Guest Blogger: Joan Kantor

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I’m a walker and I adore this form of exercise. I’ll walk in any kind of weather because, as much as a day may look dreary, wet or cold from inside, once I take that very first step, the weather becomes beautiful because I’m in it. I discovered walking for exercise when I was in my twenties. I watched older women walking on the boardwalk at the beach in Florida and I had the revelation that walking can last way into old age.

In fact, over the years, I found that walking keeps me not only fit but strong and sane. Sure, I’ve walked off weight but I’ve also walked off pain and grief and suffering, including the devastating loss of our son being stillborn.

But walking is not what this is post about. I want to share another wonderful discovery I’ve made. As much as I love nature and the glorious outdoors, it’s also easy and fun and rewarding to walk inside. I’m not talking about a treadmill or any other machine. All I do is, instead of sitting on the couch to watch TV, I walk around the couch over and over. That’s it. I move rather than veg and it’s a game changer because you don’t need any equipment or special shoes or even much space. I highly recommend trying it out next time you’re sinking into being a couch potato. Get up and walk instead-no excuses and it’s such a simple, healthy alternative to inertia. Just do it! Good Luck? [/column][/row]


Joan Kantor is a Social Worker/Teacher living in Katonah, NY. She is the co-founder of “Talk-The-Walk” which is a program that combines group therapy with exercise. Joan is the proud Mom of 4 sons whose ages range from 28-15. Joan happens to be my first cousin. She is also my friend.

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I’m about to go through a big change in my life and I’m feeling extremely emotional.
How does one transition themselves from feeling nervous to feeling excited?

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This is a true story. Parental advisory for violent and emotionally charged content.

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In April 2011, I boarded a flight with my daughter. We were going to visit my eldest daughter living in Australia. We had a layover in Los Angeles. On the Qantas flight in Los Angeles, I received an email from a friend in Israel. She reported that a doctor in Tel Aviv had murdered his girlfriend and then shot himself.

She wrote,

“I hope this has nothing to do with your friend.”

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Ask Dr. Annie K: Why is water so important in life?

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By being exposed to water, we are witnessing the movement and flow of life. It takes away our delusions of control. For people who see things black and white, water can be confronting. They may prefer to admire it from a distance rather than get close. Water reminds us that we don’t need to label ourselves.  We are capable of adjusting to the opposite forces of nature. Fighting the current can sink you, floating can save your life.

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