Vital Signs
Introduction by Debra Bokur

Lost your mojo? We know where to find it.

Energy: the always mysterious, often elusive force that courses through us; that animation and sense of potency that lend a sense of vitality to our lives. We know when we've got it, and we know when it's missing — a lack of energy can manifest as a vapid, washed-out, old-dog feeling of weariness that takes over, making even the colors around us seem to fade. So we take a nap or reach for yet another cup of coffee in search of a temporary jolt of revival, perhaps not realizing that caffeine intake, exercise habits, diet and other nutritional factors, as well as a host of lifestyle choices, may be contributing to the very loss of energy we seek to remedy.

If you feel as though your mojo's missing, read on. We'll inspire you with essays by two vital, creative women who find their own personal sources of energy in relationships and regular workouts; help you decide if caffeine is a cure; and supply you with a chart of suggestions for supplements, herbs and exercise sure to enhance your own vitality.

Here's the info. The rest is up to you.

Catching an Idea
by Jean Weiss

Photoperiod
by Kathryn Winograd

Photograph by Sandra Johnson