Fit at Forty: A bump in the road

00321118 In case you missed the headlines, a couple of weeks ago I busted up my left knee pretty badly. And while it never actually made the headlines, it should have. It was that painful and important – to me anyway. Thankfully, with a sister who’s an OT and a little R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), I’m on the road to recovery.

Needless to say the whole incident put a monkey wrench in my plan to be fit at forty. I had finally found a morning rhythm, getting up early and walking anywhere from 2-4 miles daily. I was even at the point where I was, wait for it… enjoying my walks. And then this.

I wish I could say I busted my knee hiking, preparing for a marathon or secretly rendezvousing with my mystery man one night. I wish I could say that’s how it happened. You know what really happened? I got up to take a sheet of paper off the printer *hangs head in shame* That’s it. There was no earthquake while I was reaching for the paper, and my printer didn’t start doing something out of a Transformers movie. I just stood up.

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I’d forgotten all about that…

Teaneck High School Thanks to the magic of Facebook, I’ve recently reconnected with quite a few friends from high school. A couple of them remember the classes we had together, the teachers who taught us and even the conversations we had during those classes. One even remembers us being in chorus together in middle school! I’m thankful they have those memories and even more thankful they share them with me because here’s the thing – I don’t remember anything. Ever. My brain is like a cold battery that requires frequent jump-starts by other, fresher brains. In fact, I’m so bad, I’ve been accused of rewriting history. There have actually been occasions where I’ve been surrounded by family in the midst of recalling, and telling, a really great/funny/interesting story (in my really-great-story-telling voice) only to have my handlers (my sisters) announce to everyone in attendance, “ummm, yeah…that never happened. Not even a little.” (Photo: My Alma mater -Teaneck High School, Teaneck, NJ)

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Just me

Hey, it’s just me here. I’ve decided to create a separate category where I can take off my editor hat and write about anything and everything that interests me, which, after 40 years on the planet, is an awful lot.

If you know anything about me you know I love to read, love to write, and have an opinion (unfortunately) on just about everything. I wanted to create a space where I could freely share some of these opinions and life observations. I should warn you, at times what you’ll read here may be shocking. For instance, I have bought, read, and *hangs head in shame* enjoyed all four novels in the Twilight Saga (hey, I never said I’d be proud of everything I’d be writing about.)  In this post I want to talk about my professional skills – or lack of it, as some of you have correctly suspected – as a writer.

I’ve been involved in writing on the corporate level for years and as legend goes, practically started reading before I could walk. While elementary classmates were involved in baseball and basketball, I was determined to excel in my elementary school’s read-a-thon, and win the Pete Rose Reading Award. I read 72 books that summer (ok, so most of them were 10 pagers) and won that award and an autographed Pete Rose baseball bat – Booya! Back then books were my friends and my refuge from a bunch of tough Philadelphia kids who weren’t quite sure what to do with me and my thick Jamaican accent. Continue reading Just me

Lead with your ears

00443495 I’ve been attending a new church for the past several weeks and one of the things I like about it is that the pastor’s messages are really practical. Instead of sermons filled with a litany of “thou shalt nots” his messages are timely, relevant and applicable. This week was no different.

The message was about “duh” moments – you know those occasions (that by the way seem to be happening to me more frequently at 40) like the one where you spend all day looking for your keys – only to find that they’ve been in your pocket all along. Or, in his case, spending hours of precious vacation time searching for the sunglasses that had been on his head the entire time.

If you’re as impatient as I am, in the process of looking for the thing that was always there, you lose your temper, throw in an expletive or two and implore God to help you at least twice (never mind that you just cussed and asked God to help you in the same breath.) “Duh” moments are a complete waste of time, except of course for the lessons we learn from them. And, as pastors are famous for doing, mine related our “duh” moments to the spiritual realm – and reminded us of a lesson we could all stand to hear again.

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40 things I’m thankful for at 40 – Part 2

j0402579 Yesterday I shared the first half of my 40 things I’m thankful for list – Here’s part 2…

21. The book “Streams in the Desert” by L.B. Cowman, for greeting me each morning with words to live by.

22. My $300 Laptop that, despite receiving frequent physical and verbal abuse from me, has gotten me through almost 2 years of writing and blogging.

23. Television – my guilty pleasure. Over the years it’s been Sesame Street, The Cosby Show, A Different World, Fantasy Island (you know you used to watch it too) and more recently it’s Glee, LOST and anything on PBS.

24. NPR – TV for my ears.

25. Craig Ferguson – for being the first person each morning to make me laugh even on the days I felt like crying.

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