Winter 2016
Taylor-on-the-Brain Bulletin

New Article

Dr. TaylorI’ve been thinking about "hope" recently, especially after talking with several young people who expressed varying perspectives. Finding the world challenging due to recent events linked with terrorism, their perspective on hope was also challenging. I pointed out that some sources estimate you have a 1 in 800,000 chance of being struck by lightning—and that's even if you are out of doors—and only a 1 in 2,000,000 chance of being involved in a deadly terrorist event. Yes, those are only statistics and say nothing about one person. Nevertheless, I refused to allow myself to live in fear, trigger my brain to downshift, and limit my ability to share brain function information around the world. Their comments, however, did trigger memories from my own experience when I was teetering in and out of "hope," albeit for different reasons. The article for this issue is one I wrote by request as the first chapter in a book entitled Inspiring Hope edited by Dr. Thom A. Lisk. Enjoy I Chose Hope!

Read the article here...

www.LongevityLifestyleMatters. com Website

After some delay (i.e., the web designer had a heart attack), the website is expected to be up and running by the middle of February 2016. Rather than have a separate website for Club 122 Longevity, it will become a section of the Longevity Lifestyle Matters website. The designers are also peparing a section for Certified Longevity Lifestyle Facilitators. The authors of Longevity Lifestyle Matters will be adding content on a regular basis.

In addition, the Longevity Lifestyle Matters book and audiobook, as well as the Longevity Lifestyle—Companion Notebook are currently available.

Longevity Lifestyle Matters – for children and young people

Taylor and Briggs have finished writing  Adventures of the Longevity Mystery Club. Designed to help children learn information about health and longevity early in life, the information is conveyed through stories, naturally.

Adventures of the Longevity Mystery Club has also been recorded as an audiobook and should be released by late February 2016. All audio books will be available by CD and MP3 formats.

Taylor's Blog

blogFollow Taylor’s weekday blog and stimulate your brain while learning more brain bits. Access Taylor’s blog from the website homepage or from her Facebook page (Arlene R. Taylor PhD Brain Function Specialist) or have it sent directly to your email. Remember to 'Like' her professional Facebook page, too. (Follow the links above.)

Taylor's Website

The Realizations Inc website has been migrated to a new platform that offers several advantages. Requests were received asking if the menus for Brain References could list the categories under each of the main topics. The webmaster was able to accomplish this (even though the lists are quite long, because there is so much information on the website). Check it out. I think you’ll like it. (Click on the link above.)

Overcoming Depression and Anxiety

Taylor was invited to participate in the Australian "Healthy Me Summits," a free online summit scheduled to air live on January 7-17, 2016 (Australian Eastern Time) on Overcoming Depression and Anxiety.

The website is

And these are three little clips of Taylor being interviewed by Skype:

Note: For those in the USA and Europe, please remember this summit will be released in Australian Eastern Time, and Australia is a day ahead! You can always use this link to check the time conversion:


Taylor recently posted new recipes. Check these out:


Seminar Opportunities

seminarsSeveral years ago, Dr. Taylor made a couple of presentations on Male-Female Differences at Soquel camp meeting. The topic proved so popular that she has been asked to return in July of 2016 to make five presentations. Put it on your calendar. Come and have fun learning more about yourself and the opposite gender. As members of the same species, human beings are more alike than they are different. But there are some key differences. Whether single, married, widowed, or divorced, you relate to people of the opposite gender almost on a daily basis. Emerging research, practically applied, can help you understand yourself better and enhance communication with brains that differ from yours. And it can be so much fun. Make your time on this planet as enjoyable and stress-free as possible!

Check Taylor's speaking schedule on her website to find out more about other speaking appointments. Contact her directly by email to schedule a seminar in your area: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pasadena California -- Couples' Retreat, February 26-28, 2016

Taylor will be presenting: The Joy and Jumble of Gender Differences--You can better understand the opposite gender without losing your sanity--and have fun in the process!

Friday, 2-26-16

  • Evening - XO and XXY and PEA (Surely you must be joking!)

Saturday, 2-27-16

  • Morning -- Approach to Spirituality and Religion(My style is different and yours doesn't work for me!)
  • Afternoon -- Brain Stress Differences (It’s not that bad; just get over it!)
  • Evening -- Laugh Together--Stay Together:Gender, Humor, and Laughter  (I've heard that one before and it wasn't funny the first time.)

Sunday 2-28-16

  • Morning -- Wiring Differences (Connectomes what? I always multitask. What's your problem?)

For more information, including location, and to register, contact: Jonelyn Umadhay, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brain Aerobic Exercises

Are you spending a minimum of 30 minutes a day age-proofing your brain with brain aerobic exercises or other challenging mental activity? Check out the hundreds of aerobic exercises on Taylor's website. They're free, along with the articles, practical applications, mini-monographs, Q&As, brain references, and assessments.

Link to Brain Aerobic Exercises

Questions & Answers

Q. I love your new book, Longevity Lifestyle Matters, coauthored with Briggs and Horton. It's all stories, much like your Chronicles series and Adventure series. It's so much easier to remember ideas from a story. What prompted you to use a story format? Answer...

Q. I've been reading about Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI. Now I heard that NFL legend Frank Gifford had something called CTE. What is that? Answer...

Q. Recently I heard you talk about the energy factories in cell mitochondria, and that 1% of our DNA is found in one's maternal mitochondria. Is there anything I can do to help keep my energy factories healthy? Answer...

Q. Even the word "meditation" scares me. I've read about how monks "stop thinking" and I don’t want to do that. Can you help me understand more about desirable meditation? Answer...

Q. Our son is very mildly on the Autism spectrum but he does daydream a lot. His school sent a note home saying he daydreams too much. They no longer want him and suggested he might do better in a homeschool setting. What do you say? Answer...

Q. I've been following a "Longevity Lifestyle" for several months and have done very well. I seem to have plateaued, however, and someone told me to stop drinking diet sodas. That's one of the choices I've hung onto because I really don't want the extra sugar found in regular sodas. Any comments? Answer...

Q. I have heard you speak several times and really like what you say. Yeah, I believe I do have quite a bit of control of how well and how long I live, but no one in my family or circle of friends will get on board with me. Answer...

Point to Ponder

She relaxed comfortably into the age she'd reached, delighted in its possibilities, knowing it was perfect.
--Grandma Moses

In my brain's opinion, this quote speaks to growing older gracefully. Every age of one's life has pluses and minuses, and you choose whether you will complain and whine about the minuses (and sometimes even blame others) or concentrate on the positives. Every age is what it is and it is "perfect" if you define perfect as well-suited to the task at hand.

I've heard people say, "I'm going into old age kicking and screaming and I'm refusing to accept I have any limitations." It's not always that easy to be around individuals who are metaphorically kicking and screaming--just think of children who do that when what they want is not forthcoming or they are blocked from what they want to do at the moment. Yes, you give up something as you age. I no longer ice skate or water ski or careen down mountains on a toboggan. But there is a trade-off.

You can gain a great deal, especially if you create and maintain a Longevity Lifestyle, raise your EQ, and avoid half of the problems you used to have--because you are gaining insight (meaning you learn from your mistakes), and so on. As with most else in life, it's your choice....

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