1. Everything is temporary, nothing lasts forever. Learn to appreciate every single day of your life. Live in the here and now. No regrets.

2. Today’s sacrifices will payoff tomorrow. Use your time wisely and to the fullest. It’s not the objectives, it’s the journey that counts.

3. Life is unfair, accept it. Nothing is owed to you. Don’t waste your time complaining. Be persist and determined.

4. Don’t make mountains out of molehills. We only hurt ourselves. Abraham Lincoln said, “you can tell the greatness of a person by what makes them angry.” Don’t over-react.

5. Face your fears, be yourself, and follow your dream. Be ready to fail. You only live once, don’t worry about the opinions of others. The opinions of 90% of people is irrelevant. Grow with the help of the remaining 10%. Live your life. Face your fears, don’t let them consume you.


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Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death for people over the age of sixty-five. We can’t slow it down once you are diagnosed, and we haven’t cured it. Therefore, there have been no survivors of anyone ever diagnosed with Alzheimer’s until we have a major medical breakthrough. In this week’s episode, you’ll learn about the top ten tips for preventing Alzheimer’s Disease. Part One of ‘Ten Tips for Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease’ While getting older is the biggest risk factor, including your gender and your genetics, those are things that you can’t really control. But your biggest risk factors are your lifestyle choices. Those are called modifiable risk factors, so that we can do something about those.

Tip 1: Stay Active Move Naturally. I heard this tip several years ago at a conference at a presentation on the Blue Zones. I was relieved to know that I didn’t need to start training for a marathon or spend hours in the gym everyday. It’s about the small things – like making sure that you’re getting 10,000 steps in a day and doing some type of strength and flexibility exercise in your daily life. You should have or maintain an active lifestyle – whether it’s moving around your house, walking around the block, or volunteering – all those things can help because there have been several studies that have associated the amount of physical activity that you have in a day. It does reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

Tip 2. Stay Connected The second tip is to stay connected. In the middle of a pandemic, this has been a little bit more challenging for all of us. But making sure that you’re staying connected to your family, friends, and community is important because if you’re not doing that, you are socially isolated. Social isolation is the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. You can check out my podcast about the Well Connected program as a resource for online and landline social connection opportunities.

Tip 3: Learn New Things You can do this by taking formal classes or just learning a new hobby. You can sign up to take a class at a community college or take online courses about topics that you are interested in. You can also pick up a new hobby. Maybe there’s something that you’ve always wanted to learn how to do. YouTube teaches me new things every day – from learning to paint and spackle my own walls to changing out my toilet flapper. Who knew?! You can check out my YouTube channel to learn more about healthy aging and things we need to think about (and do) to become an age-friendly world. “It is important to challenge and activate your mind.” — Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN

Tip 4: Get Enough Sleep Do you have good sleep habits? You can find out how if you do here. If you didn’t get enough sleep, that’s going to impact your ability to think, and it’s going to cause trouble with your memory. There are common sleep changes, but also thinking about is there an underlying reason for why you’re not getting as much sleep? If you’re having trouble getting to sleep or falling asleep, those could be signs of depression, anxiety, or you’re experiencing sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you are having any trouble with your sleep or not waking up rested and refreshed, that would be worth having a conversation with your primary care provider.


Here is the text of Amanda Gorman’s poem, “The Hill We Climb,” in full:
When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry. A sea we must wade.
We braved the belly of the beast.
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.
And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it.
Somehow we do it.
Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.
We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.
And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.
We are striving to forge our union with purpose.
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.
And so we lift our gaze, not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.
We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true.
That even as we grieved, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.
That even as we tired, we tried.
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.
Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid.
If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.
That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.
It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation, rather than share it.
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption.
We feared at its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour.
But within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.
So, while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert, how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.
We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, become the future.
Our blunders become their burdens.
But one thing is certain.
If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.
So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.
Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.
We will rise from the golden hills of the West.
We will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution.
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states.
We will rise from the sun-baked South.
We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.
And every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful, will emerge battered and beautiful.
When day comes, we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid.
The new dawn balloons as we free it.
For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it


Big Racist Fail in Virginia

Youngkin wins Virginia. He used critical race theory as a weapon for white parents to not allow racism to be taught in schools. It worked.

One salutary result from Glenn Youngkin’s victory in Virginia Tuesday is the failure of Democratic racial demagoguery. Throughout the campaign Democrats and their media allies assailed Mr. Youngkin and his supporters as closet white supremacists. MSNBC’s Joy Reid said the issue of education and critical race theory is “code for white parents don’t like the idea of teaching about race.”OPINION: POTOMAC WATCHRepublicans Take Virginia-and More00:001xSUBSCRIBE

On PBS the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart said that if Mr. Youngkin won it would be because Republicans decided that “tap-dancing with white supremacy is their way back into power.” Terry McAuliffe was especially nasty as he closed his campaign this weekend, saying of his rival: “He’s run a racist campaign from start to finish.”

So what did all these racist Virginia voters do Tuesday night? In addition to electing Mr. Youngkin as Governor, they elected Winsome Sears as Lt. Governor. She will be the first African-American woman to be elected to statewide office in Virginia history. These same “racists” appear to have rejected Mark Herring, a Democrat who admitted he’d appeared in blackface. Instead they chose Jason Miyares, who will be Virginia’s first Latino attorney general.

If the press were doing its job, it would have alerted Virginians to what was really going on. Especially after the Lincoln Project admitted it had sent five people with tiki torches—meant to evoke the ugly, white nationalist march in Charlottesville in 2017—to be photographed outside Mr. Youngkin’s campaign bus. If there are white supremacists with Mr. Youngkin as the Lincoln Project claims, why did it have to send five phony ones there for their smear?

In the end, voters shrugged off the racism accusations much the way Mr. Youngkin did. Despite what Democrats say, voters know their neighbors, and they don’t see a racist society or country. Most Americans don’t want the racial divisions that Democrats keep fomenting for political gain.

Wonder Land: From progressive dream, to democratic nightmare as voters in Virginia, New York City, Buffalo, New Jersey and Minneapolis push back against leftwing overreach, incompetence and intolerance. Images: Getty Images Composite: Mark Kelly

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Democrats Can Retire the White Sheets

Virginia’s contest was a test of whether Americans like being called racists.

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Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe speaks to supporters in Falls Church, Va., Nov. 2.PHOTO: WIN MCNAMEE/GETTY IMAGES

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With his upset defeat Tuesday night, it was fitting that Terry McAuliffe’s easy run to the Virginia governorship blew up over the school board issue, itself an absurd culmination of the Democratic strategy of painting every opponent of their policies as a white supremacist and pro-Trump Nazi.

Joe Biden came to the presidency gifted with two vaccines, a rocket ship of an economic rebound, and a mandate for moderation, and yet has acted in office like his only constituency is the left. If he can’t satisfy their every policy wish, as I pointed out in May, at least he can give them the white supremacist menace.OPINION: POTOMAC WATCHWhat the Virginia Election Says About 202200:001xSUBSCRIBE

And so it has continued with ever-increasing insistence: The excessive congressional flogging of the Jan. 6 riot. The voting rights kabuki as if democracy’s survival depends on a bunch of reforms nobody had been thinking about the day before yesterday. The anti-anti-critical-race-theory panic that portrays dissenting middle-class parents as the equivalent of terrorists.

It culminated in a ludicrous and embarrassing performance when the White House and staffers of the National School Boards Association ginned up a letter demanding that protesting parents be prosecuted under the Patriot Act. That letter was soon disavowed by the association. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who on its slender premise mobilized the FBI, was left twisting in the wind. And so was Mr. McAuliffe, who was supposed to be a shoo-in until he waded foolishly into the controversy by suggesting parents deserved no say in their kids’ schooling.


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And yet, as if to demonstrate their imperviousness to any doubt, Mr. McAuliffe’s allies sent voters to the polls this week with a final note clanging in their ears: the now-admitted employment of fellow Democrats to masquerade as white-supremacist supporters of his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, who nonetheless secured the victory in Tuesday’s race.

Mr. McAuliffe had to disavow this too, but not before his staff were shown to have busily promoted the canard with their tweets.

During a recent four-day media bubble over a Washington Post op-ed, I posed the obvious rejoinder: What about the “threat to democracy” from Mr. Trump’s opponents if, instead of losing, he should win in 2024? The most dispiriting answer was from the Brookings Institution’s Fiona Hill, still trying to live down her service in the Trump White House while peddling a book recasting herself as a diversity hero (she’s from England). To a Politico reporter, Ms. Hill insisted: “If he makes a successful return to the presidency in 2024, democracy’s done.”


Even allowing for ninnyism in search of clicks, how is this not a justification for violence if the election doesn’t turn out the way Democrats want?

The country could stand in such times to hear from a president who is a grown-up. Moderate is not a synonym for weak; a moderate has to face down his own party’s recalcitrants as well as the opposition. But in Mr. Biden’s case it has been a synonym for weak and even something more than weak. The singular moment, for my money, was his rewarding with the vice presidency the rival who implied on national TV he was a racist. This followed his choice to begin his campaign with a demonstrable lie about what Donald Trump said after Charlottesville; it followed his habit of invoking neo-Nazis with “neck veins bulging” so robotically that even supporters lifted their eyebrows.

The pattern has started to become a little too telling. You can do worse than read one of the Hunter Biden text exchanges unearthed by the New York Post. It is terrible in its symbolism. In a lengthy tirade, Hunter blames his father, who has yet to commit to running for the presidency, as if he is responsible for media stories about the son’s drug abuse, influence peddling and philandering. “If you don’t run I’ll never have a chance at redemption,” Hunter berates the future president.

This, from a middle-aged son whose every hope and expectation in life has depended on his father climbing the greasy pole so Hunter can cash in.

And Mr. Biden’s answer? Along with a stream of appeasing, innocuous words, a plea that he’s “positive” that his text messages are a “target.”

OK, millions of Americans know what it is to have manipulative, narcissistic, substance-abusing family member, but still Mr. Biden the president is hard to distinguish from the father seen in the texts, aka the perpetual blackmail victim.

He was elected with a clear mandate for middle-of-the-road leadership but can’t seem to impose his will on anybody. In his worst moments, he has lost sight of his natural place in the conversation and even who he is, while trying to compensate by aping the attitudes and slogans of people whose agenda he doesn’t really grasp. If Hillary Clinton adopted the losing strategy for Democrats of vilifying large chunks of the electorate, Mr. Biden seems to have internalized the bully who he thinks is always out there ready to call him a racist deplorable at the drop of a hat.

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