The Brain by Laurie Mirkin


Laurie’s life has involved a lot of reinvention.  Now, at age 60 plus, she has done it again. New location. New job. New relationship. New healthy lifestyle. She has embraced chaos, change, growth, and grey hair with equal abandon.  The only thing that Laurie will never reinvent is her sense of humor. Thank goodness for that.

Perhaps I’m a little overly-concerned with the condition of my brain, but it’s scary to think that you could be entering full dementia and even your best friend might not tell you.  Ask me the words to all the songs in the 60’s and 70’s and who played what instrument in what band and I would be the music version of Jeopardy’s Grand Champion, but please don’t ask me what I ate for breakfast because I can’t remember.  And I don’t feel like digging in the trash, thanks.

It seems irresponsible to do nothing and not worry about whether you’re taking the right supplements, doing all those clever puzzles that Dr. Daniel Amen sells as part of his brain longevity infomercial on PBS, or reading enough material to keep neuroplasisity occurring ini your brain.
 I speak to my friend Liz every day.  I report to her what’s going on, fill her in on anything controversial, and every single time we speak she says “you already told me that twice.”  Then I start getting paranoid that I’m really losing it.  And then there are the “talks” I have periodically with my significant other.  Or are they lectures? (and should I be taking notes?)


Everyone dreads a cold or flu symptoms. The cold and flu season has arrived in full force in the Sarasota / Bradenton area and according to all accounts it’s a rough one. Here are ten simple tips; ten healthy habits that will help you avoid colds and flu symptoms.  Most important.  GET A FLU SHOT!

  1. 1.Bar soap is a perfect breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. Wash your hands frequently with liquid antibacterial soap instead of bar soap.
  2. 2.Don’t share drinking glasses. Instead, use disposable cups in the kitchen and bathroom, using each cup only once and then disposing.
  3. 3.Use disposable tissues when blowing your nose; use each tissue once, throw it away then wash your hands thoroughly.


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Cove Cleaners Sarasota Florida


Voted the best dry cleaning establishment for 12 consecutive years, Cove Cleaners has 7 locations for your convenience, and absolutely free pickup and delivery of your garments from your home or workplace. But this isn’t what separates Cove from the rest.

Misconceptions about dry cleaning are rampant. At one time or another we’ve tried the cheapest dry cleaner only to realize that what we pay shows the low level of care and the lack of quality and attention given to the finished product. Cove cleaners is environmentally concerned at all levels; they use only the solvents and soaks that are bio-degradable and safe for the environment. They also sponsored the biggest hanger reclaim campaign to reuse hangers and keep them out of the local trash. This helps lighten the load of non-disposable trash at our dumps and shows that Cove Cleaners really cares.

Learn To Fly A Plane


I think we all fantasize about having the chutzpah to jump out of an airplane, go bungee jumping, or driving a race car. Most of us never think about piloting a plane. We’re so sure that the requirements are both too expensive and that we need to be in much better physical shape. According to the Universal Flight Training website, to begin this journey you must first have a “Discovery Flight”, which entails going up with an instructor and getting the feel for what flying a plane is all about.

The next step is to complete your Private Pilot Flight Training with an instructor. There’s actually a curriculum put together by the Universal Flight Training people to ensure you learn all you need to be a safe and assured pilot. Training certification can be earned in the following


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