Stop and smell the roses

Too busy to stop and smell the roses? Don’t be.¬†Recent research reported that older adults with dysfunction of the sense of smell had more than twice the odds of¬† developing dementia in 5 years. Dementia is to me one of the most dehumanizing incurable disease of modern times. It affects 10% of the world population, …

Seize the day

Carpe diem, a Latin maxim, means seize the day. Baby boomers have a tendency of living too much in the past. This is understandable in a way. Physically, we are past our prime. We may work out 3 or even 4 times a week, but the best we can do is seemingly to slow the …

My bucket list

I have been debating whether to publish a bucket list. For all who don’t know, a bucket list is a checklist of new experiences that a person wishes to have in his or her lifetime. I have always thought that only elderly people and terminally ill patients compose bucket lists. After all, the notion of …

Steering a parked car

No, you cannot steer a parked car. Nobody can, not even the Almighty. Yet, we sometimes try it in real-life situations. We park our life, waiting for a spark, a eureka moment that never seems to come. When we were younger, we might not know what we wanted to do with our lives. There were …

Connecting with people

My college buddy, Edward, lives in Tennessee, USA, 4,000 kilometres (or 2,500 miles) away from I live in British Columbia, Canada. He sends an annual Christmas newsletter to stay in touch. Chris Crowley, in his New York Times bestseller Younger Next Year, devotes an entire chapter on connecting and committing. Exercise may give you longevity …