Amélie did much better than survive her first day in a new school, but I sense that Dad (JW) was just a tad anxious! The first day at a new school, the first day at a new job, or simply the first time for doing anything can lead to fears associated with the unknown.

When Memory Matters holds its ever-popular Brain Boosters education classes one of the fundamental lessons is to avoid “ANTS.”  ANTS are Automatic Negative Thoughts which causes negative chemicals to be released by the brain and makes us feel bad! Conversely, good and happy thoughts cool the brain and our deep limbic system as positive chemicals are released. The limbic system of the brain is our “emotional system.” Thoughts are powerful and every cell in our body is affected by every thought we have. Scientists have concluded that most people process 15,000 to 80,000 ANTS per day. Wow! Even if they are divided on the approximation, it is still a lot of ANTS! To learn more about the brain and Memory Matters Brain Health Education and Brain Boosters class please check out our website and call 1 843 842 6688 to book a class. Classes start on September 11 in two locations namely,  St. Gregory the Great – St Andrew’s Hall in Bluffton, and Memory Matters facility on Hilton Head Island. My wife and I enjoyed the Brain Boosters class. It is educational, helpful, and fun in an interactive way. – Volunteer Mike

Now let me introduce the latest JW story with a quotation from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.”

First Day

The line of cars was moving  slowly toward the main entrance when I saw her. There was a smile on her face as she walked toward my truck. I let out a sigh of relief as I pressed to button to unlock her door. She plopped her backpack down and buckled her seatbelt as I pulled away from the curb.

“So, how was it, kiddo?”

“Pretty good… We’re going to perform a scene from Greek mythology in theater class! And we have to read ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Macbeth’ in honors English.”

“Well, there you go! Now, aren’t you glad we already tackled Miss Lee’s masterpiece together?”

“Definitely. But I’m a little intimidated by the Shakespeare…”

“No worries kiddo. Once you get a handle on the vocabulary and historical context, then he becomes completely accessible. And funny! He’s just telling the same stories the Greeks did, just putting on entertaining plays… Of course, he does it quite like no one else ever did before him or ever will again…  What about calculus?”

“We didn’t do much today, but I think she knows what she’s doing. She’s quite an interesting person, not at all what I expected. The girl who sits next to me seems nice. She was very surprised that a lowly sophomore was taking AP Calculus.”

“What about lunch?”

“Well, there were no places to sit by the time I got through the food line, so I ate at the counter next to a group of popular kids.”

“Did they say anything to you?”

“No, but it was fine. I just ate my pizza and listened. I think I should probably bring my lunch because by the time I got through the food line, lunch was almost over.”

“I agree. Plus I’m sure whatever Mom fixes you will be healthier than cafeteria food!”


“And you have French last block, correct?”

“Oui, papa! C’est bon, mais nous n’avons pas fait beaucoup de travail aujourd’hui…”

“Well, I’m sure you guys will get on with it soon enough!”


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