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  As Our Sword, 

 We Shall Conquer The World"  



Class of 65 bi-monthly luncheon will take place on March 14th at OUTBACK located in River City Mall at 1:00pm.  We are looking forward to a great turnout!




Calling all Yellow Jackets of Class of 65, it's time to get together and plan our 55th Class Reunion.    Those of you that are not local are welcome to forward ideas.  See below. Stay tuned. 



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Ashley Street:

"The Harlem of the South"

Ashley Street was the core of black life in Jacksonville before Integration. During its heyday, the four blocks from Broad to Davis Streets was known as the Harlem of the South. Not much is left of this once vibrant entertainment district today. Click on link below for more.




It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!” 

is subtitled

A Personal Account of the 1960 Sit-in Demonstrations in Jacksonville, Florida and Ax Handle Saturday”. 

It is Hurst’s  personal eyewitness account, as President of the Jacksonville Florida Youth Council NAACP, of the events leading up to, and the fallout from, the bloody events of August 27, 1960.  On that day, 200 ax handle and baseball bat wielding whites attacked members of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP, who were “sitting-in” at white lunch counters in downtown Jacksonville peacefully protesting segregation. Part memoir, part history and part biography, “It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!” provides a chronicle of those pivotal events whether you were there, only heard the stories, or, as is the case with so many people today, know next to nothing about the violent years of the Civil Rights ...  more






Jun 1965

 JUNE 1965



  Jun 3, 1965

JUNE 3, 1965


Breaking ground on July 9, 1957, the hotel's early days recieved much fanfare, including a 'topping out party' that was covered by the Wall Street Journal.  Rising 215', it was the first hotel to be constructed in Jacksonville in 32 years and Florida's largest hotel at the time of its grand opening on March 22, 1959.



Manuel's Tap Room was located at 626 W. Ashley Street.  Manuel's was described in the January 1942 issue of The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP, as "the Finest of its kind in the South."  



Once known as the “Wanamaker of the South,” Cohen Brothers department store captured the hearts of thousands of Jacksonville residents.





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The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

I Never Lost My Praise (Full Performance)


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The site is to become perpetual. Years from now your profile will be available to your family, those who knew you, and to history in general. Your pictures and words will be there for your great-great grands and on. I urge you to continue to update your profile, which will remain locked and private by your password. Once you pass on, your profile/history will be unlocked to be accessible to the world. IMAGINE. UPDATE. SHARE. What message will you leave to tomorrow?

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(Caution this article is only for those who are looking for a way to reduce or stop joint and muscle pain, get more energy, reduce wrinkles, reduce risk of diseases, reduce or eliminate stress, look better and live younger longer.)

by Ken Solomon


Choose Negatively, Get Negative Results. Choose Positively, Get Positive Results.

As we get more “candles on the cake”, we begin to realize that our most valuable asset is our health. I would venture to say that nearly every person reading this would agree with that statement.  To have a quality life, we start with quality health.  The quality of our health should be number one on our list, but of course, it is not.  The purpose of this article is to shine the spotlight on our most valuable asset by introducing a very simple checklist that can make a positive difference in our lives.

I call it PAYING YOUR DEWS (Diet, Exercise, Water, and Sleep).  These are the pillars of good health. Before I go on, I want to state that I am well aware that we all have our individual challenges, abilities and disabilities.  What is being addressed here is our general health and our individual ability to be the very best that each of us can be … by paying our DEWS.  Of course, we should consult our doctor before trying anything that involves our most valuable asset.

DIET.  Let's make this easy, eat whatever you like.  I don't believe in diets, so this is not about dieting.  It is about putting the right kind of oil in our engines and the right amount of gas in the tank of our vintage Rolls Royce.  If you are like me, you don't always eat right.  So make it easy and take a multiple vitamin/mineral supplement, tumeric, one-a-day fish oil capsule, and extra vitamin D.  Easy.  As we age, our immune system begins to fall down on the job and starts letting diseases that we never had before attack us.  I see a lot of you shaking your heads in agreement.   “Never suffered with that until I turned forty”.  When taken daily, the vitamins and stuff will help ward off new attacks of unknown diseases, like fortifying the walls of your fort because the soldiers are not up to snuff.  Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Now let's be adult about this, if you are an average build and have a net consumption of more than two thousand calories per day, you are probably overweight, maybe even obese.  We all know the reasons why that is not a good thing.  Keep it simple, if you want to be in the best of health, eat less.  It’s a choice.  Eat whatever you like, just eat less.  Since you are doing the vitamin thing, what you eat is not as important as the amount you eat.  Diets don’t work so the only key that works is to just start eating less for the rest of your life.  I love Tasty Kake Chocolate Éclairs, which have over 600 calories for such a little pie. I still eat them, but I take a 100 calorie bite or two and throw the 400 calories away.  I love me more.  Sometimes it is not easy but I remind myself that I'm in it for the long run.  I believe that there is a greater power that determines the length of my life, but I am given reign over the quality of my health, through my power of choice.

Exercise.  There is no getting around it; you have to exercise. 30 minutes a day, five days a week will Spice Up Your Life!  Exercising regularly can bring adventure into your life!   Instead of seeing exercising as being boring and going through the motions, consider a variety of things such as dancing, walking, and several other physical activities. There is something that you enjoy doing.  Find it and do it.  It is a choice that will change your life!

Are you looking for a way to accelerate your metabolism and lose some weight?  Well, I have great news for you!  Exercise will increase your metabolism and allow you to burn off extra calories, even in sedentary jobs.  Do you want Increased Energy?  When we exercise regularly, we create the energy needed to make it through the entire day.  How about the ability to Sleep Better?  If you exercise regularly, you will allow your body to fall asleep faster and deeper. Many people do some form of exercise just to relieve stress and it works like a charm.  Exercising stimulates certain brain chemicals and can help you feel much better if you are having a stressful day.  With a good exercise program and a diet that has the right nutrients in it, you will immediately see the change in your body composition.  You will be able to achieve your weight loss goals easier, display a healthier physique and feel better about yourself and your body.  A better life for 30 minutes a day. Choices.

Water.  If you are not drinking enough water, then here is what you are experiencing ... fatigue, weakness, muscle and joint pain, wrinkled and dry skin, dry hair, increased heart rate, excess weight and of course, headaches.  You are mostly water; it is your body's principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight.  Every system in your body depends on water.  For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.  Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you do not have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions.  Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.  For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.  So how much water does the average healthy adult need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of water a day.  The AI for women is about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of water a day.  The most powerful medicine available cures many ills, if we choose to use it.

Sleep.  Okay, so we are taking our vitamins, exercising, and drinking our water.  Now for the part that makes it all work … SLEEP.  I liken this part to baking a cake.  You can take all of the ingredients and mix them up and put them in a pan but if you never put the pan in the oven to bake or you do not bake it long enough, well you just have a mess.  If you don’t do this part right everything else would have been for naught.  You need sleep to allow the nutrients and water to work with your cells to build your fort.  You need sleep to allow your body to recover and recreate from your exercising.  Sleep is not merely a time when your body shuts off.  While you rest, your brain stays busy, overseeing a wide variety of biological maintenance that keeps your body running in top condition, preparing you for the day ahead.  Without enough hours of restorative sleep, you won’t be able to work, learn, create, and communicate at a level even close to your true potential.  As you start getting the sleep you need, your energy and efficiency will go up.

While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best.  And despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, older people, like myself, still need at least 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep. Older adults who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to suffer from depression, attention and memory problems, and excessive daytime sleepiness.  On the other hand, proper sleep can reduce the risk of many serious health problems in older adults, including a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, weight problems, and breast cancer in women. SLEEP, no other activity delivers so many benefits with so little effort!  Easy choice.

Pay your DEWS and Live Younger Longer.  Your Choice, isn’t it?


Working Out When You're Over 50




 Newly generated each day





 "Smiling Faces"


18 Secrets for a Longer Life

What’s that saying, “70 is the new 50”!

It’s the start of an exciting, revitalized era. Here's how to make the most of it.


14 Things No One Tells You About Getting Older

You’re likely to have better sex and be more insightful as you get older, but hair might start growing in strange places. Here’s what else you can expect.

Adults Who Exercise May Gain 9 'Biological' Years

Man Up! A Guide to Looking Great as You Get Older

Cut Your Odds of a Stroke

Here's Why You Need Vitamin D

Antiaging Quiz: Do You Know How to Stay Young?

Get Started With Exercise to Lower Blood Pressure

Do You Know the Benefits of Walking?



Why Exercise Matters

There are many reasons you should stay physically active, especially if you want to live a long life.

It can help:

  • Keep your bones, muscles, and joints healthy
  • Lower your chances of things like diabetes, colon cancer, and osteoporosis
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Manage stress and improve your mood
  • Ease symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Lower your risk of heart disease
  • Manage chronic conditions like arthritis or diabetes, by improving symptoms like stamina, joint swelling, pain, and muscle strength
  • With balance, so you're less likely to fall and fracture bones

How Much Exercise?

Sometimes as you get older, you may be a bit fearful of exercise. Maybe you think you might hurt yourself. You may believe you have to join a gym. Or you may not be sure what exercises you should do.

The key thing isn't how or where you get active, it's just to start moving.

Healthy adults should shoot for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity, aerobic activity every week. Sure, you can do that in exercise classes. But you can also get it by brisk walking. It's also important to do movements that work all your major muscles at least 2 days a week. Also try to do flexibility exercises 2 or 3 days a week to improve your range of motion.


 "Being Your Best...

  Is A Thing That Only You Can Do!"

Smiling Woman Eating Healthy Breakfast


Science-Backed Ways to Live to 100

Live to see a century by adopting these habits.


One Simple Rule That Will Keep You Slim

Try this remarkably easy weight loss approach from the world’s longest living people.


Finding Your Purpose Can Save Your Life

Want to live a longer, healthier life? A sense of purpose may be all you need.


The One Simple Thing You Can Do to Slow Aging

Getting enough sleep can boost your health and help you live longer.






Exercise May Slow Brain Aging by 10 Years for Older People

Exercise in older people is associated with a slower rate of decline in thinking skills that occurs with aging. People who reported light to no exercise experienced a decline equal to 10 more years of aging as compared to people who reported moderate to intense exercise, according to a population-based observational study published in the March 23, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.







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        BRAIN TRAINING     



This is VERY FAST , so be prepared. 
You only have 8 seconds for each question.
Click on the Smartorstoopid and have fun. 
NOTE: Re-taking the test mixes up the questions.
How Young Is Your Brain?

Want to know if your brain is younger or older than the number of birthday candles you tried to blow out last year? Stand on one leg and close your eyes. Do this close to a steadying wall or a friend to grab onto.  The longer you can stand without losing your balance, the younger your brain is. If you're 60 or over, 15 seconds is very good, standing longer indicates a younger brain.


 As we age 

 it is extremely important 

to exercise our brains! 

  Here are a few fun brain exercises to train our atten­tion and work­ing mem­ory (the abil­ity to keep infor­ma­tion cur­rent for a short period while using this infor­ma­tion). These exercises may not be as easy as you think. Good luck!

1. Say the days of the week back­wards, then in alpha­bet­i­cal order.

2. Say the months of the year in alpha­bet­i­cal order.  Easy?  Well, why don’t you try doing so back­wards, in reverse alpha­bet­i­cal order?

3. Find the sum of your date of birth, mm/dd/yyyy. Want more exer­cise? Do the same with friends and rel­a­tives’ date of birth.

4. Name two objects for every let­ter in your com­plete name (i.e., the name Jay might be jam and Jell-O, apple and artwork, yarn and yacht).  Work up to five objects, try­ing to use dif­fer­ent items each time.

5. Wher­ever you are, look around and within two min­utes; try to find five red things that will fit in your pocket, and five blue objects that are too big to fit.

Have fun stimulating those little grey cells!




                 ...BUT WITH GOD...                


"God is trying to tell you something." - (The Color Purple)



           END OF THE ROAD       






Take a long hug, for example. Studies have shown that positive physical touch stimulates a brain chemical called oxytocin. Dubbed the “cuddle hormone,” it’s produced during a range of scenarios, including sexual arousal, orgasm and childbirth.

The result: Oxytocin helps to create a sense of emotional intimacy, relaxation, contentment and trust. Scientists have even found that oxytocin helps relieve stress, improve mood and lower blood pressure. Even better, you and your partner easily can boost oxytocin all day long: just a 20 to 30-second hug can raise oxytocin levels in both men and women.

Other potential quickies:

Re-discovering the art of the kiss. Believe it or not, less than 50% of people kiss their partners on daily basis. No wonder so many people are stuck in sex ruts. Once we stop kissing, it’s a sign that something needs to change.

Sending your partner a sexy text. These days technology is often depicted as a time bomb that could destroy a relationship at any moment, but couples in trusting long-term relationship can use sexy emails and texts with each other to cultivate their connection and build sexual anticipation.

Telling your partner about a sexy fantasy or dream. A study at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, found that intercourse is the most common sexual behavior in dreams. A healthy 37% of participants reported having a sexual dream once a week, while 19% reported dreaming about sex up to five times per week. So share the dream!

Hop in the shower together. With the summer heat come more excuses to shower - why not save the water and enjoy one together? If you’re headed for the beach, take some time to rub suntan lotion on your partner with meaning and verve.

These small connections may not be explicitly sexual, but they create “transferable” desire that adds up over time and contributes to lasting sexual desire and fulfilling sexual experiences.

“Little quickies are a great way to get our adrenaline going,” writes Naughty Mommy blogger, Heidi Raykeil: “From handjobs to frisky playful exhibitionism, to just taking a moment to feel each other up, quickies are a way of re-connecting and building up a reserve of sexual anticipation. Taking the big O out as a ‘goal’ really leaves more room for playful, fun stuff - as long as we know we can get that other fulfillment later.”




On the Brain: When believing is healing

If you're sick, it doesn't hurt to believe that you're getting better - in fact, it may actually help. And when it comes to many alternative medicines, such as herbal remedies and acupuncture, belief alone may be the reason that you feel a sense of comfort and healing.

continued:  On the Brain: When believing is healing






A full night’s sleep can help you stay healthy

Getting a good night’s sleep is important. It can sharpen your focus, give you more energy, and even help you ward off the common cold. But did you know that it can affect your long-term health, too?
A recent study in the European Heart Journal suggests that people who regularly get fewer than 6 hours of sleep a night are at an increased risk for cardiac problems, including heart attack and stroke. In fact, sleep-deprived study participants were 15 percent more likely to have a stroke. And more and more people are cutting back on their shut-eye in order to meet the daily challenges of life and work.
To help protect your health, try these tips and aim for 7 hours of sleep each night.
  • Set a regular time each night for powering down your computer, putting away your smartphone, and turning off your TV.
  • Before bed, make time for a quiet activity, such as writing in a journal, reading, meditation, or taking a bath.
  • Create a healthy sleep environment.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning — even on weekends.



__________           ________

Boomers: 'Sex, drugs, rocky road'

 By Madison Park, CNN


  • Boomers are less healthy and heavier than their parents were at their age

  • They think of themselves as young, but they're aging physiologically faster

  • Stress, obesity, health care, brain function, arthritis are top medical concerns

Editor's note: In 2011, the baby boomer generation turns 65. So what can the boomers expect in their retirement years?





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