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UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • May 2018 • 27 Some Essentials Of Life by Chance Massaro, M.A. ~ powcom@sonic.net


Santa Rosa, CA. ~ On a recent nature walk with Michael Ellis I was reminded of what a big deal memory is and how many of us lament that ours is inadequate. Before


the


walk be- gan, I heard two people lement-


ing how much of Michael’s sharing


would be lost because of their bad memory.


I


interrupted the


ductions


intro- to


ask Michael to include mnemonic devices


as


he told us about flowers whales and seals.


He said he would


and he most certainly did, which made the walk memo- rable as well as educational . The human beings who this earth


roamed They


years ago had language but not writing.


700,000 survived


and built cultures of beauty and sustainability without the aide of Google or even Britan- nica to remember. to


building cairns,


In addition drawing


on cave walls and tying grass into pointers, our ancient an- cestors used song, dance, ges-


tures, poems,plays and bodily expressions to learn to gather food, attract a mate, protect themselves and sustain their way of life. The Art of Memory was part of their everyday


life.


The Art of Memory was not unlike religion from just before the time of the Greeks. There were dozens of “cults” each of which taught


their children


their way


special to


re-


member the essentials


of life (astrology, the seasons, animals, trees etc). While most people didn’t read or write, most had bodacious memories. Then Gutenberg came on the scene and the art of memory slipped away. Since the inven- tion of the printing press we have developed tens of EX- TERNAL ways to remember stuff WITHOUT WORKING AT IT. Today we have the world,


nay the universe at our fin- gertips. Now we have no need to remember anything because,well, “It’s all in my


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how the baby looks, we show a dozen pictures; we don’t know how to get to grandma’s house because our GPS fails so sel- dom. How to buy something, fit it, fix it or sell it is so easy we seldom have to remember how.


So let’s say yay everytime we remember something we want- ed to.


Let’s complement oth-


ers whenever they remember. Let’s ask for and give mnemon- ic tricks and techniques. Let’s always say, “My memory is an art; I practice and it is getting better every day.”


The Punitentiary #1 My wife told me I had to stop


acting like a flamingo. So I had to put my foot down.


What do you call it when cafe customers joke about their coffee? A brewhaha.


Snakes don’t drink coffee because it makes them viperactive.


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