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Newsletter Vol. # 59 That's how I see it!

What I would like for you in 2017!

I'd like you to take better care of yourself. You have an incredibly important and stressful job, and you best have a Health Plan of your own.

I'd like you to feel comfortable (guilt free) in putting yourself first. Then you can be well and take better care of others.

I'd like you to live your life on purpose - choosing activities and friends who are positive and good for you.

I'd like you to strengthen your relationship with your partner; after all they are second right after you.

I'd like you to create a "Health Plan" and be in charge of your health and not leave it to chance.

I'd like you to read and discuss "Finding Balance: ..." (first book I wrote) with a partner.

I' d like you to passionately encourage colleagues to take better care of themselves. Remind them that "Their job is not a "calling", it is just a job - an important one but not worth sacrificing one's life for.      
I'd like to thank you for reading this newsletter-- That's how I see it!
                       "Take care of yourself first, and then take care of others"

The kid's text me "plz" which is shorter than please. I text back "no" which is shorter than "yes".

Oops! Did I roll my eyes out loud?


You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.

But, here it friends are retired and getting grey...they move more  slowly and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this's over. A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.
So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!

Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

 I don't trip over things, I do random gravity checks!

 The biggest lie I tell myself is ..."I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."

Cayman Update
(written while on the island)

My Pal Fidel

Fidel Castro died Friday, November 25, at age 90

Castro led his Cuban rebels to a victorious revolution in 1959 and plunged his country into Soviet-style communism. For the next half-century, despite being only 90 miles from Miami, he defied everything that was American.

I joked when in the title I referred to Fidel as my pal. Our paths did cross in 1962 but I'll get to that shortly. In fact I really didn't know him all that well except what I read and that was mostly after he died.

Fidel Castro started out as a saviour of democracy, ousting out the brutal dictator Batista, only to become a cruel dictator himself. It is documented that he had 582 political prisoners shot and imprisoned 15,000. His impassioned speeches lasted up to six hours and his 269-minute speech to the U.N. General Assembly in 1960 set the world's record for links that has stood for more than five decades. He was the target, by Cuban account, of more than 630 assassination plots by militant Cuban exiles or the US government.

In 1962 I attended the University of North Dakota. As a wide-eyed freshman that fall, I remember the visit of President John F Kennedy to UN D with mild interest. I had no idea that in a few short months Castro and Kennedy were about to square off, and the result could have been nuclear war.

The daily headlines in the Grand Forks Herald continued to indicate an imminent showdown between Cuba/Russia and the United States. Kennedy announced that there were Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba pointed at the United States, and he imposed a naval blockade of the island while we all held our breath.

We Canucks did more than hold our breath. As a result of what appeared to be acts of war we kept our cars full of gas and we lived out of our suitcases, ready to head home if the crisis escalated. We had been told that if war was declared the border would be closed and all those in the United States at that time would be eligible for military service. In hindsight, I don't believe that information was true but at that time with the environment being what it was you could not have convinced us not to be hyper-vigilant. I even had a location picked out (thanks to a fellow student whose family farm was located on the Canadian-US border) where I would ditch my old 49 Ford and walk across that imaginary line to the safety of Canada.

As history shows us the nuclear showdown never came to be. Diplomacy won out, Russian President Nikita Khrushchev removed the missiles from Cuba and I unpacked my suitcase.

Fidel and I never really met!

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would've put them on my knees.

Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet!

Getting Old - Getting Smarter!

Getting old?
Can't remember where you left your car keys?
Are you at the top of the stairs going up or coming down?

Well if you are in that age grouping known as Baby Boomers, you certainly aren't going into old age quietly. Apparently you are now in an era where training programs for the elderly to reverse the effects of ageing on the brain is coming into vogue.

Baby Boomers have had a tremendous influence on the economics of the 21st century. They also fear getting old and so have long contributed to the growth of the beauty industry, the physical fitness industry, the cosmetic industry, and several dozen magazine publications. Since 2006 Boomers are turning 50 at the rate of one every 7.5 seconds. Over the next 20 years 77 million will hit the half-century mark.

Dr. Michael Merzenich, is the chief scientific officer for the Posit science program. He leads a team of fifty of the top brain scientists in developing non-invasive training programs to reverse age related cognitive decline. He states, "We have a horrible situation now where we've figured out how to prolong the health of the body without prolonging the health of the mind. We have longevity, but because the mind lags behind the end is too often crap."

"It is estimated 23 percent of people over 65 have mild cognitive impairment and every year, roughly one-fifth have the Alzheimer disease. By 2030, according to the Alzheimer Association, nearly eight million adults will suffer from the disease in the US alone."

The Baby Boomers grew up in the middle of a technological revolution. So it would make sense they would use the latest technology to make their lives better in their old age. The 90's saw the beginning of the "study of the brain" era (CAT scan, CT scan). The brain fitness industry began to challenge the brain as if it were a muscle. Sudoku and crossword puzzles popped up in every newspaper and many magazines, and were religiously adopted into people's daily routine to "keep the brain working." Self-help books abounded, vitamins and herbal tonics were taken to keep the brain healthy. Nintendo, Sony, and Bandai all have brain softwear to improve brain functioning.

Brain fitness is in the same spot that the physical industry was in 40 years ago. In the near future people will visit on-line brain gyms through devices like cell phones, I-pads, etc. Most people will have a program they will be engaged in daily much like they have a gym membership. Brain centres will allow you to customize your brain workout. The pharmaceutical industry will not be far behind with their brain enhancing drugs to accelerate the preservation of your brain.

 Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten
minutes; come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller!

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would've put them on my knees.

Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet!

Reader Response


Enjoyed newsletter #58 immensely.  It was a valuable life lesson about the result of your desperation at not wanting to retrace 5,000 steps without some attempt at a better way. Serendipity. One good turn deserves another. But walking on that island is like being in a dream, is it not?

The life lesson of Robin: every day, every moment, every word, counts.

Your right Ed, we never know when it’s our turn..

Are we the only ones with dementia?

A mother calls 911 very worried and asks the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid to the emergency room, the kid had eaten ants.
The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl and he should be fine. The mother says, 'I just gave him some ant killer...'
Dispatcher: 'Rush him in to emergency right now!'

Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid!!!!

I'm still looking for some rehearsal space-any ideas

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