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Instant Gratification, Instant Fear

Russ Gerber

By Russ Gerber

Two items in the news last week never seemed more unrelated. One was a commentary on personal finances and the need to resist instant gratification. The other was one of many stories on Ebola. Not the outbreak of the disease, but the spread of fear surrounding it.

Both pieces – one on passion, the other on panic – had a common thread. They each urged greater self-control.

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This article was published on Psychology Today on October 10, 2014

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Finding Fun, Not Fear, In Our Senior Years

John Clague

By John Clague

George Bernard Shaw once said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Cultivating the right state of mind can help one stay active and vibrant.

A centenarian friend of mine seemed to understand this point. She lived alone in an upstairs apartment with no elevator. She did all her own cooking and cleaning, kept her house spotless, and managed her own investments. She often said, “I don’t believe God sees me as old.” This centenarian saw age as a reflection of a divine view, not as a number of years.

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This article was published on Medford Mail Tribune on Septmeber 25, 2014