French lessons haven't made me fluent, but at least my brain's getting a good workout.
When I decided to get back on the basketball court a few weeks ago, my main concerns involved sprained ankles, blown-out knees, dislocated fingers and minor heart attacks. I had no idea that my Achilles tendons would capture so much of my attention.
The old colonoscopy debate was renewed again last week, when researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York released a report claiming that the popular screening method (in which pre-cancerous polyps are removed from the colon) cut colorectal cancer–related deaths by 53 percent. The results, according to cancer researchers, prove that colonoscopies save lives.... Read more »
I’m not the kind of guy who regularly visits the doctor, but if I were and if I lived in Chapel Hill, N.C., I’d look up Nortin Hadler, MD. Hadler is a professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. He’s also... Read more »
I had an interesting revelation last week. After a long absence, I headed downstairs to the gym after work on Tuesday and dragged myself through about a 45-minute workout, including a stint on my old nemesis, the Elliptical Death Machine, and a trip to The Pit, where I got reacquainted with some heavy (for me) iron.
Two of my three brothers have fled the Great North Country already this fall — one to the Gulf Coast of Florida, the other to the desert of Arizona — and the other one will be heading to the Sunshine State in his RV in less than a month. All in a feverish attempt to avoid our four-month adventure called winter. I'm not the most compassionate guy in the room, but I gotta say I feel sorry for them.
My daughter, The Boss Mare, called me from Michigan this morning to report that she’d had a flat tire on her way to some horse-related function an hour-and-a-half away from her college apartment. It’s not that she needed advice on how to change a tire (I just assume she orders the tire to change itself);... Read more »
Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life, right? So doesn't it just make sense to develop a drug that eliminates the cells in your body that contribute to aging?
I didn’t do much that would count as actual gym-type exercise this week, but I’m going to say it was pretty productive anyway. An interesting age-related (I think) conundrum surfaced, and I finally made some real progress toward finishing the basement. Day 33, Monday, 10/10 Don’t let anyone tell you that yard work doesn’t qualify... Read more »
You know, just when you think you're backsliding on your workout routine, sometimes a breakthrough just comes out of nowhere. That's how things went for me this week. I'm going to say that it's just a way that the universe is telling to me to hang in there.