Marie Snider - This Side of 60
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always looked forward to the next stage of life.
It all began when I was three years old. We lived next door to our country schoolhouse, so I
played with the other “kids” during their breaks. But when the bell rang, everybody went into the
schoolhouse except me. And, sadly, I had to trudge home by myself.
As a result, I couldn’t wait for first grade. That was just the beginning of my looking ahead to what came next.
It was a long time ago when my husband and I toured a hydroelectric power plant in northern New York state with Lee and Fran, my uncle and aunt. But I still remember how fascinated Lee was with the plant.
Although he had visited hydro plants many times before, he was like a child in a candy factory. And he wanted to see everything there was to see.
Unfortunately, there was a sign that said “no admittance” at the steps to the water-driven turbines. Howard and I were disappointed, but Lee said, “That doesn’t mean us” and headed down the steps.
By Marie Snider
There was a time many years ago when we “knew what was what.”
For instance, when I grew up, there were 10 families living within a one-mile radius around our farm. Our parents were friends and we children went to school together and had the same teacher—Miss Peck—for all eight grades, and nobody ever moved.
My children, on the other hand, moved five times before the oldest was 11. One move was 1,800 miles. And they had a different teacher for each grade.
By Marie Snider
Somehow, I have never been very interested in who the millionaires and billionaires of the world are, so I had never heard the name of Warren Buffett until about 15 years ago when our son lived in Omaha.
Then Conrad told us about this very rich man who drove an older model car, lived in a three-bedroom house he bought when he first got married, and ate luncheon meat sandwiches for lunch.
I pictured Buffet as a miserly eccentric. Was I wrong!
It turns out that 78-year-old Buffet is a philanthropist and one of the most satisfied people around.
Last weekend, I had to take an over-the-counter medicine and as usual, I began reading instructions about how to take the pill and what side effects I could expect.
Or rather, I began NOT reading the instructions. Why? Because I found the tiny, tiny type impossible to decipher.
After laboriously reading a few lines with a magnifying glass, I just “took my medicine,” hoping it wouldn’t interact with any foods or other medicines I’m taking.
And I began thinking back to age 45 when suddenly my 20/20 vision began slipping and I no longer could read the phone book with ease.
“The Lighted Heart” by Elizabeth Yates has been the guiding light of my life since I first read it almost 50 years ago. And as I age, the book seems more important than ever.
Elizabeth Yates (1905-2001) wrote 50 books in her lifetime. Her best known book is “Amos Fortune, Free Man,” which won the prestigious Newbery and William Allen White awards.
Aug. 9 has always been a special day for me.
As a child, I spent the day in upstate New York. As a late teenager and a 20-something, I spent the day in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Indiana, and Michigan.
More recently, we’ve usually spent the day at 10,000 feet in the Colorado Rockies with my extended family.
But this year was different. I celebrated my birthday at home and had a wonderful turkey dinner, embellished by sweet corn, spinach salad, and fresh blackberries with yogurt.
For 25 years, I worked in the same place. During that time, people came and went.
As in every organization, there were a few lemons. But for the most part, the people I worked with made the work day fun.
I still get together with work friends periodically. And I also love it when I unexpectedly meet some of my former co-workers.
That happened last week when I ran into Richard. We exchanged some pleasantries about our work together. And then remembering the good times we had square dancing with Richard and Pam, I asked whether they still dance.
Yes, this column is all about you. And what an interesting topic that is!
It’s all about your body (your home).
Not that I’m an expert about you, but this is a column about “The You Docs” from the Oprah Winfrey Show—Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen.
In addition to appearing as “The You Docs” on Oprah, Oz and Roizen write a daily newspaper column and also have written a series of books and audio health books about “You.”
Among their titles are “YOU: The Smart Patient,” “YOU: Staying Young,” and “YOU: On a Walk.”
I live my life from a one-inch bright red notebook—a very full notebook, with 25 identifying tabs.
First is my daily routine, from morning coffee until my nightly ritual of cleaning the kitchen sink before I go to bed.
Then is my ideal daily diet, including five grains, five veggies, four fruits, yogurt, dark chocolate, and other healthy foods. Next is my daily calendar and a long, long list of “to dos” which I never finish.