Joan Virginia Allen
A redwood forest in Hawai’i?  No way! Yes way!  Believe it or not one of the best kept secrets is the redwood forest on the western flank of Haleakala Crater at 6200’ elevation in the Poli Poli Spring Recreation area on the island of Maui. It was planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in...
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Written by Lora Woods The above picture was taken in the Museum of Terror in Budapest. Hungary has had more than its share of invasions, wars and revolutions which justified a hospital built inside a mountain in its capital. The second picture is me wearing a WWII wool nurses’ cape which I treasure wearing both...
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Sunday, December 3, 2017, family members joined us here at the Ranch for our annual decorating of the Christmas tree. It looked beautiful when we were done. Finished up with pizza and started the Christmas season with a forecast of strong Santa Ana winds blowing west for the next four days. Twenty-four hours later, Monday,...
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In March 2011, Lora and I (Joan) were newly certified Restorative Exercise Specialists™. We could not wait to share what we had learned so we offered to give back to our community by providing a free weekly class at our local senior center. We called the class Aligned and Well. We had an amazing turnout...
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I became a certified Restorative Exercise Specialist™ in 2013. (To learn more about restorative exercise check out I was so excited and enthusiastic about sharing what I had learned and was experiencing personally, I volunteered to teach restorative exercise at the independent living apartments where my husband and I were then living to accommodate...
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One of the most exciting things we (the Dynamic 4) have encountered over time learning and practicing Katy’s program, is that positive change can and does continue to occur even at a time in life when we thought change was a negative. In fact, it has been so positive in our lives, we decided to...
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CRANKY BODY MEETS THE QUEEN OF MODIFICATION I define my cranky body as one that is very sensitive, unforgiving and sometimes waits until 12-24 hours after an injury before it gives me feedback—so I feel like I have to read its mind! As I wrote in our book, Dynamic Aging: Simple Exercises for Whole-Body Mobility,...
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When I turned 79 in May 2017, I set myself the goal of walking/hiking a minimum of 80 miles each and every month until my 80th birthday. Eighty miles a month is not a huge undertaking – it’s less than three miles a day. What can be HUGE is making the commitment to reach that...
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When I was twelve years old the patriarch of my parents’ church gave me a blessing: “You will live as long as life is a blessing to you.” Even as a kid hearing a long blessing, I knew that the gem of that experience was knowing that I have a “say.” We’ve all seen goldeners...
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On May 14, 2017, I celebrated completing my 79th year and beginning my BIG 80. And wonder of wonders, like fine wine, I am just getting better with each passing year. To celebrate starting my 80th year, I decided to commit to walking/hiking a minimum of 80 miles or more every month until my 80th...
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