From the monthly archives: June 2017

Just when you think tax season is finally behind you another tax form arrives from your IRA custodian – Form 5498.

The good news is this doesn’t mean you missed something when you filed your taxes.

However, it is important information that has been reported to the IRS.

Form 5498 reports information about IRA contributions, […]

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More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates (460–377 BCE) said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” What does that mean when it comes to water? Water has been described as a neglected, unappreciated, […]

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Silence is a source of great strength.   ~Lao Tzu

In the Standford University publication, “Compassion’s Curative Power,” Emma Seppala, PhD and associate director of Stanford School of Medicine’s The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), shares that most of us are “wired for empathy,” and states: “Whenever we look at or interact with […]

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Whether you are entertaining guests, tailgating, watching your favorite sports team at home or just needing a bite in between meals, chips and dip are a go-to snack for many.

The problem for your waistline is the store-bought dips can be laden with additives like sodium and sugar, and low on the good stuff like […]

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Come and sit quietly with me. Have a cup of coffee. Hold my hand.

Some days I won’t know you, yet some days I might.

Your time is most precious to me. Little do you know your strength calms me; tell me it will be alright.

Be patient with me. What is real to me […]

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Dear Jean,

Father’s Day is coming up.  I don’t know what to get for Dad. He has lost so much of his memory.  At times, he doesn’t even know me.  Why bother?

Dad isn’t the same person he used to be.   Sometimes he thinks I am his younger brother, Bill, who died in Korea.  It […]

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As a science writer I always looked for stories about the future, so it’s no surprise that I started covering global warming and climate change during the late 80’s.  Recently going through my files I ran across one of those stories, from 1989, that ran on the cover of The Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine.


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Parents and grandparents alike know that “pit of the stomach” feeling when a child grabs the keys and drives away for the first time. It’s both exhilarating to share their freedom and frightening to consider all of the things that could happen when they are behind the wheel.

A new study recently revealed that […]

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What’s Your Fitness Category?

When I think about fitness I like to divide people into four categories.  This gives me an idea of where people are now and how we would like them to progress.

Frail Independent Fit Elite Fitness

Most of us do not live in frailty but are independent.  Independent people are capable of doing […]

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