Defne Nayman was an ER doctor, when she noticed that many of her patients wouldn’t be there if someone had taught them better life habits. These days she’s talking more about wellness than illness. She wants you to know how to age marvelously. She says you can make small changes and, the good news is it’s never too late to start.
But Anna Lyons and Louise Winter tackle the taboo head on with their book, We All Know How This Ends. The “this” of their book title is life, and the end of life and death – two very separate things, as it turns out – are what Anna and Louise talk about.
When it comes to the end of life, and to grief for the survivors, there’s no right way to deal with it all. And you don’t have to get through it, you really have to learn to live with it. About the only “wrong” thing you can do is to avoid the whole topic because it makes you uncomfortable.
Irvine Nugent is an expert on two topics. The first is emotional intelligence. That’s the thing that corporations bury as “soft skills” but they can be the most important skills to bring to a job, or to a relationship. The second is something called Facial Action Coding System or FACS. That’s the ability to read faces and tell what people are really feeling, not what they say they’re feeling. That’s an important talent in today’s world of zoom meetings! Both of those skills may be necessary as we recalibrate in a post-mask world!
Jan Newberry was a magazine editor when she was laid off and, suddenly, she found out what it’s like to look for work when you’re over 60. It’s not fun. But, let’s just say, Jan didn’t take it lying down.
Her observations – from the young guy on the Zoom interview who seemed like he’d rather be doing anything else, to the nervous laughter when she’d walk into a job interview with her 60-plus-year-old self – are funny and sad both, and the good news is her story has a happy ending.
Chaos and confidence and something that can blow that confidence right out of the water…romance scams.
Gina L Osborn, knows a thing or two about all of those things. She’s been in counter-intelligence and investigated some of the highest profile espionage cases in Europe. She left the FBI in 2018 and is now a leadership consultant and has her own podcast, Lead Like A Lady.
You might think that someone taken in by a romance scam isn’t very bright. YOU would never be taken in, right? Well, Gina says that romance scam victims are often highly educated, they just happen to lead with their hearts.
Sadly, Gina says it’s hard to prosecute romance scams. Often the scammer is in another country, and the money at stake isn’t big enough to get the big guns of federal law enforcement involved.
But the good news is there are some red flags you can watch out for so that you don’t get scammed.
Former Surgeon General Vivek Murphy says that loneliness is a public health issue in this country. In his book, Together, he talks to several people trying to tackle the problem of loneliness in one way or another. One of those people is Kate Hoepke, who heads up the Village Movement in California. The Village Movement is an effort to create a community so people who are old and alone can stay in their own houses and not be so alone.
Hoepke says that a village isn’t a place where you live. It’s a structure that enables people to learn new things and improve the quality of their lives while living at home. And, if you belong to a caring community, you’re much more likely to be able to stay in control of your own life.
I believe that books are magical. They can take you away from bad times and they can enhance empathy by putting you in the skin of someone who isn’t like you at all. Polly Buxton, owner of Buxton Books in Charleston, SC, gets to be around books all the time. In fact, her own love story sounds like something out of one of the romances she sells. They met, they shared a love of books and, reader, she married him!
Sleep. It’s the Holy Grail for some of us. Just when we think we’ve got it, a neighbor’s car alarm goes off. Or a pet gets restless. Or it’s too hot or too cold. But getting good sleep is a skill you can learn by unlearning some bad habits. Mollie McGlocklin talks about how to grab on to that elusive elixir.
Cheryl Meyer isn’t a doctor, but she has done a lot of research and became a health coach after traditional medicine couldn’t help her. Turns out, there are a lot of things in your house that are toxic, and they just might be making YOU sick. Forget what’s in your wallet, what’s in your household? Meyer talks about how to reduce and then eliminate the hidden toxins in your life.
Imagine, if you will, a pale creature from the future. The creature walks on two legs, but it has an outsized posterior. On the back of its neck is a spike. It peers around, seeming unable to see until it puts on large spectacles.
That creature, my friends, is us. And the future is now.
We are evolving into monsters. Science backs it up.
I talk about how our love of all things screen are changing our bodies and whether that evolution can tell us more about each other.