The Savvy Senior: Reclaim Your Range of Motion

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

The Health Benefits of Practitioner-Assisted Stretching

The Savvy Senior: Reclaim Your Range of Motion

Most people believe the ability to touch your toes naturally disappears with age, but that’s not necessarily true. People who get more and more sedentary with age experience the shortening of their muscles, which inhibits the body to move freely like it did in its younger years. This is why staying flexible is so important, and how some 90-year-olds can easily touch their toes.

Did you know that flexibility has an effect on life expectancy? According to Prevention Magazine, “It’s all because your musculoskeletal fitness—your body flexibility, balance, muscle strength and coordination—is an important indicator of your overall health, and has a favorable influence on life expectancy.”

The Savvy Senior: Simplifying for Seniors: Are You Ready to Downsize?

Melinda Laager

The Savvy Senior: Simplifying for Seniors: Are You Ready to Downsize?

As a realtor of 18 years, I’ve noticed the culture of “more” shift to “less,” as homeowners pack up mementos due to life changes. Losing a spouse, divorce, kids leaving for college, or even the simple act of growing older has prompted the quest to find a smaller home that better suits shifting needs and lifestyle. Not only does a smaller home typically cost less, but it also takes less time and effort to maintain. I personally did this two years ago, and I have not looked back! However, no matter the reason for wanting to simplify, the process can seem overwhelming.

Here are five steps that can help guide you on what can be a delightful and empowering journey. Most of the time, people feel great about their decision to downsize and find that less is more—more comfort, more security and most importantly, more time and energy to spend on activities and the people they love.

Let's Talk Turkey! How to Carve Out a More Joyful Thanksgiving

Marilynn Preston

Energy Express

Let's Talk Turkey! How to Carve Out a More Joyful Thanksgiving

More Americans than ever are hungry to transition to a less stressful, more meaningful way to celebrate this year's Thanksgiving holiday. If you're one of them, I have some ideas to share:
FIRST, A GUT CHECK. How do you know if Thanksgiving adds to your stress? Listen to your gut, seat of great wisdom. If thinking about Turkey Day makes you feel anxious instead of enthusiastic, something is wrong.

Maybe you feel the pressure to do everything perfectly. (I call that Martha Stewart syndrome.) Maybe you'd rather be a guest than a host. Sit calmly and meditate on where the stress is coming from. Write down your insights, without judging, without censoring.

Making Friends in Adulthood

Kelly Hunter

Making Friends in Adulthood

Friendships are vital to our mental health, but one size does not fit all. As Hope explains in her book, quality and quantity of friendships are important. From acquaintances to closest friends, we need them all. “Humans need community,” Hope explained. It seems so obvious, but it’s important to remember. She explained the different types of friendships (a concept that Aristotle wrote about!) and how they are all important. They are Friendships of Utility (primarily acquaintances), Friendships of Pleasure (fun friends) and Friendships of the Good (soulmates or besties). Our happiness depends on all types, and some people will move between them as their relationships evolve.

Savvy Saving Tips

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October 12 is National Savings Day. Is Your Bank Keeping You From Saving?

Savvy Saving Tips

According to the article from The Simple Dollar (thesimpledollar.com), “100 Ways to Save Money Fast,” finding the right bank can be a surprisingly effective way to cut your spending down. “Ideally, your bank should have no-fee checking, a wide ATM network and good online banking services,” writes Trent Hamm, founder and columnist. “If your bank regularly hits you with account maintenance fees or ATM fees, look for another bank.”

Sure, there are many ways to start saving money, from packing your lunch to packing less with a staycation, but a great place to start is picking the right bank. First, take a closer look at the checking accounts your bank offers. Imagine the monthly savings from no-fee accounts, or better yet, a checking account that pays you interest, or gives you cash back or other rewards every time you swipe. The best checking accounts refund out of network ATM fees and have robust digital banking apps that let you stay in touch with your money with a click and pay bills online.

Boomeritis: Too Much of a Good Thing Causes Injuries Basic Do’s and Don’ts for All Ages

Marilyn Preston

Energy Express

Boomeritis: Too Much of a Good Thing Causes Injuries  Basic Do’s and Don’ts for All Ages

Any body, at any age, can suffer a sports injury, but we baby boomers are famous for them. There’s actually a term for it—boomeritis—and it refers to the high number of sports-related injuries that happen to people born between 1946 and 1964—the first generation of Americans who grew up working out, with or without the Jane Fonda leg warmers. (I still have mine.)

We’re facing a classic good news/bad news scenario. On the upside, we have millions of boomers who share an enlightened view about the benefits of regular exercise—hiking, biking, Downward Dogging our way to stronger bodies and longer lives.

The sad news is we’re going about it like maniacs, and our hips, knees, thighs, shoulders, ankles and other important body parts are wearing out in record numbers.

How to Rise Above Your Circumstances

Mary Hunt

Everyday Cheapskate

How to Rise Above Your Circumstances

Shortly after takeoff, the pilot circled over the Great Salt Lake, tipping the wings ever so slightly so we could witness the unusual reddish-purple color of the water—a phenomenon, he explained, that occurs when a particular species of algae meets up with a certain bacteria. It was quite fascinating.

Just as he was bringing the plane level so we could be on our way, CRACK! A loud kind of popping noise sent a chill up my spine. “I believe we’ve hit something, so we will be returning to the gate,” an audibly shaken pilot reported.

Are Your Kids’ Extracurricular Activities Straining Your Budget?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Ask Carrie

Are Your Kids’ Extracurricular Activities Straining Your Budget?

Dear Carrie:
I’m the mother of a very creative 12-year-old daughter who wants to take classes in art, drama and dance, but I have a limited income. While we live a comfortable life, paying for all these extras is a real stretch. I don’t want to disappoint her, but I’m struggling. How can I handle this on top of everything else?  —A Reader

Dear Reader:
This is a question I’m sure a lot of parents can relate to. From sports to music to dance to computer coding, the world of kids’ extracurricular activities keeps growing—and getting more expensive. According to a recent survey, 46% of parents spend more than $1,000 annually on their kids’ activities, and 27% spend more than $2,000. Not only that, 62% go into debt to do it, with credit cards being the most popular form of payment.

Back to School is for Grown-Ups: Learn Something New

Marilynn Preston

Energy Express

Back to School is for Grown-Ups: Learn Something New

Even though I haven’t been in a classroom for years and years, I still have an inner alarm that plays in my brain when August ends and Labor Day reappears. The tune is so familiar, and so is the slight anxiety it creates.

It’s back-to-school time! Do I have my three-ring binder, my ruler, a pencil sharpener—three items that have no meaning whatsoever in classrooms today?  

And still, I find meaning in that back-to-school feeling, and I’ll bet plenty of you do, too. Summer is over. Your two weeks of vacation are a faint memory, though the smell of burgers and bug repellant lingers on. The kids are back to their routine, and I hope it includes some limits on small-screen media. It’s time to buckle down and get back to work.

7 Pleasantly Surprising Reasons to Decorate with Houseplants

Mary Hunt

Everyday Cheapskate

7 Pleasantly Surprising Reasons to Decorate with Houseplants


There’s something warm and inviting about a well-placed, thriving houseplant. Experts call this “interior landscaping,” and it’s becoming increasingly popular, not only in homes but in offices and other commercial settings. I would have assumed that’s because houseplants can be quite inexpensive. But now, we’re learning that houseplants offer surprising physical and mental benefits as well.

NO. 1: CLEAN INDOOR AIR
A number of studies reported by NASA give conclusive evidence that plants are excellent at removing toxins from the air -- over 80% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours. VOCs are chemical compounds often found in common household items such as carpets, toys, paint and more. These VOCs can evaporate and compromise air quality, posing health risks to inhabitants. One large plant—or two smaller plants—per 100 square feet is recommended for noticeably improved air quality.

Incredibly Simple Travel Tips

Mary Hunt

to Take Stress Out of Flying

Incredibly Simple Travel Tips

Flying is back.

More people boarded commercial planes in the U.S. this past Thursday than the comparable same pre-pandemic day in 2019. The Transportation Security Administration reported that 2,147,090 travelers passed through its security checkpoints, a good indicator for what's to come over the next few months. If you plan to travel by air anytime soon, one thing is for certain: You won't be alone. The TSA estimated that this summer’s air travel is going to break records.

The Joys of Cross-Training: Mix Your Sports, Nix Your Injuries

Marilynn Preston

Energy Express

The Joys of Cross-Training: Mix Your Sports, Nix Your Injuries

Are you hooked on your favorite sport?

Do you spend all your workout time either running, biking or swimming, believing that single-minded dedication is going to make you stronger and faster, better and better?

Sorry, dear reader. That’s not how it works. It’s time to learn about the benefits of cross-training, a fancy name for simply including a mix of activities in your exercise regimen.
Cross-training isn’t just for uber-exercisers or competitive triathletes. It’s for all the rest of us who want to live healthier, happier lives with more fun and fewer injuries.

When You Can't Take the Heat

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Tips to Stay Safe This Summer

When You Can't Take the Heat

We wouldn’t live in the South if we couldn’t handle a little heat, but how can you tell when it’s just too much? There’s no shame in admitting when you’ve reached the limit of your heat tolerance. Heat-related illnesses range from mild to severe and can affect even the toughest Southerner out there. As the summer heat peaks, it’s imperative to remember the importance of hot weather safety. Staying cool, hydrated and informed can make a big difference!

There are several types of heat-related illnesses, each with its own symptoms and treatments. Knowing which type you or a loved one may be suffering from can make a huge difference in deciding how to proceed. As you take advantage of all the fun summer activities available in the Lowcountry, be aware of the potential health hazards the sun, heat and humidity can bring on. Anyone can be susceptible to these effects of high temperatures, so familiarize yourself with the following facts before spending a significant amount of time outside. You could save a life, even your own!

Creating Community

Cynthia Robinson

Golden Isles Veterans’ Village

Creating Community

Members of the Golden Isles Veterans’ Village Initiative, LLC (GIVVI), hope to have the first five tiny homes completed in the community in Downtown Brunswick by July 31, 2021. The site, located at G Street, between MLK and Amherst, will eventually be home to 30 tiny dwellings, along with a community center and a hydroponic gardening center, according to Margaret Jacobs, chair of the GIVVI.

While living in the Village, veterans will not only have a place to call home, but will also receive any medical and mental health services and any training for jobs or other skills, like cooking, that they need. “We formed our LLC in 2019, and everyone was unanimous in supporting building the village in Downtown Brunswick,” Margaret said. The project is modeled after the Cove at Dundee community in Savannah. “We have the advantage of having all of their information and knowing what worked and didn’t work for them.”

Style From a Surprising Source

Kelly Hunter

Style From a Surprising Source

What causes a person to turn draperies into clothing? For Fraulein Maria in The Sound of Music, it was a matter of conservation. Those old nursery curtains would have been thrown away if she hadn’t turned them into play clothes for the children. For Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind, it was a matter of desperation. She was broke and just had to have something new to fool Rhett.

Breezy Books for the Beach

Kelly Hunter

There’s no better way to spend a summer day than with your toes in the sand and your nose in a book. If you’ve read everything on your shelf, these five new novels should definitely be on your summer reading list!

Fourth of July Makeover: 5 Ways to Let Freedom Ring

Marilynn Preston

Energy Express

Fourth of July Makeover: 5 Ways to Let Freedom Ring

I love the Fourth of July. Fat, juicy hot dogs, exploding firecrackers,
fried Oreo sandwiches with big scoops of strawberry ice cream on top.
These are a few of the things I avoid on this, our most John Philip Sousa of holidays.

So, what are your plans for July Fourth? Since this only-in-America holiday is first and
foremost a celebration of freedom, why not liberate yourself from old ways of
thinking and create some new traditions. I’ve got some ideas:

How Can I Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Ask Carrie

How Can I Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck?

Dear Carrie:
I’m a single mom with a decent income, but I’m always living paycheck to paycheck. How can I break that cycle and start to save, not only for an emergency but also for my bigger goals like retirement and maybe even a home? -A Reader

Dear Reader:
Living paycheck to paycheck isn’t uncommon these days. Recent studies suggest many Americans are doing just that, which makes it next to impossible to save and invest. Overspending can be part of the problem, but even more often, people get squeezed through no fault of their own—low wages, unpredictable income and high costs for essentials like childcare, health care, housing and college. On the other hand, even people with high incomes can find themselves caught in a seemingly never-ending cycle.

Sum-Sum-Summertime: Play Now or Pay Later

Marilynn Preston

Energy Express

Sum-Sum-Summertime: Play Now or Pay Later

It’s summer. Yippee. Run to the hammock and let’s play a game. I want you to lie back and relax into thinking about something you want to accomplish this summer. Here’s the sentence.

Fill in the blank:
“This is the summer I want to ...”

What? Name your heart’s desire. Keep it clean. Think about your own well-being.

Want to run a 10k? (Great for the body.)

Learn to play guitar? (Good for the brain.)

Meditate for 15 minutes a day? (Marvelous for equanimity and everything else.)

You know my theory: When the seasons change, so can we. In summer especially, we tend to take more time for ourselves, play more and have more fun. If you’re ready this summer, you can create new habits and attitudes that make your life richer and riper.

Silent Meditation Retreats:

Michele Roldán-Shaw

The Ultimate Adventure Within

Silent Meditation Retreats:

It’s 3:58 AM. Apart from the rural sounds of roosters crowing and the occasional rumble and whistle-blast of a passing train, all is peacefully silent. Then a gong rings, its long resonance drawing out in the dark. This is a wakeup call for the 4:30-6:30 meditation session.

Now it’s 6:40 AM. All is still silent but for the clinking of spoons in cereal bowls, the pop of the toaster and hot water steaming into tea mugs. No one is catching up on the morning news; no one is sharing their dreams from last night; no one is making to-do lists. The agenda here is very simple: meditate. Whether ambling silently around the walking paths, sitting cross-legged in the meditation hall, or laying quietly on their bed in their room, everyone is meditating.

Men and Their Chairs 2021

It's All Pink

12th Annual Celebration of Local Men

Men and Their Chairs 2021

There’s just something about a man and his chair. If a man’s home is his castle, then the king must have his throne, right? From Archie Bunker’s iconic recliner to Sheldon Cooper’s carefully positioned “spot,” pop culture is filled with men and their chairs. Here at Paisley, we usually focus on the women of our community, but each June we give the guys their time in the spotlight. Some of these gentlemen seem to be always on the move, never taking a moment to sit down, but our photographers managed to capture them with their favorite resting spots. They graciously answered our questions and opened up about themselves. We proudly present a few of Coastal Georgia’s Men and their Chairs:

Spring Beauty Hacks - May 2021

Iris Hopgood and Amanda Kicklighter

Spring Beauty Hacks - May 2021

Quit Itching! Here’s how.
Itchy dry scalp is a common problem for many people. Sometimes it is because of a skin condition, with visible signs of flaking and irritation. Other times, there are no visible symptoms and no other itchy areas of skin. When there are signs of redness and flakes, mild cases may be treated with medicated shampoos formulated for dandruff and itchy scalp. When there are no visible signs of irritation, there are several possible suspects to blame. You could be washing your hair with water that is too hot, or you may not be scrubbing your scalp enough when shampooing. Other possible culprits are using cleansers that are too harsh, or using too much product on your hair.

Reunion Beach

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

Coming Together For Author Dorothea Benton Frank

Reunion Beach

Adored author Dorothea Benton Frank was a mama bear in every sense of the word. Her protective motherly spirit not only applied to her two children, but also lovingly extended to her friends, family, Southern roots and ever-growing circle of fellow writers. She gave so much love, laughter and instant friendship while living, that in her death, her friends and family still feel the immense authentic embrace that Dottie so naturally enveloped people in.

Out this month, Reunion Beach, sure to be a No. 1 bestseller, pays homage to Dottie, holding vigil her legacy for all who love her. “When Dottie died in the fall of 2019, her friends in the literary community were bereft. Her loss was a hole in their lives that could not be filled. Inspired by the title Dorothea Benton Frank planned for her next book—Reunion Beach—these close friends and colleagues channeled their creativity, admiration and grief into stories and poems that celebrate this remarkable woman and her abiding love for the lush Lowcountry of her native South Carolina—a land of beauty, history, charm and Gullah magic she so brilliantly brought to life in her acclaimed novels.”

Body Wisdom 101:

Marilynn Preston

Align Your Spine and You'll Be Fine

Body Wisdom 101:

It's time to roll my shoulders, press through the balls of my feet and take a strong stand on proper posture. It's super-important to your health and wellness—right up there with eating real food and getting enough sleep—but it's just not top of mind when we think of ways to boost our energy and prevent pain. When it comes to awareness of the awesomeness of body alignment, the country is in a slump.

So let's look at a few things everyone with a spine ought to know about posture and why it matters, inspired by an article in IDEA Fitness Journal by personal-training specialist Ryan Halvorson.

Spring Forward! When Seasons Shift, So Can We

Marilynn Preston

Energy Express

Spring Forward! When Seasons Shift, So Can We

Spring has sprung. So what? So now's an extraordinarily good time to notice that the birds are chirping, the buds are popping and your own body is primed and pumped to push you down the path to your own personal well-being. 
 
"Springtime is in the air," writes Kenneth Cohen, a qi gong master. "A good time for spring cleaning of mind and body through meditation, healing practices, eating spring greens, drinking herbal tonics and bathing in natural hot springs."

Earth Day Every Day

Kelly Hunter

Brunswick's Earth Day Nature Trail

Earth Day Every Day

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. What started in the United States in 1970 became
a global phenomenon in 1990.

Earth Day is now recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, with more than one billion people annually marking the occasion.

In the Golden Isles, locals and visitors alike can celebrate Earth Day every day of the year in Brunswick at the Earth Day Nature Trail! On April 22, 1993, a dedication ceremony to officially open the Earth Day Nature Trail was held by Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (CRD). The Trail is self-guided and winds across salt marshes, tidal ponds and a coastal hammock high ground with stunning views of both the ocean and surrounding marshes. Originally created to extend the classroom outdoors for Glynn County students, the trail has become a favorite destination for individuals and families, too. All are invited to visit any time during daylight hours, 365 days a year with no admission fee.

Just Scootin’ Around

Enzo Centofanti & Conni Laine

Getting there is half the fun on a scooter!

Just Scootin’ Around

Whether you’re visiting Georgia’s coast for the first time, or you’re a life-long resident, you’ll see it all differently from a scooter! You’ll feel simply fabulous with the soft island breeze in your hair and the sun’s golden glow on your face. Beach Scooter Boogie will deliver your fun ride right to you, no matter where you want to go. Scoot around the pier village; see the Victorian homes in Downtown Brunswick; or ride along Jekyll’s beaches.  You’re going to enjoy the freedom you feel scooting through the Golden Isles.

While you might have dreams of recreating the iconic scooter ride from Roman Holiday, with you and your beau filling in for Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to riding scooters. That wonderful scene is filled with “don’t try this at home” moments. Who can blame you for envisioning the 1953 film, since it started the whole scooter craze decades ago. Maybe one day you will zip around the streets of Rome, but it wouldn’t hurt to try it out a little closer to home first! Our area is much more relaxed and less hilly than Rome, but you’ll still want to consider these important safety guidelines:

Celebrate Earth Day!

It's All Pink

April 22nd

Celebrate Earth Day!

Here are 10 small ways to volunteer and
make a difference this Earth Day:

1. Clean up a local beach.
Over 14 billion pounds of trash are dumped into the ocean each year. Help clean it up.

2. Plant a garden at your home or school.
Another fun way to give Mother Earth some love this Earth Day!

Hauntingly Beautiful Driftwood Beach

Meredith M. Deal

Nature’s Mesmerizing Beach of Trees

Hauntingly Beautiful Driftwood Beach

Forces of Nature   
Ben Carswell, Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) Director of Conservation, was happy to share tales of Jekyll’s Driftwood Beach, a captivating natural treasure located on the Island’s north end.

He began with how the iconic fallen trees beach location has slowly been moving a bit south. “Folks from the old days say Driftwood Beach was located further north and closer to the Jekyll fishing pier. They called it Boneyard Beach back then—more of a graveyard term. Driftwood Beach today has a nicer ring to it, but those sideways trees along the shore did not drift there, they all fell.”

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