Today is dreary. My elbows and knees ache. All I want to do is flop. No cure for any of it. Time to reach for extreme laughter from the master, George Carlin (see his “Coping Strategies for Stress by the Best“). Hope “George Carlin on Dogs and Cats” cheers you up as much as it does me. I sure do miss the man.… More
Doing What You Darn Well Please
I have written that one of the great joys of turning 50 is you can do whatever you want. No one cares! Sometimes you can even pretend you are invisible, just like Harry Potter with his invisibility cloak. Well, there are also great joys to running your own small business as an encore career. Again, you can do whatever you want. You don’t have a boss cramping your style. You can create your own version of art. You get to make… More
Husband Not Guilty of Abuse
Henry Rayhons, 78, was charged with third-degree felony sexual abuse, accused of having sex with his wife in a nursing home on May 23, 2014, eight days after staff members there told him they believed she was mentally unable to agree to sex. Mrs. Rayhons was moved to another facility run by the same company, which has a special dementia unit. Her daughter limited Mr. Rayhons’s visits. She died in August 2014 at the age of 78. He was arrested soon… More
How Blue Zones Inform Us
In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people live measurably longer better. In these “Blue Zones” they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States. The team identified five Blue Zones.
Loma Linda, California
Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica
Dan and National Geographic… More
Sadly, DogWatch by Laughing Labrador founder, Larry, took his last car ride yesterday April 11th. Larry journeys on to The Rainbow Bridge where we hope to one day to all be reunited. He will be forever missed.
Larry entered our lives as a former Detroit street rescue saved by the heroes at Waggin’ Tails Dog Rescue. They billed him as a “Silver Lab” but we suspected more of a Chocolate Lab mix with Weimareiner. He had clearly lead a hard life before his rescue. … More
I am surrounded by good people. Last week David made his annual pilgrimage to Washington D.C. to Advocate for Alzheimer’s research and funding. He returned home full of praise for Michigan’s senators. The H.O.P.E. for Alzheimer’s Act = Senators at Work.
Thank you, Senator Debbie Stabenow!
Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced bipartisan legislation to support people living with Alzheimer’s… More
Why Did I Come In Here?
This has turned out to be a pretty stressful month. We downsized, moved, had an estate sale, sold our condo, exhibited at a three-day home and garden show, and began the spring work season for DogWatch, our hidden dog fence company. We know that selling a home and moving are in the top five life stressors, so I am not surprised that I find myself in a room wondering why I am in there. I don’t think it is early onset Alzheimers or even short-term memory… More
One of the very last things to review from my parents’ estate is their memorabilia: photos, scrap books, newspaper articles, and trophies. Most of the things mean little to me. I have no idea who people are in many of the pictures. The trophies are in the way and collect dust. Yet I cannot just throw them in the dumpster. The photographs are the most difficult of all. See Facing Up to Flickr and the Family Photos.
My siblings and friends are all experiencing… More