Building My Blue Zone

Recently I met Dan Buettner, the New York Times best-selling author and National Geographic writer of “The Blue Zones of Happiness.” I have since become fascinated with his discoveries for living a longer life. In case you aren’t aware, blue zones are regions of the world where people live much longer than average (usually to over 100). The term first appeared in the November 2015 National Geographic  magazine cover story "The Secrets of a Long Life," which Dan wrote.  He identified five geographic areas around the world where people live statistically longer: Okinawa (Japan); Continue Reading

You Can Tell Fall Is Here

I could tell it was autumn last week while I was traveling in the Pacific Northwest, even though the temperatures were in the 80- to 90-degree range. How? Because I saw HUGE hard-shell squash displays in every supermarket. (Note: It is normal procedure at most supermarkets to do a “fall reset.” Pumpkins, squashes, apples, and oranges are moved to the front of the department. Displays of cooking vegetables get bigger. And summer fruit displays become much smaller or disappear altogether.) Doesn’t this make you think of fall? Beautiful displays of … Continue reading

The Importance of a Smile

One of my favorite songs these days is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Every time it comes on the radio, I get a huge smile on my face. So, when I was returning from a weekend trip in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., this past weekend and we were dropping off our rental car, I must have been thinking of that song. As I got out of the car, I smiled at the attendant. His reaction was amazing. “What a great smile you have!” he said. “Thank you!” I replied. “It’s not just … Continue reading