Heads Up Newsletter

November 2019

Welcome to all of our HeadsUp Readers,

Michele LaNoue
Michele LaNoue

Here we are, already well into November.  With WEFTEC behind us, our team is focusing on responding to requests by all of our visitors at the show and finishing out the year for our existing customers.  There was a lot of interest in our new developments this year.  If you didn’t make it to Chicago, here is an enlightening article on Headworks International’s newest technologies.

Thank you to each of you who stopped by the Headworks WEFTEC Booth to introduce yourselves as HeadsUp readers.  It meant a lot to me that you would take the time out of a very busy conference to say hello!  The feedback you all give me makes a huge difference, I assure you.

Speaking of writing, did you know that November is NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month?  The challenge is to write the first 50,000 words of a draft of a novel or memoir between November 1st and November 30th.  I’ve been working on a memoir for a while now.  As I already had 30,000 words of the draft pounded out, I’ve taken on the challenge to add 50,000 more by month’s end. I work much better with deadlines and as of today the 10th I’ve added about 12,000 more words.  By the end of the month, my first draft should be complete and then I can begin the arduous editing process, which I’m perversely looking forward to.

Our regular readers will have read about my father in past issues. And, yes, he’s in my memoir, of course. People who meet him are always surprised that he is 94 as he looks and acts like a very fit man in his early 70’s.  Just last night at our favorite local sushi place, the manager was amazed when Dad pointed to a beer sign and mentioned that he had served on Okinawa during WWII, now the home of Orion Beer and the Orion Beer Fest. Next time we’re back, she’s promised that the meal’s on her!

How did he achieve his never-ending youthful attitude and appearance?  We now have a name for it: he’s a Super Ager.  Super Agers have certain things in common, as you can learn in this article that pulls all of the studies together. You too can be a Super Ager.  Dad’s tips to his agelessness? He’s rowed 20 minutes a day 6 days a week for the last 40 years; he generally eats healthily on fish, fruits and vegetables (TIP: he has a cup of blueberries with his breakfast each day); he exercises his brain with his voracious reading habits, world travel and political debates; and he hangs out with friends and family more than once a week. His smile is famous and wherever he goes, people immediately have a crush on him. This can be your future, too!

Two years ago, our house flooded in Harvey and we ended up selling it.  Since then, we’ve moved three times, always to high rise apartments, the higher the better.  It’s time we settled down, so we’ve bought a condominium on the 19th floor of one of the older high rises in Houston.  As it still has all of its 1980’s appliances, we’ve been spending weekends visiting Best Buy and other showrooms and googling online reviews of various appliances.  While doing this research, I came across this article on bacteria in our washing machines.  It’s a cautionary tale about how sometimes trying to be eco friendly by washing in cold water can be deadly, particularly to babies whose immune systems are still fragile.  Fortunately for most of us, we have built up our resistance to the normal bacteria in our own homes, so in general cold water washing is fine.  But keep this article in mind when you have guests!

OK, I have to wrap this up and get another couple of thousand words knocked out on my draft.  An average book has 70,000 to 120,000 words. I can do this thing, one word at a time, just like every other life challenge.  Like eating an elephant, one bite at a time.  Words to live by.  Actually, that’s 9 words to live by… maybe I add them into the memoir now.

Wishing you well on getting your exercise in for your mind and body this month. Keep thinking young!

Michele LaNoue

Headworks International Inc.

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