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Name Dropping

I am in Tulare, CA. attending the a conference of the Western District of my church organization. This is primarily a meeting of ministers that convenes each Spring, and where the major business for this group is addressed. The services are being held in the beautiful facilities of Abundant Life.

There are several hundred people here and I know a great number of them, but sometimes I forget people’s names. Oh, not my close friends or people I have known a long time, but because Jerry has preached in many churches in California and elsewhere, and because I have done a fair amount of speaking throughout the district, sometimes it is obvious that people know me and accurately call my name, even as I stand with blinking blank brain. It’s embarrassing, and certainly is not a good trait.

While reading a bit this morning, I came across this fine article by Carolina Diaz-Bordon on memory improvement. You may want to read it, especially if like me, you occasionally “drop names.” I’d like to hear from you. Do you have trouble remembering people’s names, and more especially do you have tricks that work to help you remember names? I recall reading once that immediately after being introduced to a person, it is a helpful thing to repeat their names in the ensuing conversation. I do find that helpful. Yet…too often, I find myself searching frantically to recall the name of the smiling person who stands before me, easily speaking my name. Hate it!

Chances are, throughout your lifetime you have experienced your fare share of memory blunders. You’re not alone. Everybody forgets things from time to time. While nobody is completely immune to absent-mindedness, some tend to catch it much more than others. Temporary mental blocks may be common, but they can be extremely frustrating. More than likely, it has never been a good time to misplace your keys, draw a blank on a test, forget someone’s name or blow off a friends birthday. Being able to retain and retrieve information helps to strengthen all realms of your life both personally and professionally. The benefits of good memory are endless.

Story continues here.

9:10 Edit    As I walked over to the hotel breakfast an hour or so ago, I chanced to meet my long time friend Sandy Elms, and as we talked she told me of a book she is reading and spoke of some tips she had learned there about avoiding Alzheimers. We giggled together as I told her of this posting, then she proceeded to tell me of a session she recently attended at the Senior Citizens place near her home. She sat beside a 78 year old woman, who told Sandy that previously she had signed up for a memory class.

“Guess what?” the 78 year old said to my friend, Sandy. “I forgot to go!”


By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

6 replies on “Name Dropping”

You are in my sister’s hometown!! Wave to her for me k? ha ha… I miss her – she’s coming to visit me this September though! (I moved from CA to NC last summer).

Have a blessed time in my home state (that I sort’ve miss!!)



You aren’t the only one Sis. Buxton. I was standing with a friend of mine and there was a lady coming toward us and my friend said, “Oh Ronda, help. What is her name? Please!” I couldn’t remember either. It’s terrible.
You better never forget mine though! LOL


I’m only 47 and have trouble remembering names. I try to say their name in the conversation, and if they have children, I always talk to them. Sometimes children’s names stick with me better and then that helps me remember the parent’s name. Don’t know if this will help you. Us left-handed people do everything backwards.




Hi Shirley,

I have ALWAYS had a problem with remembering names. I remember one particularly embarrassing time when I was making introductions between people. I was soooo stressed out that I’d forget the names of everyone, that I stumbled over one person’s name in particular. “And this is……..” was all I could come up with. It was then that this person extended her hand and introduced herself. “My name is Connie and I’m Linda’s best friend and sister-in-law.”!!!! 🙂 How BAD is THAT????


Sis. Buxton,

It was a pleasure speaking to you this morning. Your Blog is very interesting. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You are and Bro. Buxton are amazing people!


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