Hi everyone! Here are the biggest news stories for August 28, 2018 along with a few of my own thoughts. I also have a fascinating question to ask all of you about your recent dreams – I’ll share one of mine too. I hope that you will join the discussion!

What’s Going on in Your World?

According to a new study, there may be a connection between poor air quality and decreased cognitive abilities. The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says that pollution in the air may cause a “steep reduction in verbal and math tests scores.” The scientists behind the study went on to say that polluted air may increase the chances of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Read more about this story on CNN.

North Korean officials have warned the United States that denuclearization talks are at risk and “May fall apart.” Among sticking points highlighted by North Korea is the desire for a formal peace treaty. After months of optimism, President Trump recently became more cautious about the talks with North Korea. In a tweet earlier this week, he said, “I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

According to the Washington Post, former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was seeking a plea agreement, even as the jury in his case was deliberating. The talks broke down and, ultimately, a deal was not made. Read more about this story on Fox News.

Today’s Good News Story – 1.6-Million Phone Calls to Lonely Seniors

We all know that there is a big difference between being alone and feeling lonely. But, even those of us who enjoy living by ourselves often crave social interaction – even if it is just a call from a friendly stranger.

Of course, it is one thing to know that many people our age and older would love to have someone to talk to… it’s quite another thing to actually do something about it. This is why I am so happy to be able to tell you about Eskaton’s Telephone Reassurance program.

This program has already resulted in 1.6-million calls to lonely seniors. Read more about this story here.

Margaret’s Message for the Day – What Do Your Dreams Mean?

When I was a younger woman, I used to write down all of my dreams in a little book. I’m sure that I still have them somewhere… although they have probably been digitalized by now!

For some reason, I stopped recording my dreams when I became a parent. Maybe I was just too busy with other things.

In any case, I am thinking about taking up this habit again and would love to hear about your dreams. Let’s start a conversation… and I’ll add one of my own dreams in the comments below.

Quote for the Day

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality” – Yoko Ono

Community Question for the Day

Have you had any fascinating dreams lately? Which ones? Do you write down your dreams? Or do you let the just fade away? Let’s have a chat!

Let's Have a Conversation!