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I've never personally met Barbara, but I'm an avid reader of her newsletters and a great admirer of her spirit.

At 81, Barbara is an energizer bunny that just keeps on going. Let's face it, how many women do we know that at the age of 81 work because they want to?  

And no - she doesn't just answer the phone at the doctor's office, but she disburses medicine as a pharmacist. How many women do we know that run a website, write books and publically speak at 81? Not too many....

A few nights ago when I received one of her newsletters I had an urge to write to her and tell her the following, so I emailed her:

Hi Barbara,

I just wanted you to know that each and every time I get your newsletters, I can’t help but smile and think:  

If I knew you personally, I would pick up the phone and tell you: “My hat is off to you.”

Way to go - I wish all of us would have the same energy, skills and tenacity as you do.

Sending you hugs and blessings,


But, it was her response the next day that made me happy, and confirmed what I already knew:

Hi Yana,

How nice to hear from you!

Thanks for your nice comment.

Energy is something you get as a prize for taking care of yourself early on (assuming nasty genes don’t take over your health). Skills are easy if you maintain cognitive integrity, and tenacity—that’s easy if you are able to take control of your mind and decide you are going to do what you want to do, no matter what others do (or do not do), or what tradition says is “proper“.

It’s interesting to get to my age and realize that “the norm” (retirement) is not only a crock but a vehicle to promote decline. Trying to sell that truth to younger women is a hard sell because you are bucking human nature that wants to kick back and do nothing, and the culture that says kicking back and doing nothing is the right thing to do.

Wow! Did I just write another article? You have to be careful when you write to me because I’ll probably tell you far more than you wanted to know!  happy

Yana, thanks again for checking in. I truly appreciate it.

Barbara Morris, R.Ph.

Barbara has a message for all of us. Let's take care of ourselves, and let's not wait another day to do it.


Barbara, you are my hero.

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