Category Archives: Healthy Living

Red for Life!

I just changed into a red shirt, so now I can write this. My father had congestive heart failure.  My grandmother had a quadruple bypass in the early days of such things.  Other relatives have had heart attacks or live with other heart issues.  And yet I worry that if I had a heart attack, I wouldn’t recognize it. I know that symptoms for women – shortness of breath or an aching jaw, among others – can be very different than the left arm pain that many men get, but they can be so vague it’s easy to pass them off as something else. So in honor of National Wear Red Day, I’m sharing a video that’s not only fun, but will help me (and hopefully you) remember: Today (February 1st), the American Heart Association is asking everyone to wear red to help spread the word.  (February is their Go … Continue reading

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Hiking in Ireland

We want to walk and hike in Ireland, and have found that hiking is generally called hill-walking.  After browsing a link that Ciaran (pronounced Keeran) sent after our “cultural orientation,” it sounds awesome!  Ireland is filled with “waymarked walking trails,” paths & roads through public and private land that are marked for hikers.  Some go through several counties, some are short with different starts and finishes, and some are loop trails.  There are guides for difficulty level, length, how much elevation, etc., so you know what you’re getting into.  And if you follow one trail along over several days, there are usually youth hostels or bed & breakfasts to stay in on the way.  So maybe I didn’t manage the mini-marathon, but I’m really looking forward to this.  Here’s a map showing the trails (if you click on it you’ll get the big version).  And check out the link to … Continue reading

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