I’ve been writing about curcumin – the active ingredient in the Indian curry spice turmeric – for months. It’s been used medically for millennia in south Asia, and touted in overwhelming numbers of peer-reviewed studies demonstrating its ability to prevent and treat many illnesses and conditions.Continue Reading
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have proposed a new model that characterizes mindfulness as a broad framework of complex mind mechanisms. Called “Mind and Life XXIV: Latest Findings in Contemplative Neuroscience,” this model was recently presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It differs from the current description of mindfulness as a way of paying attention, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.Continue Reading
For the past year, I’ve explained how meditation has improved the quality of my life more than anything else I’ve tried.
Years ago, after a long struggle with insomnia — and a series of experiments with many meds and techniques that didn’t help — I found a form of meditation that involved (don’t laugh) a secret handshake.Continue Reading
Anyone who visits this blog knows I have a huge fear of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It may well be an irrational fear, but I know most of my senior friends feel the same way. Some of my closest friends have had the thought I’ve often expressed: if I kne…Continue Reading
Ever since my 1955 arrival in Washington, I’ve been a Redskins fan. I’m not alone. This town obsesses about its football team. Even when the Nats, our baseball team, made it into the playoffs this fall for the first time in eons, we paid more atten…Continue Reading
So, THIS is what my life has come down to. The key summer-to-winter marker for me is the switch from the rocking chair on the back porch to the rocking chair in the living room. Jeez!
No matter the season, I spend several hours each day sitting…Continue Reading
All of the media coverage about the death of Senator George McGovern (D-SD) at age 90 has me remembering, with tears, his daughter Terry. Toward the end of his Senate tenure, McGovern and his family lived a few blocks from me. He was defeated in …Continue Reading
Saturday Mornings at Our House
On most Saturday mornings here, it’s Skype time. Nimesh and Bhawana get on their laptops, launch the Skype software, and make calls to their families. These aren’t regular phone calls; with Skype, participants on the …Continue Reading