Hidden Benefits of Exercise

We all know how it's important to continue to get some exercise as we age to keep in shape. While we know it helps keep muscles toned, our cardio system healthy, weight from getting out of control, etc. What we frequently forget is the hidden benefits we may discover.

LOL

Every generation has its own twist on language, today it's peppered with emojis which doesn't always play real well with a prior generation sign.  […]

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WTF

Right? One day your doctor prescribes a medicine for something, most likely related to age, and it's no big deal. Time goes on and the same happens on other doctor visit and then again until you get one of those pill boxes so you can easily keep track of whether or not you remembered to take your  […]

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Florida Panther

The Florida panther is a subspecies of Puma concolor (also known as mountain lion, cougar, or puma) and represents the only known breeding population of puma in the eastern United States. In 1967, the Department of the Interior listed the Florida panther as an endangered subspecies. An adult  […]

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SWFL Flowers

I've always liked flowers and have had flower gardens when possible but a garden and condo living are a contradiction in terms more often than not. Our last condo was on the 5th floor so we didn't have one but now we have a very small one which is better than nothing and I'll get to showing that  […]

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Osprey

The Osprey (sea hawk, river hawk, fish hawk) is a large raptor that lives anywhere there's access to large bodies of water which is just about everywhere in SWFL. While out for a drive I caught sight of what I initially thought was an eagle due to our location at the time. Below is one that's much  […]

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Aging and Mobility

Mobility is the joy of moving freely and easily. Healthy muscles, bones and joints allow us to perform all types of movements - from everyday tasks to enjoying our favorite hobbies. Some of the first visible signs of aging may be changes to posture and gait, as well as fatigue and general weakness  […]

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Smoking

The most common question asked when someone reveals they have COPD is "Do you smoke?" I understand the question but it's still a bit peculiar since it may be the one disease that people ask about a particular cause. I've yet to hear someone be asked if they eat a lot of sugar when they  […]

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Tricolored Heron

The tricolored heron is a small species of heron that breeds in swamps and other coastal habitats. They measures from 22 to 30 inches long and have a wingspan of 38 inches. The slightly larger male heron weighs 14.6 oz on average, while the female averages 11.8 oz. It is a medium-large,  […]

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Getting Older

I'm not going to disagree...  […]

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Loop Road

My preferred way to explore an area by car is to jump in and go without any predetermined route and only a general idea of the direction to head. That's how we found Loop Road that runs through Big Cypress National Preserve, south of the Tamiami Trail from Forty-mile Bend to Monroe Station. We saw  […]

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Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egret is a medium sized heron that's all white with a black bill, black legs, and yellow feet. They have a patch of yellow skin at the base of the bill and immature Snowy Egrets have duller, greenish legs. The delicate, curving breeding plumes were in high demand for the fashion industry  […]

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Tillandsia

I had never seen or heard of the so-called airplant until I started noticing them when walking around the area. Tillandsia species are epiphytes – which translates to 'upon a plant' and can be seen hanging in the air on branches. Since they don't have roots they absorb moisture through their  […]

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Black Skimmer

The Black Skimmer is pretty fascinating, its name is highly appropriate, it has a very unusual bill that allows it to skim the water's surface in search of fish. As it flies low over water with its lower bill penetrating the surface, its upper bill snaps shut instantly when it senses a fish. Highly  […]

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Brown Pelican

These pelicans are a favorite of mine to watch as they fly just above the water when alone or in single file while occasionally flapping their wings and gliding in unison or flying as a group in formation. Their feeding behavior is just as remarkable as they plunge headfirst into the water in  […]

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Ostrich

This photo was taken as we drove through the Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, Florida which is near West Palm Beach. I really like the way it came out showing those remarkable eyelashes.  […]

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Rainy Season

Seventy percent of South Florida’s annual rainfall, usually between 40 and 60 inches, occurs within five months between June and September with August through late October being the hurricane season. These heavy downpours are generally caused by by heat, unstable air and moisture. The torrential  […]

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Overlap Syndrome

I suspect I've danced around my reason for moving to Florida but since I don't re-read what I write I'm not totally certain so I'll clear that up right now. I have Overlap Syndrome - COPD & OSA, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. "Those with COPD struggle to  […]

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James Scenic Drive

Janes Scenic Drive began as a railroad bed for logging the Fakahatchee’s old-growth Cypress trees in the 1940's and remains as an unimproved narrow dirt road gives access to a portion of Florida’s remaining subtropical wilderness. Janes Scenic Drive first takes you across a marl or wet prairie  […]

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Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper is a slow moving grasshopper with bright orange, yellow and red colors that are a warning that it contains toxins and will make any potential predator sick. When people fail to heed the color warning and pick it up the Eastern Lubber makes a loud hissing noise and  […]

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