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Writing into old age!

I have written repeatedly about how exercise benefits the brain as well as the body. Here is a wonderful post about exercising the ‘old noodle’ and how it has direct benefits on the brain.

Learning from Dogs

Thank goodness for this!

It’s not exactly a ball of fun growing old. But while somethings inevitable decline writing isn’t one of them. This is a fascinating article from The Conversation.


One skill that doesn’t deteriorate with age

Reading and writing can prevent cognitive decline.

Roger J. Kreuz, University of Memphis

When Toni Morrison died on Aug. 5, the world lost one of its most influential literary voices.

But Morrison wasn’t a literary wunderkind. “The Bluest Eye,” Morrison’s first novel, wasn’t published until she was 39. And her last, “God Help the Child,” appeared when she was 84. Morrison published four novels, four children’s books, many essays and other works of nonfiction after the age of 70.

Morrison isn’t unique in this regard. Numerous writers produce significant work well into their 70s, 80s and even their 90s. Herman Wouk, for example, was 97…

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Of cats and dogs and cliches …

I thought this was a good subject to write about three years ago and I still think so. I hope you will agree.

Health Secrets of a SuperAger

I was reading this morning and ran into the cliche you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I have to tell you that this is one particularly annoying expression to me. This is another of the general negativity directed toward seniors.

By the time I retired, I had become something of an expert on markets. After 20 years spent writing about international markets for Reuters News Service I went on to write for the Investments Department of a major philanthropic organization. The final five years of my working life I actually managed the investment of $900 million in the debt market.

c2c616d5ae15f2c08c080737b4ea8d7d.jpgWho says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

After retiring, at the age of 70, I started writing this blog. It had nothing to do with markets or the economy. The primary focus was weight loss in the beginning, but after taking a number of…

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How does the Act of Writing Affect the Brain? Infographic

Since the start of this blog in March of 2010, I have taken several courses in the brain and its function in the human body. I thought it would be interesting and might offer some clues on losing weight and being healthy. Well, it did. I am fascinated by this amazing little organ that weighs only three pounds but, literally, runs our entire body.

Since a lot of my readers are also fellow bloggers (writers) I thought you might be interested in this infographic on the brain.


If you find your appetite for brain information piqued, please check out my Page – Important facts about your brain (and exercise benefits)

Here are some further brain posts:

Fun WebMD Brain Quiz

Putting a nail in the brain games coffin

How seniors can bolster brain power

Early life exercise promotes healthy brain – Study

You can slow down brain drain

What are the best foods for your brain?

Late night snacking affects brain functioning

How to have a healthy brain and keep it

Heart health and brain health linked

Tufts on exercise and brain health

Some people with high blood pressure may have early brain damage

Are you keeping your brain in shape? – Tufts

10 ways to love your brain – Alzheimer’s Association

How to keep your brain young – Infographic

Those posts only reach back to August of 2015. There are plenty more, but you get the picture by now. If you want to read further on the subject, type b r a i n into the search box at the right and click on the links it give you.

Good thinking!


p.s. Remember, avoid cliches like the plague! Sorry, couldn’t resist that one.


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Some Positive Motivational Posters

These are kind of in the category one  picture is worth a thousand words even though the second one is all words. They are good ones.


Here’s the picture that’s not a picture, but the words are worth it.



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