Archive | November, 2015


29 Nov

2010 US Census found that 13% of Americans are over 65 years of age. The fastest growing cohort over 65 is 85 to 94. (Anton, B. S., No shame in being older. Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(4), p. 5)


26 Nov

Mitch Hedberg:If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Someone needs to tell the turkey, “Man, just be yourself.”


22 Nov

Yogi Berra: When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

Placebo Effect

19 Nov

Placebos seem to be particularly effective with depression. (Lu, S. Great Expectations, Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(4), 50-53)

Novel Comments

14 Nov

Although not a particular fan of Erica Jong’s prose, I am an admirer of her willingness to take on the hard issues, as she did famously about 40 years age in her novel Fear of Flying.  This year she did it again with Fear of Dying. In this novel she deals with issues of aging as it relates to love, loss, sexuality, death itself, and, perhaps, rebirth.  We accompany her main character, Vanessa Wonderman (interesting name), as she goes through her parent’s last days, her 20 year older husband’s serious illness, becomes a grandmother for the first time, and contemplates what happens after death. While all this goes on, she gains in maturity and vitality.


8 Nov

According to the American Psychological Association’s 2015 survey of stress in America, money has remained the highest source of stress since the survey began in 2007. The next three highest sources are work, family, and health. (Bethue, S. Money stress weighs on America’s health. Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(4), 38-41)


6 Nov

B. B. King: The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.


1 Nov

Optimistic people’s hearts tend to be healthier than the hearts of their pessimistic counterparts. (In brief. Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(4), p. 29)