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FEMA Warning: Be Prepared August 27, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Nature, People.
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As Hurricane Irene prepares to batter the East Coast, federal disaster officials warn that Internet outages could force people to interact with other people for the first time in years.

Residents are bracing themselves for the horror of awkward silences and unwanted eye contact.

FEMA advises: “Be prepared.

Write down possible topics to talk about in advance ~ sports, movies, the weather.

Remember, a conversation is basically a series of Facebook updates strung together.”

Stay safe!

Source:  FB Status ~ Tara Eldridge Fallon

I’m Such A Scatterbrain! August 27, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Mindfulness, Nature, People.
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RWS_Tarot_01_MagicianNot long ago, I learned something interesting about our brains ~ we do not have a single language center in the brain.

Instead, various sections of the brain work together to allow us to formulate and decipher sentences.

To read more about language and the brain: visit Uphill Writing.

The study findings on sign language reminded me that the brain handles our memories in a similar way . . . posting a bit of information here, and a bit of information there.

We seldom remember things with complete accuracy and recall because of the way our memories are stored ~ smells in one place, visuals in another, audio in a third, emotions in a fourth.

In short, we’re scatter-brained!

When we want to “remember” something, the brain runs around to a number of different “filing cabinets” to gather the necessary data.

Since it never finds all the information it needs, it makes up the rest.

We literally “make (up) our memories” on an as needed basis.

Talk about “rewriting history” . . . no wonder no two people ever remember the same event in exactly the same way.

No rules. Just write!

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