Around town - Being young

by Irene Grahek

Remember when our kids were growing up and misbehaved? What did we say? "Act your age!" Well, now, we old folks are being told if you act like a kid, you'll stay young at heart.<BR><BR>Author Ronda Beaman, has written a book on the subject, "You're only Young Twice." Her research began when she was 40 when she learned "neotony," the idea that humans are built to grow and develop their childhood traits, rather than minimize them. <BR><BR>She says "neotony" is the process of growing young. What you liked doing as a child, such as what you laughed at and what did you like to do; Other characteristics, keeping you young are curiosity, wonder, play acting and acting silly. (I can relate to that.)<BR><BR>Beaman's book includes a survey that helps people identify where they are on the youthful to aged scale. There are 50 questions to ask yourself, and the answers range from 1 (always) to 5 (never or emphatically no).<BR><BR>It might be fun to discover what your youthful (or not) age is. The lower the score, the younger you land on the scale. These are just a few of the survey questions.<BR><BR>1. I am in control of my life<BR><BR>2. I enjoy celebrating my birthday<BR><BR>3. I know when to say no<BR><BR>4. I like crossword puzzles, and other mental games<BR><BR>5. I love dogs, cats and other animals<BR><BR>6. When in a crowd, I feel like one of the youngest people there<BR><BR>7. I make new friends easily<BR><BR>8. I enjoy looking for answers to my questions<BR><BR>9. I have a library card<BR><BR>10. I like more than one kind of music<BR><BR>11. I like to taste new and different food<BR><BR>12. I think it's important to earn and receive praise and respect<BR><BR>13. I am more often lucky than unlucky<BR><BR>14. I laugh easily and often<BR><BR>I hope you get a low score .... Good Luck and don't cheat!<BR><BR>??????????????????????<BR><BR>What's in a Name? The name "Grahek" has quite a history according to a magazine article in "Slovenija," courtesy of Josephine Pruse. <BR><BR>The name was found in land registers dating back to 1845. Before that time, the name had different endings, such as Grahor, meaning a "field of weed" and Grahut, meaning "large gravel." My late husband, Joe, had found some other meanings of the name, depending on the pronounciation. <BR><BR>When pronounced Grah (rhyming with raw) as in Slovenia, it means "Little Pea in a Pod." When pronounced Grah (rhyming with Ray) Joe said it meant "Little Sinner" He could fool me, which he liked to do, so I don't know if that meaning is for real, but it made for good conversation. <BR><BR>As in many European countries, names were derived from villages or places where they lived.<BR><BR>Being married to a Slovenian had its perks because in 1974, I was privleged to meet the Consul General, Zivojin B. Lakic and his wife, (who's Americanized name would be "Daisy") the Slovenian Ambassador who had offices in Chicago. Mr. Lakic wanted to visit locations, such as Ely, with large Slovenian populations, and was honored at a reception hosted by the late Dr. and Mrs. J.P. Grahek. <BR><BR>I was a guest at the reception and also wrote for the Ely Echo, so I was able to visit with Mr. Lakic.<BR><BR>In 2006, I also met the present Consul General, Dr. Zvon Zigon at a reception hosted by Dr. Frank Udovich. Zigon is the ambassador to the U.S. from the now country of Slovenia, and he too, wanted to visit areas with large Slovenian populations. <BR><BR>We know he went back to his country with very good thoughts about Ely and the Iron Range, because of the very warm welcome he received.<BR><BR>