Now that Spring is upon us, the flowers are blooming like crazy here in Southern California. And, the other day we experienced a “caravan” of butterflies flying in droves over Los Angeles. There were literally billions of them everywhere. They were hard to get a good shot at with my smartphone but here’s one that landed on some flowers across the street from me.
I didn’t get out to the Super Bloom because the traffic from people trying to see it was insane. The road to Lake Elsinore had to close for a while because Instagrammers stomped all over the flowers. Now, there’s limited viewing. I’ll have to enjoy it looking at other people’s photos.
Meanwhile, our Baby Boomer bloggers have been busy and enjoying the emergence of Spring.
Carol Cassara, at A Healing Spirit, has been exploring the ancient antiquities of Egypt but still had time to send in her inspiring post for the week about how we make judgments. Or rather, she’s describing what she learned from her favorite guru, the venerable Baba Ram Dass, in How We Are What We Judge.
Spring also brings crops of produce and delivers it to places that are still covered in snow. On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, offers lists of the fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides and least pesticides for 2019. See her article to learn about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen.
Spring is also bringing out a diverse array of potential Presidential candidates, intent on winning the 2020 election. Tom Sightings, at Sightings Over Sixty, weighs in, not from a political point of view, but rather from an age point of view on the current crop. Take a look at Too Old to Be President? to see just how old (or young) some of the candidates are, and weigh in on whether or not age should be a consideration when it comes to electing someone to office.
The warmer weather also gets us thinking about taking care of our bodies. Exercise is important at all ages, but one specific form of exercise is showing important health benefits for seniors and others. Jennifer, at Unfold and Begin, who is also a registered yoga teacher spent eight years teaching yoga to seniors at a retirement community and has witnessed how yoga helps. In What Are the Benefits of Yoga for Seniors, she shares the research as well as what she’s seen firsthand.
Exercise is also important to keep up with those who are younger than we are. Boomers may find certain activities challenging as they move through the years. Perhaps one of the most exhausting undertakings that make seniors feel their age is babysitting the grandkids. Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting spent the past week grand sitting two young granddaughters and one hyper dog. She survived with one minor mishap as she explains in Dog Gone Where?
When I’m not outside trying to get shots of butterflies, I try to get out to see what I can in my city. I went to visit the site of the old Clifton’s Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles to learn about its history. It’s now a popular nightclub but I learned a few stories from the past that were definitely worth writing about.
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