Traditional blueprints from the past can be prudent guides to what begs to be accomplished in the future.
In a recent survey, 89% of 1,000 citizens said they're optimistic about what 2007 will bring for them and their families. As this group looked back on the past year, 58% said that 2006 was a bad year for the country.
"When the red red robin comes blog blog bloggin' along!"¯ Ever since I read about sixtysomething Web bloggers, I've promised myself to give it a look. Blessed are the curious; theirs is a life of adventure. (Okay, okay, I haven't had time yet!)
A blog, or weblog, is an online journal where writers discuss any subject that trips their keyboard. Readers are usually welcomed to post personal comments and feedback. Since Pat just got me a new computer and printer, this could be the answer to forthcomiing retirement blahs!
There's plenty to look forward to in 2007. Do wonders never cease! Television marketers are alive with all sorts of gadgets. "My lil' reminder"¯, complete with a built-in flashlight, thinks for you. (What's new?) You can speak into it and tell it where you parked your car, record shopping lists, honey-do requests, etc. Play it back later to prevent wandering around a parking lot in bewilderment. (That is, if you can remember where you put the little bugger!)
Don't leave the house without them! Stain removal sticks are guaranteed to erase any spot from any material. On a Today Show segment, several brands were tried out and only one did the job fairly well. Let's give it up! Stains happen!
In AARP's Feb. '07 Health Report, Sid Kirchheimer shares secrets to better health, little known facts. "By sunning your unprotected face, arms, and hands for a few minutes, you can produce as much Vitamin D as is in ten glasses of milk."¯ That advice isn't very appealing to the snowbound. (Which could be anywhere south of Minnesota this winter.)
The report offers kudos for coffee. Coffee drinking is said to lower your risk of type two diabetes. Kirchheimer writes, "Caffeine gets the credit for protection against Parkinson's Disease and gallstones."¯ (It would be wise to get a second opinion on that!) Yet another article announces that caffeine can harm people who have high blood pressure, kidney disease or anxiety disorders. Go figure! Pick your poison!
"Brush and floss"¯ is a battle cry to fight against periodontal disease. People with gum disease face nearly twice the risk of heart attacks as their healthy-gummed brethren.
Wash your hands after handling freshly washed laundry? That is if the wash water is below 160 degrees For if you hadn't used bleach. How was it established that only 5% of Americans now regularly wash their underwear and towels in water that's hot enough to kill bacteria? Who knew?
We are forever striving to create a risk-free society. Isn't gonna happen! Even if people know that by keeping tropical house plants in our homes that the air is filtered of airborne toxins, where can we find palms, ferns, bamboo, and coconut trees in Minnesota in winter?
This is my favorite blog from Kirchheimer's Health Report: "New Age practices such as yoga, tai chi, and meditation are known to boost your health, improve blood circulation, and reduce tension. If you don't have time for those lofty pursuits, though, you can get some of the same benefits with just three to five minutes of deep breathing twice a day."¯ (If that's all the time you can spare, you might already be over the brink of self- destruction.)
Next week - more of the same, riddled with nonsense. As we dive into new times, ready or not, let's keep an open mind"¦someone might drop a worthwhile thought into it.
Janet Burns resides in this neck of the woods. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org