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Each December of the life of this blog, I post a list of the ten posts composed over the year that received the highest views.
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Nevertheless, sometimes I want to reread one of my posts there (to witness to my own better angels). I often give myself great advice; now if I would only follow it consistently.
Segullah is a faith-based blog where women often write in a way that blends details from their daily lives with quotes or allusions to scriptures and other devotional writing as well to references to literature and culture--high culture and low culture.
So a Segullah post may refer to Jesus, Jane Austin, burnt cookies, and Lisa Simpson.
My favorite 2020 post was the one published in October.
90. December 18th 2020 http://segullah.org/daily-special/small-acts-matter-microfitness-and-microservice/
89. November 20th 2020 http://segullah.org/blog/accepting-the-prophets-invitation-to-give-thanks/
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87. September 22nd 2020 http://segullah.org/blog/fantasies-damage-relationships-pinterest-porn-and-politics/
86. August 21st 2020 http://segullah.org/blog/witnessing-the-work-of-grandmothers/
85. July 17th 2020 http://segullah.org/blog/publication-of-the-discourses-of-eliza-r-snow/
84. June 14th 2020 http://segullah.org/blog/its-about-time-for-fathers-day/
83. June 9th 2020 http://segullah.org/blog/difficulties-with-cross-cultural-communication/
81. April 19th 2020: http://segullah.org/blog/sometimes-treading-water-is-a-victory/
80. March 20th 2020: http://segullah.org/daily-special/coronavirus-before-courage-pausing-to-mourn/
79. February 21st 2020: http://segullah.org/blog/exercising-my-demons-at-the-gym/
78. January 20th 2020: http://segullah.org/daily-special/resolution-evolution/
|Published 13 December 2019.|
|Released 14 February 2020.|
How do couples in long-lasting relationships manage the shift in dynamics that inevitably happen over time?
Downhill (2020) directed by Nate Faxon and Jim Rash present a narrative that addresses this and other questions about love at midlife. Their film is an adaptation of a 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell play Billie and Pete Staunton who are vacationing with their two tween boys at a ski resort in the Swiss Alps.
Because of the film’s title and the preview, I watched the film with an eye for weaknesses in the marriage, finding both couple contributing to some dysfunction: Pete is not invested enough; Billie is overly invested in managing every detail.
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Mackay's entire C19 infographic.
People from all vocations are seeking ways to address the current COVID-19 Pandemic.
Researchers are verifying that we benefit from adopting MULTIPLE MITIGATION LAYERS in order to reduce the spread of viruses.
As a gerontologist, I am reading about the vulnerabilities that older adults face if they become infected with SARS-CoV-2.
As a university teacher, I am guiding my students to write papers based on peer-reviewed, scientific articles about the virus and the resulting disease.
And as a family member, I am constantly seeking information on how to protect myself and my family.
By following scientists and medical professionals on Twitter, I read information about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 before the mainstream media brings information from medical research to the lay reader.
Here is my Twitter list of 200 plus COVID-19 stakeholders.
This is where I discovered Ian M. Mackay, PhD, who uses his expertise as a virologist on his Twitter account @MackayIM Mackay has a PhD in virology from University of Queensland where he now works as an adjunct associate professor.
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As a college instructor who has been teaching classes English departments since the 1980s, my observations about aging often focus on word choice, etymology, usage, technical terms for phenomena observed by people in aging bodies, and evolving definitions:
Consequently, my curiousity was piqued when I saw @MerriamWebster share a link to their Time Traveler search tool.
|I'm spending way too much time in my office.|
Today, I am going to dispose of my usual "let's present some research" approach.
Instead, let me testify of the value of keeping the home fires burning.
Disclosure: I have received a complimentary copy of Herman's book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Heidi has a long career as a writer of various genres, but this book was part of a collaboration with her mother to enumerate nearly one hundred activities that can help older adults remain engaged and joyful.
The book, however, is not just a list. It conveys an outlook on life that is an invitation to find happiness in the moment rather than being bogged down with one of life's many challenges.
Even though I am many years younger than Ieda, the author's mother, I appreciate the suggestions for engaging in life when some people might suffer depression due to role loss and struggle with how to re-engage in life.
I still teach classes at two universities; however, I experienced a slump when all of my children launched in August of 2019. True, I only have two children, but having them both fire me as their mother was quite a shock.
Instead of looking back at what is missing, I am inspired to engage more fully in the moment by reading narratives about Iada's adventures followed by checklists for having an adventure of my own.
For example, in Chapter 5, "Take the Scenic Route," Herman describes a road trip she and her mother took through some of the smaller roads that connect I-80 and I-25. In doing so, Ieda convinced her daughter to stop at the Mormon Handcart Museum that documented the 1,300 mile trip of handcart pioneers.
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|UE's Mascot is Ace, the River Gambler|
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|Every Thursday in August 2020 at 12 noon Central|
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UPDATE: I stopped updating this post one the fall semester started, and I was teaching 36 university students on Zoom. They needed a lot of support, so I shifted a lot of my energies there. Sixteen of these students were assigned to read scholarly journals on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, so I got to read annotated bibliographies about the pandemic for well over 100 research articles.This post serves more as a record of my efforts in the summer to understand risk factors.Science is an activity that is constantly in motion. New data has emerged (and will continue to emerge). Check the CDC webpage and evidence-based medicine in peer-reviewed medical journals (such as JAMA, NEJM, Lancet, and BJM) for emerging data. There are also great scientific journals, but these four (two from the US and two from the UK) are a good place to start.
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|Published in 1947.|
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|Strega Nona first published in 1975.|
"His writing career spanned over 50 years during which he worked on more than 270 books. Close to 25 million copies of his books were sold worldwide, and were translated into over 20 languages." Source.
|Published 15 October 2019.|
|Published 11 June 2019.|
"How doctors choose to spend their careers may depend in part on their tolerance for ambiguity and complexity, and their interest in questions that lend themselves as much to philosophy, psychology, and sociology as to science and statistics." (p. 159)
|Published 15 March 2016.|
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Over the last eight years, The Generation Above Me has garnished over a million views of its 425 posts.I have several posts on these topics: