Category Archives: I’m Not Your Mother, But

Five killer stress busters that made me a better mother (At least I’d like to think they did)

Diane and Stephanie's first night together

Decades ago, when I was footloose and fancy-free, one lovely evening a man I was dating took me for a ride. In his small two-seater airplane. We were flying over the coastline, headed toward Old Orchard Beach. So magical. Until the sudden loud thump. He turned to me and in a well-measured voice, said, “We […]

Try a new healthy food. This week it’s hot chile peppers (and a recipe)

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John Turrell, the Wellness Coordinator at the Greater Portland Branch of the YMCA of Southern Maine wants us to feel healthier and be a little adventurous, so he’s encouraging us to try (or retry) nine new healthy foods. We’re on number six — chile peppers. Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern […]

Over 65? In agony because of joint pain? Take a look at the advances in joint replacement surgery

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This post is sponsored by Spectrum Medical Group.  In 2011, the first baby boomers started turning age 65. On average, they are living longer, more active lives than their parents’ generation. That doesn’t mean they don’t have the same aches and pains and maladies. Arthritis, for instance, is still a significant cause of joint pain and […]

Funny stories about forgetting. It’s uplifting (and healthy) to laugh!

Woman

A while ago, I wrote about a memory test you can take if you worried about forgetting things. The topic generated quite a few comments on social media. Because laughing is good for us (and our brains) I decided to revisit some of the funny stories that people shared. Some people took the memory test and were relieved. Mary: “OK, […]

Mixing dietary supplements and medications? Beware. It’s a recipe for danger

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Guest post by Nicole N. Ferm DTR/L, Courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Did you know that an estimated 72 million people in the United States take some form of dietary supplement along with their prescription medications? You might not think it’s a big deal, but surprisingly, even the most common supplements, […]

If you were in the hospital, think your kids would feel helpless? See how Super Jonny copes

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In 1998, Simone Colwill was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease — a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines. At the time, she had a two-year-old and a three and a half-year-old and was expecting her third child. Over the years, she was in and out of the hospital, which was always hard on the children. She tried to find a book that […]

Try a new healthy food. This week it’s mangoes

Mangoes

John Turrell, the Wellness Coordinator at the Greater Portland Branch of the YMCA of Southern Maine wants us to feel healthier and be a little adventurous, so he’s encouraging us to try (or retry) nine new healthy foods. We’re on number five — mangoes. Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern Maine. […]

Sick and tired of, well … everything? Slow down and explore the surprising benefits of t’ai chi

Nancy Fearing

T’ai chi makes me tingle,” answered 90-year-old Marit Wilson, when I asked her what she likes about it. “It makes my arms and legs tingle.” Ta’i chi is a centuries-old mind and body practice. It involves making slow methodical movements called postures. Movements that are both graceful and purposeful. The postures move seamlessly from one […]

Try a new healthy food: This week it’s avocados

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John Turrell, the Wellness Coordinator at the Greater Portland Branch of the YMCA of Southern Maine wants us to feel healthier and be a little adventurous, so he’s encouraging us to try (or retry) nine new healthy foods. We’re on number four — avocado. Guest post by John Turrell, Wellness Coordinator, Greater Portland Branch, YMCA of Southern Maine. […]