Tonight’s post-work dinner was HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE TAPIOCA PUDDING—my childhood comfort food. Haven’t had it in years. Used to make it all the time growing up. After a wonderful whirlwind 11-day East coast to West coast visit with our kids & grandkids we returned home after midnight on Monday night. Up at 6:00 am jet-lagged & tired, I headed into work the next morning.

Nixed tonight’s WERQ-out with visions of warm pudding, a book 📚 & the couch instead. YES! My book choic...e? Lisa Mosconi’s “Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power”! Spotted it on the “What’s Berkeley Reading” display at my favorite Berkeley bookstore & immediately reserved it at my local library. It was waiting for me to pick up on Tuesday.

Thanks so much for all the concerned emails & messages inquiring about my FB absence. So heartwarming to be missed. 🙏😘

Sure hope all that late evening cacao powder doesn’t keep me up! I need a good night’s sleep 💤!

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On Tim Ferris’ Instagram: “Great Pavarotti quote on the wall of the @wickedsistershampden restaurant in Baltimore.” Perfect timing! Heading to BWI later this afternoon. Final destination: DC. Dinner tonight at Rasika! We’ve wanted to go there for years. Award-winning modern Indian cuisine. African-American Museum tomorrow! Cherry 🍒 Blossom Run 🏃 on Sunday. Any advice on “don’t miss” exhibits at the African American Museum?

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Everyone can walk! It's going to be an 18 miler today. Off to an early start to Grisdale. If I lived in England I'd take a walking vacation (or holiday) every year. So many lovely long trekking trails--all connected to tiny villages where you can stay at a B & B, guesthouse, or place to camp. Meet one of my new friends who takes at least one holiday a year on a different trail.

Hands down, I'm a sucker for THIS kind of anniversary story! Like all of these stories in the Sunday NYT's Style section, the couple offers their own secret to success--& yes, we all know what that is! But, if you ask me (Barbara L.), it's that they moved from New York to the CLE, where the livin' is easy!!!

'“Most every marriage is passionate and loving at the start, but it’s when the kids and the financial obligations and other forms of stress set in that you need to the time to nurture your relationship,” Ms. Gallas said in a telephone interview from the couple’s home in Cleveland, where they have lived for the past 13 years.

“Like most couples, we’ve had our share of troubles,” said Ms. Gallas, who was 26 and working as a secretary at an accounting firm in Stamford, Conn., when she met Mr. Veras. “But we always managed to talk to each other and work things out before the distance between us became insurmountable.”

"Last month, Ms. Gallas and Mr. Veras’ journey turned yet another adventurous corner: They became grandparents.

“In order to get as far as we have in life you have to be open with your partner, you have to address any disagreement in openness but you need to do it with an attitude of ‘how do we get to a better place?’” Mr. Veras said. “When you marry, two become one, but to make that happen you have to give up some of yourself.”

Though that may sound straightforward, translating it into a 30-year marriage is another thing entirely. Their keys? “Deep love, friendship and respect for each other,” Mr. Veras said. His wife, he added, is “still the best date I could ever go on.”' Wouldn't you agree Brian/aka The Lab Rat?

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Their wedding announcement appeared on the same page as news of a Sotheby’s auction selling Andy Warhol cookie jars for $247,830.

Tuesday's Meals:

1. The Full Helping's Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries, Apricots, Pecans, & Lentils. SUPER FAST!!! I used Trader Joe's Steamed Lentils (blue box in produce refrigerated case)--& I boosted the PROTEIN on this meal with 2 CUPS of lentils, instead of 1. Boosted the FLAVOR with 3 TBS. of Olive Scene's or Olive Tap's SICILIAN LEMON BALSAMIC VINEGAR, too. So yummy! Recipe:…/ ADD MORE LENTILS! PS:... Still had left-overs from Sunday Afternoon's Dinner & a Movie. Do not miss, the documentary about Itzhak Perlman, "ITZHAK" 5 stars!!! And the audience erupted in spontaneous clapping at the end. Trailer:

2. Smoky Red Lentil Stew with Chard & Sweet Potatoes. A serious nutritional POWERHOUSE. On page 103 of Power Plates.

3. Turned my RIFF on Dr. Greger's V-12 "BLOODY MARY" RED Smoothie into SOUP, for a late dinner after work last night. I just wasn't up for a cold smoothie yesterday--& since still had a whole Kleen Canteen of it left in my lunch box, I microwaved it into SOUPA! Souped it up with ONE Trader Joe's Meatless Meatball, broken up, & 2 tablespoons of vegan parmesan sprinkled on top. Next time, I'll sprinkle in some fennel seed & red pepper flakes. THIS SMOOTHIE is VERSATILE. I've also turned it into Cream of Tomato Soup with 1/3 of a cup of cashew cream. YUM!

Here's what's in it: 2 cups of Baby Kale, 2 cups of Parsley, 2 Green Onion, 1/5 of a large beet, 1/5 of a jalapeno, 1/3 teaspoon of prepared white horseradish, lemon zest (pre-prepped), 2 TBS of lemon juice, 2 giant carrots, 2 stalks of celery, 1/2 large red pepper, 2 celery stalks, a inch piece of peeled turmeric root. 1 cup of Low Sodium Vegetable Juice, 1 cup of ice or cold water.

Blend in a Vitamix. Divide among 2 Kleen Kanteens. Refrigerate. Makes 2 LARGE servings. 149 calories & mega vitamins & minerals.

Here's how I make the V-12 Bloody Mary. I divide it in half (about 2 1/2 cups each), & drink it over 2 days.

Ingredients Servings Calories

R.W. Knudsen Organic Very Veggie Low Sodium Juice
1 cup 50

Tap Water + 1 cup of ice (use more if it's too
thick for you

8 fl oz 0

2 cups, chopped 66

2 cups 42

2 carrots, medium-sized, 61g 50

Earthbound Farm Celery
2 stalks 15

Peppers ~ Jalapeno
0.2 pepper (1/5 of a jalapeno) 1

0.2 beet (1/5 of a beet--I buy the bulk beets wo the greens attached) 7

Lemon Juice
2 fl oz (2 tablespoons) 14

1⁄3 tbsp (I use about 1/2-1 tsp) 2

Peppers ~ Sweet ~ Red
0.5 large pepper 26

Turmeric Root
about 1 inch peeled 15

Whole stalk
2 medium stalks 10

Total Calories 298 (149 calories per serving)

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Sometimes you just need to laugh out loud. This will do it! Catching up with John Oliver on Monday night.

I do not own the video. All rights belong to Home Box Office(HBO). Visit Last Week Tonight's official YouTube channel here:

STRONG BONES! It's complicated. BONUS--Movie Recommendation, if you read til the END! (3 photos) I fell down the rabbit hole with this COMMENT by C. Wolf in response to a NYT's article "Exercise is Not the Path to Strong Bones" OH, MY, bone health just got more interesting! Dr. Robert P. Heaney, who passed away at age 88, in Aug. 2016, was a world-renowned researcher in BONE BIOLOGY & OSTEOPOROSIS--at Creighton University's Osteoporosis Researc...

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Whole Wheat Matzoh was SOLD OUT everywhere I checked! But, SCORED big time at Whole Foods this morning. Ancient Grains AND Whole Wheat AND ALL HALF PRICE! Plus, a lovely pansy basket to bring to our hosts.

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"Fitness in Midlife May Help Fend Off Dementia" 191 women followed for 44 years-one of the few studies with such a long-term follow-up. Uhh, how many times have we heard this? It's TIME to BELIEVE IT! What's good for the heart--is good for the brain. Those women in the HIGHEST FITNESS group reduced their risk of DEMENTIA by 88%.

Hot-Off-The-Press from Neurology--here's the "quick summary read" by Nicholas Bakalar from the NYT: Or, you can read ...

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According to NPR TV/Media critic, Eric Deggans, "For my money, "Billions" is TV's most compelling fable about wealth and power in modern life. And the quality of Sunday's Season 3 debut shows its story is just getting started."

I blame my current obsession with "Billions" on PREET BHARARA, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. I learned about it on his BRILLIANT podcast, "Stay Tuned with Preet". His podcast is my without-fail THURSDAY evening wal...king partner!

FULL DISCLOSURE: I did NOT read or listen to this NPR review. WHY? Because the Lab Rat & are frantically trying to finish up Season 1 of "Billions", & we don't want to know what happened in Season 2 or the new Season 3.

We DO NOT have cable TV at our house, but we now shell out the monthly fee to get SHOWTIME on demand ($10.99/month or $8.99/month for Amazon Prime members) because we are hooked on "Homeland", & NOW, on "Billions", with Paul Giamatti ("Sideways") & Damien Lewis ("Homeland'). It is SO WORTH the price of admission. Snuggled up on our chair & a half, one hour of the US Attorney of the Southern District of NY vs Wall Street Hedge Funds. WOW! I had NO IDEA!

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It seems like the definition of 1 percenters' problems dressed up as a TV series. But compelling characters and the subtext make it a must-watch

More from POWER PLATES! The ONLY cookbook I want to use, these days. THREE from this week. Every recipe looks just likes Gena Hamshaw's (author of Power Plates--& The Full Helping blog). All are nutritious power-houses, containing plant protein, complex carbs, & healthy fat, so you feel SATISFIED! Taking left-over Rice, Beans, Tofu & Greens + Black Bean Enchiladas with Roasted Butternut Squash & Kale in my lunch-box today--LUNCH & DINNER! Rice & Bean NEVER tasted so good! We did add chulula, avo, + a sprinkling of Ohio-made maize chips. More about Power Plates here:

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WALKERS--a podcast just for us! A serial podcast that puts YOU, the listener, in the middle of a terrorist THRILLER. Your mission: WALK ACROSS SCOTLAND to courier a package from Inverness to Edinburgh. Hey, I walked across England in 2016--I CAN DO THIS! It's designed for WALKERS--who want to both listen to a story, & be motivated to MOVE FAST! I just downloaded it on my iPhone. Episodes are just around 25 minutes. Season I is up to 22 episodes right now, as of March... 26th! Sometimes, your brain wants a story--not to learn one more thing. REVIEWERS say, "INCREDIBLE", "THIS IS AWESOME", "CLEVER, I LOVE IT", "DEFINITELY, GETS YOUR HEART RATE UP". NOW--Here's the scoop:


"A thriller in which you, the listener, are the hero. The Walk begins in Inverness station, Scotland. Through a case of mistaken identity, you, "the walker," are given a vital package that must be couriered to Edinburgh. But as you're about to board the train, terrorists blow it up and set off an electromagnetic pulse! None of the cars or trains are working - you'll have to walk - but now the terrorists are on your trail because they want the device you're carrying, and the police are after you as a suspect in the bombing. To survive, you'll have to join up with other escapees from the city - but how many of them can you trust, and are they really who they say they are?"

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The Walk is an immersive fictional series based in Scotland, in which the listener plays Walker, mistakenly pursued by police. "From the start, there is an imperative to keep moving," Alderman says.

A MUST WATCH 9 minute award-winning film. Actually, I can't wait for y'al to see this. No Spoilers, here.
Last Wednesday Son #1 texted me the link to this film that he & my DIL saw at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. He said, "You'll love it." Check out Edges website--some provocative interview questions for our elders (something to think about ourselves) are included--see some below.

On Friday, I finally sat down to watch it. Here's wha...

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At 90 years old, Yvonne Dowlen was still ice skating at least five days a week. She rose to fame as an Ice Capades star and never officially retired. Edges is a…

My MARCH MADNESS! March has turned out to be both a BODY & BRAIN EXPANDING month--& it's giving both of them GROWING PAINS! NOTE: READ THIS, to better understand why I'm posting this today. "Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice. I can’t promise this will prolong your life. But it will improve it.," by GERALD MARZORATI, 4/29/16. Worth the quick read.

NOW, Here's what my brain & body have been working on this month--when I'm not at w...

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I finally had the time to sit down & watch this Webinar from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) on "How to Exercise Safely with Bone Loss", from March 7, 2018. It's about an hour long--& worth watching, especially for anyone at risk of spinal fractures. These are often "silent", you may not even notice when one occurs--& often they're the first sign of osteoporosis. Know how to safely bend to pick up items (hip hinging); beware of forward bending, as in yoga; lear...n proper spinal alignment for weight lifting; avoid bending forward & twisting to the side; know how to protect your back with crunches/sit-ups, pilates, & yoga; & how to practice correct posture, for starters. I'll post a few slides in the comments. Susie Hathaway is an expert in exercise/strength-training for those with bone loss & she's "doctor & NOF-approved". Learn more about safe exercise practices on her website & blog here:

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Repost from the Alzheimer experts, Drs. Dean & Ayesha Sherzai of their recent article in the Journal of Neurological Sciences. Click on photo to read the full caption. Take-away: LIMIT saturated fats & processed sugars to preserve your BRAIN! If you think VEGAN ICE CREAM made with sugar & coconut milk is good for you--YOU'RE WRONG. Coconut milk is 85% SATURATED FAT--& will most assuredly increase your LDL cholesterol. If you aren't familiar with the Sherzai's, their research & their book, "The Alzheimer's Solution", read my post here:

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Pictures often say what words cannot. "As an artist in residence [Lynn Randolph] on the palliative care floor of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, I visit with dying patients and their caregivers. These 12 rooms are sacred spaces, and I open the doors carefully to see if art might help."

"When a patient or caregiver has an image that is deep within themselves and we can make it visible, they often bond with it in a way that makes them feel whole. They might cry, or become radiant, or clasp the image to their bodies. In those moments I feel whole, too."

On the palliative care floor of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, drawing the things patients have no words for.