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Trump has changed his immigration plan. Everything about Trump's administration will change and much is bull.
Last night on the TV series "Bull" ... the main character, and head shrink, Dr. Jason Bull, (Michael Weatherly), described his adversary as sociopathic discussing the personality traits - actions disassociated from emotions. As he did I thought of Trump.
We move to ... not the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain but an elusive black bull who race through the streets of Queens, NY yesterday. He was captured but it was not a happy ending as he died en route to a sanctuary.
Yesterday I met a new tenant in my building who moved to a studio apartment a few doors down. Let's call her Lisa - 30, caucasian, smart, pretty, slim, sweet, a social worker, and going through a divorce. She invited me to see her apartment which has basic furniture. I suggested that in time adding some plants, pictures etc. it will start to feel more like a home. Then Lisa told me she was a minimalist with no intention of buying things for the apartment.
What did this really mean to Ellie the psychic/therapist? Lisa is not going to live there very long, and feels lost though she is the one who wanted the divorce. As we talked I realized how deep her emotional problems were and suggested a therapist. She told me she had been in therapy for years and has never found herself. Not wanting to get caught up in her dramas, I excused myself and went home. I felt sad for her and others who suffer such a fate and never find themselves, constantly reinventing but most often remaining lost. I hope she finds what she is looking for ... but if she doesn't know what that is ... her life will remain minimal.
Back in my apartment I decided to look at Minimalism to create this blog. I know many people who are totally happy and balanced in that lifestyle, mostly men. As for me, I hate any type of clutter and scale down as often as I can, but as I have a home-office it's not always easy - besides I love the feeling of my favorite things around me. I am far from a packrat and I love things in perfect order. I could enjoy Minimalism if I lived away from home for a brief period of time knowing I could come home to the things that balance my energies and speak to me about who I am. As they say, home is where the heart is. The rest is just stuff.
Last night in Florida ... my daughter Nikki won ...
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The women in my family like to make a difference. My oldest daughter Tracy is a teacher of gifted children and loves to run events for students and parents. My middle daughter, Zsia, is a partner in a CPA firm. She just ran an event in Manhattan for 1,000+ women in their field from around the country.
As people age short term memory - or loss of focus - decreases. This is more physical than emotionally as reality is a state of mind (thought consciousness). Memory itself is a complicated phenomenon as we learn more about how the brain (computer) works.
Most people in my age group report these events about short-term memory. You walk into a room and forget why you went there. An idea comes to mind, you shift your thinking for just a second and that idea is gone - usually to return a minute or so later. Names of people are seemingly forgotten then recalled within a minute or two. The mechanical things are the easiest to forget because we don't really focus on them so if asked if you just did something, you have to rethink. Multitasking becomes harder so making lists is a good way to help remember. Short-term memory loss does not necessarily mean someone is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease but there could be a correlation. Other things that affect short-term memory loss are brain tumors, chronic fatigue syndrome, medications, substance abuse, diet, and other brain injuries and diseases. One has to assume that as the illusion of time increases, memory decreases.
It might be a good idea keep a record of the events if they happen to you and how you can avoid them. Coping mechanism really help people. For example, before you go into another room, keep your focus solely on why you are going there.
Based on his behavior I wonder if Trump, 70, sometimes suffers from short-term memory loss. You can see it in his facial expressions (trying to focus) and body language when he talks. Then there's the plane incident last week involving actor Harrison Ford, 74, who landed on the wrong runway without realizing it, barely missing an American Airlines jet about to take off. I know many people in my age group who are not suffering from short-term memory loss yet, myself included, but who knows what tomorrow will bring.
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