The nuns who inhabit the Carondelet Center in Brentwood, CA, typically enjoy their lush green lawn and views of the Santa Monica Mountains in the distance. But then severe wildfires threatened the nursing home, leading facility staff members to open their personal homes to evacuating nuns.
I've been in awe of Catholic nuns from a very young age. As my family likes to remind me, I even wanted to be one. As I've gotten older, my awe has turned into respect and affection.
A study from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore suggests that "20-somethings" with highly developed language skills are less likely to have Alzheimer's disease in old age, even if they develop the hallmark brain tangles that typically lead to dementia.