Category Archives: personal health and exercise

on caring for sick people (and why the health care system often fails them) … plus, what I have learned about same from experience and reading; and from Walt Whitman, Florence Nightingale, and the heroic nurses of the Civil War, by Roger W. Smith

      “I start off with a prejudice against doctors anyway.” — Walt Whitman; quoted in Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (July 12, 1888)     “I love doctors and hate their medicine.” Whitman; quoted in Horace … Continue reading

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meddlers

    “In confederations that hold but by one end, we are only to provide against the imperfections that particularly concern that end. It can be of no importance to me of what religion my physician or my lawyer is; … Continue reading

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on walking (and exercise)

      Pressed with conflicting thoughts of love and fear I parted from thee, Friend! and took my way Through the great City, pacing with an eye Downcast, ear sleeping, and feet masterless That were sufficient guide unto themselves, … Continue reading

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Roger’s rules for staying healthy (disregard at your peril!)

    with apologies to Satchel Paige   drink lots of water, as much as you can (can you believe my latest doctor told me not to drink too many fluids in the evening?) don’t smoke; and, by all means, … Continue reading

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writers: walkers

    In a previous post of mine   “on walking (and exercise)” https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/09/26/on-walking-and-exercise/   I wrote that “walking, as is well known, is conducive to thinking and creativity, which is why so many writers and intellectuals have always been walkers.” … Continue reading

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Edward Hirsch on walking

    “I love the leisurely amplitude, the spaciousness, of taking a walk, of heading somewhere, anywhere, on foot. I love the sheer adventure of it, of setting out and taking off. You cross a threshold and you’re on your … Continue reading

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Manhattan Island from Bottom to Top; Walking as Exercise

    In the spirit of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, I will begin with the conclusion, followed by evidence to prove my point. Walking is a naturally beneficial form of exercise habitual since human origins. It is perfectly suited to … Continue reading

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