People will always talk; what makes the difference is what you do after they are done talking. AO

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How to live till 89

Aliceis 89-years-old and she works at her health. She is a widow and lives alone.

My husband and I just spent some time visiting my mother-in-law, Alice, and we were pleased to see that she is taking such good care of herself. We are among the lucky ones, as Alice has no cognitive problems. She still drives. I got in the car with her and did my “ride along assessment.” She’s still safe.

She keeps track of her many medications and takes them exactly as prescribed. She gets on the treadmill for 25 minutes every morning. She eats what’s good for her. Her weight is normal. She doesn’t smoke. She drinks very moderately. She does her pool exercises.

Alice understands that being healthy as an 89-year-old takes a lot of vigilance and work. What I respect is that she is willing to do the work. She’s been having some trouble with leg pain, which was diagnosed as a problem with the fibrous band along the side of the thigh (“IT band”). It probably started years ago when she had both knees replaced. As it affected her walking, she asked a doctor for some advice.

He suggested physical therapy, along with some stretches she can do at home. She got right to it. She got out of the car after the appointment and was doing the stretches as she waited while my husband and I stopped at a coffee place. As we walked back, cups in hand, we saw mom, standing by the car, one hand on it for balance, bending forward with legs crossed as directed, and working at her stretches already. Go, Alice!

Alice is determined to remain independent. She was married for 62 years and misses her husband terribly. But, she plays cards with friends, takes two classes each year at the local university extension, and reaches out to people. She makes an effort to address her lonely times. She learned to use a computer at age 86, with my patient husband teaching her.

Every day, a friend of hers sends out jokes by email and Alice reads them and laughs. She’s a pretty good joke teller, too. And if she needs information, she googles it, just like we do.

She loves her Kindle. She reads a lot and thinks it’s the greatest invention ever.

Life for Alice is not perfect, but it’s pretty good indeed. She’s planning a cruise for the family to join her for her 90th birthday celebration next year.

What can the rest of us learn from all this? We can see that there is wisdom in the prediction that “we can prevent about 80 percent of heart disease, about 90 percent of diabetes, and about 70 percent of stroke if we make the right food choices, get physical activity and don’t smoke.”

Those are the words of Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Alice is proving him right.

Alice just got back from a checkup with the doctor. She reports that her blood work is normal and other health measures are all looking good. She’s going to do a course of physical therapy for the leg pain. She’ll fit it in between social events and her date with a new guy she met recently.

I hope any of us who live to be 89 can live our lives as Alice is doing!

Pride in Peterborough Awards – Darren Grigas – Endurance Adventurer

So this happened. For seventeen years now my home town of Peterborough has run a Pride in Peterborough Awards event by which they invite nominations over the local papers and Heart FM for people who deserve some recognition for things they do. I was honoured to be invited up for a Special Recognition award for my fundraising during …

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Cape Wrath Ultra!! 250 miles, 8 days, 11,200m! – Darren Grigas – Endurance Adventurer

Just a few days to go and then I’m heading for Fort William ready to face one of the biggest running events on the planet, Cape Wrath Ultra. In a nutshell, racing about 250 miles across the Scottish Highlands over and through all terrain, mountains, river crossing, marshlands and whatever weather is thrown at us. It’s …

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Why you should no longer fear God.

Many of us have the feeling that God Almighty is a scary entity sitting up high looking for the next person to sin so he can kill the him/her. If that is you, then you are WRONG.
The Almighty God is a very very very loving God and here is a reason you should always view him with kind eyes, very calm and confident posture with welcoming presence. I usually add a very white long hair and beard to that image.
However, no one has seen God  in his true form, hence we die (probably so we don’t start making drawings and worshipping them or worse, auctioning them for trillions of pounds then people try to steal it , get murdered for it etc. Look at what us humans have done to the assumed portrait of Jesus Christ. Ask yourself again why Jesus did not come during the age of photography eh? Imagine the endless catastrophe, there are even some claims that he had kids with Mary Magdalene, calling the bible a lair. Hmmm let us not divert into that.
Now , we shouldn’t fear God because of what we have heard about him from preachers etc.
God Almighty, the maker of EVERYTHING and the giver of knowledge, powerful imaginations and inventions is not a scary God if you know him. He sent his son to die for us and gave him the dominion over death so that when our pitiful existence ends we can have the option of being immortals.  Yes we have heard that line over and over again. But have we ever wondered why God will send his only son instead of Angel Gab or Angel Mike (lol) (I have theory about God and his angels) ? What is man, but dust that God will allow his SON to be killed for? Will you allow your only child to loose an arm for someone else? Of course not!If you even have a dream that your child got hurt because of another child,you would begin to fast,pray,bind and loose, even make sure that your child never has anything to do with the other child ever again. But why would God allow his only Child to be poor,humiliated,murdered at a very good age full of potential and even go and ask for the keys from the devil. He could have just said “Lucifer hand over the keys and Jesus now has authority over death,henceforth “. But instead he let the whole drama of a virgin birth, Joseph’s doubt, John the baptist and Jesus belly ‘chest bumping’, Jesus preaching in the temple as a child, Jesus turning water into wine (alcohol);yes it was a wedding and people got drunk also, and him being crucified. All that drama because he wanted to make peace with mere man. And you still think of him as a very scary God.
He talked to man in the garden just as friends would visit friends, taught man how to cover himself (got to be grateful for that), still allowed man to grow crops, rear animals, and even have kids. He still forgave Cain who killed his brother Abel because of jealousy (Cain is still alive by the way, hence the story of vampires and immortals), saved Noah and his family from the flood (evolution theory about the ice age), allowed us to build a tower up to heaven (probably may have been finished by now), shamed the Pharisees and Sadducees for putting laws that separated man from going close to God, still sent the Holy Ghost after we murdered his son. Yet we still see him as scary, kill innocent people in his name,rob people of their freedom and money in his name, put senseless rules and regulations in his name. God is not the scary entity here, we, US HUMANS ARE THE SCARY ONES.
We have misinterpreted the bible to suit our own preferences, connived with our inner zombie to stop searching for the truth ourselves, and ultimately pictured the only entity that wants to truly make peace with us the scary one.

Let me add this here, if your relic  still tells you to cover your hair while in church, wear only skirts as a female, don’t use left hand for offering, don’t come to church while on your period, or if you just gave birth and still bleeding, lives a very wealth life and owns properties while members of his church are hungry or cannot pay school fees in the church’s school, doesn’t engage you in doing free community work, doesn’t pray for or respect your leaders, doesn’t pray for the sick and soldiers fighting for peace doesn’t encourage you to visit the sick and help strangers, you are a Zombie and more scary than God.
Please don’t think God is a loather and disrespect him because he is kind by doing so, you are inviting yourself to a dinner with the Devil himself, and I don’t think any spoon is long enough.
Thanks for reading.

Are we really free to live in the “land of the free”?

I feel your life expectancy reduces as an American, when people around you have guns and a little further when you go to school. What an irony that these factors were meant to increase your longevity.
Anyway, here is more insight on guns and America. Thanks for reading.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-three-things-that-keep-americans-from-living-longer/

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One healthy habit that may kill you painfully

After reading this article, i began to question some health habits that we have been advised to form. Kinda reminds me of the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. ” wash your hands; but be sure the washing agent is non cancerous”. In the meantime, I am still waiting on the review of the ‘5-a-day’ thingy because I feel it isn’t really realistic. Thanks for reading.  Source http://www.eatliveglow.com/could-handwash-increase-your-risk-of-cancer/?utm_source=Outbrain&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=205687&utm_term=2556156&pub_id=44&w_id=&pd_id=&link_id=205687&r_link_id=205687

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