In line with the publication of my new book, The 90s Club & the Hidden Staircase, about a group of 90-year-olds playing detective at Whisperwood Retirement Village, here’s a news item about  James Arruda Henry who at 98 learned to read and write. This proves once again that old myths like, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” are wrong and wrong-headed. Think of the people who don’t try anything new because of it.

That old myth, like most old teachings, are designed more to keep a person down, in-line, and defeated than to uplift and empower.  Empowerment has to be a relatively new idea that could only come out of a free, democratic society.  What a scary idea for authoritarian governments, rigid social structures, and even for some parents. No wonder they’re always spouting myths that control and defeat.  

How many old defeating notions are you harboring?

I continue to read obituaries (nobody writes about older people till they’re dead, I guess) of people in their 90s and 100s, living active lives until they die. Here’s another one about James B. Morehead, a World War II ace known as “Wildman.” At the age of 94, on a hunting trip in California, he shot a buck using a rifle with iron sights and no scope.  I don’t agree with hunting for sport, but the guy must have been in good shape to hunt and hit a target without a scope.