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I have had little time to devote to the blog this week so I offer you a bit of what I have been reading, cooking and a movin’ and a groovin’ to.


being mortal

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande…There is no way around it, aging is inevitable. How we and the medical community deal with this process is the basis for this book.
I will admit that reading this work left me feeling a little depressed. At the same time, it gave me better insight into the type of treatment administered to those dealing with terminal diseases and for those who are in the latter stages of aging. A must read if you wish to be an advocate for those you love.

The Overview from Barnes And Noble describes it best:

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending

Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.

Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.



Check out this Food And Wine magazine’s gem – Red Lentil Dal with Coconut Milk and Kale recipe.
It ‘s a perfect way to warm your soul on these cold winter days. I’ve made this twice in the past week.
Of course I substituted vegetable broth for the chicken stock!


Enlightenment in nature

Once upon a time, I worked out 6 days a week performing daily cardio, weight resistance and power yoga exercise.
The yoga instructor was rather intense and at times the class seemed like a chore. It wasn’t long before I began to fiercely dislike the yoga regimen. My cardio and weight workouts were high intensity and I didn’t need or welcome yet another routine that stressed my body. I stopped doing yoga but soon began to feel the repercussions of that by way of less flexibility and achy muscles.

By chance, I stumbled upon Ali Kemenova’s Youtube channel called Beautiful Yogis. That led me to her Yoga channel and her webpage.

I’ve incorporated her yoga into my routine (not quite daily yet) and I LOVE it.
It’s easy to stay engaged, feel energized yet relaxed and leaves you wanting more.
There are plenty of routines to choose from ranging from beginners to advanced.

What have you been reading, cooking or movin’ to lately?   Please leave a comment…