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The Body Is Nature

As an adolescent, I found solace in the mountains, beaches, and deserts near my home in Los Angeles. Although my family was about as dysfunctional as they come, I had ready escape. We lived within bike-riding distance of beaches and coastal hills, while the granitic San Gabriel Mountains and the sun-baked Mojave Desert were just hours away. The availability of so much nature offered respite from the unhappiness at home. I learned to head...
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Aging Body, Golden Friend

As we age, the body begins to fail. For those who have suffered unusually severe stress, breakdowns may happen early. For instance, neck disease ended my surgical career at forty-one. Spinal problems had accumulated because of chronic muscle tension, careless body mechanics, and poor career choice, all of which grew out of intense childhood hardship. Other people, blessed with less punishing experiences (or better genetic heritage), may live into their eighties or nineties before serious...
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