Archive for November 2020

It may be okay to gain weight as we age

If you, like me, have been saying for years that you’d like to lose 10 to 15 pounds, wouldn’t it be nice to hear that it might be healthier not to? A number of research studies have found that it’s healthy for older adults to have a Body Mass Index of between 25 and 27,... Read more »

Home alone for Thanksgiving birthday?

Having a birthday at the end of November has always been sweet. Often my birthday falls between the Thursday and the Sunday of Thanksgiving week, which gave preretired me the day off work. I get to celebrate with family gathering for Thanksgiving, and who better to observe a birthday with than the people responsible for... Read more »

Chicago led country in creation of neighborhood parks

Note: Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune Flashback had full-page feature by Ron Grossman headlined “Pioneering parks.” I did not copy Grossman’s idea for this post, although it appears that way. I had this piece written on Saturday but held it for my usual Monday posting. Although the timing of Grossman’s article was unfortunate for me, the Tribune’s... Read more »

Think you're in charge? Get a cat.

Through most of human history, our species believed we were ordained to rule over animals. How silly that notion is becomes obvious when you observe an animal that has lived alongside humans for many millennia: the cat. For a reality check about how much in charge you actually are, get a cat. Consider the preferences... Read more »

Making a reluctant admission about my fellow Americans

I really have tried to understand Trumpers. I read J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy and thought he made good points about the economic and social problems of the white working class — disappearing jobs, drug addiction, hopelessness, and instability. I allowed that first-time Trump voters could have fallen for his con in 2016. But it’s... Read more »

Distractions until we know a winner

I can’t remember such anxiety since the Bulls’ last championship game. Until a few days ago I was in denial about a possible Trump win. Then less optimistic columnists punctured my confidence. It was horrible to wake up on November 9, 2016, and learn that the polls had been wrong, but how much more horrible... Read more »