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Newsletter Vol. # 2 That's how I see it!

 Hi, how was your week? Mine was great--took the grandkids, wife and daughter--or rather they took me--the Museum of Man & Nature. Spent today dealing with pirates, buried treasure, replica of a pirate ship and Miliah's favourite memory-a manikin doctor sawing the leg off a sailor.

This is our second newsletter, Vol. #2 and I hope you enjoy it. I want to warn you I will not be as diligent (weekly) as I was the first time I put the newsletter out, a few years ago. It may happen weekly then again it may be a week or two in between editions. And certainly when we take holidays like to visit our family in the Cayman Islands or Vancouver, the newsletter will stay at home.

I really would like to hear from you on what you're doing/seeing in your life. Some reviews on theatre, movies, concerts, political rallies, sports stories, places you have visited-- you know stuff in your life.



Like all prejudice, ageism is not only unfair it is dangerous.

Seniors are often treated disrespectfully in service areas such as emergency wards, hospitals, and even retail outlets to name a few. It is as if they are invisible, as if they don't have a presence, that they don't have a brain (talking down to, patronize them). In the end, the senior and family are left feeling helpless as a result of many person's in society and even their own caregivers who treat them with little dignity.

Seniors, of which I am one, made and continue to make huge contributions to the economy of society. I say give us our due, we have spent a lifetime contributing to the economy and improving the quality of life of the average person. It ticks me off when I hear comments directed to seniors that they are a drain on the health system or drive to slow in traffic, or walk a bit to slow when getting off the elevator. Sometimes we are invited to feel we are just "in the way" rather than being acknowledged as having been responsible for the creation and development of programs, careers, and lifestyles that younger folks enjoy and take for granted.

I read somewhere that grandparents do the greatest proportion of the childcare, which allows both young parents to work and elevate their lifestyle. As well, who does most of the volunteering and keeps the charities functioning? Why seniors of course!

So be more patient and grateful to the next senior you meet, she/he may have started your job, or built the house you're living in, or delivered you or your first child.

I say end ageism- hug a senior today!


"People who think there's a pill that is going to keep the mind active are mistaken," says Robert N. Butler, M.D., former director of the National Institute on Aging. But the good news is that most people can keep their mental capacities from declining just by doing simple things like walking, reading the newspaper, taking a music class, and getting help for problems like stress and depression. Instead of telling older patients to take it easy, Butler says, "They (physicians) should recommend active, positive uses of one's head and not accept losses. Use it or lose it."

To prevent or limit cognitive decline here are seven recommendations:

Lifelong learning. This includes the intellectual stimulation that comes from doing memory exercises and playing intellectually stimulating games.

Exercise. This increases blood supply and oxygen to the brain. Even moderate activities such as walking help.

Daily activities. Older people should consider remaining active in the workforce, traveling, volunteering, gardening and joining social events.

Stress reduction. Meditation, muscle relaxation training, and yoga can be helpful.

Sleep. Sleep disorders are common in older people; decrease in rapid eye movement or dream sleep can interfere with cognitive function.

Emotional stability. Depression be dealt with by medical professionals.

Nutrition. A balanced diet is more important for older people than the currently popular "anti-aging" drugs and nutritional fads.

Are You Resilient?

When Dutch researchers asked 600 people at age 85 and older to identify the key components of successful aging, they came up with a surprising answer: psychological health. But rather than defining psychological health as the lack of depression or other mental-health conditions, they told researcher it meant being able to adjust to circumstances, focus on gains rather than losses and to appreciate your blessing. In other words, resilience.

A resilient person is like a human rubber band-able to be stretched to the breaking point and still snap back. According to John Stuart Hall, professor of public affairs at Arizona State University in Phoenix, resilience is being able to focus on your assets instead of your weaknesses. Resilient people, he says, "learn to value themselves and to look for measures of their successes, not failures."

Resilience really comes into play when you're under stress. If you're resilient, studies find, you recover from stress faster, reducing the damaging impact it can have on your body.

Humour (I hope)

After spending 3 1/2 hours in during the long lines, surly clerks and in inane regulation at the department of motor vehicles, I stopped at a toy store pickup a gift for my son. I brought my selection-a baseball bat-to the cash register.

"Cash or charge?" The clerk asked.

"Cash," I snapped. Then, apologizing for my rudeness, I explained," I've just spent the afternoon at the motor-vehicle Bureau."

"Shall I gift-wrap the bat," the clerk asked sweetly. "Or are you going back there?"

Show 'Em Your Cross

Two Irish nuns were sitting at a traffic light in their car when a bunch of rowdy drunks pull up alongside of them.

Hey, show us your tits, ye bloody penguins!" shouts one of the drunks. The Mother Superior turns to  Sister Margaret, "I don't think they know who we are.  Show them your cross."

So Sister Margaret rolls down  her window and shouts, "Screw off ye little fookin' wankers, before I come  over there and rip yer nuts off!"

Sister Margaret looks back at  the Mother Superior and asks, "Was that cross enough?!"

Did you know?

Just how polluted is China? At 8 PM January 12, 2013, air-quality monitoring device in Beijing registered 886 micrograms of small airborne particles per cubic meter, which translates to an air quality Index of 755. The Environmental Protection Agency United States advises people to stay indoors when the index goes beyond 300.

Did you know

 The " butterfly effect" means that where there is change in one part of the earth it can have a magnified influence on a distant location? That's all climate change works, says Kathleen Rogers Pres. Washington, D. C. of the Earth Day Network. Climate change is worsening drought in some places leading to increased desertification, while in other places it is leading to increased rainfall and so more frequent flooding.

As a result, extreme weather we've been subjected to over the past few years-think drought and super storms-which will likely increase in intensity and frequency. The vast majority of scientists agree that the lion's share of the blame for the warning since the 1960s rests on humans. The national research Council protected that the world's growing carbon emissions could raise global temperatures as much as 6.4° Celsius by 2100.

Maclean's magazine ran a special report entitled, "99 STUPID THINGS THE GOVERNMENT DID WITH YOUR MONEY". Here are a few of those stupid things:

Bad slice: The City of Abbotsford, B.C. handed a $115,000 "one-time grant" to a struggling municipal golf course, claiming its problems stem, in part, from poor weather. In a report, city staff said" good  weather" was among the things "being worked on" to turn it around.

Sore loser: Former Regina mayor Pat Fiacco expensed more than $4,000 worth of tickets to sporting events, including $1,055 for Montreal Alouettes season's tickets, nearly 3,000 km away. The tickets were the result of a bet Fiacco made with former Montreal mayor Gerald Tremblay that the Saskatchewan Roughriders would beat the Alouettes in the 2010 Grey Cup. The Riders lost-and so did Regina taxpayers.
Cheap seats: Sam Katz, mayor of Winnipeg, is a big fan of the Blue Bombers, but apparently not enough to pay for tickets out of his own pocket. The mayor billed tax- payers $2,033 for a pair of season's tickets,  even though critics pointed out that other politicians, like Premier Greg Selinger, paid for their own sporting tickets.

 Losing bet: Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo clearly knows when to hold 'em and fold 'em. The B.C. Lottery Corp. paid him $160,000 last year for an endorsement deal that included a $10,000 entry fee into the World Series of Poker event in Las Vegas-pocket change for a man with a decade left on a $64 million hockey contract.

Le'go the money: Ontario's Municipal Property Assessment Corp. spent $170,000 on a one-day team-building event that included an exercise playing with Lego.

Dr. William Glasser

Dr. William Glasser died this past August 23. He was 88. It was this same Dr. Glasser I heard speak in Blue and Gold room of the old Winnipeg Stadium, who encouraged us all through his talk to "... never give up on a kid ." and that"... discipline is all about establishing consequences through negotiation." As he put it " If you really want to help your kids you need to understand that behaviour is not controlled externally by coercion but rather internally. Individuals need to learn to control their own behaviour in an atmosphere of love, friendship, negotiation and trust."

Dr. Glasser's words will be our mantra - never give up on a kid, and never punish when angry but opt for negotiated consequences.


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That's how I see it!