Literally, a Blog Post about Nothing, Part Two

Yesterday I wrote about my attempt to take an online quiz on well-being, but I never got the results. That led me to write a blog post about, well, nothing. I figured I check for my results one more time, and there was the email. It was in my daily quarantined email message, which summarizes … Continue reading Literally, a Blog Post about Nothing, Part Two

Literally, a Blog Post about Nothing

I've often said my blog is like the Seinfeld show, in that I also reap millions of dollars in royalties from my old blog posts. Actually, it's more like Seinfeld because most of my blogs are about nothing, and have no redeeming qualities. And many of the comments I have received over the years offer … Continue reading Literally, a Blog Post about Nothing

Music Monday: It’s No Longer Hypothetical, I Am 64. Will You Still Read Me?

Today is my 64th birthday and the first song that came to mind was the Beatles "When I'm 64". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCTunqv1Xt4 When I'm Sixty-Four is a song by the English rock band The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released on their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was one of the first songs written by McCartney, who … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s No Longer Hypothetical, I Am 64. Will You Still Read Me?

Look for the Helpers – Part Two

A few years ago I wrote a post, "Look for the Helpers", which was my review of the wonderful documentary about Mister Rogers - “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”. The post title is in reference to one of Mister Rogers well-known quotes: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the … Continue reading Look for the Helpers – Part Two

The End of History Illusion

I am happy to see that Dan Ariely still has his biweekly column in the Wall Street Journal, so I guess no fallout yet from the issues I had written about before. Even better from my perspective, this week's column introduced a new psychologic term I had never heard before - the End of History … Continue reading The End of History Illusion

So It’s Not All Downhill Once You Turn 58

An international team of researchers, in a  study of hundreds of older people, found two key brain functions which improve with age. For their study, the team looked at three separate components of attention and executive function in 702 participants ages 58 to 98, when cognition often changes the most. The brain networks are involved … Continue reading So It’s Not All Downhill Once You Turn 58

Take 4,000 Steps and Call Me in the Morning

The old adage of "take two aspirin and call me in the morning" may soon be replaced with a "nature prescription." With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the health benefits of spending more time outdoors, a growing faction of the U.S. medical community is prescribing time outside the same way they would traditional medication. The idea of writing … Continue reading Take 4,000 Steps and Call Me in the Morning

Why Would Anyone Want to Be on Their Local School Board?

School board members are typically unpaid volunteers, often parents who step forward to shape school policy, choose a superintendent, and review the budget. In most places, and during most times, it was a relatively unremarkable, yet vital position, one that few people paid attention to, or even knew who the members of the local school … Continue reading Why Would Anyone Want to Be on Their Local School Board?

A Hidden Challenge of Being the Bride and Groom

We were blessed to be able to go to a wonderful wedding yesterday for another one of my remarkable nephews and his equally remarkable bride. The wedding ceremony was held outside under perfect conditions, where the bride and groom shared a beautiful set of vows with each other. After a fun outdoor reception, it was … Continue reading A Hidden Challenge of Being the Bride and Groom

Can Money Help People to “Just Say No”?

Overdose deaths from stimulants in California nearly quadrupled between 2010 and 2019, and the problem has gotten even worse since. Preliminary data from the first nine months of 2020 — when much of the state was locked down because of the coronavirus— shows stimulant overdose deaths jumped 42% compared to 2019. California has proposed a … Continue reading Can Money Help People to “Just Say No”?