Quite a week! Weekend wisps

TGI Friday in this late summer week of interesting and historic events! Yup – health and wellness implications are included in these weekend wisps.

  1. We observed our 18th anniversary of those dastardly 9/11/2001 attacks on our country.

2. We, as patterned people, celebrate a string of calendar day palindromes, too! This week is the last in our 21st century of palindromic dates due to Pope Gregory’s calendar system. This situational string began last Tuesday (9/10/19).

So . . . that recent date of  9/10/19 is a palindrome reading the same in left to right and right to left directions.

And our National Day of Service (9/11/19) was the next.

9/12/19?  The same, same result left to right and vice versa = palindrome.

9/13/19?  Yup.

9/14/19, 9/15/19, 9/16/19, 9/17/19, 9/18/19, and 9/19/19 follow as calendar palindromes.


What does this have to do with Well Past Forty? Such number games help to keep a Boomer’s mind sharp, in the same yet different way than counting backward from 100 by 7s… Try it! 100-93-86-…

And speaking of patterns, tonight’s Harvest Moon – a bright full moon – is the last “national” full moon on Friday the 13th until 2049.  Enjoy tonight’s and mark your calendars for the next one – thirty years hence 🙂


3. Today is National Avocado Day.  We in Southern California bemoan that our peak superfood avocado harvests have come and gone. So we make do and import Mexican and South American avocados to eat those wonderful “fatty” macros with excellent micronutrients too!  Yes, prices can get a bit high off-season, yet superfoods are —SUPER!  And yes – avocados are officially labeled as berries.

Did we discuss how avocados [like quality olive oils] help our livers naturally de-tox due to their oleic acid potency? Think anti-inflammatory properties too when you get that healthy guacamole ready for tailgate rallies this football season.


Be well, even on this spooky Friday the 13th Full moon day.




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We won’t back down

Few folks cannot recall where they were on that fateful morning (est) of September 11th, 2001.

It was an afternoon for me outside London when a BBC radio announcer stated, “the skyline of Manhattan is changed forever.”  Chilling to hear that wide open declaration for sure!

Today’s WS Journal had a full-page request for all American politicians to remember the unity and common cause – for our great experiment – as we mustered in those hours and days after 9/11.  From many – One.

I remember too many heroic efforts – including the iconic BC guy in a Red Bandana – Welles Crowther.  As President Obama shared at the dedication of the extraordinary National 9/11 Memorial in 2014,

“They didn’t know his name. They didn’t know where he came from. But they knew their lives had been saved by the man in the red bandana.”  Perhaps eighteen souls saved.  Wow.

May America always find selfless ladies and men as its first responders and selfless heroes.

Do visit the National 9/11 Memorial, again and again.

I’ll listen to these tribute tunes today as I sweat and celebrate a great country.  Not a perfect union. Yet I’d rather live, work and play in our USA than anywhere else.

  • “Where Were You? (When The World Stopped Turning)” Alan Jackson. …
  • “Empire State Of Mind” Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys. …
  • “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” Toby Keith. Lyric: “Now this nation that I love is fallin’ under attack. …
  • “Have You Forgotten?” Darryl Worley. …
  • “Undivided” Bon Jovi.

And I’ll add a workout favorite – “I Won’t Back Down.”


Be well and stand your ground!



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Weekend Wisdom

Ah- football season is upon us.

I do enjoy these collegiate and professional gladiator matchups, and admire what those beefy fast twitch athletes can do in “6 seconds”.

That acknowledged, I wouldn’t encourage a grandson to play this contact sport. Until technology allows- we only have one brain apiece.

That brain can be stimulated and exercised much better in closed cycle activities like rowing.

And on topic of Cycling- I read about Peloton’s planned IPO in today’s WSJournal. May be a “tough ride.”

I don’t need an expensive bike, synthetic instructor and serious dues to listen to my heart rate.

Be well in these closing days of summer ’19.


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Wednesday’s word – HABIT

As we age, it is inevitable that we get set in our ways – yes?

If those ways support your leaner, fitter and longer lifespan on this crazy planet – great!

If those “I’ve always been this way” habits have you out of shape, then finding ways to move and sweat and eat well and de-stress are imperatives.  I often acknowledge that important things are simple, yet simple things are hard.

Building sustaining habits to increase your physical 401K holdings sound simple – YET can be hard.

We KaBoomers focus on our goal to party past ninety, and to sweat more than our peers.  Remember that Coach Lou Holtz advised that “none of us ever drowned in sweat.”

Getting sweaty six days a week is a GOOD habit to establish and sustain.  Our significant others, kids, grandkids, and associates will admire us for that.  I guarantee it.

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Question: What do Boomer Men Do to relax, while Women want to relax to Do?



(Dr. Ruth and you decide if this answer is a laughing matter or not . . . )

Answer: It is the fourth “F” of human behavior– the first three Fs being: fight, flight, and food (or fear).  You may enjoyDoctor Robert Sapolsky’s book on Stress titled Why Zebras don’t Get Ulcers.”  

Right – the 4th “F” is a four-letter word for one type of sex act which rhymes with stuck.

Mars and Venus

We know that our central nervous system is a prime player in this behavioral act – right?  We also know that there are a whole bunch of chemical reactions and chemical messages flowing … Here is what one Ph.D. offers about sex and endocrinal hormones:

“If fast-acting adrenaline was bad for you, then having good sex would be almost the same as being chased by a lion, in terms of stress at least. What is different is that after sex, you might relax and think about having something to eat. After being chased by a lion, you don’t relax and you think about being eaten.” 


Our classic gender analogy of Mars and Venus suggests that men and women (adults) have different “props” to address aging and that fourth F:

“… older men and women believe sex is important and maintain an active sex life. A majority of them are willing, if not eager, to see what they can do to continue to be sexually active for as long as possible…there does not seem to be a magic elixir that will prop up women’s ardor in the same way erectile dysfunction drugs, shots, or pumps can prop up a penis.”  Touche!


What do credible experts offer about healthy BENEFITS of this natural act for us humans?

  • Here is a 45-second video link from WEBMD which credibly documents health benefits after pillow play or romps – – –


  1. better sleep
  2. lower tension
  3. immune system boost
  4. enhanced cognition
  5. heart health,  and (for Martians)
  6. fewer prostate gland problems.

Note the sad yet true contrast of those six benefits above with Healthline’s list of sexual and health problems stemming from low Testosterone (T) levels:

As I stated in my book’s strength chapter about low “T”;

See something? Say something!

And guys – there are natural ways to pump up your nitric oxide levels for performance.

  1. Spinach? Yup – Popeye was on to something.
  2. Oysters? Yup. Same for beef, eggs, and tuna.
  3. Restful, restorative sleepThat’s a “T” imperative too.  See https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322508.php

Baby Boomers – – – YES we can (and we SHOULD) find ways for arousal and satisfaction as we age.  Homer Simpson just might find better ways and bedroom priorities (He “was 62” this year):

simpsons_elephnat in the room

Thanks to https://tenor.com/search/elephant-in-the-room-gifs for this meme…

Rather, I trust Dr. Perelman (WEBMD) if you don’t yet trust me 🙂  to reaffirm aged arousals:


Ladies and Gentlemen: Yes, we can…



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No kidding – Robert Frost & Ralph Waldo Emerson are relatives

Sure – we’re all related in the family of man and woman.  And sure – you and I may be linked via the 6-degrees of Kevin Bacon.

Anyway . . . I, David Emerson Frost, of Vermont stock, justly claim two poetic giants as forbearers.

Much ado about your stamininety journey traces to poetic words of Frost and Emerson.

“I took the road less traveled and that has made all the difference.”  RF

“Do not go where the path leads.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”                                                                                                                                   RWE

It is no coincidence that my chosen logo for Well Past Forty is a hiker.


Nor is it a coincidence that the theme for this website shows a road less traveled.

My goal in our KaBoomer years is to help you get untracked to leave your own, different trail – a long and well-lived trail.  Just as those two New Englanders penned.

Be well, and habitually enjoy the road that rises to greet ya.



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Summers of 1939, ’69 and 2019

As we face our unofficial end of summer on Labor Day, I feel reflective about other
“9er” summers.  This weblog isn’t all about wellness, so I’ll remind my readers upfront to stay hydrated – drinking before thirst – even as days get shorter and temperatures get cooler.  Like this coxswain 🙂

Get together with a Guinness

So here goes my WAYBACK MACHINE – – –

1939 – FDR was President and our country was still working its way out of its Great Depression.  Then, on 9/1/1939, Hitler’s German Blitzkrieg began what became WWII. Oy.

1969 – Thirty years later, America’s Greatest Generation and we 75-million baby boomers experienced the highs and lows of the summer of ’69:

  • Stonewall
  • Woodstock (my “fast” classmates went to that spectacle – honest)
  • Apollo 11 and one small step for man on 7/20/, with a Tricky Dick and Neil Armstrong phone conversation
  • the hemorrhages of our Vietnam conflict
  • the Miracle Mets (my team)
  • my defining bus and hiking trip to/from Philmont, New Mexico with Boy Scouts
  • getting fit for HS football with Manasquan’s Big Blue Warriors – running on our famed beach sand
  • Men and women Aussies ruled at the US Open Tennis championships
  • Babe Parilli and Broadway Joe Namath were QBs for the NY Jets in summer training

2019 – Prospects for a female field goal kicker look better than ever (Ms. Lloyd from our champ soccer squad). Federer and Williams have their work cut out for them at this year’s US Open tennis. Those damn Yankees look impressive.  TB12 is missing the Gronk at Foxboro. Tiger Wood has knee problems, and I am living the dream as a teacher, physical trainer, and tutor.  Our son is newly married.  I am logging many meters on the water and on indoor rowers to prepare for the Head of Carles Regatta in October.


Oh, the Oracle of Omaha is 89 years young too. Live long, Warren Buffett!

Who knows what the summer of 2029 will bring?  I don’t.


Be well,





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