Showing posts from September, 2009

Exercise - A Little Goes A Long Way

I've been active most of my life either taking long walks to get away from my overcrowded home. Our door was always open to family members and friends; hence, our small Harlem apartment was many times filled with relatives and friends. Taking long walks from 145th Street to 125th Street, through Central Park and down to 59th Street was part of my young years.

When I moved out to L.A. I continued to walk, swim at the local pool, and practice yoga with Lilias who had a show on TV. At that time, exercise wasn't a big thing as it is today. I never thought of my activity as an exercise regimen. These were just some things I enjoyed doing. I didn't get into a formal exercise program until I joined the gym some years later. I began going to an aerobics class and worked out on the weight machines. This was followed by a step aerobics class until my knees gave out. No matter how hard I worked out, I could never keep up with others in those classes. Refusing to punish my body any f…

Getting Technology Savy

The other day, I visited my friend Mattie who had recently moved into senior housing. I hadn't seen her in a few months and I wanted to see how she was settling in and to show off my new gadget. I showed her my new iphone. "It does just about everything except cook a meal and run your bath water," I said. She laughed and shook her head. "Things have really changed from when I was a little girl. All these new inventions, I can't keep up," she said. "It seems that just when I become comfortable with one thing, it's obsolete." Although it is a struggle, Mattie tries. she's still learning how to use her new laptop computer. She uses it mostly to send emails to her children and other relatives, to pay her bills online, and to surf the web for anything she happens to be interested in.

She told me about her next door neighbor who refuses to even consider all the new technological advances. "Vera is the most stubborn person I've ever met. …