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Monday, December 10, 2012

"Yes, Virginia, there really IS a Santa Claus!"

"Yes, Virginia, there really IS a Santa Claus!"

Is There a Santa Claus? was the title of an editorial appearing in the September 21, 1897, edition of The (New York) Sun. The editorial, which included the famous reply "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus", has become an indelible part of popular Christmas folklore in the United States.
In 1897, Dr. Philip O'Hanlon, a coroner's assistant on Manhattan's Upper West Side, was asked by his then eight-year-old daughter, Virginia (1889–1971), whether Santa Claus really existed.
O'Hanlon suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time, assuring her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." He unwittingly gave one of the paper's editors, Francis Pharcellus Church, an opportunity to rise above the simple question and address the philosophical issues behind it.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Many people found Church's newspaper article very moving, in a time (post-civil war) when many were suffering from a lack of hope and faith. I find it interesting how something written so long ago is still relevant today.


Keep Moving to Fight Memory Loss

7 days ago by in ( Nutrition , · Healthy Living Tips )
There are many ways to help prevent Alzheimer's Disease and keep your gray matter in top shape.
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Research has shown that it is not one but a combination of activities and lifestyle choices that keep the brain healthy. Here are some ways to keep your mind agile and your memory healthy:
  • 1. Participate in recreational activities like chess, book clubs and discussion groups that encourage conversation and interaction
  • 2. Implement activities that require planning and forethought like gardening and scrapbooking
  • 3. Challenge yourself to complete common activities in reverse order or with the opposite hand (i.e. brushing teeth, getting dressed, etc.)
  • 4. Keep low-impact aerobic activities like dancing, cycling and swimming as part of your routine
Don't Forget to Remember
Recent studies have shown a strong correlation between vascular health and the influence of an active lifestyle. There are also activities that have been proven to increase memory retention. Give these a try and see if you experience improved memory capacity:
  • 1. Stay mentally active by working puzzles, learning to play a musical instrument or taking alternate routes when driving
  • 2. Socialize regularly with loved ones and friends or by volunteering with people of various ages
  • 3. Keep your appointments, tasks and other events organized in a single place or notebook
  • 4. Focus on one task at a time and give it your full attention
  • 5. Eat a healthy diet and include supplements like ReversAge® to promote youthfulness
  • 6. Make regular checkups at your doctor a part of your routine, particularly if you are managing chronic conditions
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