Welcome to Wiser Now’s weekly email blast which reflects my eclectic interests and, I hope, yours. February is, of course, Valentine’s Day (lots of hearts),  International Friendship Month, Heart Month, Sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and Heart Songs Month. So love, friends, health, and music – what a lot to celebrate! There are lots of hearts in Nature. I’ve used a few to accompany this issue.

I hope you are finding these offerings fun, and perhaps even useful, and I welcome your feedback. ( And if you haven’t yet pressed the subscribe button so this newsletter doesn’t go to spam, please do so now.

The Quirky Facts
1) Did you know that the lub-dub sound your beating heart makes is a result of its four valve leaflets closing? They’ve got rhythm!

2) We’ve all heard about the lifestyle choices that contribute to heart health (diet, exercise, sleep, etc.) but having a good sense of humor helps, too. According to WebMd, “A good belly laugh can send 20% more blood flowing through your entire body, . . . [because] When you laugh, the lining of your blood vessel walls relaxes and expands. . .”  Ahhhhhh.

The Quirky Appropriate Quote
A sense of humor... is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. ~ Hugh Sidey
The Quirky Observation
Okay, going a wee bit off topic here: When the government is throwing money around, I am always interested in coming up with ways to explain the vast difference between a million dollars and a billion. You will often hear that your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, assuming about 70 beats per minute. That means it will have beat a million times in 10 days. But it will not beat a billion beats, until you are 27 years and approximately 3 months old. Think about it: 1 million in 10 days. 1 billion in 27 years.

Featured Product
The Wiser Now Slide Show “Love and Marriage” isn’t exactly focused on Valentine’s Day, but it fits February well. With nearly two dozen exercises including trivia quizzes, word games, discussion and imaginative exercises that cover (non-anatomical) gender differences, pick-up lines, retro romance, the advantages of being single, and much more, this show will warm the cockles of your heart. You can see an excerpt here.
The Question
One of the Wiser Now “Love and Marriage” Slide Show discussions is on pick-up lines like “Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?” and “Is your last name ‘Broom’? Because you just swept me off my feet.” What is the best – or cheesiest – pick-up line you’ve heard?

The Quiz
Having worked for decades now in aged care settings, I am generally sensitive to people for whom Valentine’s Day is a painful holiday and place instead an emphasis on the treasure of friendships. Nevertheless, everyone has a favorite love song.

There are dozens of song titles with the word “heart” in them. Following are eight. Can you figure out the word or phrase that goes in the blank? This quiz includes blue links to the songs it highlights, so if you don’t guess the answer right away, just click on the link! 

1. My Heart Will ____ ____  (2 words)– Celine Dion

2. Total _____ of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

3. How Can You _____ A Broken Heart? – Bee Gees

4. Achy _____ Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus

5. Your _____ Heart – Patsy Kline

6. None But the _____ Heart – Frank Sinatra

7. The Heart Won’t _____ – Reba McEntire and Vince Gill

8. ______ of My Heart – Gloria Estefan and ‘NSYNC

Answers provided at the end of the document.

The Shameless Request
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The Resources

  • The resources this week are all embedded, but if you’d like the lyrics to any of the highlighted songs, I hope you will Google them.
  • And as always, check out and
Answers to the quiz
  1. Go On
  2. Eclipse
  3. Mend
  4. Breaky
  5. Cheatin’
  6. Lonely
  7. Lie
  8. Music
My multiple goals are to amuse and inspire you, to share what I and people whom I admire are doing, to stimulate your curiosity and spur you to action. I hope you enjoyed this offering. You can access previous issues here. We welcome your feedback. (
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