Have GPS, Will Travel


Don’t even bother, Mr. B.


Bea’s husband is “navigationally challenged.”  A fancy way of saying he gets lost simply trying to drive through our neighborhood.  So he bought a GPS, and now he can drive to our local McDonald’s without a problem.  Bea warned him that he’s “dumbing himself down” by using that GPS (who, by the way, has an annoying voice) but, being a typical man, he never listens to his wife.

It actually appears that getting lost is a genetic trait in his family. A few of his siblings can’t find their way around town, either. Who’da thunk that DNA, along with giving a person blue eyes, brown hair, and skinny legs, would also pass along a “just get lost” gene?

Luckily for Mr. Boomer, if the GPS has a nervous breakdown from trying to direct him all the time, both Mrs. B. and the Boomer offspring, Ms. B., have a great sense of direction.  (Especially when it comes to finding shopping malls and their favorite Mexican restaurants – Go figure).

Bea can actually read a paper map! *Gasp.* And daughter Boomer only has to drive somewhere once, and she can get back to that spot blindfolded.  I kid you not.

WebMD says it’s all in our brains.  Navigational skills, that is. It’s got something to do with our hippocampus, the memory part of our brains. Some of us simply have better recognition and spatial memory in that old hippocampus of ours.  Read more in WebMD’s article,  Why Do You Always Get Lost? .

The article also says that we can improve our sense of direction; Mr. Boomer may have to look into that . . .


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Are Your Ears Ringing?

One of my friends often suffers from ringing in her ears at night, and as a consequence, doesn’t get enough sleep.  Lack of sleep in itself can be bad enough, but when phantom noises are what’s keeping you awake, it must be horrible! My friend thinks it’s from those loud rock concerts she went to as a twenty-something, and she could be right – MedicineNet points out loud noise exposure is one of the primary causes of this hearing condition.  Other causes can be found here.

Tinnitus is what’s keeping my friend awake at night, and it’s more common than you may think. It affects up to 50,000,000 people in the U.S. alone, and hundreds of millions worldwide, according to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA).  That’s a lot of people suffering from a hearing condition that has no cure.

I referred to the noises my friend hears as phantom noises, because they’re noises no one else can hear. According to Dr. Neil Bauman, Director for the Center for Hearing Loss Help, the noises differ among people suffering with tinnitus – my friend has that awful ringing; other people may hear hissing, buzzing, humming, chirping, and a variety of other sounds.  Dr. Bauman also pointed out that the noises may constantly act up  or  may appear intermittently.  Either way, it doesn’t sound fun.



According to the ATA, some of the treatment options are:

  • Medications, such as anti-convulsant drugs or sedatives, as well as anti-depressant or anti-anxiety drugs.
  • Sound therapy –  One option is called a “tinnitus masker,” an electronic appliance that fits into a person’s ear and makes “white noise” to mask the sounds of tinnitus.*
  • Biofeedback
  • Cognitive Therapy

You can find more treatments at the ATA website, or at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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*Moore, Donnica, M.D. (2009) Women’s Health for Life.

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Why I Read “Success Consciousness”




The Success Consciousness website,  created by Remez Sasson, is the home of one of my favorite personal development blogs.  At the Success Conscious site, readers who are interested in personal development can buy one of Remez’s many books which include topics such as: Self-improvement, motivation, inner peace, spiritual growth, and more. What I like is that you can download free chapters/excerpts from some of his books, to review before purchasing.

Stressed out today? Or just want to relax before bed? Watch one of Remez’s meditation videos. If you’re interested in connecting with others and talking about personal and spiritual development, you can check out the site’s forums.

My favorite part of the site, however, is Remez’s blog, found here.

I recently read a post that described me in my younger years.  Titled, A Few Questions to Ask Yourself, it talked about asking yourself how you react to things that happen in your day. Do you get angry and upset at the little irritations that pop up?  Do you dwell on problems, personal criticism, and such?  Remez points out that how we respond to life’s obstacles has a lot to do with our peace of mind.  And he provides ideas about how to rid ourselves of our automatic negative reactions.

This post also reminded me about something I had learned from Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements, and that is: Don’t take things personally!

Don’t know about you, readers, but developing my own peace of mind has been a continuous journey.  It’s worth the trip, though, because at least for myself, serenity has led to a greater sense of self-acceptance and happiness.

A few other posts that I enjoyed:

(1) How to avoid negative thinking

(2) When One Door Closes Another Opens


(3) How to calm your mind

And one post that reminds me not to give up on my dream to write a book, and may convince you not to give up on your dreams either:

50 Famously Successful People Who Failed At First





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