Wise

I remind myself that media entertainment and the celebrity craze is funded by the advertising dollars of major corporations with the intention of softening the minds of viewers to the point where they believe the advertisements . . . .

— Malcolm Henderson from Granddad in the Back

On the Shortness of Time (and Its Misuse)

Time has Flewn

Home Be Inspired Laugh Get Fit Live Longer Bob’s Comments & Adventures Eat Better Get Smart UpGraded SeniorLifestyles for Active Seniors! On the Shortness of Time (and It’s Misuse) “You may delay, but time will not.”  — Benjamin Franklin As we get older I think our appreciation of time increases.  We are more mindful of…

Useless Fact #9: Happy As a Clam

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “happy as a clam.” I’ve heard it most of my life and never really understood why people selected the humble clam as the poster child for happiness. Let’s face it: at least to the casual observer a clam’s life doesn’t seem to inspire that much happiness. And, even if…

Useless Fact #8: In Support of Short Speeches

How many times have you, in your seniordom, been forced to endure a painfully long (and usually boring) speech? Well, today’s entry in the “Useless Facts” category should give you a chuckle. William Henry Harrison, the 9th president of the United States, gave the longest inauguration speech on record (1 hr. and 45 min.), and…

Useless Fact #7

Reeded Coins Why do most U.S. coins have those little ridges around the edge? Glad you asked.  Those “little ridges” are correctly called reeded edges.  Back in the day when money was really money, i.e. made from precious metals like silver and gold, the reeded edges served two important purposes: They made it more difficult…

Useless Fact #6

“stewardesses” is the longest word in the English language that is typed solely with the left hand on a standard keyboard. As a footnote, I understand that the word “stewardess” is now on the politically correct crowd’s forbidden list.

Words of Wisdom

There’s a lot to be learned from the accumulated wisdom of the ages.  Here are some of my favorite tidbits from ancient and contemporary thinkers. Aging is up to nature, but decay is up to you.   Henry S. Lodge, M. D.(1958 – 2017) Every man dies. Not every man really lives.   William Wallace(1270…

Prayer of an Anonymous Abbess

[Here’s a prayer we would all do well to commit to memory, regardless of our religious beliefs.  If you prefer not to think of it as a prayer, think of it as a meditation.  Apparently it’s not known who wrote the prayer, but it is believed to date to the 17th century.] Prayer of an…