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What’s So Funny About the ‘Funny Bone’?

July 31st, 2017 Comments off

1055962820692-1.funny_boneYour funny bone isn’t actually a bone at all. Running down the inside part of your elbow is a nerve called the ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve lets your brain know about feelings in your fourth and fifth fingers. It’s also one of the nerves that controls some movement of your hand.

 You get that funny feeling when the ulnar nerve is bumped against the humerus (say: HYOO-muh-rus), the long bone that starts at your elbow and goes up to your shoulder. Tapping your funny bone doesn’t do any damage to your elbow, arm, or ulnar nerve. But it sure feels strange!

People sometimes mention the funny bone when they talk about their sense of humor. Maybe you’ve heard someone say that something “really tickled my funny bone.” 


The 5 Types of Memory

July 31st, 2017 Comments off

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Health Magazine gives a summary of the 5 types of memory.  I found it interesting, so before I forget I am passing it on to you. 🙂

SENSORY: This is your brain’s immediate record of the stimuli from the outside environment – like seeing a traffic light turn green or feeling the shower water get too hot – that helps your body unconsciously react in the moment.  What you remember becomes short-term memory.

SHORT TERM: Informations stored for a brief period so we can carry out tasks such as reading a phone number and recalling it just long enough to dial. (Also called working memory.)

LONG TERM: Facts you’re able to call up after a long period of time, like your childhood address.

PROCEDURAL: Learned memories that you see without even thinking about them, like knowing how to drive or play golf.
EXPLICIT: The ability to remember facts – such as state capitals – and consciously recall them

We need all of these forms of memory and if you are like me, I get concerned when any one of them starts to show signs of decline.  Aging is not a fun experience along these lines, or most other lines for that matter, so we have to make an effort to strengthen our memory in any way we can.  Now, where did I put my keys?


Friendship not regret

July 30th, 2017 Comments off

Because I am a writer, I write.  Thank you for reading.

I dreamed  about Jamie last night.  He looked the way he did in high school, dressed sharply, just as I’ve seen him in pictures.  (As dreams can do, I was as I am now.)

He asked why I had come back home. I  answered, “I was worried about you.” Then I went to him and embraced him warmly for a long time.

The surprising part of the dream is that our heights were reversed – I was the tall one.

Our relationship over the years had been superficial until the last four years. Then I became more like a big sister to him, cautioning him about working too hard in the yard, nagging at him to drink more water, to be more careful, etc.  it was wonderful to have the freedom to be sisterly to him as I had never been before.

After nagging I would apologize and he would say, “I know, I know, you’re right! I’ll go get some water right now.”

We talked every few days,  and ever so often I would say, “we haven’t  prayed together for a while, why don’t we pray?” And we would.  That was a new level of intimacy, sharing our concerns together in prayer

I am grateful we had those four years,  but I deeply regret all the years when we were little more than strangers, misunderstanding each other making assumptions that were untrue.

Hopefully you are close to your siblings and that you  recognize what a gift they are to you. I encourage you to break through superficiality and  to become true friends.

Regret is a tough old girl to live with.

Making Whoopee . . . an important part of life.

July 30th, 2017 Comments off


As taboo as it may be in some places, sex is an important part of human life as a facet of relationships and the means to reproduce. Here are a few things you might not have known.

  1. On any given day, sexual intercourse takes place 120 million times on earth. Humans are a quickly proliferating species, and with about 4% of the world’s population having sex on any given day, it’s no wonder that birth rates continue to increase in many places all over the world.
  2. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm. While you can’t see skin cells or muscle cells, the ovum is typically large enough to be seen with the naked eye with a diameter of about a millimeter. The sperm cell, on the other hand, is tiny, consisting of little more than nucleus.
  3. The three things pregnant women dream most of during their first trimester are frogs, worms and potted plants. Pregnancy hormones can cause mood swings, cravings and many other unexpected changes. Oddly enough, hormones can often affect the types of dreams women have and their vividness. 


Did You Know?

July 29th, 2017 Comments off

Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. While few babies are born with teeth in place, the teeth that will eventually push through the gums of young children are formed long before the child even leaves the womb. At 9 to 12 weeks the fetus starts to form the teeth buds that will turn into baby teeth.

Babies are always born with blue eyes. The color of your eyes depends on the genes you get from your parents, but at birth most babies appear to have blue eyes. The reason behind this is the pigment melanin. The melanin in a newborn’s eyes often needs time after birth to be fully deposited or to be darkened by exposure to ultraviolet light, later revealing the baby’s true eye color.

Babies are, pound for pound, stronger than an ox. While a baby certainly couldn’t pull a covered wagon at its present size, if the child were the size of an oxen it just might very well be able to. Babies have especially strong and powerful legs for such tiny creatures, so watch out for those kicks.

One out of every 2,000 newborn infants has a tooth when they are born. Nursing mothers may cringe at this fact. Sometimes the tooth is a regular baby tooth that has already erupted and sometimes it is an extra tooth that will fall out before the other set of choppers comes in.

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Why eat brown rice instead of white?

July 28th, 2017 Comments off

From Tufts University:

Part of the push to replace processed foods with whole grains means eating more brown rice instead of the white stuff you probably grew up on.

Whole grains like brown rice include the bran and germ of the natural grain that are lost in processing to make white rice, which contains only the inner endosperm.

A lot of good stuff gets lost in the bargain:  brown rice has almost 10 times as much phosphorus and potassium as white rice.

The best things can’t be wrapped in paper and bows.

July 28th, 2017 Comments off


The Boy Who Would Be President: Recognize that smile?

July 27th, 2017 Comments off

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July 27th, 2017 Comments off


Which President Of the U.S. Never Lived in Washington, D.C.?

July 26th, 2017 Comments off

That would be the first President.washington

 As most of us already know, George Washington was the first president of the United States of America.

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States.

Philadelphia was the early capital of the United States after the Constitution was ratified, but on May 14, 1800, the nation’s capital moved to Washington

He was born in 1732 in Westmoreland County, VA, and died in 1799 at his Mount Vernon home.

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