Last Week’s Links

Medicare Allows More Benefits for Chronically Ill, Aiming to Improve Care for Millions

We can all use some good news in this realm.

BAN PLASTIC SURGERY AND GROW OLD GRACEFULLY

Getting cosmetic surgery to look younger says that “looks matter most.” So let’s flip the script. Let’s embrace our wrinkles, like we embrace life stories, and all look older together.

Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote

Years’ and years’ worth of data have consistently demonstrated a direct correlation between social isolation and a decrease in both physical and mental health, especially in older adults.

With strong evidence that friendship does, indeed, help save lives and promote health, social workers and researchers wish we could pay more attention to its central role. Activity directors, senior center staff members and family caregivers: Are there better ways to help elders stay in touch with the friends they care about, or meet new ones? We’re all willing to drive relatives to doctors’ appointments; driving them to spend time with friends may matter as much.

The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity

The depth to which the level of political and social discourse has sunk in the U.S. has prompted both sides to call for a return to civility. Here’s one writer’s opinion on the topic.

Five Features of Better Arguments

Here are some suggestions on how to deal with the problem of civility in public discourse.

A former Clinton administration official studied how to facilitate more constructive arguments among Americans. These are his conclusions.

The Neuroscience of Pain

For scientists, pain has long presented an intractable problem: it is a physiological process, just like breathing or digestion, and yet it is inherently, stubbornly subjective—only you feel your pain. It is also a notoriously hard experience to convey accurately to others.

A report on scientists’ efforts to find “ways to capture the experience [of pain] in quantifiable, objective data.”

© 2018 by Mary Daniels Brown

Three Things Thursday

Thanks to Natalie for hosting Three Things Thursday, “three things big or small, that have made you happy this week.”

Three Things Thursday

Number One

Our friends Dolores and Joe celebrated their 65th anniversary last week:

65 years! Isn’t that remarkable? My husband and I celebrated #46 a couple of months ago, which I think is a pretty big accomplishment. But we’re amateurs next to Dolores and Joe, who have now become our role models.

Number Two

We found another Little Free Library while out and about here in Tacoma, WA:

Little Free Library

This is the second one we’ve found here in our own home town. The very first Little Free Library I ever saw in the wild was in the nearby town of Puyallup, where our daughter lives.

Number Three

For one glorious day the Seattle Mariners held the second American League wild card playoff spot. Since then they’ve lost more games than they’ve won, and making it into the post season seems increasingly more elusive.

The Mariners Tripe A minor league team, the Rainiers, play here in Tacoma. While they don’t always win, either, at least their losses don’t seem as devastating as the Big League team’s do. Attending a Rainiers game is a lot of fun, and we’ve attended four this month. Here’s a shot of Taylor Motter, who spent some time earlier in the season playing in Seattle:

Motter at bat

We’ll probably see Motter playing in Seattle again when the Big League roster expands on September 1.

I hope everyone has a good week!

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Three Things Thursday: I Read!

Thanks to Natalie for hosting Three Things Thursday, “three things big or small, that have made you happy this week.”

Three Things Thursday

I didn’t plan things this way, but when I looked at the photos on my phone I found that the last three I took involve reading. So here we go!

One

An online book group that I participate in recently shared photos of their TBR (to be read) shelves. Here’s my photo, although I have other books scattered across multiple other shelves:

tbr shelves

Two

My newest purple T-shirt arrived recently:

i read shirt

Three

I don’t get sick very often, so when I do I tend to wallow in my misery. Yesterday I started getting a nasty cold, so I decided to be totally self-indulgent and allow myself to curl up under a light blanket with a good book. After a couple of people commented on my TBR shelf photo (above), I chose this one to curl up with:

dark matter

I hope everyone has a good week. I look forward to reading your Three Things Thursday posts.

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

Three Things Thursday

Thanks to Nerd in the Brain for the weekly challenge Three Things Thursday:

three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy

Three Things Thursday

Women’s March on Washington: Washington State, Olympia
January 21, 2017

My daughter and I went down to the state capital to march last Saturday. We didn’t take any signs of our own, but I’m always envious of other peoples’ creativity.

Here are three that amused me.

(Click on any photo to see a larger version.)

 

© 2017 by Mary Daniels Brown

News you can use: Infographic walks you through 10 questions to detect fake news | The Seattle Times

Can this infographic help students spot a phony news article? Test it out with your students, kids or friends and let us know in the comments.

Source: News you can use: Infographic walks you through 10 questions to detect fake news | The Seattle Times

Check out the PDF in this article. This exercise isn’t just for students.

Carrie Fisher, a Princess, a Rebel and a Brave Comic Voice – The New York Times

She entered popular culture as a princess in peril and endures as something much more complicated and interesting. Many things, really: a rebel commander; a witty internal critic of the celebrity machine; a teller of comic tales, true and embellished; an inspiring and cautionary avatar of excess and resilience; an emblem of the honesty we crave (and so rarely receive) from beloved purveyors of make-believe.

Saying goodbye to an icon.