How Your Brain Works

One of the goals of this blog is to share some of the things we can do to keep our brain healthy as we age. Why do we need to do that? How does the brain work?


I turned to How Stuff Works online:

Every animal you can think of — mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians — has a brain. But the human brain is unique. Although it’s not the largest, it gives us the power to speak, imagine and problem solve. It is truly an amazing organ. Continue reading “How Your Brain Works”

Brain Games on a Rainy Day



When I was a child, away from the watchful eyes of adults, I often played in the rain. My siblings and I made puddles in the mud, innocently leaving tracks to be discovered by our parents the following day. On rainy days when adults supervised us, we were consigned to doing extra schoolwork indoors, playing board games or at a minimum reading a book. Continue reading “Brain Games on a Rainy Day”

Enjoying a Bike Ride

Shared by a friend in China who regularly rides with a group

While camping at a state park recently, my husband and I met a couple from Canada who went bike riding in the mornings and kayaking in the afternoons. So captivated we were by this couple, who were no younger than us, that upon our return home, we decided that bike riding would become part of our lifestyle. Continue reading “Enjoying a Bike Ride”

One item checked off our bucket lists. Attending a marching band parade

Whether we call it a ‘bucket list’ or ‘wish list’ or ‘things I’d like to do list’, and whether or not we have actually articulated that wish, we all have one. But, as we say, life often gets in the way.

My husband and I recently checked one item off our respective bucket lists. His – to attend an event where several above-average marching bands perform; and I – to attend one of the major sports affiliated parades.┬áThe Florida Citrus Parade fulfilled our wishes.

20161229_124500 Continue reading “One item checked off our bucket lists. Attending a marching band parade”

My Visit With Al

I hadn’t seen Al in years, but entering the communal lounge of the nursing home where he now lives, I immediately recognized him from the back. Al was with a group of other men and women all in wheelchairs watching a religious program on television.

Although Al and I are not very close friends, I have know him since childhood, and like most people who know him, I greatly admire him as a decent human being and a proud former Olympian. Continue reading “My Visit With Al”

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