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Are You Using Your Noggin?

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The week of March 10 – 14th, (2014) has a health concern

attached to it. This is Brain Awareness Week. I decided

that for our “Hump Day” we need to think and work a bit.

Here are some people who are putting their brains to good

use. They all have been working since 50 or more years ago.

Not only are they still considered very talented but they

have made major contributions to our world.

Queen Elizabeth II, 88 years old and has been ‘on the

job,’ since 1952. She became Queen at age 25 years old.

The lineage went through her father, King George VI. He

followed his brother, King Edward VIII, who abdicated the

throne in 1936.

The Rolling Stones have been ‘on the job’ since 1962.

Their great beginnings and their stone got to rolling,

was when they signed with Decca Records in 1963. The

first 45 they ‘cut’ was “Come On” and on the flip side

was, “I Want To Be Loved.” They have made rock n’ roll

to the ‘tune of’ 92 singles, 29 studio albums and 10

live albums.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81 years old, has been a jurist

since 1959. Her first big job was as the second female

faculty member of Rutgers University Law School, 1963.

Way to go! Way to make an impact on society!

Here is a quote from R. B. Ginsberg,

“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that

meant be your own person, be independent.”

Placido Domingo, 73, has been singing in his tenor

voice, since 1957. He joined the Mexico National Opera.

He is also known for being a member of the “Three

Tenors,” which includes Luciano Pavarotti and Jose

Carreras.

Here is a quote from Placido Domingo:

“I won’t deprive myself of singing opera as long as my

voice follows.”

Warren Buffett, 83, is considered a ‘business magnate.’

He has been working since the age of 13 years old, when

he delivered newspapers. He also sold his own horse-

racing tip sheet, along with claiming his bicycle a $35

tax deduction! That’s using your ‘noodle,’ Mr. Buffett!

Warren Buffett was considered the world’s third richest

man and talk about ‘contributions:’ He plans to leave

his $44 billion dollars to charity!

Dr. Maya Angelou, 86 in April, is a notable author and

poet. She has been writing creatively since 1958. She

joined the Harlem Writers Guild at that time. Her book,

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” was a requirement for

one of my high school literature classes. Her poem,

“I Rise,” is considered a classic motivational poem. She

has written several books, one that claims, “I Still

Rise.” Dr. Angelou is considered a member of America’s

“Golden Renaissance.” She is the only poet to have read

at two presidents’ inaugurations, President Clinton and

President Obama.

I heard today, from a friend and coworker, that some

universities measure and test brain waves on ‘normal’

brains, sometimes paying participants for their time.

This helps them to have a base line, when Alzheimer’s

disease or other debilitating diseases which attack

and damage brain cells. Comparing your stable brain

waves to ones which have gone awry, may be very useful.

So, I could suggest you volunteer or look into this

in honor of Brain Awareness Week.

Here are my suggestions to show respect for brains.

Remind any young people to follow these ‘brain

guidelines,’ that I gathered together.

1. Please use your head!

2. Take care of your mind.

3. Don’t do drugs or alcohol, unless of age

and in moderation, please.

4. Stretch your brain daily.

5. Encourage everyone to use their imagination.

6. Always be careful while in a car and wear your

seatbelts. Make sure all passengers, “Buckle Up!”

7. Protect your body and head from injury.

8. Always wear your helmet, while on a motorcycle

or bicycle. If you do any other sports which require

helmets, consider them a necessity. (Examples: Snow

Boarding, Skate Boarding, 4-Wheeling, Football, …)

9. Pursue education, no matter what your age!

10. Set goals, strive for new ones when you meet the

ones you have met!

I like to stretch my brain by doing crossword puzzles.

As my parents did together, once they retired in their

fifties.

Just as an additional historical fact, the impact of

words such as, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,”

comes from over thirty years of use. The United Negro

College Fund incorporated this catchy phrase in 1972.

I read a wide variety of materials, including posts

written by all of you, smart bloggers, out there!

Hope you enjoyed the half dozen Golden Oldies who are

still using their ‘noodles’ and the ten things you need

to do to keep your mind safe.

Newsworthy Ties with Cleveland!

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An Alternative Title for this Post:

“Two Films, New Life and a Funeral”

There was a photograph on the front of the Plain Dealer newspaper,

of a man’s funeral being held in Cleveland. It was for the founder of the

company Progressive Insurance, Peter Lewis.

Lewis passed away down in Coconut Grove, Florida and the services

and funeral were held up here in Ohio. He died on November 23, 2013,

a man who was a billionaire and had given over $500 million dollars to

numerous charities, the three main, renowned ones being Case Western

Reserve and Princeton Universities, along with the ACLU.

Peter Lewis was buried in a simple pine casket with his black Stetson on

top of it. He had waited until September, this year, to marry his longtime

lady friend and partner, during his later years who he loved dearly.  The

essence of this report of his death is to tell you that this Jewish man, Peter

Lewis, held high regards for the rights of people of all backgrounds in our

country. His proof was in his support for the agency that can either be

sneered upon or praised. He chose philanthropic projects that served and

added to peoples’ lives. He wanted workers’ rights to receive a lot of his

financial support, even at the “expense” of losing some of his valuable clients.

Mr. Peter Lewis’ memorial service was peppered with others who declared his

outspoken, kind and humorous nature, held at the Temple Tifereth Israel on

University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio.

Such praiseworthy descriptions for the deceased, were given, that anyone would

wish to be remembered in such a manner:

“A loving father” and an “ethical leader.” The family flying in the “Untouchables,”

a jazz band, who played and filled the air along the Cleveland streets during the

procession from the memorial service to the gravesite:

“When the Saints Go Marching In…”

There were a few people interviewed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer who said, Peter Lewis

had acted as “saint” in his 80 year lifetime.

Another photograph that caught my eye, was of Kevin Costner. Sorry, men! I

am sure that you know we, women, cannot resist his “charms!” Anyway, there

were a group of attractive people gathered in a local watering hole. The movie,

“Draft Day” will be released in April, 2014. It is a fun movie that any Cleveland

Browns’ fans will love and a story that is fictional. It is about the Browns having

a General Manager played by Kevin Costner, joined with the beautiful actress,

Jennifer Garner and witty Denis Leary. The Cleveland Brown alums will also

be exciting to view, with legends, Jim Brown and Bernie Kosar. The Lionsgate

movie was filmed around Greater Cleveland area. This will be all about the

NFL draft, coming out a month before the NY drafting process  begins.

In 1961, a Clevelander Langston Hughes wrote a play about an African American

celebration of Christ’s birth. He entitled his play, “Black Nativity.” I am proud

and excited that this play has been annually performed and celebrated around

the U.S. by varied groups but its origin from Cleveland’s poet, playwriter and

novelist is important to bring people up to date in that there is a movie being

shown now based on this play. “Black Nativity” has Forest Whitaker, Angela

Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige in the cast. It has been not well

received by critics, but will be worth seeing by the people I believe due to

the beautiful music and meaningful message. There is a teenager who has

been acting up in it, asks his grandmother this question. A line that is being

attributed to the original play goes like this:

“How do you keep your faith when so many bad things happen?”

Her wonderful and powerful, but so simple answer was,

“God’s grace is all around you.”

An exciting and happy news event occurred at the Cleveland Metroparks

Zoo: Announcing the rare birth of a Giant Anteater! It is their first to

be born here in Cleveland, in our Rainforest exhibit.

This occurred on Monday November 25, 2013. The “baby” is less than

2 pounds and is being closely guarded and protected by its mother.

The sex will be hard to determine for awhile. The proud mother, “Pica,”

will be having this baby clinging onto her, almost appearing like a

marsupial in its infant appearance. She is 13 years old.

Travis Vineyard, the zoo’s animal curator, tells a few facts about these

animals.

Anteaters are insectivores, or bug eaters. (Myrmecophaga tridactyla).

Hey, does that last word sound like a dinosaur? Well, they are one of

the oldest animals… The females can weigh as much as 80 lbs.,

while the males can weigh as much as 100 lbs. Their origin is from

South or Central America.

Another interesting fact that I learned about the reason why these are

challenging creatures to take care of, they have a slurry or flurry or

slushy concoction that appears as a milkshake made of tiny pellets and bugs.

The zoo now does not have to blend this up on the premises, but a company

out there produces these and sells them.

So, there are always things happening in Cleveland and I was happy to give

you a few ‘ties that bind’ me to this place on Lake Erie, Ohio!