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Discovering a Fading Gem in a Room at the YMCA

As with human triumph and celebrity, the sands of time eventually run out on us all. I was just a young reporter, still in my twenties, when I met Homer Baker.  He was well into his 82nd year, had been blind for more than half of his life and he was living in a sparsely appointed room in the Williamsport YMCA. His vision began to desert him when he was still in his twenties and was totally [...]

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By |2022-05-24T21:23:05+00:00May 24, 2022|1914, Celebrity, death, Germany, Memory, Track and Field, World War I, YMCA|

Remembering the Ralphs in Our Lives

Ralph was not just another face in the crowd but someone who will be long remembered. Here’s a story a fellow shared with me after the funeral of a mutual friend. He swore it was true, but even if it’s not, the message is worth repeating. The names have been changed to protect the ignorant. Ralph had worked in a management capacity for a small company whose founder and chief executive officer not only took him for [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:41+00:00September 1, 2021|death, Friends, Funeral, Memory, Mortality, Reputations|

Nothing You Needed to Know about Minds and Brains

Don’t mind me if I pick my brain. The potential of the human mind is limitless. That’s a no-brainer. Well, without a brain, you couldn’t have a… Never mind. Anyway, I’m not talking about people who don’t have brains. Their potential for having a mind is severely limited. It has been demonstrated after years of pseudo-psychometric research and exhaustive testing of people (who don’t seem to mind) that if you still don’t have a mind once you [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:47+00:00July 22, 2021|Brain, Human Mind, Humor, Memory|

Be Grateful for Those Small Doses of Happiness

Life isn’t always a lark, so savor those happy memories and moments. “There is no happiness,” according to one proverb. “There are only moments of happiness.” Nobody is always happy, and the most you can hope for is happiness in small doses that sustain you over a lifetime. Often it is the memory of happy times that fuels overall enjoyment and contentment. The human mind is empowered with the magic of transforming unhappy times into happy memories [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:50+00:00June 9, 2021|Family, Friends, Fun, Happiness, Happy, Love, Memory|

When Memories Become Easier to Forget

“Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting,” Wordsworth wrote. Life can become that way if you’re around long enough. Memory is one of the casualties of aging. It’s nothing to be alarmed about — unless it adversely affects your relationships with others, job performance or functions critical for independent living. Sure, sometimes it takes you longer to come up with a name than it used to. Sometimes it takes hours, even days, but you’ll come [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:54+00:00March 3, 2021|Aging, Memory, Mild Cognitive Impairment|
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