The meaning of Halloween: A childhood memory

So here we are. That time of year when we get to watch the leaves change from lush shades of summer to the colder hues of red and orange, until the leaves finally fall to their yellow demise.  Those of us living in a climate that’s marked by quarters get to “oooh” and “aaah” as we share pics of the colourful wonders of the season, distracted from what’s really coming: winter....more

Does Hearing Loss Make It Harder To Remember Things?

Do you sometimes meet a new person but forget his or her name almost immediately or hear the specials at a restaurant only to have trouble recalling them when it is time to order? And forget about directions — was that two lefts and a right or two rights and then a left? This happens to me quite a bit. If I read something or hear it and immediately write it down, I do better, but if I hear something in the absence of other stimuli or activity, I have a harder time remembering it. Now I know why....more

10 Killer Ways Increase Your Memory

Have you ever noticed that many people can easily simply remember even the most mundane details, and quickly comprehend new items, and wished that you simply also might be like that?...more

The Past We Leave Behind

I remember a few things about my first trip to Disneyland.  I loved riding the flying elephants with my Dad and I screamed all the way through the Sleeping Beauty castle, terrified that Maleficent would appear.  I don't recall much more of that day but memories are like overstuffed closets; if you pull out one or two items, you'll be surprised what you'll find underneath....more

Five questions to make your brain grow.

In the Thirties, two self-styled intelligence experts set out to discover clever people by publishing a book posing devilishly difficult brain-teasers for members of the general public. ...more

Pyrex and Memories

I've been using it, baking during the holidays.  I smiled every time !more

My mother and Alzheimer's

Every Christmas and Mother’s Day, my little sister and I would save our allowance money to buy our mother Giorgio perfume. Our mother loved that musky perfume, which was released in 1981, and came in a fancy yellow and white striped box. We would buy it at the perfume counter at Hess’s, a mid-scale and only department store in our small town, not as fancy as Kaufman’s but a step up from Sears....more


Have you ever saw someone pick their nose and now everytime you see them, that image of them stays in your file/memory?Every person you know has a file that you create for them. Some are good files and some are bad files. Some are the most embarassing files....more

Lives Unravelled, Some Secrets Revealed

Those of you who know me might remember the story of how my family came to be split between two continents. Reading “The Day I Left” will help contextualise this post. Clothes, shoes, books, papers,Poems, stories, novels, articles. Photos, family, memories, soul,Love.  Tangible and un-lasting. Intangible and lasting. Beyond the present....more

Brilliance at it's Best: My Son's Memory

I envy my son’s memory. Say what you will about autism and its hindrances, but he has some distinct advantages in life. Memory. That’s one thing he has in spades, though the school psychologist would have me believe otherwise. I’ll take the WISC-IV and throw it right out the window. Believe me, he has no problem in the area of memory.  ...more