Magic Pill, Episode #16: Fighting Fear Of Death, Disease And Decrepitude

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Fear is such a powerful force in our lives — fear of death, of course, fear of pain, fear of disease. Eddie says fear is not the best motivator, but for a lot of us, it's what keeps us moving. Listen to the full episode above.

Carey's dad Charlie Ritz. (Courtesy)
Carey's dad Charlie Ritz. (Courtesy)

A Closer Look

A little excerpt from today featuring someone very near and dear to Carey's heart: her dad, Charlie Ritz. He looks and acts at least 20 or 30 years younger than he is, and though he has some arthritis and some minor health stuff, he's still having a pretty great time in life. And he has quite the fitness regime for someone at 89.

"Every morning — literally, every morning — I do 20 to 30 minutes on the elliptical," he says. "That's every day. Three times a week I do weights."

And you know what keeps him going?

"I'm afraid to stop. I am afraid that I'll deteriorate. I really feel that exercise does something for me. I go to school, I still read, I drive to the Berkshires, I get around."

Enjoyed The Music?

That was mar|co performing the song "Closer."

(Courtesy mar|co)
(Courtesy mar|co)

mar|co is a future pop duo consisting of vocalist Marie Lang and producer Alex Coco. The two have been featured on multiple blogs including HillyDilly and performed all over Boston as well as at the music conferences CMJ and SXSW. The recent Berklee graduates have relocated to NYC to finish up their debut EP.

You can listen to the full Magic Pill playlist here.

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