Author Archives: Mel Walsh

Poem from a reader

I have invited readers of the Second Wind blog  to submit their thoughts and works here. Ann Cooper of VT  kindly sent this poem. Ann doesn’t mince words about what it is like to be on the edge of mortality, … Continue reading

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Your Reverse Bucket List….

OK, I guess we all have a positive Bucket List, things we want to do, places we want to see before we die. I used to have a list of 108 things… some tiny (get an African violet to bloom), … Continue reading

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Red poppies

Oil pencil and oil on paper For the girls….   

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My Happy Mistake

Yesterday I was trying to add two paintings to a blog I am just starting:  Fooling with a new iPhone, I tried using the phone to add photos of my artwork to the gallery blog. Well, I checked the … Continue reading

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Sunset 1

Acrylic on canvas   

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Acrylic on board   

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When Retirement is a Pain in the Posterior

by Mel Walsh Though retirement is stereotyped as a geezer Garden of Eden furnished with recliners and a flat screen TV, it can be tough. You’d never know it, though, from the ads. You’ve seen them—beautiful Botoxed models with silver … Continue reading

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Your Experience With Joint Surgery/Replacements?

I’m writing a book about preparing for and recovering from joint surgeries on knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, feet. It will be a nitty gritty guide, patient to patient, with tips and hints for getting the best outcome from these surgeries. … Continue reading

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Two Valuable Free Subscriptions Plus Retirement Urges

Trying to keep up to date on every issue connected with growing older—well, that used to be a task. But one great free site makes it all easy. Subscribing to the free weekly newswire at will convey everything you … Continue reading

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Happy You, Happy Heart

I guess we ordinary people always suspected it—moods can effect our heart health. But we mostly heard this in a downer way, people dying of broken hearts. However, what’s getting attention on the medical landscape these days is the opposite … Continue reading

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