At some time or another we have all heard the phrase that your eyes are the windows to your soul. Dating back to biblical times, this phrase is still used today to describe the telltale clues your eyes hold as to your true self. Your eyes are also the windows to your health. Indicators of pending health conditions drop clues in your eyes sometimes before they show up somewhere else. Systemic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and inflammatory conditions such as crohn’s disease, colitis and lupus not to mention some forms of cancer leave clues your eye doctor can pick up without you saying a word. Genetic syndromes, nutritional and vitamin deficiencies, even signs of stress show up. Annual eye exams that include dilation are important not just for getting an updated eyeglass prescription but also for monitoring your overall health.
I saw Crosby, Stills and Nash Friday night at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. It was a great concert. It was just so uplifting to see such masterful musicians whose perfect harmonies were way beyond what I had remembered. They still got it. Same goes for the energy and enthusiasm of the audience. …it was Déjà vu…“we have all been here before, we have all been her before” dancing in the aisles and in our seats, the music took us back to illustrious memories of our youth as we all sang along to songs that spoke of deep conflicts that marked those years and expressed all the ideals that we dreamed about only to become “our code to live by”.
“And so become yourself the past is just a good bye”… And so here we are…”Carry On”
*Quotes…excerpts from some great CSNY songs
I am not ready to be a grandmother yet; my kids are still in college. Some of my friends are already grandparents, so I do think about it. Being a grandma conjures up all sorts of feelings about getting older. I know I am not alone when I say that as accepting as I may be about getting older, I am still very focused on not looking old and being thought of as youthful…you know 60 is the new 40 kind of thing. Not surprisingly, grandboomers are rejecting traditional labels and are choosing “alternative” names that are far removed from our previous notions of grandparents. So what will it be…Nana, Grandma, Bubbe, Granny ...definitely not Granny. That makes me think of housecoats and false teeth in a glass! Finding just the right grandparent name has become quite the thing. Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom chose the name Woof, I wonder how that’s going. Glamma is the latest to be added to the list. Glamma is today’s Grandma, she's the woman who likes to dress stylishly and has a well-grounded sense of self. She's active, has interests and always has time to visit with the grandkids… on the way to Zumba class. I like that one.
Ever wonder why certain trends stick and others don’t, like today’s very popular retro look. Vintage inspired style that honors the past and whose span of influence includes just about everything. It started to tiptoe in on us right after 911 and has now become a major trend. Did the trauma of that event create a longing for more simple times? Creating a need for basic feel good stuff that heartens us with replicas for comfy living and hipster looks, possibly adding some sort of balance to our faceless way of connecting to others? Retro has become a way for us to experience a simpler time; where violence did not go beyond a fist fight in the school yard, where connections where made over a kitchen table with a cup of coffee and a piece of pie and where objects were valued for their workmanship. Retro is hot because it speaks to the core of who we really are.