Mental Vitamin: Sewing | Knitting | Cooking

Love this idea from neuroscientist Kelly Lambert, PhD’s book on depression, about choosing alternatives to the conventional quick-fix of changing your neurotransmitter mix with a prescription for Lexapro, Prozac or Wellbutryn or some new pill.   “Lambert shows how when you knit a sweater or plant a garden, when you prepare a meal or simply…

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Keepin' It Real: Bolinas for Holiday

Signing off for a week of reading, doodling, strolling, yoga, meditating, cooking, writing, and, oh yeah, hanging out with my kids and DH. Guess where I am? Thinking I need more honor system in my life, like this Gospel Farm stand. Let’s develop that idea…. Back in a week or two. Officially off duty as…

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Beginnings of the Ends: Telomere Storytime

I’ve been talking up telomeres a lot lately, which are emerging as the key biomarker of biological aging. Think you look younger than your chronological age? Here’s your marker. Telomeres are a lot like the plastic tips on the ends of shoelaces – in this case, telomeres keep DNA on the ends of chromosomes from…

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Shuffling My Roles

Was inspired by the luminous Kathleen Bloom of the Meditation Project to go a little nuts over Wordie, an online program for making word collages. Here’s one on my roles. Rather liked the juicy result, but realized I forgot “mom.” Oops. I keep forgetting that part, and how intrinsic it is. But not in a…

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Nuclear Japan: Latest News

BBC this morning: “A partial meltdown did occur in reactor 1.” According to BBC reporter Richard Black: “On Sunday, officials said the same thing was suspected in reactor 3 – although later, they appeared to retract this statement.” This morning I heard many conflicting reports about the worst of the nuclear situation in Japan being…

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US Aircraft Carrier Detects Radiation Offshore Japan

Japanese officials insist there is no public health risk from the failing nuclear reactors in Fukushima. My read of the news: I have no idea if that is true, and suspect the opposite. The BBC is reporting this morning that one of the US aircraft carriers detected radioactive fallout 100 miles offshore from the reactors.…

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Nuclear Risk Worsening: Prevention Never Premature

Now authorities are admitting that the nuclear crisis in Japan, predicted by my grandfather five days ago and in my first blog, is far worse than Three Mile Island, and possibly as bad as Chernobyl but as yet unclear. BBC is reporting this morning that levels of radiation are significantly above the legal limit. Radiation…

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