Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Opus 2022-094: Ode to Old: Tickling Cure

The old age word for the day is “flaccid”.   I am not addressing what might come to your mind.  I am concerned about the mind it comes to.  I am worried about a flaccid mind.

One of the dangers of old age is a mind that has lost its edge.  Many worry about such things as dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory loss.  We have all seen it in family and friends.  I see it in others when they repeat the same question in a conversation or tell the same stories over and over again.  Every time I have a hard time remembering a word I start to wonder if it is just a word.  Have I told this story before?  Was it in this conversation?

I wonder how much of the decline can be held at bay.  I remember reading somewhere that learning new skills can keep your mind active.  It is very easy to not put in the effort.  I sometimes think that writing these posts is one of the ways I try to keep my brain alive.  Something else I have thought of trying is not telling stories of things that happened more than a day earlier.  

For me the biggest danger is living in a daydream, putting my mind in neutral.  I don’t mean naps but flaccid fantasy that robs the mind of vigor.  I can sit and drift off on a moment’s notice.  I can rework the past and create all kinds of futures.  A little probably doesn’t hurt but it is easy to get preoccupied.

I guess this is where grandchildren come in.  It is hard to daydream when you are tickling a two year old.  Maybe I have a few years left in me yet.

homo unius libri


  1. Grandchildren will also keep you sharp by asking lots of difficult to answer questions.

    1. This week I had to explain Prague powder to my granddaughter. I hope I didn't ruin her childhood. Her brother was quite happy just to suck on his Popsicle.

      Grace and peace


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