1. Apparently one of the secrets of longevity and health is to . . . eat more beans and walk a lot and live in community. This short article about the living habits of people in areas, like Sardinia, with very high longevity made me want to read the author’s book on the same subject, The Blue Zone Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People.
It also made me think that our American obsession with diet and exercise is so ridiculous. Drinking shakes and counting calories and doing workouts are not really hallmarks of a healthy lifestyle. They’re substitutions that might help–maybe–when we can’t live an actually healthy lifestyle. (Says me, for whom shakes and the gym would be a huge improvement from the status quo.)
2. This article cracked me up. The title is No More Ballet Flats: Summer Shoes for Work: Designer Ruthie Davis favors colorful looks but doesn’t sacrifice comfort. These are the photos attached to the article:
If there’s a single comfortable anything in either picture, I can’t find it. Maybe her watch.
Also, the lady in the article is fond of the “shoetie,” a cross between a bootie and a shoe, like the shoe on the bottom right in the second picture. “She likes that most styles have a zipper in the back of the heel, making the shoe fairly easy to slip on and off. ‘You’ve got some coverage but there’s an open-toe aspect so there is breathability.'”
I can’t think of anything worse than a shootie.
3. The Magnificat recently had this passage written by Saint Philip Neri:
To preserve our cheerfulness amid sickness and troubles is a sign of a right and good spirit. A man should not ask tribulations of God . . . he who bears what God send him daily does not do a small thing.
I’m thinking about this today, since the girls have been puking all day, and Pat and I are feeling puny too.
I’m just going to have to leave off with three quick takes for this week. Click over to This Ain’t the Lyceum for more. Have a happy weekend!