Hi everyone! Here are the biggest news stories for August 23, 2018 along with a few of my own thoughts. I also have a fascinating question to ask all of you about your health. I hope that you will join the discussion!

What’s Going on in Your World?

In an interview with Fox & Friends, President Trump clarified his position on the payments that his former lawyer, Michael Cohen made to several women before the 2016 election. In the interview, he claimed that the payments came him personally, rather than from the Trump campaign. He also said that he heard about the payments “later on,” although he did not provide specific dates. The interview is scheduled to play at 9am EST on August 23.

U.S. tariffs on $16-billion in Chinese goods went into effect today. China responded immediately by placing tariffs on $16-billion in American goods, ranging from musical instruments to vehicles. The U.S. is still evaluating additional tariffs on Chinese goods, which may go into effect in the future.

According to the BBC, a Danish container ship wants to set a record by becoming the first such vessel to navigate the Artic Sea. The ship hopes to arrive in Russia 14 days earlier than it would have had it taken a more southerly course.

Hawaii continues to brace for the impact of Hurricane Lane. The storm, which is currently a Category 4, is about 300 miles (483 km) to the south of the island of Hawaii. So far, the biggest impact from the storm is expected to be heavy rain, which could cause flash flooding. But, residents should stay tuned to their local broadcasts as the situation evolves. See the latest forecast on the Weather Channel.

Today’s Good News Story – Could Robots Help to Solve Loneliness Among Older Adults?

Based on conversations I’ve had with women in our Sixty and Me community and a survey we undertook, 75% of us have experienced loneliness at some time in our life.

In those lonely moments, many women retreat into themselves and spiral into depression. Others reach out online to social media friends for company and perspective. But are robots and AI chatbots the answer?

I think so. Why? Because, as technology continues to get more advanced, we will see the line between human intelligence and artificial intelligence (which won’t feel very “artificial”) blurring. When this happens, we may become more comfortable with having mechanical friends.

I just posted an article on this topic. If you have ever felt lonely in your life, I hope that you will read the article and join the conversation!

Margaret’s Message for the Day

Today, I am thinking about someone close to me who is undergoing a medical procedure this morning. It reminds me that the only truly important things in life are health, happiness and love. But, without our health, the other two are almost impossible to achieve!

No matter what is going on in your life, I encourage you to take your health seriously. Chances are you have longer than you think to live. Your body will thank you in the future for the investments that you make in it today.

Quote for the Day

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” – Buddha

Community Question for the Day

Do you feel like you are taking good enough care of your body? Why or why not? What is one simple change that you could make to improve your health? Let’s have a chat!

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