Archive for July, 2009

Postcard from China

Posted in Photos, Travel on July 31, 2009 by maryrestaino

img034

To send and receive postcards from all over the world visit www.postcrossing.com

Advertisements

Postcard from Brazil

Posted in Photos, Travel on July 31, 2009 by maryrestaino

img033

Summer family fun

Posted in Family, Photos on July 27, 2009 by maryrestaino

100_0573

100_0575

These were taken this afternoon, this evening it is 77 degrees. I had to coax the kids away from the tv and video games but it was worth it.

Start today

Posted in Poetry, Spirituality, Thoughts on July 26, 2009 by maryrestaino

100_0410A new day

Begin again

Breathe life into your dream

If you can imagine it

Let it take shape

With the efforts of your mind, soul, and body

It can start today

No regrets at sunset

Posted in photography, Photos, Poetry, Spirituality on July 25, 2009 by maryrestaino

100_0564

As the day ends

Don’t dwell on the opportunities you missed

Rather appreciate the beauty of the moment

While looking forward to tomorrow

Live more simply and be happier

Posted in Personal, Spirituality, Thoughts on July 24, 2009 by maryrestaino

Feeling like you’re drowning in debt and bills? Does it seem like your paycheck never stretches far enough? You might find this story interesting.

It seems that a man in Utah has been living in a cave for three years and stopped spending money in the autumn of 2000.  Daniel Suelo is not like the average American-drowning in credit card debt, struggling with a mortgage, terrified of the next downsizing at the office. In fact, he isn’t worried about the economic crisis at all.

Although I don’t wish to live in a cave, I found this story made me think about my own life. How I feel deprived if I can’t buy that Starbucks coffee, or because I can’t afford the extended basic on cable television. I was also amazed on how this man survives on what he can forage in the forest, the generosity of friends who feed him sometimes in a nearby town, and the discards of modern society. Most of us can make do on less, with an adjustment in our expectations and some creativity. It seems to be a more spiritual way of living.

Do you think you will live to be 100?

Posted in blogging, Family, Health on July 21, 2009 by maryrestaino

A headline in the news recently is the 112-year-old Montana man who became the world’s oldest living man after 113-year old Henry Allingham of England died Saturday.

The lucky man, Walter Breuning, was born September 21, 1896. He learned to read by kerosene lantern and remembers his grandfather’s stories of his service in the Civil War. He still dresses in a suit and tie.

In fact, it looks like all of us have an increased chance of living to at least 100 years old. The dramatic rise in population over the last century has been accompanied by an even more dramatic rise in life expectancy.

For example, when the U.S. population reached 100 million in 1915, the average lifespan was 54 years. When we hit 200 million in 1967, it reached approximately 70.

Some experts on aging say that within 50 years, the average person living in an industrialized nation with access to health care will live to be at least 100.

During the first half of the 20th century, revolutionary advances in medicine and public health raised the average life expectancy in the U.S. by more than 20 years – from age 47 in 1900 to age 68 in 1950.

According to the CDC, the 10 greatest medical and public health achievements of the 20th century were:

  • Vaccination against disease, resulting in the elimination of major diseases of the early 20th century, such as smallpox and polio.
  • Control of infectious disease through improved sanitation, clean water sources, and the introduction of antibiotics.
  • Improvements in motor-vehicle safety.
  • Improved workplace safety.
  • Improved food safety.
  • Decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke.
  • Smaller families with longer birth intervals due to family planning.
  • Improved prenatal care.
  • Fluoridation of drinking water.
  • Public health efforts to reduce smoking.

Sources: New York Post, http://www.webmd.com/news/20061017/americans-living-longer-than-ever