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Concentration Learning Leisure Poetry

Chequered

Brain and spinal injury centre, Salford

26th June 2018

two friends locked in a meeting of minds

heads of two mighty armies

engaging in rank from rook through to queen

keeping an eye over each army

is the ruler of the of the land at either end

night facing off against day in a battle royale

grey matter in play, as tactics employed

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Concentration Food Poetry

Broken

Broken

the elaborate jigsaw

lies strewn on the floor

of the coffee house

jagged shards of porcelain

cast out in a circular pattern

across the marble floor

perhaps the barista

should have taken note

of the temperature of

the coffee machine

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BASIC Concentration Memory Poetry

Memory

Salford, Tuesday 15th May

Since my last episode with my IV shunt, I’ve become more appreciative of what makes a memory

the smell of cooking of an apple pie in the oven

the sound of my favourite music 🎶 on the wireless

the feel of my iwm fleece, that I wear when volunteering

All these things meet up in the information store in my brain where those clever little neutrons in my head store them for future reference in this vast library 📚 of learning.   There’s two other sections of this library, one holds a giant encyclopaedia of facts……the semantic section, whilst the other contains a multimedia extravaganza, full of music, pictures, film, tv and photographs

now since my shunt was revised, there’s been a bit of a mess in the semantic section, and it’s sister branch the episodic section….which holds memories of events and such.  It’s not that I’ve completely forgotten about certain things, I just have to go back a few pages to remind myself of things

photographs help.  Show me a photo of a place I’d been at and I’d be able to tell you the who the where and when the photo was taken.  It’s probably the reason I’ve taken an interest in using a digital camera, for a visual cue usually triggers a memory of an event

and of course there’s the memory aids – Those colourful notebooks full of my random thoughts and scribbles.  Now i’ve set myself up on wordpress i’ll occasionally share the ramblings of what i’ve picked up in the day, but it always pays to go back to the source – even if it is to source out that chocolate cake recipe i picked up in cooking demos.

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Concentration Life Music

Learning the Harmonica

 
Strike a Chord

On my bookshelf sits, a steel covered Harmonica.

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Here it is.  Sat in front of my Discworld paperbacks. 

It isn’t that old, only a few Christmas’s have passed as I’ve worked my way through the various notes it plays.

Its more of a blues instrument as the notes play over a series of bars through a horn.  Its also a diatonic instrument , which means I can produce a wider range of notes with it.

The notes it makes changes as I blow air through the holes of the harmonica…if I breathe in the notes become different.

As for tunes – and Christmassy numbers – I’ve managed part way through “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night”

I won’t be giving Stevie Wonder a run for his money – but one day I hope to master one of his tunes!

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Attention BASIC Concentration Memory

A-Maze-Ing

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This weeks session @ BASICs Memory Workshop focused on

Attention and Concentration

As part of the session, we were given two maze puzzles to do.  Now, the aim wasn’t to complete the puzzles – more to concentrate on doing them and maintaining the focus of going round the mazes.

As we did the mazes, we were asked to note when our attention slipped – as usual, mine went around the hour when we had a tea break in the café!!!

I found it difficult in places – as my hand tended to slip as I moved around each maze , but it got easier as I concentrated on the task in hand

In Honour of the groups work – I’ve found a little maze on Google graphics. and I’ve left it above for you to try.  See if you can make your way round the maze without your attention wondering (suggestion: don’t do this around meal times!!!)