Several years ago, I began to dabble in a hobby that involves memorizing lists of items. There is an approach called Method of Loci that grabbed my attention (I won’t go into much explanation about it, since the method’s details can be readily found numerous places online). I realized quickly that I was pretty good at remembering lists of historical figures (you know…like Galileo, Einstein, Eleanor of Aquitaine), so I decided to really give it a go and see how many I could remember. When I got distracted by the busy-ness of life, as we all do, and stopped adding additional characters (you know…like Rembrandt, Kepler, Lincoln) I was up to 470.

It’s now some 15 months later, and I have caught the bug again. Having revisited my previous list, I was initially a bit discouraged by how many holes and gaps had replaced the people who used to reside there. Now, about two weeks after that first revisit, I’m quite encouraged by the fact that the entire list has been firmly re-established in my gray matter. I proved to myself just today (August 9, 2019) that I am once again able to recite all 470 personages with no external memory aids, whatsoever. So, it’s time to start expanding the list again, and it’s always fun to consider who that next person will be.

Hmm, maybe…