On Aging and Other Matters


Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions 

"How old are you?" “I’m four and a half!” You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key. 

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead. 

"How old are you?" “I’m gonna be 16!” You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life. . you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!! 

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed? 

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’! re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 

and your dreams are gone. 

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would! 

So you BECOME 21, TU! RN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60. 

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday! 

You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; “I was JUST 92.” 

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. “I’m 100 and a half!” 

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!! 


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay “them” 

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. 

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s. 

4. Enjoy the simple things. 

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. 

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive. 

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. 

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help! p. 

9 Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is. 

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. 


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. 

And if you don! ’t send this to at least 8 people – who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest.

On Aging and Other Matters

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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We all need a good laugh given the stresses we deal with daily
about our personal and collective fears. It is important for everyone, especially our creative community to Laugh often, long and loud. Never take guilt trips. Take a trip to the market or a foreign country, but Not to where the guilt is. This is a list on aging and other important tips about coping with life in the new millennium.Reading the irreverent George Carlin and other satiric comics is one way I deal with stress. Writing a bibliography for artists to facilitate the creative process would include books and quotes by humorists from Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks routine of the “Old Man” to Lily Tomlin’s many characters like the inimitable Ernestine and more currently Adam Sandler’s audio on the importance of the F word. You may not enjoy dark humor, but since I enjoy a range of comedy including Susan Msork’s quotes when she visits her "pondering pool,” I think everyone will find something funny in some of the witty and brilliant humor that has caused millions of people to LAUGH until they gasp throughout the decades. Laughing builds endorphins and is a great way to manage stress, psychological and physical pain. Using humor in therapy is very important and several books have been written on the subject. I have not yet unleashed the full range of my humor, but I have several unusual and unique concepts to reveal including who is the REAL Santa Claus, discontinued dolls like Barbie’s sister Skipper winding her arm to suddenly enter puberty, Billy and Carlos dolls, Mommy’s having twins, Magic Earring Ken in a Barbie box among many other dolls and toys that have become classics. Since I not only studied to become a Psychologist, I am also a Bogologist and will introduce my family of Boglins, rubbery puppets from the 80’s. You will meet my collection of weenie babies, Lillian, my dog Molly’s Grandwitch who appears in one photo in my series, Political Dogs, La Senora Belladona, our resident gypsy who has many interesting beauty tips to share with us and recently asked her closest friend Wanda, a gypsy turned hippie to teach her how to master reading tarot cards. The fact that Wanda is my dog Mikey’s Granny adds another sentimental journey for our family. Wanda arrives in Los Angeles Saturday to join our unusual family. You will meet Dwork, Vloob and Drool and their smaller cousins and the cult hero from the 50’s film, The Attack of the 50’ woman. I also have many useful tips to design a home to share with our animal companions, introducing “gentle-dogs” and barking luxury ladies. Dogs have managed to be taken seriously as customers. They are treated to luxury spas, massage, aromatherapy, sleep away camps, hotels that cater to canines and other luxuries that humans choose to give to their devoted animal companions rather than themselves.

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