast–an afternoon with cool grey skies and an even cooler North wind;... Read more

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