Lately I’ve noticed that my memory is very spotty. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I noticed some time ago that my memory is spotty. I’m just now getting around to ad­mitting it. Out loud. The most frustrating part about this is that I know the functionality is still there. Because while I can’t remember a single detail about an assignment that just two days ago I thought was an excellent story for the magazine, I can remember what a co-worker told me he and his wife had for dinner at a popular eatery two weeks ago. What’s up with that?

I think there are a couple of probable explanations for this phenomenon. One, I have my priorities “straight” and matters of food will always take precedence over matters of work. Two, it has nothing at all to do with my memory and I am simply blocking out certain things — like everything having to do with work. Or three, it has every­thing to do with my age, and this is just the order in which the neurons disappear. Sadly, none of these explanations are very comforting.

But there is hope. According to our story about memory loss, this problem afflicts many people, not just me. The story also reports that it has a lot to do with our reliance on computers, PDAs, cellphones, and the like to keep track of things for us. Thus, our brains are just atrophied.

However, by giving them a little attention and exercise, the irritating effects can be reversed. Oh happy day. If I can just master the brain exercise thing, my co-workers will no longer have to repeat meetings with me multiple times, and I might be able to make it out of my house on the first try rather than returning time and again to get my laptop, lunch, iPod, keys … you get the picture.

I’ll keep you posted on how I’m doing. In the meantime, if you or someone you know is suffering from this same problem, you can find relief in our story here.

Another excellent story in this issue has nothing to do with memory loss. Although I am somewhat excited that I remembered that I really like this story. It’s an interview with Stanley Bing, who you might also know as Gil Schwartz. Bing has been entertaining magazine readers with his quirky — and hilarious — takes on office life for years, and now, with a new book coming out, he was more than happy to talk with our magazine one on one. Which means you are the lucky recipients of an insightful and funny story on the corporate world. The best part is, if you read between the lines just a little bit, you’ll find all sorts of gems of wisdom that if instituted, would go a long way toward making work fun, productive, challenging, and rewarding. Oh wait, it already is. How could I forget?
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SHERRI GULCZYNSKI BURNS
Editor