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Eleanor Marjorie Rooks (Blanchard) 1934–2017: from her daughter

My mother passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, after years of struggling with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). I’ve included the paragraph below as something of an introduction to my mother. My father and brothers chose not to include … Continue reading

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The middle-aged athlete: resignation or living on the edge?

Being a middle-aged athlete is a bittersweet experience. I reject the option of “acting my age” and working out at a “sensible” intensity–no, I choose to challenge my limitations. This means I have to accept a see-saw of emotions. I … Continue reading

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Jogging with my mother at the Boardwalk

My mother had a heart attack when she was fifty-three, the same age I am now. That was the day she quit smoking, cold-turkey. (It’s pretty hard to smoke in intensive care, even if you wanted to.) My mother had … Continue reading

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