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Will Over Weil
Andrew Weil seems like a pretty sane guy, as health gurus go. Any expert who promotes natural aging instead of the pricey self-denial offered by most who serve the senior set is a step in the right direction. But I'm really sick of listening to the radio commercials for his line of cosmetic products that feature "magic mushrooms." I'll admit to bemusement at the fact that they can get away with calling them that on the air, despite the fact that Weil has written favorably about the illegal sort. Hearing that syrupy voice extol the virtues of his line every fifteen minutes is more than I can take, however.

So I was pleased to read today's story of a 62-year-old woman from Redding, California who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy. The idea of a great-grandmother having a baby is interesting enough. When I got to the end of the story, though, it became a hell of a lot more intense:
Wulf is used to defying the odds. Blind since birth, she was a synchronized swimmer in high school, worked as a piano and organ saleswoman and developed a passion for cooking.

Wulf said Friday that she considers her late-in-life pregnancy a groundbreaking act for older women.

"Age is a number. You're as old as you feel," she said. "Every time you revolutionize something or you do something different, there's going to be naysayers."
You can't buy a will like that at the department store cosmetics counter. And I'll bet she's a better shot than Dick Cheney too.

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masoo From: masoo Date: February 18th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
dlowestanimal From: dlowestanimal Date: February 19th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's the start of OT. As a Devils fan, I obviously want a win here, but even taking the Bears this deep makes me feel like I got well more than I had hoped for.
dlowestanimal From: dlowestanimal Date: February 19th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Here we got to 2OT. Cheers.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 19th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I knew that was going to happen. I'm so pissed off. Happy for you, I guess. But still pissed. How many shots can a team miss? Man.
From: pants007 Date: February 19th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The trick about having a child (whether you adopt one or give birth to one) at that age is that you may well be dooming it to either (a) watching its parent(s) become senile at an age when that would be fairly difficult to either understand or deal with, and/or (b) becoming an orphan and being forced into the care of either the state or another family well before his/her 18th birthday.

But at least she's 63, not 76 or something...
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: February 19th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I have to say, though, glight and I were at Macy's in LA and she had to get a product from the Precriptives counter. Long story short, the Prescriptives sales lady sent us over to Origins where they happily supplied us with samples of that Weil magic mushroom serum. That stuff is quite magical!
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