November 20, 2018, Prescott-
The last day of work before Thanksgiving came and went, with barely a hitch. The students are surrounded by people who want to be working with them. That has not always been the case, and the kids know when it isn’t.
Health, both physical and mental, depends not only on one’s genes and personal habits, but on how connected one is to those around us. I have been in good health for over ten years now, even counting the infections contracted whilst I was Penny’s caretaker and the recent knee strain. It has been being surrounded by a largely independent, but genuinely loving, network of friends, to whom I paid homage two days ago, and to extended family, to whom I will pay similar tribute on Thanksgiving Day, which has brought me home, in terms of radiance and stamina.
A good daily balance of work and play, rest and activity, socialization and solitude has kept me in recovery from whatever ailments are brought on by aging and occasional stress. I am grateful to do Terra essential oils, Planet Fitness and our systems of forests and parks, at all levels of government and of private landowners (Nature Conservancy, various local trusts) who allow access to their treasured sites. I am indebted to those who provide healthful food and beverages, often but not always, free of Genetically-Modified Organisms and sometimes meatless.
I have much towards which to work, both gainfully and as a volunteer, over the next several years. My health community is a key component of the process.
Tomorrow, I will offer a shout-out to those who have kept our communities, states and country safe and to those who work towards a safer world.