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April 20, 2014

Keep your brain cells

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Hey kids. Four centuries ago, Shakespeare wrote about life’s seven great adventures. I forget his exact words, but they were something like this:

1. Our birth; none of us can remember it, but never the less, it is the first memory. Here we are, in a beautiful new world, surrounded by smiling faces and outstretched hands wanting to hold us.

2. Our preschool years.

3. Our school years.

4. Romance, true love, building a family.

5. Our career years.

6. Our retirement years.

7. Our final exit.

Here is a problem, but one that could be easily solved. Each of us begin life with a 100 billion (give or take two) brain cells. These brain cells that dominate everything we think or do can be damaged and/or destroyed by the abuse of narcotics, alcohol and cigarettes.

The truth is, there are millions of brain damaged addicts scattered across America. These otherwise great people are the root cause of most of America’s economic and social problems, including murders, traffic deaths, suicides, abused children, battered women, bankruptcies, divorces, cancers, overflowing prisons, despair, unemployment, etc.

So, why not lay off the junk stuff and focus on your good ideas. You won’t be sorry. Life is full of great adventures if you can keep your brains.

DAVID R. OLIVER

Oklahoma City

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