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Nostalgia

Thinking about the past is fun, but, did you know that nostalgia is also good for your brain? Find out what neuroscientists, have to say about nostalgia. Let's think about the past together!

3 weeks ago

We Need the Songs We Can Sing Along To

I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about the value of songs. I’m thinking of songs that have a distinct and memorable melody and meaningful lyrics. Songs that trigger loving memories. Songs that speak of heartbreaks or hardships…

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1 month ago

The Unfinished Stories of Our Lives

Most of our stories are incomplete – the stories that need pages for the telling. Most of the illustrative quirks, curiosities, endearments, and the very molecular breath of personality go into the dust when the body dies…

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2 months ago

The Paradox of Living Life

Landing here with suspicious alacrity, just peruse the landscape; it looks completely different than the tour guide in more youthful times said it would be. Life was complicated as a teenager, wasn’t it? With hormones sloshing around…

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2 months ago

Music for the Ages: The Wheel That Makes Life Transitions Bearable

The music of my youth was more than melody and words. It was a kind of guidance into adult life, a soundtrack for thoughts and feelings that I didn’t know how to reach on my own but were given to me by the likes of Carole King, Joni Mitchell…

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3 months ago

The Art of Remembering How We Have Become Who We Are

The beginning of a new year is a good time to reflect on not only the memories of the year prior, but the accumulation of memories that define who we are. Certain milestones, natural and manmade disasters, joys, triumphs, and crises are all considered…

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3 months ago

Exploring the Places That Live in our Memories

Sometimes there are things that we don’t even notice are gone. And other times, we see the translucent outline of what once was, because of the history it embodies, because of the story it keeps alive in us. The past informs who we are…

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3 months ago

Meeting Our Ancestors in 2024

By the time we arrive in our seventh decade, most of us have lost a number of loved ones. Some of those individuals might have been ancestors who were mentors, or those who changed our lives in some way. Ancestors can also be places…

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6 months ago

Are You Nostalgic or Depressed as You Retire from Work?

During times of transition, feelings of nostalgia are pronounced. We yearn for what was. Bonding with colleagues at work. Evenings at the pub with good friends. Precious, fleeting moments with children and family. It’s easy to indulge in a whirlpool of remembering when…

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7 months ago

Embracing a New Outlook for Fall

Fall is here, and I admit that I have mixed feelings about its arrival. Many people say fall is their favorite season and why not? The days cool down, the trees change colors, the air feels crisp and sometimes carries the aroma of burning leaves…

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7 months ago

Looking Backwards: Nostalgia or Reflection?

Do you ever find yourself caught in a repetitive mental loop? It is not uncommon, with more time on our hands, to relive our careers or past challenges from our personal lives. Some memories are quite horrifying, but the sum of these experiences…

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