It’s been a very busy year for me with speaking engagements, travel and work on the new book. On August 17, 2012 I had my 111th birthday, and a huge party to commemorate it.
My granddaughter wrote this wonderful recap of the party, which you can read here: http://bit.ly/Ow1UQ0
Thanks to all who came out and all of you who called, sent emails or posted on the facebook page. It made this birthday one the most memorable ones yet. And I’ve had a lot of them.
Here is a link to the second of the three part interview conducted with me in Florida in December 2009. Part three to come soon.
I spent this past Christmas with my family in South Florida. One of my daughters, one of my grandsons, his wife and my two great-grandchildren all live in Miami and it was wonderful to spend some time with time with them.
While I was there, my friend Paul Nison filmed a three part interview with me for his “Raw Life Health Show.” It was shot on December 27, 2009 and it was a lot of fun.
I will post the second and third parts over the coming days. Hope you enjoy it.
I’ve just arrived in South Florida to spend some much anticipated time with my daughter, grandson and his wife and my two great grandchildren. Nothing rejuvenates me like spending time with family, and I am happy to say that I will be taking a side trip to North Carolina to see my other daughter and my two grandkids who live there. Lots of travel, but the family is spread out all over the country.
I’ve got plans for a new book and DVD for 2010, so stay tuned for more. Thanks for all your support this year. I am grateful so many of you have enjoyed the book (and if you liked it, tell a friend and send them the link) and I appreciate all the comments you leave on the blog.
Wishing you all the best for a healthy 2010 and beyond.
I feel that I must continue to learn all I can about nutrition, health and longevity through reading and attending meetings and seminars. I also feel that it is my purpose to disseminate what I know, to the best of my ability, that which I have learned and which works for me.
That, of course, is the purpose behind the book. I truly want everyone to have what I have, and to never doubt that it’s possible to live a long life free of disease and mental decline. Another aspect of living on purpose is to try and focus on what is happening NOW. Think about this for a moment: How much of your day do you suppose is spent savoring the moment, and how much is spent regretting some event from the past or dreading some imagined future? If you are like most people, odds are that thoughts of the Now do not just take a back seat to “more pressing” concerns, but are probably not even in the same vehicle.
Have you ever watched a young child as they go about their activities during the day? Hours can be spent just watching an inchworm move across a limb or examining a stone or a leaf. That child is probably not thinking about whether they might have left the stove on, or where the receipts are for the tax man, or why they made that stupid joke at the company Christmas party two years ago. That child spends the better part of each and every day in the Now, and they are healthy, happy and well-adjusted because of it.
An excerpt from Chapter 2 of the book:
There seems to be a tendency, as we age, to spend more and more time watching, and less time doing. We adopt a favorite chair, placed just so in front of the television set, and feel that there is nothing better than spending our time parked in that familiar spot, not thinking, but just absorbing and being entertained. I’ve never quite understood why this is so-I know it seems natural, but there is nothing natural about it.
It seems a little like the story of the frog: If a frog is dropped in a pot of boiling water, it will immediately jump out. But, if the frog is placed into a pot of cool water, and then the stove is turned on, the water will heat so gradually that the frog will just sit there, happy and oblivious.
The stiffness of old age, and the mental rigidity that can accompany it silently creep up behind us and , like the frog, we remain oblivious…It’s at this point that a person might scratch their head and say, “How did this happen?”
What’s needed is an understanding that we can’t live on autopilot and still have a vital life. There are things that will prevent these scourges of age, but only if we are willing to do something everyday to stop them.