Spring into Summer: June-August 2013

While on vacation in Albuquerque, we went to the botanical gardens there and near the exit was this lovely tiled wall. The picture doesn’t do it justice!

While summer is officially the end of June, to me, summer as already started. Thus, the double entendre: Spring as a season (noun) and spring as a verb, as in jumping in. So, this summer I have decided to make one Home Page for the entire three months. This will give me time to work on my rhyming project and allow me more breathing space at the end of each month. I hope this works for you, the reader, because to me, these three months are like one block of time with the warmer weather, the longer days, and the feeling of letting go a little more than during the winter.

During these three months I would like to tackle a subject I have been thinking about for some time, and that is the subject of AGING. There is so much information out there to read, and hopefully I can make enough sense of all the info to share with you. Aging well is a formidable task. When I turned 75 in December, my mortality really hit me in the face, so this is a perfect topic to explore.  Hope you will send in your comments, as well.

Better Than I Ever Expected (The first word got cut off when I downsized the photos.)

Apropos to this is a “hot topic”: Senior Sex. And the one person who seems to have great courage and knowledge to write about this is Joan Price, author of (Among other books on fitness)Better Than I Ever Expected and Naked at Our Age. She also edited a book on Ageless Erotica, stories by other seniors, but I am more interested in her research and personal experiences, so I will review only these two.

Naked at Our Age has been named Outstanding Self-Help Book 2012 from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and honored with the 2012 Book Award from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). (Internet)

I also hope to do some research on foods that keep you fit and feeling young. The book Natural Born Fatburners gave me some clues, so I will review it in June and use the information throughout the summer. After all, staying trim (not anorexic) helps with longevity.  However, another book I am reading, Big Yoga, claims that larger bodies can be healthy. So I will look for facts to back up that claim.

One of the healthy foods that I love this time of year is asparagus. Here is a quote from The Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board: Asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables in existence. It leads nearly all produce items in the wide array of nutrients it supplies in significant amounts for a healthy diet. I made roasted asparagus and flavored it with curry powder, so I will feature that recipe soon.

Here is a photo of asparagus using one of the hand towels my younger daughter gave me for Mothers’ Day. I made the asparagus over a dish called Kitchari, an Ayurvedic recipe I will also post:

I will also post another poem by my classmate, Mary Lou Meyers, and maybe some rhymes I have written about growing old (dis)gracefully! My summer project is to put all my rhymes on the computer, so I hope to find a few that are suitable for my theme on again well. All in all, summer looks promising and I hope you will enjoy the postings.


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