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Update on my surgery and biking …

I am now past one week since my oral surgery and feel like I am recovering nicely, thank you. You can read details of the operation here. One of the most difficult aspects of being 79 is that I don’t have a lot of people that I can share experiences with to give me a perspective on my situation. In the past few days I have managed three bike rides. It took more than four days to feel that I had enough energy to ride at all. I had to wonder is that normal (for someone 79)? None of my bike riding friends is within decades of my age. I can only go by how my own body feels.

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Gabi and me a couple of years ago.

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What Are Some Good Luck Foods for Friday the 13th?

I wrote this post for Friday the 13th a couple of years ago, but it applies still.

PERSONAL NOTE: It is exactly 27 years ago today that I cleaned out my desk at Reuters and quit after working there for 20 years. I won’t go into the whys, they are no longer relevant. However, I have not looked back and ever regretted it. I wrote freelance for a while, then taught journalism at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and finally migrated over to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation where I wrote a newsletter in the Investment Department for five years and then was promoted to Bond Manager where I managed $900 million for the next five years. I retired from there in October of 2000.

I have been writing this blog since March of 2010.


One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100

Feeling blue on Friday the 13th? Perhaps you are triscadecaphobic, which is to say, fearful of Friday the 13th.

The publication Environmental Nutrition offers the following 5 foods that are super nutritious and might bring you good luck at least in terms of your general health.

Amazing avocados, is their first offering. “Ounce for ounce, they contain more blood-pressure lowering potassium than bananas. Avocados are rich in good-for-you monounsaturated fats, and cholesterole-lowering beta-sitosterol and cancer-protective glutathione, along with Vitamin E, folate, vitamin B6 and fiber.”

Brain-boosting blueberries come in second. “These little blue marvels are the antioxidant leaders, plump and nearly 4 grams of fiber per cup and a good dose of vitamin C. They also have cancer-protective ellagic acid, and may boost your brain health and vision.”

Anti-cancer Brazil nuts come in third. “This hearty tree nut is a ‘trigger food’ that may cause cancer cells to self-destruct…

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