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Benefits Of Broccoli

Did you know that there is evidence that broccoli can help reduce your risk of: Cancer Diabetes High blood pressure Arthritis & Kidney disease? Yep, this under-appreciated cruciferous vegetable is a powerhouse of nutritional, disease-fighting goodness. I know. Most people’s reaction to a steaming hot serving of broccoli is something along the lines of “YUCK!”…

Legend of the Falls

This is an update of a previous post which I wrote in 2014 on the same topic and which richly deserves an UpGrade.You Can’t Handle the TruthRemember that famous line from the movie, A Few Good Men?Well, the truth when it comes to seniors and falling may be hard to handle too, but we as…

Nola Ochs – 95 Year Old College Graduate

It’s time to honor another UpGraded Senior Superstar – another inspirational senior citizen. This time, it’s Nola Ochs of Kansas, who graduated from Fort Hays State University at age 95 in 2007, giving her the Guinness Book record as the oldest college graduate. Remarkable! But wait, there’s more.  As Nola herself said in the interview…

Useless Fact #9: Happy As a Clam

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “happy as a clam.” I’ve heard it most of my life and never really understood why people selected the humble clam as the poster child for happiness. Let’s face it: at least to the casual observer a clam’s life doesn’t seem to inspire that much happiness. And, even if…

Useless Fact #7

Reeded Coins Why do most U.S. coins have those little ridges around the edge? Glad you asked.  Those “little ridges” are correctly called reeded edges.  Back in the day when money was really money, i.e. made from precious metals like silver and gold, the reeded edges served two important purposes: They made it more difficult…

The Reality Diet (Boomer Humor)

See Food Diet

There’s a thing I’ll label “The Law of Diminishing Resolve” that seems to apply to our determination to stick to eating healthy food. We may begin a year, a month, a week, or even a day with considerable determination to follow a  healthy regimen, but as the days go by and/or our stress increases, our…

Useless Fact #6

“stewardesses” is the longest word in the English language that is typed solely with the left hand on a standard keyboard. As a footnote, I understand that the word “stewardess” is now on the politically correct crowd’s forbidden list.

Words of Wisdom

There’s a lot to be learned from the accumulated wisdom of the ages.  Here are some of my favorite tidbits from ancient and contemporary thinkers. Aging is up to nature, but decay is up to you.   Henry S. Lodge, M. D.(1958 – 2017) Every man dies. Not every man really lives.   William Wallace(1270…

Fauja Singh – 100 Year Old Marathoner

I’ve run a few marathons, so on this one, I speak with authority.  Marathons are hard – very hard, even when you are young. So here I sit thinking about getting back to running after a long layoff, and wondering if I’m too old to run any more.  I do have that hip that sometimes…

96 Year Old Yoga Teacher

When I hear some of my contemporaries in their 60s and 70s complaining that they have gotten too old to be active, etc., etc., I always suggest that they spend some time with our Superstars.  Here’s the next one. Tao Porchon-Lynch is a 96 year old active yoga teacher, who’s been teaching yoga for 56…

The Amazing Story of Cliff Young

This is truly the story of an UpGraded Senior Superstar – one named Cliff Young.  Cliff entered (and won) the Sydney to Melbourne run in Australia (544 miles) at age 61.  Oh, and he broke the record for the run in the process by almost two days. Not that it matters, but he ran without…