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Archive for the “Inspiration and Reflection” Category

Why Surgery is Better Than a Cold

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by Margit Novack
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  I’ve had a lot of surgery in my life, and I’ve had a lot of colds. No doubt about it. I’d rather have surgery than a cold. With surgery, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. You’ll have some rough days initially, and then every day will be a little better […]

Honk Like a Girl

Posted on February 9th, 2017 by Margit Novack
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Someone cut in front of me, so I honked at him. It wasn’t much of a honk, more like a honklette. So I said to myself, “You honk like a girl.” “Like a girl”! Where did that come from? I thought about the video I had seen, “Always #LikeAGirl” and was ashamed of how sexist […]

How Did Fear of Flying Become Fear of Falling?

Posted on January 18th, 2017 by Margit Novack
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  We had a wintry mix last week, and as I put on my boots, I thought, “I don’t want to fall.” “You sound old,” I said to myself. And then I thought, “Why does not wanting to fall make me old? I think it makes me smart.” Risk-taking is highest in adolescents and tends […]

What Makes a Great Ad, Great?

Posted on December 13th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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What makes a great ad, great? This Polish Christmas ad hits it out of the ballpark. You hardly realize it’s for Allegro, an online auction platform. You’re busy smiling and crying at the same time. So why has this ad resonated with over four million people? Yes, there’s a cute dog, but that’s not it. […]

Hitting the Nail on the Head

Posted on September 13th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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At the nail salon, I saw an 80+ year old woman getting her nails done. Her hands were wrinkled and veined, her knuckles were enlarged, but her nails — each a different color — were spectacular. I was startled that a woman her age would want nail art, and then thought, “Why am I assuming […]

Four Funerals and a Wedding

Posted on August 11th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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I ordered a book on BookBub that I vaguely remembered as a comedy starring Hugh Grant — Four Weddings and a Funeral. Instead, however, I ordered a book titled Four Funerals and a Wedding. It was very different from what I expected. Which just goes to show that sometimes you don’t get what you want, but […]

Dog Gone Aging

Posted on July 13th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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I overheard a conversation. “How are your parents doing?” one asked. “Oh, you know, they’re deteriorating,” said the other. “That’s it?” I thought. “That’s how she sums up her parents… They’re deteriorating? What about, “They’re facing some challenges but they’re coping ” or “They’re declining and struggling to maintain their independence” or “All things considered, they’re […]

The Ten Pound Mirror

Posted on June 20th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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  We have a ten pound mirror. It’s not that it weighs ten pounds. It’s a floor length mirror surrounded by engraved industrial wood. It’s a work of art, really. But that’s not why it’s special. It’s special because it’s a ten pound mirror. There is something wrong with the optics. You walk by it, […]

Hydration Frustration

Posted on May 24th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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      When you do a long distance walk, you learn a lot about hydration. Hydration is what we used to call drinking, but it’s a lot more complicated. Drinking is taking a liquid into your mouth and swallowing. Hydration involves what you drink, when you drink, how much you drink, and even what […]

The Last Time I Was Mothered

Posted on May 5th, 2016 by Margit Novack
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I don’t understand mid-life orphans. They complain about care giving responsibilities and then, when their parents pass away, they lament about being orphans. They say they feel bereft, unmoored, devastated by life without parents. Don’t they realize how lucky they are? Having elderly parents is a privilege some of us never had.