Listening to Arlene Taylor speak to us as an Elderhostel Group on Age-Proofing Your Brain was an awakening experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. You could use the term "being held spellbound" to cover her ability to engage people in understanding the workings of the brain. I celebrate my 85th birthday next week and am looking forward to many more! This is a poem I wrote about Dr. Taylor.
Oft times I have wondered
Why I stay living in a well.
Little did I realize
I was in a stationary hell.
The deeper the hole, much less I knew,
No new things did I view.
How do I fight this malaise?
This unseen monster that keeps me slaved.
My yesterdays are not as clear
Those memories I once held so dear
They seem to hide on the tip of my tongue
And belligerently state they want to remain hung.
The things that we knew at a very first glance
Now disappear in kind of a trance
"What is this and where does it go?
I've never seen it as far as I know!"
Yes, living in a well, the less you'll see
And it will get worse with tranquility
One must fight just to remain
Just like our yesterdays, there was no gain,
Perhaps Dr. Taylor may make us aware
To give some guidelines to when and to where?
To give us the tools to seek a better tomorrow
To add joy to our living, and lessen our sorrow!