Facing the Inevitable

A quote from Oliver Sacks, who found out he had terminal cancer, sits with me a while. It will fester, morph and maybe instigate a change inside me. 
… I feel a sudden clear focus and perspective. There is no time for anything inessential. I must focus on myself, my work and my friends. I shall no longer look at “NewsHour” every night. I shall no longer pay any attention to politics or arguments about global warming.
This is not indifference but detachment — I still care deeply about the Middle East, about global warming, about growing inequality, but these are no longer my business; they belong to the future. I rejoice when I meet gifted young people — even the one who biopsied and diagnosed my metastases. I feel the future is in good hands.
I have been increasingly conscious, for the last 10 years or so, of deaths among my contemporaries. My generation is on the way out, and each death I have felt as an abruption, a tearing away of part of myself. There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death.”
Click to see the source of Oliver Sack’s write up.

Valentines Day – 2015

Valentines 2015
for Rita

Here it is, yet another valentine’s day. 
It is snowing outside, extremely cold.
But inside the heart, warmth lives
Because of you.

Outside looks barren and lifeless
Everything on hold until spring.
But inside the mind,  thoughts thrive
Because of you.

Snow blankets trees, plants and ground.
Giving it a black and white look.
But inside the eyes see rainbows
Because of you.

Because of you, I live more fully
smile more often, and grow everyday.

Because of you, 
I love: 
 Life, 
Myself,
 and,
 Especially, 
You

Aging – Crib sheet

Aging1

As we age, the brain shrinks,

White matter degrades,

Blood flow is reduced,

Plaques and tangles develop.
Free radicals damage increases,

as does inflammation.

So what to do?
Compensate:

Use adaptive capabilities,

Tap cognitive reserves,
Control risk factors,

(Cholesterol, blood pressure, weight)

Exercise,


Eat healthy,

Stimulate your intellect,

Be social,

And

Use it.



[1]From article title “The Changing Brain in Healthy Aging”, http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/part-1-basics-healthy-brain/changing-brain-healthy-aging, published Sept. 2008, updated Jan. 22, 2015

I wrote the above to summarize the article. I think this is a good to remember, but who can remember the whole article.  I like the ‘free radicals’ I want to be one when I grow up.  Plaques and tangles sound like something I have to avoid when I go to the garage to find something. But, when it comes to tapping my cognitive reserves, haven’t I been doing that all my life?

I did learn something html wise when I created this. I had to go to html to get the superscript for the footnote. “<” sup and /sup>” tags are your friends.

Time Passes

Just after the first of 2015, when thoughts turn to the past year, things done and not done, the next year and a new to-do list.  

Thoughts continue and time passes.

Before you know it, February 5 is upon us.  “Wow!” you say out loud, “How did time pass so fast?”

Then you stumble upon this blog.  “Wow!” you think.  “I haven’t posted anything since March of 2103.  My one follower may think me expired.”  Not really, that one follower may me me.

So you look around. Your friend in NH posted a series of pictures for the snow storm that hit New England. His last post was back in 2013.  I remember reading it, thinking it was just a few months ago.

My friend in PA has a blog. His post was last was Oct, 2012 and wasn’t it last year when he had the exchange student?

My technology blog is stale – last post March, 2013.

How does time slip by?  

We just are not paying attention.

So, post this one and get credit for doing something in 2015.

I started this post at 5 PM. It is now 5:40. How does that happen?

Internet time is different than sleep time, or eating time, or watching a stupid TV commercial time.  Or counting birthday’s or Sunday’s or winters.

That is why Albert developed the theory of relativity.