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
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
Here is a quote from Placido Domingo:
“I won’t deprive myself of singing opera as long as my
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
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
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.