Living Memories (by Len Winneroski)

Manna and Coffee

12246862_10207852884058069_8234395867074641674_nMemories are an interesting thing. There are some memories that bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart, and there are other memories that I can dredge up that make me sad or angry. Have you ever noticed that memories that are correlated with periods of intense emotion, like the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, a significant achievement or failure, seem to be hardwired into our brains? I mean I can barely remember what I ate two days ago but I can tell you lots of details about the day that my daughter and son-in-law got married or about my little brother’s funeral.

Significant memories are usually correlated with strong emotion and recalling them still affects our emotions, even if the memories were formed years or decades ago. I’m a scientist and I could go into how memories are stored in the…

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