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November 29, 2011



THANK YOU!! I love this. It's such a terrific reminder and inspiration to live with intention. I'm grateful for you and your blog! Carry on!!


Good post! Can't wait to read your review of the menu too.
(*only critique - you posted the picture with the weirdo sunglasses...!)
and to add to the previous post:

The Healthy Librarian

Thank you so much, Elisa for your kind words & positive feedback!!

Hey, Les, I was hoping you wouldn't mind about that pic--I love it--in spite of the "expensive" sunglasses. Thank you so much for your sweet words--you know how grateful we are for you!

Menu review is coming! But first I'm posting that video your husband recommended.


Thank you for posting this, HL. First time commenter, several month reader here. I'm really inspired by your posts.

The one thing that struck me in David Brooks' compilation of stories is how much the writers blamed their parents. I had somehow thought that by the age of 70, people would realize that in most cases, their parents did the best they could, and maybe they themselves experienced struggles with parenthood that would make them more sympathetic to their own parents. But apparently, no. That was discouraging.

It seemed that the writers who blamed the fewest people - parents included - were the happiest. That's not included in David Brooks' list, but it certainly jumped out at me. The corresponding advice would be: take responsibility for your own life. Don't blame others if you don't get what you want.

The Healthy Librarian

SE, thanks for pointing that out, about blaming parents. I couldn't agree with you more. Once you have kids you realize how hard parenting is--and we all do the best that we can possibly do, with the skills we have. Your take away lesson is so well-said! Too bad, Brooks didn't include it. "Take responsibility for your own life--and don't blame others if you don't get what you want." Thanks so much for taking the time to comment--for reading--and for your kind words!


I too was surprised that the 70yos were still blaming their parents. Part of maturing is offering grace and understanding to the ones who raised you 'doing the best they could with what they had at the time'. SE and HL, as you said, once you're parents, you realize how hard the job is.
I loved this post, HL. I too hope to hit my stride by 75 :)


We spent several days with sixteen family members under one roof - including six kids age two and under. Your "dirty laundry" post could not have been more appropriate or more truthful. Thank you for your blog. I appreciate the inspiration and information!


Re: Risk -- I've had a PowerPoint slide of this Mark Twain quote hanging over my desk for more than a decade:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Karl Pillemer

Interestingly, a project has been going on for the past 6 years that systematically collects and shares the life wisdom of older people. The Cornell Legacy Project has collected and shared the lessons of over 1200 elders. There's a web site with archived lessons, and a book just published called "30 Lessons for Living." We can't have too many people working on this important issue! Here's the Legacy Project site:

The Healthy Librarian

Thank you so much, Karl!! Absolutely, right up my alley. As soon as I get home from work I'm checking this out. I didn't know about the project--and I'm THRILLED to find out about it. Are you directly involved in it, in some way??

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