With it’s festive colors, tantalizing food, and Latin beat, Día de los Muertos beckons even the most weary of five-day-a-week workers to the dance floor. But besides the fun frivolity, new research from Scientific American is showing that joining friends for celebratory cheer may increase our brain function and steer us toward healthier living. (more…)
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“I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.” The quote from Woody Allen describes the condition that triggers the release of endorphins, our natural feel-good chemicals that promote a sense of well-being and have also been shown to relieve pain. It also triggers the release of milk from one’s nostrils but never mind.
Posted by Tammy on August 4, 2011
Last March I wrote about the delicious evening meals enjoyed on our annual ski trip and the fellowship that endures around the table. This tradition also includes a post-dinner game night. Over the years, we’ve engaged in scavenger hunts, intense Pictionary matches, unforgettable charades and high-tech Olympics.
Posted by Tammy on March 22, 2011
If you’re a guy reading this, I apologize in advance. This is about chicks. Not hot botox babes with shiny lip gloss but about girlfriends, the kind that I can spend an afternoon with when I’m not wearing make-up and maybe not shoes – even if I haven’t had a pedicure. The kind that I belly laugh with and then cry alongside when one gets divorced or another’s child is struggling to learn to read.
Posted by Tammy on February 2, 2011
I’m cheering for Auburn in the BCS Bowl. Auburn is in Alabama – a state I’ve never visited. I don’t even like football much but I do read a mind-stretching blog by Professor Jose Llanes, of the Education Department there and hence, I now find some affinity with this Southern school.
Posted by Tammy on January 1, 2011
When I saw this recent photo of my brother in law, I instantly knew that it deserved a spot on my blog. But, in what context?
Posted by Tammy on November 13, 2010
I’m in the Pacific Northwest today where I planned to blog about vacation pleasure like hunting for agates and arrowheads, learning to pick nettles and digging for clams. But I can’t get that image out of my head. The open cavity where her nose once was haunts me. If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about because it’s likely that you can’t forget it either.
Posted by Tammy on August 2, 2010
Let me reveal a character flaw. I hate it when I have a great idea that I don’t act upon and later discover that someone else has done it with success. Darn you Jim Killeen! If you don’t know Jim, he’s the author and actor of a new documentary called Google Me.
The film documents Jim’s adventures as he locates others named Jim Killeen. I recommend it. (more…)
Posted by Tammy on July 17, 2010