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Should tennis be banned?
(No. 48) For me, probably. But I'll be back, with a Japanese bath, by Stephen P. Williams
My brief court appearance
Photo by Manny Becerra on Unsplash
Ten years ago I hurt my knee playing tennis and I didn’t return to the courts until yesterday, two days after my 63rd birthday. My good friend, Gay Walley, invited me. She’s approaching 70 years old and just started lessons a few years ago. We had a fun, easy time and then, at the end of our match I tumbled backwards and landed like a cement block on the racket which smashed into my forearm. It feels fractured. Though the doctor told me probably not.
I long for a deep soak in a Japanese tub. Lamentably, I don't have one. A peer-reviewed Japanese study of 38 people recently published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine said baths were significantly better than showers at relieving pain, stress, fatigue and mental disturbance.
My next home will have a deep tub.
And this newsletter today will necessarily be short, because I’m typing with one hand.
Novelist, playwright, actress: Gay Walley knows what she’s talking about
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Thanks to Jen King. You can read her good news newsletter, The Warbler, here.
Sweaters for Penguins
I came across this info about Australia’s oldest man, who knitted sweaters for penguins because, apparently, they need them to deal with oil slicks. I don’t know. But it’s a cute story. Too bad the oldest man died in 2016, but I’m sure he wasn’t surprised to exit the world, after well more than 100 years. My hat is off to the man.
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