Friday, November 11, 2011

The Longevity Project by Howard S. Friedman Ph.D. and Leslie R. Martin Ph.D.

I know that certain words fail to hold the weight they once did: Amazing, fantastic, awesome, fascinating. However these are all words that bear weight in describing this book, The Longevity Project by Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D. and Leslie R. Martin, Ph.D. In the early 1920s Dr. Terman began studying young children from middle class families and the data collected over those ensuing decades provided astounding findings. The data collected in Dr. Terman’s lifetime has been analyzed in various ways by the authors to provide answers to how and why certain people live to a ripe old age up into their late 90s and early 100s and how and why others fail to reach 65.

I picked up this book because the women on both sides of my family live to be in their 90s while the men pass away around their mid 60s and I have learned a tremendous amount about aging and what lifestyle choices lead to ones longevity. I also learned about something that makes me feel so much better about myself: Awful hand-writing is a sign of intelligence and many of the Terman participants who lived long lives never overcame their terrible hand-writing despite accomplishing so many other things in life. You should thank your lucky stars you’ve only seen the typed version of my writing, not the hand-written version or else you would not even bother reading this blog, I promise you.

Other very interesting and noteworthy lessons learned: Many of the ideas trotted out by the media and health experts to the rest of us are not necessarily true. Happy-go-lucky people and having a less stressful life does not prolong longevity. If you are a worrier you may live a long time provided you act productively on those worries to improve your health. Also, taking on challenging jobs or tasks and being proud of them is another key to longevity. However, taking on challenging jobs and tasks and feeling like a failure ought to signal to you to change your path because it may shorten your life after all.

Despite the fact that women did not typically hold jobs or careers in the time period of these subjects Dr. Terman did follow women who found careers anyway and uncovered that women (and men) in socially interactive careers lived the longest. Women who did not work but were involved in their community lived long lives. There is even a subject of whether having more feminine characteristics lends itself to longevity and I think the chapter is fascinating and illuminating in so many ways.

For men, the proud over-achievers who had stable relationships with their wives lived longest. They did not necessarily have to be active in their community or have socially interactive jobs so long as they had a supportive spouse to live a very long life just as women are prone to do.

All aspects of these subjects’ lives were studied: How well they did in school and with friends, their home life, their hobbies. As they aged, Dr. Terman asked about their satisfaction with their career, their romantic partners, and how physically active they were and what hobbies they maintained or discovered.

I cannot possibly capture all there is to learn in this book but I urge all of you to read it as it is fascinating, amazing, and illuminating. You will learn that you do not have to change your life drastically to prolong life, simply adopt some healthier habits without having to visit the gym regularly or giving up your challenging career. If you enjoyed this review, please check out a copy of The Longevity Project by Howard S. Friedman Ph.D. and Leslie R. Martin Ph.D. at your local library, purchase a copy at your local book-store or go on-line to purchase a copy at:

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Rattle Open Submissions

Open year-round, send 3-5 poems of any length through e-mail or snail mail to this fine journal. Be sure to include your contact information (Name, Mailing Address, Phone Number, E-mail address) and including a bio is optional but if you are accepted you will be asked to provide one. I say go ahead and submit a bio.

While Rattle accepts all kinds of poetry they also have tribute issues and are looking for poets who are in Law Enforcement to submit poems for the Summer 2012 issue.

To send poems via snail mail (enclose a stamped, self-addressed return envelope):

12411 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604

To send poems via e-mail(write Poetry Submission/Last Name in the subject line, I’d say):

To learn more details go to:

Good luck to all who submit! Please drop in again tomorrow for another Read A Good Book feature…

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Poems Found by Poet Hound
“The Funeral” by Donavon Davidson
“A Low Bank of Cloud” by Ed Roberson

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Out of Time

I ran out of time to review a book of poetry for this week but I do have one for next week that is worth waiting for. In the meantime, the rest of the week’s posts are ready to go along with an amazing book I am featuring this Friday so please stop in again…

Monday, November 7, 2011

Brave Men Press

Beautiful chapbooks and accordion-style books of poetry to be found along with information on the poets published through their press and news about the press itself, check them out at:

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