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.
I’m sat in my bedroom – cum – office, pondering another set of scribbles from one of my memory notebooks.
Ever lost something…and spent the next few hours getting into a fluster over it ?
The key thing I’ve learned is to keep everything in a particular spot
Notes go into a notebook – and referred to, its ok writing stuff down – but if you don’t refer to what you wrote down – the moment passes and the memory fades.
So its important to keep the scribbles and refer to them
Develop a habit of scribbling things down – keep a routine of your everyday activity
and when you can – reward the stuff that’s gone well in the day
Most important thing – try learning something new. On this Blog, for instance – as I learn something new with my camera the experience will be recorded on here in a post. The process makes new connections in the brain…what they tell me is if I spend an hour a day learning something – the seed of what i’ll be learning will take hold
Hi Folks – Anybody expecting a post yesterday, I do apologise – I slightly overdid it and ended up taking to my bed earlier than I first thought I would!
Note to self – don’t go Marching off to the computer store for an Ipad Cover after an Afternoon Shift at the war Museum….
Anyway, here’s my report on Tuesdays Memory Workshop….
What’s your idea of Utopia?
As part of an Activity to engage an open mind we had Carte Blanche to create our own perfect world
Think of Sid Meiers Civilization Game but on Paper…
we had to answer questions on
What the climate and landscape would be,
What kind of Animals and Plants were on this world
What people were like on this island
What they did for fun …. (Careful..!!!! Inky)
Where they worked
What kind of Place was it like
By the end of the session – i’d created my own little island community, with sandy beaches, Tropical flowers and fruits , full of colourful flowers and surrounded by cocoa trees clear blue seas with lots of fish and plots for vegetables – so we could have fish and chips –
I resisted the temptation to go all wonka and have Lemonade lakes and edible grass – maybe that’s an idea for another island! :))
The other week, as part of my photography sessions I spent time away from the Bridge camera to produce some reminder cards to use in my photography should I forget how to perform an operation on it and I haven’t got access to the manual.
I’ve had my DSC-H300 for a bit now, but as its my main camera decided to put the instructions for that camera on each of these tags. I wrote down the procedure / location of every function listed on the cards on the back of each one.They’re a handy little reminder should I need to refer to them.