Aging: Will magic mushrooms slay your angst?
(No. 83) Starting to run in your 60s. Robin Hood for the olds. Kind brain, strong brain. By Stephen P. Williams
Stephen’s People goes to the movies
The Robin Hood of elderly London
An older character in a new movie called The Duke does a crazy and heroic thing. The story is based on an improbable 1961 crime: a 60 year old taxi driver named Kempton Bunton stole a portrait of the Duke of Wellington, by Goya, from London’s National Gallery. But he didn’t hang it in his study, or try to sell it to an oligarch. Rather, he held the painting hostage, and sent ransom notes to the museum demanding that the government provide free access to the BBC TV channel for all elderly people. Watch the movie to learn how it ends. Available on Amazon and Hulu.
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Department of the more things change…
Should you take magic mushrooms to avert your impending existential crisis? Or would you rather just get lit?
Ram Dass wrote the 1971 best seller, Be Here Now. I found it on a coffee table in the apartment of my father’s hippy girlfriend, and devoured it in one sitting. She was sweet that she sent it home with me. I still have it. Thank you Bonnie who wore a linen sack dress!
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News of the world of aging
What if our collective tiredness was not due to overwork, long walks through the rocky hills, or lingering too long at the pull up bar? The wonderful Australian magazine called Psyche suggests fatigue is often all in our brains. Which makes me think of ways to strengthen my brain. Apparently, kindness helps the brain perform, according to Brain Tomorrow. I know that in these weird months, years, decades — how long has everything been weird, anyway? — kindness can sometimes be a distant goal. In that case, perhaps a microscopic robot could find, and fix, the fatigue in your brain, and maybe even ease your pain. If that doesn’t work, we should all try taking psilocybin
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