More Secrets to Longevity

It was a treat, a feast.

Danny brought me a July 4th lunch.

A half slice of rye bread pastrami sandwich and a side order of potato salad, both of which I love.

This morning, instead of my usual oatmeal cereal, Danny also brought a large serving of scrambled eggs and a small cup of hot mustard.

I dipped a little bit of the scrambled egg into the hot mustard.

My nostrils tightened. I grabbed a glass of cold water and swallowed.

My eyes teared. 

That mustard was hot.

Danny likes hot food.

I do, too…up to a point.

As a kid I was a vegetarian. I drank lots of milk until one day I became lactose intolerant. I had lots of bellyaches.

Today, I eat everything (if it doesn’t move) except shrimp, which I am allergic to, but I don’t eat much.

When people learn that I am 107, they ask what’s my secret to longevity.

-Exercise, walk, walk, walk and “keep breathing.”

Without a walker, my knees won’t hold me up. I use it.

Exercise, burn up excess calories by exercising…Walk.

Walking will make your life more interesting.

You will notice things around you that in driving by you would not have noticed.

It will strengthen your legs and keep your weight down.

Walking is cheap. 

-One thing I don’t do, I don’t sit on my butt watching TV unless it’s a TV special.

I only watch CNN on TV before going to bed.

-I don’t overeat, I don’t drink any liquor. 

-Don’t overeat. If you feel full, walk away from the table

-Don’t have butter with your meals.

-I credit Betty’s cooking to our longevity.

She followed vegetarian recipes.

There you have it, dear readers. “My secret.”

Whether my lifestyle will work for you, who knows?

Good luck and keep breathing


(July 6, 2021)

Author: Morrie Markoff

Centenarian (born in 1914) who lives in Los Angeles, and is also a metal sculpture artist and the Author of "Keep Breathing," available on and other book seller sites.