It's October, the month that includes Columbus Day, Canadian Thanksgiving, United Nations Day, and of course Halloween. My turn at the Blogging Boomer Carnival touches on some autumnal advice, but seems to focus mainly on health . . . of the mind, the spirit and the body. I hope these posts will open your eyes to some new perspectives, so page down and take a look.
Laura Lee Carter over at Midlife Crisis Queen has decided to stick to her specialty: Midlife Psychology. Here's her take on the history of the idea of introverted versus extroverted, and what we all need to learn about relating to others.
John Agno, a certified executive and business coach, observes on his SoBabyBoomer blog that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports 7 out of 10 Americans are not getting enough exercise. So what is the secret for how Boomers can get enough physical activity and actually enjoy doing it? He finds 7 "best practices" that are used by successful exercisers. They can help you identify what activities work best for you, and show you how to incorporate them into your daily life.
Anne Maxfield at The Accidental Locavore has love and aging on her mind. Does affinage (the aging of cheese) make a good cheese great? Or is it the love the cheesemaker puts into it? And what are the bumps along the road? (And for one more bump, see below.)
Katie Foster, our most peripatetic Baby Boomer, notes that since the beginning of time romantic journeys have been the beloved subject of novels, movies and stage. In Jordan Journey she takes us along on a trip with her and her husband as they wander through the desert and enjoy exotic dining, find spiritual awakening . . . and experience romantic interludes that arise in unexpected places.
Meanwhile, on the Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, offers suggestions on how to get your yard ready for winter. Feeding your lawn, storing garden chemicals, draining hoses, and winterizing lawn mowers are among the suggestions.
So finally, as Rita Robison suggests, the air is getting cooler, the nights are getting longer, and the year is winding down. Is it any wonder that October also includes (on Oct. 8) the birthday of R. L. Stein, author of the Goosebumps series along with other haunting books, as well as National Grouch Day on October 15, Frankenstein Friday on October 26, and one other holiday of note . . . last week, though you may have missed it, we celebrated National Moldy Cheese Day.
Why, it's enough to make you think that there's a full moon afoot. Which there is . . . on October 29.