BLOG: Singin’ & Thinkin’ for the HoliDAZE — 4 Activities

Music stimulates brain development (whether you are 2 or 102) and it improves mental functions such as memory and language skills, mental flexibility, spatial thinking AND helps our emotional well-being. The four activities below add another level of brain exercise...

BLOG: TWAS The NIGHT BEFORE (a HWG) Christmas

Last night I was part of the entertainment at a wonderful holiday party put on by the Las Vegas Writers’ Group.  The food, drink and merriment flowed — which probably helped the good reception to the poem I read.   (It was my winning entry in the 2007...

BLOG: “Looking Back” A Film Noir

I’m really proud of my 3+ minute black-and-white film noir which I wrote, directed, edited, and mostly filmed with my tripod while acting all the parts.  My film won first place in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s 2010 Online Film Festival. The film can be...

BLOG: Couch Potato Aerobics

Let’s not rot our brains as Weird Al Yankovic warns in his song “Couch Potato” (“… I love shows with or without a plot; I’ll stare ’til my legs are numb, my eyes bloodshot; Because I only have got; One brain to rot; I’m gonna spend my life...

BLOG: Improv Brain Warm-up: One-Word-At-A-Time

[Ages 5 to 105]  Here’s a game that improv comedy troupes use as a warm-up to keep their brains agile.  You and your family can flex your brains playing this fun game. 1. The first player starts by saying a word. 2. Another player says a word which comes next in a...

BLOG: Stamp Out Potato Patterns

(Materials [makes 6 stamps]:  3 potatoes, tempera paint, paper) IMPORTANT:  Adults, not children, carve the potatoes. 1. Clean and cut each potato in half. 2. Carve out a different design in each, about 1/4 inch deep, in the flesh of the potatoes. The design should be...