September 18th, 2007

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Scientific Hope for May/December Romance

This article from Yahoo news made me feel better about life as of late, it provided some hope for my motivations. Among the highlights;

Older men who shack up with much younger women keep the grim reaper at bay for the human population and extend our species' lifespan, new research claims.

More interesting, when old men father children, their genes seem to increase the lifespan of both sexes over evolutionary time.

How it works:

Women often lose their reproductive capacity around age 50, but if men can still reproduce into their 70s, Darwin would say it's advantageous for males to live longer lives providing they can hook up with a woman capable of reproducing. Natural selection should favor longevity-boosting genes, which would get passed down from fathers to both sons and daughters. So women would benefit as well in future generations, the scientists say.

Result: Over time, the older-guy-with-younger-gal lifestyle would lift the lifespan ceiling for both men and women in the next generations and so on.

"By increasing the survival of men you have a spillover effect on women because men pass their genes to children of both sexes," said study team member Cedric Puleston, a doctoral candidate at Stanford University.

But why do men choose younger mates and females prefer older men?

"There is a lot of evidence from evolutionary psychology that men are seeking younger women and women are seeking older men," said anthropologist Martin Fieder of the University of Vienna, who was not involved in the current study.

Cases in point: At the age of 26, Anna Nicole Smith married 89-year-old Jeremiah Howard Marshall II. And in 1995, actor Tony Randall, then 75, married and had two kids with Heather Harlan, who was 24 at the time. Last month, 90-year-old Nanu Ram Jogi from India reportedly became the world's oldest father when he announced his 21st child.

Evolutionary psychologists argue that older men have more resources to protect and care for the family, while younger, more fertile women give their male partners better means of passing along genes.

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R.I.P. Bailey Kershaw

Someone once said that "Dogs leave Paw Prints on Your Heart."

by Merrie Kershaw

There is no truer statement one could make about Bailey Kershaw.
He lost his battle with cancer yesterday, after what can only be described as a valiant fight. He died with dignity and grace, something we all aspire to, I am sure. He was a good friend and a great companion. He loved his work as a Humane Society of Broward County Pet Therapy Dog. He wore his cape proudly and he really missed going to school this past year and a half. He was a great pal to Scruffy, who lies by my side as I write this.

During these past two+ years, he has really watched over me. Even in his diminished capacity, in so much discomfort, he would touch me with his big Collie nose every night to make sure I was OK as I sleep. Some people think it's crazy to care so much about an animal. But, Scruffy and Bailey have been a foundation for me as I worked through my grief.

The Ph D program I have enrolled in will require a major effort for sure.
Bailey's care was both time consuming and costly. In whatever way you think of God, you can't help but wonder if this isn't a gift from God, giving me the grace to move on. Everything changes with time. Bailey is now at the Rainbow Bridge. He and Tom are playing really loud music with heavy base, pissing people off because of the noise and having a good laugh about it!