A Review of “Brain Trust”—A new book by Garth Sendum
Read this book! Here you will find detailed instructions on everything from how to “hang ten” on a surf board to winning the lottery–of special interest to many of us wondering how to finance our fabulous old age.
Has your circle widened in the last few years? Mine has. From political cronies to old friends I have been cheered to find still alive and kicking on Facebook, to my long lost cousins who, I discovered with much delight, have a rather wonderful bluegrass band, my end of the pool is packed cheek by jowl with new companions.
It is tempting at any stage of life to retreat into a cocoon of one’s own busy work. There is so much to do, and so much pressure to stay in touch with all the wonderful new ways we can be connected to our loved ones.
This new world of connectivity is wonderful for exchanging greetings and ideas, but have you ever wondered how some people always have something interesting, relevant and uplifting to add to the conversation?
I like the chapter about memory. There is good news on that front, I’m glad to report. It seems that humans all have total recall, we just choose to forget a lot of irrelevant things, in favor of things that seem more related, more pertinent to our “now.” I’m off the hook for future mind melts—it just shows how discriminating my mind has become in my wiser years.
This nifty little book will help you increase your relevance with a small investment. With 93 short, action packed chapters, each consisting of a synopsis of a world shaking discovery by world class scientists, this is a fun and easy read. There is also a brain teaser at the end of each chapter that is relevant to the new research to keep you sharp.
A last word from the master, Mark Twain
“When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to do it.”Read More
It's a big dilemma. I don’t want to die but I don’t want to be old. How can I avoid both? I’m trying to accept the fact that I can’t avoid either, none of us can. But I do hope I don’t die before I get old. Really. I want to live long and enjoy my old age to the best of my abilities. I still have hopes and dreams, with much to do before I lay this body down for good.
It doesn’t make much sense, like most things in life. Just when you think you have it figured out it goes and changes on you. Just when you think your body is your own; you’ve figured out how to do your hair, your face, your clothes, you are fit and healthy that’s when it happens. Your first grey hair, or worse, your first grey pubic hair. Or it is that first time you fall and you don’t bounce back up, it takes FOREVER to recover from your injury.
That is when it really hits you. “I’m getting old!” Some rather undesirable thoughts start creeping in. What is going to happen to me? Who will take care of me? Do I want to be taken care of? How can I afford to get old? I can’t even afford to be middle aged and live. The experts keep talking about having savings to live on for three months or six months, even nine months is advised now! Then they tell us we have to have enough planned for retirement to maintain our current lifestyle. How is that going to happen? How am I going to get to enjoy being old when it gets such a bad rap?
What is my plan? May I please grow old gracefully? Trying not to complain about aches and pains, or about sagging skin and breasts? I'm going to try to live each day as if it is the best day ever. As my dad says, “Wake up, get up, put one foot in front of the other and just keep going.” I want to be surprised by each dawning day.
Seems like a good plan to me.Read More