Category Archives: Personal

Homeostasis

From The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon: Excuse me. This is not about protecting my friend. I’m a big fan of homeostasis. Do you know what that is? Penny: Of course not! Sheldon: Homeostasis refers to a system’s ability to regulate its internal environment and maintain a constant condition of properties like temperature or pH. Penny:  …

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Capture the Experience

Excerpted from The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Mingyur Rinpoche, ©2008: Gradually I began to recognize how feeble and transitory the thoughts and emotions that had troubled me for years actually were, and how fixating on small problems had turned them into big ones. Just by sitting quietly and …

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Catch-22

We had one resident in the Alzheimer’s ward who was angry most of the time. Not all of the time. When children were present he would smile and laugh and just be a joy to be around. It was an amazing transformation. But most of the time, he was mean as a snake. And unfortunately, …

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“Go, Cat, Go!”

During my days at the nursing home we had one patient who had been a famous dancer. He had a fascinating life and I wish I could tell more, but to protect his and his family’s privacy I’ll just call him Mr. K. One of our other residents was over four hundred pounds and had …

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Promenade

I used to work in the Alzheimer’s ward at a local nursing home. There were two wings, separated by gender. In the women’s section, there was an old German lady who spoke no English. We had German phrases spelled out phonetically for us, simple things like “Do you want to take a bath?” and “It …

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The Shadow of the Stars

The decorations in the window created something that could never be:  the shadow of the stars.

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Tragic Young Girls

I remember the first time I heard Teen Angel as a kid, on the radio.  It was so ridiculously over-the-top that I burst out laughing, certain that everyone was in on the joke– then turned to see my little sister, tears streaming down her face, glaring at me as if I were some kind of …

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Slow-mo

My favorite part of watching sports highlights is seeing the crowd leap to their feet in slow-motion.

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So long, Robert

Lyricist Robert Hunter has passed away (LINK). This is one of those times where the world seems largely indifferent to what, to me, is huge.

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Vacation

Season 5 of Everybody Loves Raymond opens with a two-parter that finds the Barone family on vacation in Italy.  It has become one of my favorite episodes. It was almost certainly sponsored by the Italian Tourism Board.  There are very few jokes and absolutely no plot.  The family just wanders around admiring beautiful sights, eating …

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Clouds

Mona took these pictures of the sky showing the different layers of the clouds.  Not bad for a cell phone picture!

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Oasis

I know I’ve lost a step cognitively. I’m easily overwhelmed, easily frustrated. I can’t do many of the things I used to do. Now I’m the car other drivers honk and gesture at because I’m slow and overly cautious. I used to be the one who showed other people how to network their computers and …

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