HOBBIES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.

SPECIAL PLANS FOR YOUR SPECIAL PEOPLE

Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.

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WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

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If you’ve lived in Lexington longer than five minutes, you know restaurants abound here. This list features local – not chain or franchised – eateries that are stand alone and have reasonable prices and, of course, good food. They are in alphabetical order.


Brontë Bistro

Brontë Bistro offers a nicely varied breakfast menu. The restaurant can be found inside Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Lexington Green. The Bistro egg platter, breakfast quiche and the spinach, tomato and feta omelet are some favorites. There are vegetarian and gluten- free options as well. Check out Brontë Bistro’s entire menu at www.josephbeth.com


Doodles

Doodles, a breakfast favorite among locals, says it serves “comfort food with a conscience,” striving to use as much organic product as possible. Its offerings include pigs and puffs (bacon, beignets and fresh fruit), dirty shrimp and grits and a popular build-your-own omelet. Doodles is located at 262 North Limestone. The menu contains great lunch items as well. Its Web site is www.doodlesrestaurant.com


Josie’s

Josie’s has become a local breakfast favorite in recent years. Located in Chevy Chase, it offers a good array of early-morning treasures.

BREAKFASTS IN LEXINGTON

The country classic omelet, the cheeezee omelet and sausage and biscuits are some of the eatery’s best sellers. The dining room is filled with a lot of fun décor. The menu and more information about Josie’s can be accessed through its Facebook page:


Shakespeare & Co.

Shakespeare & Co. not only offers many traditional American breakfast dishes, but also a spectrum of Mediterranean dishes, including vegetarian and gluten-free plates. Located at 367 West Short Street in the heart of downtown Lexington, this restaurant boasts an incomparable menu and a highly eccentric ambience that sets it apart. It’s well worth the trouble of finding a parking spot. Explore its Web site at www.shakespeare-and-co.com.


Wild Eggs

Wild Eggs has a very extensive breakfast menu. Biscuits and gravy, oatmeal, bananas Foster, chicken and waffles and a variety of omelets, soups and sandwiches are part of Wild Eggs’ impressive offerings. Wild Eggs has a homegrown feeling, something its customers apparently relish. They chose its hot Brown as the best in Kentucky and lauded it for having the best brunch as well. Find its Web site here: www.wildeggs.com.

CHARLES SEBASTIAN

Charles Sebastian is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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