Laughter, the Best Medicine — Redux

By Frances Kolarek —  I know how to pick up on cues. First, along comes a full page in the Mayo Clinic Health Letter about laughter and its benefits. Right on its heels is an article in Psychology Today on the same subject by Dr. Robert Grieger, practicing psychologist and published author. He jumps right […]

Read More

New Habits

By Frances Kolarek — Vincent Dreary understands how hard it can be to shuck old habits and acquire new ones. “Change hurts,” he admits in his book How We Are. But he reminds us that sometimes the ache is worth the change. Take exercise. If your life has been sedentary and exercise has not been […]

Read More

Aging in Place

By Frances Kolarek — Aging in place is a concept coming up for a harder look. “We tend to think of aging in place as staying where we lived during our working years, but that might be an abysmal place to spend retirement,” says author and retirement expert John Nelson. “Most of us will move […]

Read More

Mishearings

By Frances Kolarek — I am deaf. And it’s a huge pain in the neck. And that other four-letter place. My hero, Oliver Sacks, wrote recently in The New York Times about “Mishearings.” And he cited several — e.g., he heard “choir practice” for “chiropractor.” Sympathetic letters to the editor poured in, one of which […]

Read More