Today’s post assuredly hasn’t gone to “The BIRDS”, although I used this BYRDS album title as my lead-in.
And, I tribute that raspy poet Bob Dylan for these iconic lyrics which the BYRDS sang so well:
“…but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now…”
Self-realizations, as we gain life experiences just, might include youthful or childish reexaminations of what is important.
I ask rhetorically – isn’t it fun to be silly or child-like every so often? Dylan reportedly thought that waaaaay back in 1964!
I’ve conveyed the importance of simple yet hard things like:
Playing on the ground as children and Blue Zone centenarians tend to do. One darned good longevity marker is one’s ability to rise from the ground without using hands or support objects! Do check your own SIT to RISE capacity, please!
Or challenging our PROPRIOCEPTION (spatial awareness) to stand on one straight leg with eyes closed. Please wear a helmet if you want to scoot around like Marty McFly in his time travels to show your Proprioception!
Or avoiding stress while investing in one’s physical bank account as much as one’s fiscal savings.
*** Please note the relevant Muddy Waters lyrics too.
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Ah, Springtime… a prime season for flowers and frolicking.
As the classic 1978 Disco song written by Young and Vanda suggests about L O V E,
“it’s something that I must believe in
And it’s there when I look in your eyes…”
This post is rated PG – so don’t skip ahead to look for carnal knowledge or harlequin romance or specifics about Spring as a breeding season for mammals… With that spoiler alert offered, remember that “the stimulus to mate is the result of a photoperiodic response .., which is thought to be controlled by day length.”
Longer days and eventful pillow time in spring’s shorter nights? Sounds like Love can indeed be in the air! We, as consenting adults, know, from KABOOMERand a million + books or scientific articles about wellness, that lovemaking can assuredly help a boomer live better, and perhaps live longer.
Yet, sexual health has a gazillion forces and factors at play that shape foreplay and more …from marketing billboards to bandicoot bedrooms.
As I wrote in KABOOMER, “sex” is what men do to relax, and women need to relax to do…I’m not Doctor Ruth or Doctor Masters or Johnson, or a Relationship Therapist. You’ll be introduced to one of those in a moment.
I had a fairly conservative, almost Victorian upbringing, so I used to nod my noggin when I saw this fluentlyforward.com assertion:
“Sex seems to be in everything…except the list of appropriate conversation topics…”
No Mas! I extend this conversation because Sexual Health and well-being are NOTTABOO. They are appropriate for KABOOMERs to consider!
I share this wonderful post by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) named Megan Harrison. She offers one score and ten  valid reasons for healthy lovemaking from her Couples Candy website.
Megan kindly offered to update that original stimulating article for post-menopausal women, as some of those 30 facts are more relevant for pre-boomers.
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Before getting to Groundedness and Earth Month ’21 matters – I tip my ballcap to Queen Elizabeth II. Her stately countenance at last week’s funeral for her husband prompted me to ponder, what’s next for this regal widow? One answer was in a newspaper article this week. The Queen advised,
” If you stop…you drop.”
Amen. I offer that this 95-years young ruler is indeed grounded, perhaps like a Beech which is considered to be the queen of native English trees.
Another leader I admire, Teddy Roosevelt, offered a groundedness challenge from his bully pulpit:
“TR” wasn’t just a rough rider, he was an outdoorsy visionary who established our National Park system. We don’t call him the Conservation President for nuttin :). We encore-aged folks get free access to most of our wonderful National Parks!
And, as our Down Under Friends offer, “The main aim is to keep your mind and body connected and working together.”
Whether we seek to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide in our global village or stay on our personal journeys for mind-body alignment (aka stamininety) – let’s commit to groundedness to make the best of every moment. And God Save the Queen!
Go barefooted often, breathe mindfully, and stay well past forty.
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I’m excited about this spring’s new romantic comedy titled “SENIOR MOMENT.” One of my favorite actors – Christopher Lloyd, supports the William Shatner character and the delightful Jean Smart in Palm Springs sagas. I don’t know if these folks got their COVID vaccinations, yet I hope so. Sometimes we boomers get an advantage over younger folks, according to Saturday Night Live…
As an aside, I nearly played a cameo role in a sports movie with Christopher Lloyd and the notable James Gandolfini. Yet Galdolfini’s untimely death means that the Best Supporting Actor won’t be moi. Stay tuned for a “10” movie cameo in a few paragraphs.
Just one more aside – – – March and April Madness. John Wooden must be smiling after that ever-memorable semi-final game between GONZAGA and the UCLA Bruins. That overtime thriller was one for the Ages! As I share in my sport of Rowing when my crew doesn’t prevail; we didn’t lose, we just ran out of time… Wowza!
Back to this Spring season and Senior Moments. In a spirit of diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Urban Dictionary also defines “Millenial Moments.” Yup…
As we advance in calendar years, most of us boomers wonder if we’re a bit more forgetful, or experiencing something worse. In full and open disclosure, a client gave me a TILE device to help me find my car key after I missed her training session. Oy… I remake a case that teenagers can also be forgetful.
What we definitely do not want to have are chronic attention deficits that can be precursors to sad and costly dementia diseases, possibly the most common dementia called Alzheimer’s. If a loved one or you seem to frequently forget where those reading glasses or car keys are – please be proactive and address a potential life shortener before it is too late. If/when lapses of memory or cognitive failures impact one’s activities of daily life (ADL) – it is time to seek professional care. As the Alzheimer’s Association advises,
“Professional evaluation may detect a treatable condition. And even if symptoms suggest dementia, early diagnosis allows a person to get the maximum benefit from available treatments…”
Some of us are more pre-disposed to mental fog and forgetfulness than others. We can’t choose better parents for our crystal clear mind-fit body alignment or misalignment that we inherited – right?
Yet, we do know that our brains function best when exercise and sleep keep those cranial blood vessels tuned. As the British arm of Alzheimer’s non-profits advises, “regular exercise appears to be one of the best things that you can do to reduce your risk of getting dementia.”
I, as your KABOOMER KOACH, believe that counter-dementia focus on EXERCISE without questions. Our amazing human brains need three basic inputs [oxygen, glucose, and restorative rest] to thrive, strive, and hopefully generate neuroplasticity, I implore all to take the appears to be one of the best things that you can do to reduce your risk of getting dementia theme of MOTION as MEDICINE seriously for your Encore Years.
Thrive and Strive
Should you hesitate to believe me, perhaps these perfect “10″ – Bo Derek’s – thoughts will inspire you:
Adding to Motion (exercise) – – – other fun ways to keep our inner brain wires humming are; travel, mind games, and enjoying art forms (visual, musical). You might have enjoyed the MASTER’s Golf Tournament this past weekend, with vicarious images of Augusta in springtime. And, I hope that you can soon enjoy Grand Masters artwork in not-too-distant travels.
You’ll have to Drive Route 16 in South Dakota to see for yourself if The Wall Drug Store is a liquor in the front and poker in the rear kinda place.
Fine Arts offer a wonderful way to stay mentally young. As April 24th marks another birthday of the Bard, DO get to a Shakesperian play to celebrate timeless trials, triumphs, and yes – tribulations of amazing personae (take John Falstaff for example). Motion, laughter and the Arts are great for KABOOMER minds and bodies. Don’t be strangers to them as we crawl out of our pandemic pot-hole… And, watch “10” (if you like RAVEL music…) and SENIOR MOMENT this spring.
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Number Seven is the most popular number picked when folks are asked to name their FAVE… Pinball machines and dice games often celebrate LUCKY SEVENS…And there is even a ballad called LUCKY SEVENS by The Mechanism band:
“Well, the Lucky Sevens, they rule the streets
The dice are loaded an’ they play for keeps
The fire burns bright
In the cool, dark night
When the Sevens are in luck.”
Let’s ponder 7 Sevens with relevance for KABOOMERS on this ultimate day of a calendar year which many sources offer was horrible, awful, and tragic. Let’s create our own luck, good fortune and rule our streets as we play for keeps!
Unplanned pandemic deaths of both commoners and big-name personae added up to natural mortality causes to make 2020 a deadly numbers year. Since Thanksgiving, our great nation has said goodbye – every day – to mortal numbers that exceed either Pearl Harbor or 9/11/2001 World Trade Center deaths.
I tried to do my part with public service announcements in this weblog and in varied podcasts for HANDS, MASKS, and SPACING [H-M-S].
I suspect that many who dislike these personal privacy matters will queue up for vaccines just the same when their category is called upon?! Short term symptoms and long-tail awful afters make COVID-19 our once-a century plague. But I digress . . .
On this Seventh Day of Christmas – even if you can’t locate:
Credit: Matt Cook on Dribble
Our First Seven – let’s start with those “7 S” elements of your KABOOMER’s Physical Bank. Six pluses and one thief – STRESS.
Credit: KABOOMER: Thriving and Striving into your 90s
2. Seven #2 – The 7 Deadly Sins. Many boomers remember Gilligan’s Island as do I. One of 2020’s big names CoVID-19 deaths was Dawn Wells: the actress who played Mary Anne in that hit show. Do you buy into a linkage of 7 Gilligan’s Island castaways to the “Seven Deadly Sins” as fact? Even a trusted radio channel (NPR) argued for a dark side to this comedy.
Mary Ann represented ENVY as a Sin. Do you know what Koach Dave offers about this sin?
Don’tEnvy or covet other’s success or good fortune.
Do invest and gain your unique assets for your own physical bank. And, be grateful as you build your chart of accounts.
NPR writer, Lindsay Totte, made a key observation which reflects Tom Cahill’s “YOU VERSUS YOU” predicament which many find in themselves,
“…each of us has our own inner Gilligan, that sweet-natured, well-meaning part of us that
always sabotages us from getting what we really want.”
Perhaps we can ask ourselves 7 questions as we start the Roaring 20s tomorrow on 01/01/2021:
What do I really want?
What stands in my way from gaining that?
How can I look at the man or woman in the mirror as a Gainer? Note: This Gainer meaning comes sfrom the Cambridge Dictionary, rather than the Urban Dictionary! I’m not speaking of weight gain…
Am I committed to working on my livingto100 calculator?
Will I lower my fitness age to party past ninety?
Do I place as much focus on my Physical Bank accounts as I do on my fical 401(K) accounts?
Do I live a Stamininety mantra that MOTION is MEDICINE?
3. Third Seven (not to be confused with that regional bank – Fifth Third…)
Mimic Morpheus with about seven hours of restorative sleep. Reboot your Sleep habits with KABOOMER hacks, and/or check out credible Sleep Science!
4. Seven Characteristics can keep you STRONG, emotionally STRONG, to max out your Mind-Body-Alignment (what your Koach called “MBA”). Consider these 7 KABOOMER life skills that can help you and me in our activities of daily life:
c. Self Realization
f. Humor, and
g. Be Like CELEBS(see your Stress-not Chapter of KABOOMER for details).
5. Seven possible Epitaphs of Luminaries who departed us in 2020:
“In the standing on one leg with eyes closed test, men and women were able to hold the position for less than two seconds were three times more likely to die before the age of 66 than those who could hold it for 10 seconds or more”
f. Shoulder Girdle Strength –
g. Crunches or Bent LEg Situp (or equivalent Core exercises if a KABOOMER has lower back issues)
7. Seven Work(out) from Home Necessities
a. Sweatpants (the new office casual attire for Pandemics)
b. Non-BPA water bottles
c. Comfy and cozy slippers or wild socks
d. Get outside for your Vitamin D3 – whenever, wherever…
e. Get in touch with Nature
f. Take warm, Epsom-slat baths (adding essential oils if you desire) – 90 minutes before shutout time
g. Celebrate each daily orbit as best you can while acknowledging that you can’t change why bad things can happen to nice folks.
I wish I was in Pasadena for a Tournament of Roses spectacle tomorrow. Shucks. And, the Rose Bowl may be re-christened the Yellow Rose of Texas Bowl – Shucks again.
Tomorrow is a blessed WRAP! Peggy Noonan’s premier summary of a most horrible year can be read here. Yet, KABOOMERs are glasses-half-full types, and we NEVER WASTE CRISES…
Here’s to vaccines, public health, America’s common good, gratitude, and KABOOMing in our imminent New Year. And – here’s to your Significant leverage of MOST THINGS SEVEN (skipping ENVY as a Deadly Sin) to Party Past Ninety.
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2. I share with you one of my favorite BOXING DAYtunes – by a local San Diego Group – Blink 182.
When it comes to your KABOOMER wellness – it is always good to recall these BLINK lyrics:
“Reignite like fireflies, like an atom bomb
At all hours…”
As we bid adieu to 2020 – here’s my challenge to you . . . REIGNITE to Thrive and Strive!
3. Compliments of San Diego County’s Aging and Independence group, and Kim Gallo – please take these noble GRAPES to heart and action for your Roarin’ Twenty decade:
G – Gratitude
R – Relax
A – Appreciate
P – Pleasure
E – Exercise and
S – Socialize.
As Ms. Gallo offers,
aim to keep perspective and to introduce healthy
and balanced thoughts throughout the day.
…Regardless of how we feel in any
given moment, we can make the choice to take action that
aligns with our values. For example, if health is something you value, there may be small steps you can take to look after
your health in regard to exercise, diet, sleep, or alcohol use…”
On this ultimate Sunday in a most unusual year – GRAPES is a darned good homily.
Should you not find a FEELING FIT or Silver Sneakers Hui nearby – >
do START YOUR OWN group to help you party past 90!
Now, as you get it “just right” – enjoy GLOGG (the Swedish mulled wine), and/or try a Swedish “snapsvisor” drinking tune – for non-fermented Julmusts, or schnapps[snap], aquavit, or another Svenska adult beverage to warm your cheeks as our thermometers dip.
Advisory – if Eggnog is your Christmas warm-up of choice: remember the added sugar, raw eggs, and total KCAL when something with proof is added! Moderate and portion control – please…
I love Sweden – that northern exposure nation known for its:
I admired Sweden when her small patrol gunboats ushered “my” USN Frigate a little further beyond territorial limits. I admired the Swedes for their “Whiskey on the Rocks” denial of a Soviet Submarine in the Cold War that we boomers endured.
Sure, there isn’t a single factor in population mortality studies. Yet this Koach believes that lifestyle IS a longevity factor! Three+ years of living longer and better is another thousand rises-and-shines to make this world a better place- Right?
Call to Action: Go Get your outdoor-oriented, balanced low-fuss bonus of a THOUSAND days!
Swedes aren’t perfect (just check on the fate of the warship VASA). Yet, they love nature, excel in winter activities, and have Christmas customs which are near and dear to this Scotch-English admirer. Doesn’t Helan Gar sound more festive than “chug-a-lug” or “bottoms-up?” I’m not promoting big-headed binge drinking in the 212 days of XMAS. Rather, I am suggesting that singing and convivial party tunes are good for our mindsets, de-stressing, and constitutions… Note to self – Helen Gar my 4 oz low-calorie Eggnog as I check for coal in my stocking this Friday 🙂
Yes, Buts are verboten. We are blessed with cold-weather clothing that can be very affordable. Yes, AND winter moves are great moves. KABOOM.
Some of us, like me, have a slighter higher Neanderthal code in us – honest! There are indeed some downsides to our slightly higher Neanderthal roots (like being prone to depression). Speaking of age-and health-sapping depression – – – Swedes of Boomer Age have lower depression rates than do we Americans. Right! A lower incidence of depression, according to statista.com and NiH.gov sources, despite much longer winter nights in Scandinavia. One common note about elder depression in our comparative countries: Women are more prone to depression than us men. Oy.
Here’s to your”just right” Lagom in the healthy seasons ahead!
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Right you are, KABOOMERS. I’m following our last Right Stuff tribute to Chuck Yeager with this accolade for another larger than life hero – Louis “Unbroken” Zamperini.
Both Louis and Chuck were flyboys in World War II. Both inspired many on their stamininety journeys until each slipped the “surly bonds of earth” for the last time at age 97.
Laura Hillenbrand wrote about Zamperini’s odyssey (as a 1936 Olympian and POW) in her 2010 bestselling book – UNBROKEN. Angelina Joline then directed a 2014 movie of the same name. Do listen to both the director and the actor who played Zamperini as they speak of soul, selfless sacrifice, and community support in challenging times.
Zamperini was NOT born exceptional, according to Joline. And, Louie offered that his youth days were “average, rotten” until he found his calling as a distance runner. Then, he becameexceptional in strength, human spirit, and will on tracks of life, in 47 days at sea, and then in despicable prison camps.
We are in a different war than these 2 studs endured. Yet ours is still very much a deadly war. An extended battle in which inner resolve and never quit mindsets can help us to win – together. We KABOOMERS can unite behind these compelling words of Louie Zamperini in our own CoVID conflict:
“If you can take it – – – YOU can make it.”
In this abnormal year, I join many with stints of Zoom fatigue, four-walls of temporary isolation, and communal concerns for our communities – small businesses, at-risk populations, mask wearers, and those who choose not to don them. Perhaps we can discover more human spirit, will, and strength to keep on keepin’ on.
Perhaps these two Greatest Generation stalwarts – Yeager and Zamperini – can help others like you and me MAKE IT to our finish lines.
As we approach the 12-day countdown to The TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – I suggest that KABOOMERS read or watch both:
THE RIGHT STUFF and
My Navy SEAL buddies whisper that the only easy day was yesterday. Do dwell on that UNeasy warrior pearl as you order these two awesome reads. Or search for them on streaming video. And while shopping, you might even consider another gift that keeps on giving:
As one who peeks at the Heavens and who occasionally clicks on astrology weblinks, I offer this rare occurrence as a feel-good Transformation. Thanks to wellandgood.com and wanderlust.com for enlightening me about this Conjunction junction!
“What’s especially interesting about this Conjunction is that it’s unfolding in an air sign, more specifically Aquarius. …This means that the underlying themes of the Aquarius Great Conjunction will be resilience, liberation, and replacing toxic systems with healthier, inclusive, and unifying alternatives,” Lettman says.
She predicts the Great Conjunction of 2020 will bring about karma-rooted developments; innovations in science, medicine, and technology; and a general step away from rigid perspectives and favor of forming our own paths.”
What’s NOT to like about the positive prospects for us KABOOMERs in this very rare Age of Aquarius? KABOOM for “Your Vision!”
With a shameless promotion, perhaps a KABOOMER almanac could be that ruminated and digested Book to which Francis Bacon referred:
“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
As we approach this astrological, dawning Age of Aquarius, why not form your own path with a healthier lifestyle?
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As we anticipate a new dawning, Let Nothing You dismay!
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