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I’m Experimenting Again : Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa – Short Chapter Shifts

22 Aug

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New direction my creative work is going.

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Dirty Sixth Street, Austin – A Light Crime Mystery Laced with Humor (Short Story)

Short Chapters, My Growing Preference – Guest Post on Andrew Knighton site

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Intro

Several factors have led me to feel comfortable trying something new out in my fiction.

Not that trying new things is entirely new for me :-)  The related article titles above both have nice examples of creative play.

Series within series

Prose and poetry

And my first 1st-person pov fiction since the early 90s

And not that my newest book, “Grandma and Grandpa do Lunch in Austin” is new in technique to fiction itself -

I first found I liked short chapters reading a 50 page preview of one of Patterson’s books, Zoo. Couldn’t afford the ebook, so had to wait for State of Fear by Michale Crichton to get another fuller taste of this form.

And being a subscriber on Scribd, I found “lots” more of Michael’s work, including his first books, written as John Lange. http://www.scribd.com/michael5crichton

And Joe Konrath’s book “A Shot of Tequila” gave me a strong taste for scene shifting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._A._Konrath

No, basically I’m talking about these things being new to me, esp in terms of writing my own fiction.

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Grandma and Grandpa Do Lunch in Austin

Where in previous fiction, I worked to build word-based transitions from pov to pov and scene shifts in the story (Rendezvous, Place Saint-Michel is a good example) – now, in this new story, I broaden the povs expressed, increasing the shifts in scene.

Since it’s a short story, the scene shifts are within the larger continuous scene of the story of Grandma and Grandpa taking four of the grandchildren, or trying to, to lunch :-)

I find the result similar to watching a half hour television show with multiple characters of interest, like The Middle (one of my wife and I’s favs).

Scene or pov shifts have a small space and asterisk notation.

I add the latter ( * ) because I’ve noticed that, while reading on my iPhone, if the space break between scenes or pov shift are at the bottom of the flip page, sometimes the next section seems to start immediately, and the space break isn’t apparent until you realize there’s been a shift.

Essentially then, I’m working cinematically.

I think I’ve been trying to write like that, for quite awhile. “The Old American Artist” my first novel since 1983, has short chapters and even bounces back and forth on two time-lines, the past and present, til they meet near the end of the book.

What I want to do now, is do it more cleanly, more clearly – oh, and have a lot of fun :-)

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New Mystery-Thriller Novella

As a tease (I plan to do a lot more posts on this) I’ll mention that I’ve finished the second write-through of a new novella, my first longer mystery-thriller since “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin,” which is a short story.

The new novella, possibly named “One Night in the Hill Country” has over 70 chapters and is running just under 30,000 words.

Below, are previews of both short stories mentioned earlier: “Lunch with Grandma and Grandpa” and “Dirty Sixth Street, Austin.”

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Bats Under Congress Street Bridge, Austin – Free Post, on Scribd

7 Apr

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Short photo story of our sunset boat bat viewing tour.  Light commentary plus links.

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I also post individual articles, available for free, on Scribd.

They’re similar to my blog posts here, no affiliate links – the articles meant to be either fun or informative and sometimes both ;-)

I hope you enjoy the story of our trip down Lady Bird Lake to view the bats!

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Paddle Boats Under Congress Street Bridge

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We weren’t on paddle boats, but had this great view from our comfortable seats on a flat boat.

Though they sure looked stable and tempting ;-)

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Going to SXSW in Our 60s

Love’s Travels – Extra Austin Images ( go SXSW!)

Image Extra : American Robins Arriving in Vermont – First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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Texas Shorts Vol 1

At the Beach

The Concert

The Slumber Party

The Old American Artist

Love Before the Fourth of July

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

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Going to SXSW in Our 60s – Free Post, on Scribd

19 Mar
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My currently available 56 titles of short stories and novels, and poetry and photopoems are now all easily accessible via Scribd’s subscription plan.

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I hope you enjoy the story of our trip into SXSW!

The Old and the New, Sixth Street Austin

On Old Pecan Street, aka East Sixth Street

We saw a little of the old and a little of the new and a lot of the crowds as we made our way down Sixth Street :-)

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Love’s Travels – Extra Austin Images ( go SXSW!)

Image Extra : American Robins Arriving in Vermont – First Swoop of Spring, A Photo Memoir

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Texas Shorts Vol 1

At the Beach

The Concert

The Old American Artist

Love Before the Fourth of July

Dirty Sixth Street, Austin

Grandma and Grandpa @ SXSW – in progress

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Like Seniors and Aging? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

16 Mar

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Like Yoga and Fitness? I Have These Books on Scribd – Previews

14 Mar

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Paris Shorts Vol 1

101 Sports Poems (full collection)

101 Sports Poems Vol 2 – Dance Yoga +

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Audio Book Narrators – Interview with Marcus Anderson

17 Dec

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Introducing Marcus Anderson

Marcus Anderson www.marcusanderson.com

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The Interview

Me:

Marcus, I understand you have done some professional promotional work for some well known national or international firms.  Could you tell us how that helped you in narrating “The Old American Artist”?

Marcus:

In working with a varied number of clients from different cultures and backgrounds, it helped me to get a feel of how the character would act, react and sound in a particular environment. For example: A character living in a village in Europe acts and sounds different from a character living in a suburb in America.

There are, however, a lot of things that I find are typical across all borders. Young men and women growing into adulthood all want the same things at periods of their lives: excitement, experiences, education and measurable growth.

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Me:

Fiction is so different from non-fiction, at least in a narrative sense, can you say what new things you learned doing the voice for “The Old American Artist”?

Marcus:

Although fiction is different from nonfiction, in a narrative sense they do have some things in common. The narrator  has to become the character(s)  he or she  is voicing.

I learned from ” The Old American Artist ” just how important that is.

A story  has to have a normal flow to it and when different characters are involved, it can be very challenging to the narrator.

” The Old American Artist ” showed how, when the story lines of the characters are closely related, and the periods of time involved are clearly separated (ie. a 20 year old character requires a different read than a 50 year old character).

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Me:

What would you do differently if you narrated another fictional work?

Marcus:

Well, it is always good to have as much info as possible about the characters involved and about the tone of the story being told. Fiction unlike Non-Fiction, is very hard to research to get a feel about the characters and the story line. All that info has to come from the author and any reference  he or she may have.

So, I would spend a lot more time with the author and get as much info as I can as to what their intent was for the story being told and the overall feel they would like to have portrayed.

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Me:

What words of wisdom do you have for fellow narrators considering doing an audio book?

Marcus:

I would suggest spending as much time with the author as you can to understand what it is they are looking to achieve from the read.

If the narrator can read the completed work before voicing the project, that’s great. If not, discuss each part with the author for clarification of tone, pace and intent.Edit content as you record in parts (chapters, parts etc.). It is very easy to miss things that need correcting after a very long read.

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Me:

What would you say to prospective authors thinking about having one or more of their fictional works created as an audio book?

Marcus:

1. Be as clear as you can about your intent for the project.

    2. Be available to the narrator for any questions they may have.
    3. Tight spacing on the copy can be confusing to read, keep the copy as clear as possible.
    4.  Define words that are different from the narrators first language. (ie. French word or Spanish narrator).
    5).Tell the narrator what you are trying to achieve and how you want it to sound).

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My Impression of Working with Marcus

Marcus was the first narrator (of five) I had the privilege to work with, and it was with great fortune that he was.  I felt we were both so grateful we had someone willing to be understanding, patient, and, from my end, glad to have someone with such talent to work with.

There is a distinctiveness to Marcus’ voice, reminiscent of several actors, that lent an authenticity to my main character’s reading.

Having two timelines running (that meet near the end), was a challenge to write, but a pleasure to hear played out.

The older American artist, thinking back to and relating to his younger self, from a young man through decades of maturation, to the moment where the reasons for the memories and the waiting through the day arrived, in the form of Rosetta, was made more believable than I even I had realized could be, hearing his rendition.

For his patience, care, and talent, I am grateful for Mr. Marcus Anderson.

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Other Posts re “The Old American Artist” on my Site :

The Old American Artist, a Love Story

The Indie Spotlight : “The Old American Artist, a Love Story”

Poetry in Fiction, Samples – The Old American Artist, Part 3 Chapter 2

Poetry in Fiction, Samples – The Old American Artist, Part 3 Chapter 19

The Old American Artist, a Love Story – Ten Chapter Preview Sample

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Poetry in Fiction, Samples – Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter

16 Dec

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Fiction, 2,863 story words.

One of several short stories set in Paris.

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Poetry in Fiction, in a Short Story

It’s a bit more of a challenge, in a short story like this one, full of fun dialog and nuance, to grab a portion to format into poetry, or at least how poetry is more usually recognized. :-)

I did, once, write a dialog type poem for a dVersePoets prompt, but that piece as a whole was dialog (interior and exterior).

So I’ll stick with one of several nice descriptive passages I like in this short story.

One that, in re-reading it today for the first time in awhile, I was very pleasantly surprised how endearing, and humorous, across several generations at times, it is.

I hope you enjoy this short excerpt.

Best wishes,

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Fiction & Poetry, Pros & Cons

It’s kinda ironic that, the strength I see most in each, is in its context.

The fiction excerpt usually has much more power in its context within thousands of other words to give it associated meaning.

While the poetry rendition of the excerpt, gains its power, from its opening lines, to whatever it is the reader brings to the lines.  Isolated from everything, except the reader and the text immediately on the page.

I like both. :-)

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Grandma and Grandpa in the Latin Quarter, Excerpt

Fiction

       Rosetta sipped from a fresh glass of wine, dark and deep with Mediterranean grape.
The quiet soothed her, more than the wine.  The thick stone walls of the restaurant served as a bastion.  Deflecting the slings of unwanted thoughts.  Not bad thoughts, just too many.  She breathed deeply, a habit from the yoga she and Arturo enjoyed.  The quiet filled her.  Their food was being gathered, steaming on large plates, in the small kitchen nearby, and faintly, she could hear Arturo’s steps ascending the stairs from below.  She was ready, and glad, to eat, she smiled, as the waiter steamed toward her.

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Rosetta

sipped from a fresh glass of wine

dark

deep with Mediterranean grape.

The quiet soothed her

more than the wine.

The

thick stone walls of the restaurant

served as a bastion.

Deflecting

the slings

of unwanted thoughts.

Not bad thoughts, just

too many.

She breathed deeply

a habit from the yoga she and Arturo enjoyed.

The quiet filled her.

Their food was being gathered

steaming

on large plates

in the small kitchen

nearby

faintly

she could hear Arturo’s steps ascending the stairs from below.

She was ready

glad to eat, she smiled

as the waiter steamed toward her.

© 2013 felipe adan lerma

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i reread this little story the day it went up free, and was very pleasantly surprised how well it help up vs my last memory of it (sweet, nice, not bad) – what i saw this slightly detached go-round, besides more humor than i’d remembered, and a bit more nuanced banter between the two seniors, was the reader-perceptual contrast between grandma and grandpa’s interior lives and interaction, vs my (the reader) perceptual shock of how they “appeared” to me vs the 6 grandchildren when they all met up near the end of the book – the same two people, as “seen” by the teens and tweens, are different, not bad or less, but different; it just struck me as very interesting and unexpected i learned there

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Gift for Seniors – Original Inspirational Poetry, Matted Mounted 8 x 10s

15 Dec

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Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 3 – Breathing, the Nano Stretch with Mucho Effect

22 Apr
Rosetta, Fiction Novel

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Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 3 – Breathing, the Nano Stretch with Mucho Effect

The logistics, physically and emotionally, of returning to work as a senior.  Commuting, snacks, sleep, and more.

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Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 2 – Returning to Work as a Senior

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Finding Gratitude, Sheila

Finding Gratitude, Sheila – The Breath Expanding Into the Soul

This is an older photo from another article when we were staying in Galveston.

The article is on gratitude, posted in May 2011.

Letting oneself expand with one’s own breath can be a challenge.

Doing it on the seawall does have its advantages. ;-)

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Our Breath

Two things come to mind immediately regarding why our breath is so important.

One, it means we’re still alive on this Earth. ;-)

Two, it can be done nearly anywhere, any time.  That’s big.

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Dynamic vs Static Stretching

Ok, what’s this got to do with breathing?  Was this supposed to be in another article?

Well, it could be in another post, but I am deliberately comparing what the intake of breath does, to a dynamic stretch, versus what is typically thought of as a static stretch.

A light static stretch is a great relaxing stretch of our arms and legs and torso and really all over, that is usually recommended after a great workout.

It helps the body cool down, helps lower our working-exercising blood pressure, and sure feels good. ;-)

Whatever is being stretched is held in place gently, and allowed to relax and reset to a less exerted exercise expectation.

A dynamic stretch is a gentle limbering movement.  It warms up the muscles and makes more strenuous movement easier.

This latter stretching is still smooth, not jerky or ballistic.

Breathing, I’ve come to believe, is a combination of static and dynamic stretching.

To me, in the micro – nano level, the inhaled breath feels like it stretches the body to its range of motion, expanding the fascia and muscles, loosening tension spots.

While, in the macros – whole body area, the inhaled breath seems to aid and create a relaxed static state of rest.

The breath, our breath, is the best of both worlds, simultaneously. ;-)

Thus, breathing, is the nano stretch with mucho effect!

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Mouth or Nose Breathing

I never realized this was even a topic of contention until I resumed my interest in learning and doing yoga, starting with my yoga teacher certification training with Lex Gillan in Houston.

During a morning meditation training session, when the topic of mouth vs nose breathing came up, I asked what I should do during one of my usual congested periods.  At the time I was living in Galveston, which is bad enough for pollen, but am now in Austin, which is much worse!

His very good humored answer was, since we had to to live, was breathe any way we can. ;-)

Common sense and his acceptance, embracing, and teaching of the various modes of yoga practice made my choice of having him as my initial yoga trainer a very good decision.

So regarding breathing through your nose or mouth, whether in yoga or any other activity, do what you need to first, then experiment for effect when you are ready. ;-)

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General Benefits of Good Breathing

There’s tons of good info on why breathing, and breathing more correctly, is good for you.

Yoga Journal has many articles, even on how to check (at a easy minimal level) to see how well you’re breathing.

A Google search of the benefits of improved breathing is really useful.

MindBodyGreen has a nice article on how to vary the length of your breathing to relax, saying:

When your exhale is even a few counts longer than your inhale, the vagus nerve (running from the neck down through the diaphragm) sends a signal to your brain to turn up your parasympathetic nervous system and turn down your sympathetic nervous system.” (emphasis in article)

Dr. Andrew Weil has three differing breathing exercises on this page, one for relaxing, one for invigorating, and one for mediating; and one uses nose only while another includes the mouth.  Now that’s useful variety. ;-)

Varying my Google search to “breathing counts” brings up even more suggestions!

Here’s a list of 18 benefits of deep breathing.

And here’s a final Google search for the physiological benefits of exercise, which, for me, almost always included breathing more completely and fully.

As I mentioned in the first post in this series of aging gracefully into age 62, getting fit again was the key to enjoying doing and being able to do things that make life more satisfying.

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Conclusion, Last Thoughts

Breathing, the Nano Dynamic Stretch even in a Static Pose

It’s been a couple of years now since I first began again paying any in-depth attention to my breath.

And I am continually amazed how much I become aware of within myself.

The sense of surprise I felt recently, that my body is literally doing a micro nano dynamic stretch (reaching for one’s range of motion in that stretch), as I stand or sit or lay in a static restful pose, is still very much with me, and is the impetus for this third and final posting on aging gracefully.

Or at least trying to. ;-)

Try this:

Stand or sit calmly still.

Place the palms of your hands on each side of your rib cage.

Inhale softly and slowly and easily.

Feel your chest cavity expand.

Visualize and know, in reality not just symbolically, that your ribs expand apart, because there are muscles between them that allow that!

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Easy to Do Anywhere

And breathing is not only necessary, it’s so easy to fit in and do anywhere.

Waiting in line at the store, or any of the other number of “lines” we seem to be in. ;-)

Sitting in freeway traffic.  Yes, know that one well!

Laying in bed waking up.

Or going to sleep.

Or resting.

And if you watch a baby, like our new grand baby Max ;-) whether they’re exerting, sleeping, or eating – they’re breathing. ;-)

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Holding My Breath

I know, growing up, especially in school, playing hide-n-seek or hoping the teacher wouldn’t “pick” on me, I held my breath.

But the habit of  holding my breath is probably not a good idea.

Actually, people expect you to breath. ;-)

So often, it was just me – being self-conscious, about taking my breath.

And ok, I admit it, I’m still kinda wondering if someone’s staring, making fun of me, if I take a deep (needed) breath.

But I’m trying.  One breath at a time. ;-)

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Next Posts

Next up, my Paris Photo series.

Not immediately, as I need to choose and prepare the images.  But that’ll be fun.

Thanks so much for coming by ;-)

adan

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namaste´- con dios – god be with you

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Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 2 – Returning to Work as a Senior

19 Apr
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Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 2 – Returning to Work as a Senior

The logistics, physically and emotionally, of returning to work as a senior.  Commuting, snacks, sleep, and more.

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Other “Aging Gracefully” Related Links

“Aging Gracefully” – Original Inspirational Poetry

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Himalayan Institute : “Aging Gracefully” : An Article for All Ages – Review

Press Release – “Nice Thing ‘Bout Getting Old(er)” – Articles, Reviews, & Creativity in Aging

Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 1 – Back to Fitness

Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 2 – Returning to Work as a Senior

Aging Gracefully into 62, Part 3 – Breathing, the Nano Stretch with Mucho Effect (in progress)

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Returning to Work as a Senior

It’s not that, when I was younger, these things I’ve had to deal with on returning to work didn’t matter or happen or exist, it’s just that, after an extended time of not working full time, and being older, there’s things to remember, and things to work out.

Whether one is returning to full time work of necessity or desire, and whether for a set temporary time (such as in my case) or for an indeterminate amount of time, things come up that frankly I hadn’t thought much of when I was in the midst of a lifetime of full time working.

In no particular order, these are some of the things I hadn’t expected to have to deal with, and how I adjusted to them.

There’s no surprise secrets I believe.

It’s just many of the things I hadn’t needed to pay much attention to in quite awhile.

And honestly, when I did work full time, I didn’t pay much attention to all this then.  I was like a fish in water, totally unaware of the currents all around me…

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Food

Diversify your lunch.

Provide a variety of snacks for yourself.

I especially konk-out (run out of steam) mid-afternoon, 2ish, and have found certain fruit and other snacks to be a great pick me up.

Choose food with its sugar embedded in its fiber over a liquid alternative if you can.

Snacks for Lunch and all Day

Snacks for Lunch and all Day

Not that I’d eat all that at once, though at one time I might have!

Oh, the plant is optional, but is great visual food. ;-)  Sheila reminded me, that decorative plant do feed us, with oxygen!

Eat alone sometimes.  Join folks another time.

Take a small piece out into the sunlight and eat it outside.

Try different things.  It’s ok to repeat something you really like as long as you like.

Food should be healthy, but also should be fun. ;-)

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Movement

Move.  Get up, sit down, stretch.

Use your other hand to work the computer mouse.

Stand on tip-toes at the copier.  If your doctor says it’s ok, arch your back against your chair back, or rotate your neck and head gently.

You’re working hard, it’s natural to need to stretch!

Use the stairs if practical.  Walk around the building.

Breathe, breathe, breathe.

Ten minutes of any kind of exercise is usually a doable minimum building block of time.

If someone looks at you funny because the first few steps you take after getting up off your chair are sluggish, jokingly tell them you’re getting old(er), but gonna keep moving.

People will understand.  There are some nice things about getting old(er). ;-)

Expectations are more relaxed.  Enjoyable.  Doable.

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Bathroom Breaks and Other Such Things

Seniors as a group are among the most dependable workers an employer can have.  And we may seem slower (and are in some things ;-) ) but there’s good reasons for that, and good trade-offs from that.

In exchange, leeway usually needs to be made for us needing things more usual for our age.

Going to the bathroom.  Needing more sips of water.  More (good) snacks.  Pacing.

When I have a new person watching over my work, I try to always let them know I’ll be taking frequent bathroom breaks.  Don’t suffer for needing to do something that is natural.

I found this well put thought on a site page at Home Care Assistance via my google search above:

“Bathroom breaks are a must of seniors. Depending on the way in which you are traveling, allow a number of breaks.  However, restricting the amount of fluid intake is not the answer to decreasing their number of bathroom breaks. Doing this can cause a urinary tract infection.” (emphasis mine)

As we age, our thirst sensors are not what they used to be. ;-)  We should sip regularly. ;-)

Again, let people around you at work that need to know, know.

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Transportation

If you haven’t driven today’s roads in awhile, be prepared for people who think they’re driving bumper cars, people who swear they have no problem texting (head down of course) and navigating a two ton vehicle beside you, and people think they’re leaving late is justification for you to know they need to get by, now. ;-)

Trains and buses can quickly become an alternative transportation choice under these circumstances!

Even here in Austin, which doesn’t even have an adequate freeway system (vs Houston, Dallas, etc), now has a pretty decent commuter train, and is developing something they call a MetroRapid system for 2014.

I hear of some folks carpooling successfully.

Anything that cuts the stress of driving in endless daily traffic is worth checking out.

I’ve taken the rail here in Austin a few times, and enjoy the time to read, look out the window, daydream, and let my body relax.

Try some things out, see what works.

ps – I gave up a long ago dream of riding a motorcycle or scooter to work. ;-)

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Lack of Free Time

If you haven’t worked full time in awhile, the gutting of your free time, and your exhaustion after work, will shock you.

Be prepared to choose what you will have time to do, what means most for you to be still be able to do, and what you need to do.

Experiment for the answer.

It took me two and a half weeks to figure out what time to get up that allowed me to function at a full time job at the level I could be both proud of, and comfortable with.

Then another week to realize what time I needed to go to sleep to make all that happen from that end of the day. ;-)

Some things will have to be let go.

Most things you’ll be able to get back to when there’s more time.

And some things, don’t kid yourself, will forever drift away for another time…

This is really much harder than people younger would think it is for a senior.  But a more restricted energy base to work from, and a longer recovery (sleep and rest) time needed, means being called at eight in the evening to go do a fun thing until ten or eleven that night, probably means either saying no, or suffering really badly for it the next day.

Tell them the truth.  You’re getting old(er).  And smile.

They’ll understand.  Sorta. ;-)

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Sleep

Cut yourself short here at your own probable intense discomfort.

Sleep is the secret weapon of babies and older folk. ;-)

Sleep is not an option.  It’s a necessity.

Who knows, you might wake up in a yoga pose. ;-)

And with that I leave you for my own rest.  Thank you much.  Good night all. ;-)

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Next Posts

Before I return to my full time temp job that resumes next week, I’ll be doing one more fitness slanted posts before also returning to my Paris Photo series.

I still have 4 1/2 weeks of photos detailing our recent stay in Paris.

But I wanted to finish this short three post set before my time is more constrained again.

Luckily I enjoy my full time temp work.  And it’s seasonal.  So like the trees and squirrels, I know I’ll get my time to spread my branches and scamper along tree tops soon enough again. ;-)

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namaste´- con dios – god be with you

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