As a heavy kid, I always hated that day in the fall and spring when we were made to run the mile in gym class. Gym class was never my favorite subject, but the worst days were the mile-run days. I could never run the whole mile without breathlessly pausing a dozen or so times with side stitches. In another article (see Page 6), I wrote about my recent weight-loss journey of losing 130 pounds in nine months under doctor supervision.
Lifestyles over 50 was born in April of 2006. Although content, styles, and personnel have changed over the years, the mission of “encouraging vibrant and healthy living” has always been our focus. And you, dear reader, have always been our focus.
Having lived in center-city Allentown as a boy, I grew up with the many changes that the merchants of the city made to bring attention to their businesses. I think of the three big stores on Hamilton Street: Hess Brothers, H.Leh’s and Zollinger-Harned, plus other large stores like Shankweilder and Kuhns Men’s Store, Dobnoff’s, M.S. Young Hardware, Annawalt Hats, Benesches Furniture, Globe Store General Merchandise, American Store (groceries and meats), Regent Market (groceries and meats), to name but a few.
Most older adults, especially women, can remember slathering on baby oil and baking in the sun for hours in pursuit of that perfect tan. Other seniors who worked in construction, farming, and other outdoor professions, never considered applying sunscreen in their youth. At that time, it was considered harmless — even healthy — to soak in the sun’s rays.
Psalm 90 was written by Moses, the man of God. We don’t know when in his life he wrote it, but we do know that “Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished” (Deuteronomy 34:7). May you gain strength and hope from his words.