Sunday Stills Photo Challenge The Lonely Playground

Sunday Stills: The Lonely #Playground

In my world, a lonely playground is just wrong! Together, we can fix this serious problem. Kids, you work hard every day. It's time to show your parents just how hard you work. After all, your primary job is to play, and the third Sunday in May is "National Take Your Parents to the Playground …

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Students hanging out in the trees

Playing in the Trees

Mid-October finds me longing for trees decked out in Autumn splendor. Here in Northern California, as the nights get cooler and the day time temps hover in the upper 70s, the leaves have a couple more weeks to go before we see significant color changes. For now, as I post for Sunday Trees hosted by …

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Still fishing at 80+

Are You Still Young at Heart? By Robin Trimingham

Still fishing at 80+My Auntie passed away in her sleep a few days ago. She lived a long life well into her 80s. As our population ages, and people live much longer, we all need to consider the quality of life we will have into our 80s and beyond.

This article describes the benefits of fitness for the elderly (which, by the way, will be US in fewer years than we want to admit!). The USA is sadly FAR behind the rest of the world, offering little in the way of walk-able communities and fitness and wellness opportunities for older populations.

“…several large urban centers around the world are starting to install purpose built outdoor gyms and play areas for the elderly to inspire fitness and wellbeing.”

My father will celebrate his 81st birthday in mid-July. He keeps fit by taking care of his horses in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This is a photo of him hiking around Mammoth Lakes last year.

If you have parents still alive, do you see to their care and fitness needs? Hopefully you can still encourage them to at least walk if they are able.

And while you are at it, work on your own fitness regimen. It’s easier than you think. More about that later.

You are never too old to play.

 

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Are You Still Young at Heart? By Robin Trimingham

When I was young I used to beg my mother to take me to the neighbourhood park to play on the swings. To me, there was nothing better than the heart pounding exhilaration of being pushed higher and higher into the sky and then vaulting myself into space before landing in the soft sand below.

For an extra rush, I would occasionally convince her to drive me to another park about five minutes further away where the swing set was even larger and leaping from the seat required actual courage because the landing area was composed of wood chips which scattered beneath me as I touched down resulting in more than one scraped knee before I got the hang of it.

Fun times indeed.

Like most adults, I thought those days were long behind me until a doctor friend of mine…

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Park Swings begging for children

Our Leisure Heritage

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure. Laurence J. Peter Our Heritage of leisure, recreation and play has roots deep in our government infrastructure. Not just here in the US, but in most countries world-wide. This is not a post about a political statement (Heaven forbid!), but rather a reminder of the …

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There’s Still Time to Play Outside: Guest Post by Skipah’s Realm

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato While I am on a short break, I am pleased to present a guest post by Gary Mathews from his wildly popular blog, Skipah’s Realm. I love this post because it represents what my blog …

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Guest Post: Find a Swing and Release Your Inner Child

I am beyond excited today to feature Sue Loncaric, an amazing blogger from Australia! Author of Sizzling Towards Sixty, not only is she a marvelous woman of midlife and a dedicated runner, she is also a strong proponent of health and wellness. As she begins her latest blog series Midlife Matters, she takes a critical …

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Half light of Tuolumne Meadows sunset

Communing in the Half-Light

  Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike. – John Muir Today's Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light, asks us to share a photo inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story. Nothing speaks to …

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