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Mr. White

I began playing chess in 2008 with new rhythm in life, and then passion in the fight against cognitive dysfunction and memory loss in aging communities. With attention to stronger family bonds, I have worked to build a presence that I truly hope will bring lasting partnerships with aging communities in multi-generational living settings commonly called the "sandwich generation" of baby boomers. Chess Made Fun has networked with chess educators and enthusiasts to better understand product applications, and developed programs that build on what groups can do naturally. Opportunities have included Compassionate Care Hospice, Medford Care Center and Rachel’s Wish Foundation. If you see potential here, or have interest in holistic therapies, I stay active in recreation therapy, educational psychology and geriatrics. ♟ Find me at local chess tournaments, disc golf and ball golf outings.

    Mentoring Madness

    We want to let you know about a new group we organize in Atlanta called the Laboratory for Intergenerational Learning.  These are questions members wish to ask of one another: What style of learning would be most effective for your child, student, resident, patient or loved one? What physical, visual, motor or cognitive impairments are important to manage? Would a therapeutic recreational activity enhance your care setting or lifestyle in […]

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    New Frontiers

    I’ve been offered a lot of encouragement from the staff at a nursing center and family members to continue to grow our community outreach.  The center offers physical therapy and cares for patients who require a brief stay to recover from surgery.  The center also offers long-term care for those experiencing memory, mobility or other physical challenges.  Dedication and patience has been a key ingredient in working with these folks.  […]

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    Chores Open Doors

    Getting even one chance this year to visit my family in Texas has been tough.  Missing some important events earlier this year like my aunt’s funeral and my cousin’s wedding upset me quite a bit.  Something wonderful happened in June however.  My wife got a call from her Dad to let us know his frequent flyer miles were about to expire.  It so happened that he had enough credit to […]

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    New Tricks In Their Final Stages

    2010 was filled with emotion coming to grips with family members in risky health situations and even survival. My wife’s mother was recovering from major back surgery, and her grandfather was holding on after being diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer that year. Unfortunately, within a few months, Leonard passed away during the Christmas holidays, so this was a trying time for her family. The following summer, after she had some […]

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    What’s Out There?

    In a first of it’s kind research project called the Nun Study, a convent of nuns donated their brains to science to further the study of Alzheimer’s disease. Mentally active until death these women showed no visible signs of dementia despite brain scans with advanced chemical changes that cause Alzheimer’s. My wife and I are very interested in becoming active participants in the fight against cognitive dysfunction and memory loss […]

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    The Fun Never Stops

    Well, it’s been just over a year since our last blog post.  With the best of intentions the beat moves on.  Everyday life is a thing of the past as I share new experiences with my wife in the Garden State.  We moved from Atlanta, GA last fall to Southern New Jersey.  To those of you here, Chess Made Fun is bringing chess to some of the newly explored locations […]

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    What An Experience

    Last weekend was something new for my wife and me.  Yvonne’s aunt invited us several weeks ago to go horseback riding – we finally did.  She also introduced us to Sandra Floyd.  Sandra began a wonderful program in recent years that provides fun and excitement for kids who are physically handicapped. Sandra is amazing in more ways than one.  She also teaches disadvantaged kids positive “life lessons” that many would […]

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    Easter Twist

    Where do I start?  Yvonne’s parents were in a car accident on their way to West Georgia which is about a 45 minute accident-free drive. Thankfully we were sitting down to Easter lunch only two hours later – all passengers accounted for along with a car load of delicious food.  Everyone meets at Yvonne’s grandparent’s house for most holidays. Arriving late is one of the family traditions began by none […]

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    Riding the Wave

    Does chess have a stadium scoreboard?  Who’s leading?  Who’s catching up?  Yvonne let us know last week about her first experience participating in an actual chess tournament.  This got me thinking about her opponents who stood with her toe to toe.  Shoe sizes will grow of course and egos will shrink as young players gain experience. Technology has a bigger and bigger role in tournament play with the advent of […]

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    A Mixed Bag

    My wife’s a chess coach.  I told her the other day that I have some free time to help her out.  We ended up in a huge game of team chess at one of her schools.  This was my first interaction with more experienced kids in her after school programs.  This was also the first time I’ve played chess outside on a large patio chess board.  It was a lot […]

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