Guess what? I just got a couple of new piercings.
Darn! I wish I’d had a camera rolling when I gave my conservative, button-down, former Navy pilot husband the news. As he clutched his chest and gasped for air, I quickly assured him I wasn’t about to take a walk on the wild side…and I’m too old to be having a mid-life crisis!
I’ll bet Tom’s blood pressure dropped 20 points as I pointed to the tiny hoops in my ear lobes. As he scanned my face for any other evidence of metal, I told him about my experience that day.
I actually got my ears pierced the first time in the mid-70s. My very un-professional piercing was performed by my bright, but not very steady college roommate. Though I survived the ice cube and needle ordeal, I’ve lived some 40 years with one hole lower than the other. Time and the weight of heavy earrings (remember the hub caps we wore in the 80’s?!) finally took its toll on the little hole in my left ear. It finally tore through the bottom of my lobe.
So, after a simple plastic surgical procedure to sew up both holes and two months of healing, I was ready for my new piercings. But where? The mall? The doctor’s office? And then it hit me…how about one of those piercing places? That’s all they do, right? Pierce body parts?
So I went online and read the glowing reviews from folks who’d received positive piercings at “Enigma Professional Piercing Studios.” (enigmapiercing.com) I figured it couldn’t hurt to learn more.
The voice at the other end of the phone sounded like a corporate CEO. Polite, professional and helpful, Angie De Leon deftly answered all my questions assuring me a nearly 60-year-old woman who needed her ears pierced was more than welcome at Enigma.
Right next door to a tattoo parlor in North Park, I tentatively walked through the wildly painted piercing studio entrance half expecting a scary ex-con to greet me. Shame on me! I’m now appalled at my pathetic pre-conceived notion of piercing places. My experience at Enigma was more pleasant and professional than most businesses I deal with.
After filling out the proper forms to be registered with the state health department, (the industry is highly regulated) Angie helped me choose a tiny pair of earrings made of a medical-grade metal alloy. “For an initial piercing,” Angie explained, “we recommend the highest-grade jewelry to avoid infection and hasten healing.”
Covered nearly head to toe with tattoos and piercings, Angie may be a walking advertisement for her industry. But don’t let her appearance fool you. With professional precision, Angie placed my earrings in an autoclave to be sterilized for seven minutes then escorted me to a squeaky-clean treatment room and explained the piercing process. Then, before I knew it, with virtually no pain, I walked out with two pierced ear lobes, a copy of strict after-care instructions and a friendly handshake from the charming and colorful, Angie.
The best part? Walking into the small lobby as a couple of young Marines stood waiting their turn. “Mam, yes Mam,” the polite young men said as I excused myself to walk by. The expression on their faces as a woman who could be their mother walked out of a piercing salon? Priceless.
I’ll bet they’re still debating what exactly the old gal got pierced. Tee-hee.
What’s Pickleball?! It’s the fastest-growing new sport in the nation and it has nothing to do with pickles!
At a recent family reunion, I learned my husband’s sweet, petite cousin, Carolyn, is also quite the athlete. I had no idea, but cousin Carolyn and her husband, Dale, are the reigning New York state double’s champions… in pickleball!
“Wow! That’s awesome,” I said…fake smile masking the fact I had absolutely no idea what Tom’s cousins were into. Pickleball? I’d never even heard of the game with the funny name. Turns out, Dale and Carolyn are on the cutting edge of a sports trend that’s exploding in popularity especially among older adults.
Unfortunately, I was still in a pickle about pickleball! So, I talked to Carolyn and got the “scoop.” First off, the game often described as a mixture of tennis and ping -pong has nothing to do with pickles!
Here’s the deal. If you take a game of tennis and slow it down, use a smaller court, slower racket and harder-to-hit ball…you get pickleball!
The sport is played with a wooden paddle and a plastic ball on a short, square court. The net is hung at 34 inches in the middle (it’s 36 inches for tennis.) There is a non-volley zone on both sides of the net to prevent high-speed spikes as dictated by the U.S.A. Pickleball Association rulebook. Players score when the other side can’t return a shot. The first side to reach 11 points with a two-point lead wins.
Pickleball’s popularity has made it the first sport to be added for competition in the National Senior Games (NSGA) in 20 years. The pickleball movement is averaging a thousand new players a year. There are now more than 100,000 players in the United States and the number of pickleball courts has doubled to more than 5,600…just since 2010.
“It’s good exercise,” says cousin Carolyn. “In my first six months of playing pickleball, my cholesterol dropped 40 points!” But she also loves the social aspect of the game. “It’s fun. It’s something Dale and I can do together and we meet so many wonderful people.”
Interestingly, the popularity among seniors is creating a trickle-down effect, with pickleball becoming more popular with school PE programs and at recreational camps nationwide.
And that includes the San Diego area. If you’d like to try your hand at pickleball, you can find teams and leagues from Oceanside to Alpine, La Jolla to Lakeside. Check out San Diego Parks and Recreation for more information and become part of the fastest growing sport in America!
In fact, San Diego boasts a gold medal-winning pickleballer. Pat Carroll took the gold in the 70-74 age division at the National Senior Games last month in Cleveland! (Where, if I may brag just a bit, Dale and Carolyn placed fourth in the doubles division. Way to go, Cousins!)
As more folks become sweet on pickleball, maybe it’s time to give it a try. “This is a game that has a lot of participation from people who have never been an athlete in their life,” says Tom Burkhart, pickleball competition director for the NSGA. “They can still acclimate and become a decent player.”
Need a little incentive to try your hand at pickleball? According to a report on San Diego’s KPBS, “Pickleball is really a great game with a silly name. It’s addictive and might just lead you on the path of health, happiness and a heck of a lot of fun!”
You all know I’m no Martha Stewart, so there’s no use pretending. When asked recently to bring a side dish to a backyard barbecue, I admit…I picked up some potato salad at a grocery store deli.
While transferring my store-bought salad to a plastic serving bowl, I couldn’t help but notice the little chunks of potato literally swimming in gooey dressing. Yuk! Not very healthy (and probably not very tasty either.)
I debated getting out my Mom’s famous potato salad recipe and whipping up a batch. But while her famous recipe is delicious, it, too, is loaded with rich, heavy dressing.
Growing up in the Midwest, summers meant burgers on the grill and classic cookout favorites like coleslaw, bean salad and, of course, potato salad. I still love a traditional barbecue buffet!
I just need some updated recipes with fewer calories, less fat…AND plenty of flavor.
My search led me to several classic cookout side dishes that have undergone healthy makeovers and they’re delicious! (Easy, too!) Next time you’re asked to bring a “side,” give one of these a try. (Beats the grocery deli every time!)
6 Tbsp chopped red onion
4 Tbsp wine vinegar
4 oz. thin green beans, trimmed
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 c shelled, cooked edamame (about 10oz), thawed, if frozen
1 can (15 oz) dark kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1. Combine onion with 3 Tbsp of the vinegar in small bowl and let stand 15 minutes to pickle. Cook green beans in boiling, salted water until tender, 3 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water and cut into thirds.
2. Whisk together mustard, honey, oil and remaining 1 Tbsp vinegar in large bowl. Stir in pickled onion mixture.
3. Add cooked green beans, edamame, kidney beans and chickpeas. Toss together until well combined. Season to taste.
New Potato Salad
1½ lb. new potatoes
3 ½ Tbsp white wine or cider vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp finely chopped shallot or onion
3 Tbsp finely chopped fresh tarragon.
2 lg. hard-boiled eggs, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 lg. rib celery, chopped
1. Cook potatoes in boiling, salted water until fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. When potatoes are just cool enough to handle (but still warm) cut into quarters.
2. Whisk together vinegar and mustard in large bowl while potatoes are cooling. Add oil in slow stream, whisking until well combined. Stir in shallot and tarragon. Immediately add warm potatoes, tossing to combine.
3. Add eggs and celery and season to taste with salt and pepper. (Makes 4 cups.)
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp olive oil
8 oz. fresh coleslaw mix (about 3 cups)
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 cup shredded carrot
1 bell pepper, sliced (optional)
1 Tbsp poppy seed, toasted (optional)
1. Whisk together vinegar, lime juice and honey in large bowl. Add oil in slow stream, whisking to combine.
2. Add remaining ingredients, season with salt and pepper to taste and toss to combine. Cover and chill at least 1 hour to let flavors develop. (Makes about 6 cups.)
I can still remember my first spa experience. The day of pampering was a birthday gift from my husband – a relaxing day including a massage, facial, pedicure and a lovely (and healthy!) spa lunch on a peaceful patio surrounded by lush gardens. It was heavenly!
That special day years ago also included my first taste of spa “water.” Coolers of water throughout the facility were infused with fun flavors from cucumbers and lemons to mint and watermelon. Who knew water could be such a treat!
These days, you don’t have to pop for spa services to enjoy fruit and veggie-infused H20. Waiting for the color to set at my hair appointment last week, I relaxed with a glass of cool water infused with a delicious combination of fruits, veggies and herbs. Doug Yeagley, owner of TOPS Salon in Mission Hills, says he wants to provide his clients with a healthy alternative to coffee and sugary drinks.
“For good health, we need to drink lots of water,” says Yeagley. “But water can be boring. Why not add a little flavor and make a glass of ordinary water something special?!”
I’ve had cherry-flavored water in a hospital lobby and orange and pineapple-infused water at my gym. Even my favorite Coronado boutique features a cute cooler of water “seasoned” with basil and fresh chunks of strawberries.
And when you’re not out and about, why not have a taste of spa water at home? My friend, Pat always has a chilled pitcher of yummy water with all kinds of fun, floating fruits. (My fave is her lemon and ginger combo…so soothing.)
I’m excited about this growing trend that’s getting many of us to drink more water. We have an obesity epidemic in this country and replacing sugary soft drinks with healthy water alternatives is a great way to cut calories.
The summer heat has arrived. What better time to fill a water pitcher with your favorite fruits, veggies and herbs and drink to your health.
Here are 50 awesome flavored water ideas. Pick your favorite combo and have fun staying hydrated!
12. Blood orange
21. Honeydew melon
22. Fresh ginger root
And don’t be afraid to try fun combinations of the above ingredients. Get creative and combine them, so it never gets dull. Here are some of my favorites:
24. Watermelon and mint
25. Cucumber and mint
26. Lemon and mint
27. Cherry and lime
28. Watermelon and cucumber
29. Ginger and lemon
30. Orange and pineapple
31. Lemon and lavender
32. Lime and mint
33. Cucumber and lime
34. Lemon and basil
35. Strawberry and mint
36. Blackberry and ginger
37. Lemon and blueberry (yum!)
38. Thyme and blackberries
39. Cucumber and rosemary
40. Cantaloupe and watermelon
41. Cucumber, lemon and mint
42. Lemon and lime
43. Strawberry and basil
44. Cranberry juice and lemon (use a capful of unsweetened cranberry juice)
45. Ginger and lime
46. Pineapple and mango
47. Strawberries and lime
48. Orange, lime and lemon (my absolute favorite!)
49. Lemon and a pinch of cayenne
50. Papaya and mango
The possibilities are endless! Have fun coming up with your own creative combos. Then, drink up!
Helpful hint! For the herbs, crush or chop them up to get the best flavor. Similarly, squeeze citrus wedges, slick or cube melons and crush berries.
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
Planning a backyard barbecue bash? Break out the burgers…just make sure you have an option for your beef-less friends!
Turkey burgers are a great, healthful alternative to beef, but frankly, they can be a bit bland. Even worse, the so-called “better” burgers are often so full of bread and other binders, you can end up loading up on carbs and empty calories rather than enjoying a healthy, high-protein, low-fat meal.
I find most prepared burgers disappointing, so I’ve been on the lookout for a turkey burger recipe I can make at home that’s healthy, delicious and not the least bit boring! The winner? A boffo burger with a little Greek influence. I tried it out on husband, Tom and got a big “thumbs-up!” Let me know what you think.
CAROL’S TASTY TURKEY BURGER
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
¼ c. 2% plain Greek-style yogurt
2 Tbsp. chopped scallions
2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 lb ground organic turkey breast
¼ c coarsely chopped pitted green olives
2 oz feta, crumbled
1 tsp. Greek seasoning
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
4 sm leaves butter lettuce
8 sm slices tomato
8 thin slices red onion
1. Stir together yogurt, scallions, and 2 tsp of the lemon juice in small bowl. Set aside.
2. Mix together turkey, olives, feta, Greek seasoning and remaining 2 Tbsp lemon juice until just combined. Form into 4 patties.
3. Prepare lightly oiled grill for medium heat. Grill patties, turning until golden brown and cooked through (internal temperature 165 degrees F), about 12 minutes
4. Serve burgers on buns with lettuce, tomato, onion and yogurt sauce.
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
As a kid, I did some pretty stupid things.
When I was six, I couldn’t resist the urge to sneak a taste of the dog’s kibble. (Not bad, actually!) In church one Sunday when I was eight, I stuck a rosary bead up my nose. It took a doctor to retrieve the foreign object that had travelled up my sinus cavity.
Fortunately, those acts of stupidity did no long-term damage. I wish I could say the same about the years I spent stupidly lying in the summer sun slathered in baby oil…working on the perfect tan.
Sometimes there are consequences for being stupid.
As I write this, I can’t help but catch a glimpse of the ugly scar on my forearm from recent surgery to remove a second squamous cell skin cancer from my body. That divot in my arm is a constant reminder of my stupid decision to ignore the experts and, for decades, repeatedly overexpose my skin to the sun’s harmful rays.
Sometimes, there are consequences for being stupid.
But I figure there’s no point beating myself up about it. I can’t go back. Now, all I can do is look forward and come up with strategies that will allow me to enjoy the great outdoors while protecting myself from future sun damage. As you might imagine, I don’t go anywhere these days without hats, sun-protective clothing and lots of sunscreen!
And guess what? My new game plan may do more than protect me from future cancers. The generous coat of sunscreen that’s now part of my daily routine may also help wipe out my wrinkles!
Dermatologists have been telling us for years that using sunscreen regularly can protect skin against aging. Now there’s research to back it up!
In a study just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers demonstrated that people who applied sunscreen every day showed 24 percent less skin aging (as measured by lines and coarseness of the skin) than those who used regular moisturizers.
Sunscreen has long been touted as a way to stave off photo-aging, or changes to the skin cause by sun exposure. While it makes good sense, from a scientific point of view, most of the evidence has been anecdotal. There simply hasn’t been hard evidence in humans to support the claim.
Well, no more. The numbers are in and they don’t lie. Routine use of sunscreen saves skin. And if, like me as a foolish, young woman, you’re not motivated to slap on a little sunscreen to prevent skin cancer, then could I possibly appeal to your vanity?
As one study researcher explained, the results have “double significance,” since the reduced skin damage from UV rays also translates to a lower risk of skin cancer. It’s a win-win!
Have fun in the sun, but don’t risk the health and beauty of your skin for the few seconds it takes to slather on a little sun protection. Trust me, the consequences aren’t worth it.
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of counting carbs, calories and fat grams. I’m as concerned about my health as the next guy, but once in awhile, I’d rather not know if what I’m eating has enough protein, antioxidants or dietary fiber. Frankly, when it comes to food, many of us have gotten just a little uptight. Sometimes, I just want to relax and enjoy something that tastes good!
I don’t know about you, but my guilty pleasures include hot sourdough bread with butter, dark chocolate-covered cranberries and homemade vanilla milkshakes topped with whipped cream.
And I absolutely love hot dogs. But not just any dog will do. It wasn’t easy finding a great hot dog in the San Diego area. But it was worth the effort. Tom and I finally found the most fabulous franks at a friendly Coronado eatery called Delux Gourmet Hot Dogs.
Now, when a hot dog craving hits, Tom and I head to Coronado’s Orange Avenue for what can only be described as “heaven on a bun!” By the way, growing up in West Virginia, where hot dogs (with chili, mustard and coleslaw) are practically the state food, my Tom is an expert on what makes a decent dog.
Delux Gourmet Hot Dogs was opened last year by hot dog lovers…for hot dog lovers. They serve only Chicago’s Vienna Brand all beef hot dogs. They steam, then griddle the dogs to a slight char, then serve ‘em up in a home style, soft, steamed buns.
You can pick your own toppings or choose from a menu filled with creative combos from the “Coney Island,” “Windy City” and “New Yorker” to the “Top Dog” (with blue cheese crumbles, crispy onions, BBQ sauce, mustard and tomatoes) to the pastrami-stuffed “Reuben Dog” and the adventuresome “Tokyo,” topped with teriyaki glaze, Japanese mayo, grilled onions, sesame seeds and dried seaweed chips.
We made our most recent trek to “Delux” with our neighbors, Dave and Linda and their two boys, Nate and Drew – a fun way to spend a summer evening (and not worry about cooking!) Nate ordered the “All American.” Drew went for the “Slider Dogs,” two, tiny versions of their all-beef hot dogs on tiny buns with French fries.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention the French fries! They’re amazing! Thin, crisp…seasoned to perfection…absolutely addictive! I also recommend their fresh lemonade but if you want to go back in time, give the “Orange Avenue Whip” a try –
that frothy, frozen vanilla-orange delight we all remember.
And if you still have room, you gotta try (I advise sharing!) one of their exclusive “Beachy Cream” ice cream sandwiches in five different flavor combinations.
I understand hot dos and ice cream come under the heading of special occasion food…not something we should indulge in every day. But even the health experts say it’s ok to splurge once in awhile.
So find something special to celebrate and take the family out for hot dogs to die for. Remember, when it comes to nutrition, it’s not what you do some of the time but what you do most of the time that mattes to your overall health.
You can always get back to obsessing about antioxidants tomorrow! ?
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
I hope you don’t mind, but I just have to brag a bit about my Dad. A “health nut” before it was fashionable, my Dad, Carter LeBeau, not only taught me the importance of healthy living, he has inspired countless others.
Dad was honored recently at a celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 40 years of participation in the bicycling event known as RAGBRAI. But even more than his participation in the ride, at 86, my Dad has been an inspiration and encouragement to thousands of cyclists…in Iowa and beyond.
RAGBRAI is an acronym for the (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. It’s the granddaddy of all cross-state bike rides, drawing cycling enthusiasts from around the world – from beginning bikers to seven-time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong.
Palomar Health physician and Iowa native, Dr. Joan Meyer makes the trek “home” every year to do RAGBRAI. “I wouldn’t miss it, “says Meyer of the fun, folksy and challenging cycling event across the Hawkeye state. (see photo)
RAGBRAI is an annual, seven-day, bike-riding party that begins in a selected community along Iowa’s western border and ends in a town along the state’s eastern border. Ten thousand riders cycle some 470 miles while each year, seven different communities “host” the throng…providing everything from welcoming cheers and free lemonade to campsites and host homes.
The oldest, largest and longest touring bicycle ride in the world, RAGBRAI celebrated 40 years of riding in July and my Dad has been on every one.
It all began when two Des Moines Register newspaper feature reporters decided to go on a bicycle ride across Iowa, writing about their experiences. Of 300 riders starting the ride, 114 (including my Dad!) completed the trek.
But while he’s pedaled all the miles over the years, his most important roles have been as encourager, cheerleader and mentor to cyclists just starting out. Before it was fashionable, Dad knew the importance of physical fitness. But he also believed fitness should be fun.
After retiring, Dad began a new career of organizing other cycling events including the popular TOGIR, TIGER, BEAR and LION rides. He’s bicycled cross-country twice, celebrated his 66th birthday by cycling the entire Route 66 and, with a buddy, biked from Sydney to Melbourne…Australia!!
He’s advocated for improved bicycle lanes, helped lead the Quad Cities Bicycle Club in its exploding growth and speaks to civic groups about the benefits of biking. My nephews call him, “Grandpa Bike!”
As for me, I’m so proud of my Dad and celebrate his 40-year milestone with RAGBRAI and his many years of promoting health and fitness through an event and sport he so loves! Way to go, Dad!
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.
How’d you like to turn your next boring business lunch into a mini-vacation? Then do what my friend, Paula and I did recently – head to Harbor Island and go over those financial reports at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse restaurant.
What’s the big deal? Most San Diegans know Tom Ham’s has been around for decades. True, but if you haven’t yet heard, this is the all-new Tom Ham’s! The iconic San Diego eatery has recently re-opened after a five-month renovation and it’s incredible!
I first experienced the famous lighthouse restaurant in 1981 as a guest speaker for an event that met in the “California Room.” New to San Diego, I recall the view from the banquet facility was so beautiful; it was difficult to concentrate on my speech.
I’ve enjoyed that view countless times since the 80’s. But in recent years, it’s been hard not to notice the popular meeting place becoming more and more run down. The old, wooden podium I stood behind more than 30 years ago was still there …worn, chipped and faded. And the poor podium wasn’t alone. The aging carpeting, furniture – everything had fallen into disrepair.
Well, no more! The redesign of the waterfront eatery and event site is complete and it’s fabulous!
Owners Andy and Grant Baumann, Tom Ham’s grandsons, kept most of their grandfather’s memorabilia, blending it with a new design that includes contemporary furniture, a bright and airy layout and expanded views of San Diego bay from every table.
My “business” lunch with Paula was more like a day at the beach as business took a backseat to the drop-dead gorgeous views from our table of downtown San Diego and Coronado.
Nibbling tasty salmon and shrimp atop baby kale salads with Fuji apples, Marcona almonds and honey-lemon dressing…two hours just melted away on our combination business lunch/stay-cation! (On my next visit, I can’t wait to try the fig and burrata salad with watercress, toasted pistachio and balsamic!)
And for all you “foodies” out there, the all-new Tom Ham’s menu overhaul by new executive chef, Lance Repp, focuses on seafood including a large raw bar selection, market fish and creative takes on paella and bouillabaisse – two dishes featured when the restaurant first opened 40 years ago.
So take a little vacation, without leaving town! Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island is back and it’s better than ever.
“Everything Old is New Again!
(Oh! One more thing! Be sure to check out the cool, keg room behind the glass on the first floor. With 32 taps at the bar, at Tom Ham’s, there’s a special brew for every taste!)
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@pph.org.
I’ve never been impulsive. Practical and plan-full, I carefully calculate every possible outcome before making most decisions. Is it the best use of my time? Does it make sense financially, etc.?
So, when I received a wedding invitation recently from a childhood chum in Iowa, I naturally began weighing the pros and cons of making the trip. Gina and I had been classmates and friends from fourth grade through high school. Together with our BFF’s, Mary Beth and Anne, we’d shared years of sleepovers and birthday parties, homecomings and prom nights.
But our lives took us in different directions…coming together rarely at high school reunions, through Christmas cards and on Facebook. But looking at that invitation, something snapped inside. “Why not?” I thought. Maybe it’s not practical – flying all the way to Iowa for a 20-minute wedding ceremony. Maybe I shouldn’t spend the money. We need a new fridge, after all. So I bounced it off my husband.
“I want to go to Gina’s wedding,” I announced to Tom. “Way to take a walk on the wild side,” my husband said with just a hint of sarcasm. With his encouraging, “Go! It’ll be fun,” I booked my flight.
I know. A trip to Iowa may not sound like much to you. But for me, it’s just one of several mini-adventures I’ve been taking lately. I think last year’s cancer scare is one reason….wanting to live each day to the fullest.
But I’ve also been inspired recently by San Diegan, Bob Goff, who’s written a wonderful book called, “Love Does.” Positive and uplifting – like a box of chocolates, I’ve been devouring one delightful chapter at a time…the perfect bedtime snack!
Neither practical nor plan-full, Goff gives new meaning to living in the moment –taking his readers along on his life’s journey as he discovers a “secretly incredible life in an ordinary world.”
Get this: As a college student he spent 16 days in the Pacific Ocean with five guys and a crate of canned meat. As a father, he took his kids on a world tour to eat ice cream with heads of state. He made friends in Uganda, and they liked him so much, he became the Ugandan consul. He pursued his wife for three years before she agreed to date him. His grades weren’t good enough to get into law school, so he sat on a bench outside the dean’s office for seven days until they finally let him enroll.
“Love Does” has become a New York Times bestseller and it’s no surprise. What fuels the book’s impact is love…without constraints. But it’s not, as the cover copy reveals, “the kind of love that stops at thoughts and feelings. Bob Goff is convinced love takes action. He believes “Love Does.”
Bob’s faith-based musings and stories have been an incredible inspiration to me. I’m beginning to see that sometimes it’s ok to throw caution to the wind, do something outrageous and become “secretly incredible.” I encourage you to check out “Love Does.” It’s light, fun, inspiring….maybe even life-changing.
By the way, the wedding was a blast. Anne and Mary Beth came, too. What a joy to celebrate our dear friend, Gina’s special day together. Thanks to Bob Goff, I’m learning love doesn’t always just send a card. Sometimes, love “does!”
Ready for my next adventure! Care to join me? I’m thinking about a trip to New Zealand! Wheee!!
BTW, “Love Does” makes a great beach read. Enjoy.
Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.