Mary Lou Harris is a proponent of active living, community volunteerism and inquisitive travel. After a post age 60 retirement from a career in public service, she expanded those interests to include ultra-trail running, hiking and extended-stay travel. She can be contacted through her website https://stillarunner.com or on Twitter at @stillarunner.

Latest Posts By Mary Lou Harris

3 days ago

Taking Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing) to New Heights

Several years ago, I wrote an article on Sixty and Me on the benefits of Shinrin-Yoku, spending time in the forest for health and well-being. I thought of my forest experiences, then and now, when I heard about a recently developed forest project near where…

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3 weeks ago

Lifestyle by Nature or How to Adopt a Style of Living That Helps You Thrive

Earlier this summer, a running friend told me of a book she was reading written by an amazing woman. The more she talked, I began to realize I had met this author. Still a young thing in my 50s, I participated in a Chi Running Workshop…

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1 month ago

When Physical Ability Changes, Do We Hold Back or Forge Ahead?

These things seem to happen in a series. As I write this, I realize not everyone in their late 60s or 70s has a fascination with sport or movement. But stay with me, because I think my musings could apply to any pastime, hobby or activity that gives us joy…

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2 months ago

Think You Are Immune to Dehydration?

This summer, I made a trip to Hawaii. This was not unusual. With family living there, I tend to visit once a year or so. Generally, people who live in this environment are keenly aware of the dangers of dehydration. Whether heading…

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2 months ago

Choose a Burial Plan – The Remains of Your Days

This morning I am very much alive. I’m getting in my morning run, doing a little strength work and planning my next travel ventures. Still, that mental nudge comes every now and then. It says, “Be kind to your family. Make those decisions about…

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3 months ago

5 Suggestions for Planning a Road Trip or Vacation with Siblings

A suggestion from my wise older brother several years ago resulted in spending a few days traveling with our other siblings. On the second day of our travels, it occurred to me that this was the longest space of time I had spent with several sisters…

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3 months ago

When Love Isn’t Enough – What to Ask of Family Caregivers

On a recent long flight, I happened across a better than average film amongst the airline’s offerings. It gave me pause to consider how adamant I might be in making my wishes known about health care when I can no longer care for myself…

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4 months ago

The Benefit of Seeing What You Can Achieve at Your Age

In May, I was fortunate to compete in the National Senior Games, a multi-event held for competition for athletes 50 years of age and older. This year, the youngest competitor was age 50 and the oldest competitor was age 103…

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5 months ago

Recycling Regrets – Was It All an Advertising Program?

How gullible can this consumer be? I’ve been hearing and seeing bits and pieces of reports recently that recycling of plastics really has not been, nor was intended to be, fully implemented. And further, that the industry knew it would be infeasible…

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6 months ago

Are you Growing Older or Growing Bolder?

There are a number of resources that I go to when I need an attitude reset or to experience another point of view. I look to podcasts and articles, Sixty and Me being one of my favorite go-to locations on the web…

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