By: Darrelyn L. TuttMemory retention can leave an unforgettable impression, and the simple recall of an individual's name has the power to leave a lasting and favorable impact.Recall a time when someone remembered or forgot something identifiable about you and the impression it left on you.Memory matters.Resist attaching the old familiar excuses of age and inability to yourself and instead, make it your goal to explore methods useful to you in storing information. Consider:+Individuals composed of an "enviable" memory aren't generally smarter, they're simply more concentrated and intentional.+Individuals who remember things well aren't more skillful and adept, they're more attentive and deliberate.+Individuals who retain things well are more interested in "other" discovery than self-uncovery.Individuals who have a good memory generally work on improving their memory in provoking and concrete ways.They understand methodology and make use of it.-------Memory is an empowering tool and trait,and the methods we utilize to enhance it are worthy of consideration and exploration.Once we note the method by which we best retain information, we can attach this same method to other arenas of life in a concrete and constructive way.A few questions:What's your primary method of memory?Do you remember things sequentially or numerically? Do you remember things alphabetically or "acrostically"? Is your memory enhanced through activity and motion or stillness and aloneness?Does memory attach itself where there's movement and activity or in solitude and silence?Do you remember things in black and white or in color?Which "sensories" most powerfully enable your memory?Sight. Sound. Touch. Smell. Taste.In answering these curious questions we employ ourselves with a helpful type of methodology by which we remember things. When we understand our "methodology DNA" we wonderfully assign ourselves with new "memory DNA".Which of us doesn't want a stronger dose of that?-------Today's assignment will aid and assign "you" a methodology DNA which will prove helpful and valuable in memory skill.A list of the 45 Presidents:1.Washington 2.J. Adams 3.Jefferson 4. Madison 5.Monroe 6. J.Q. Adams 7.Jackson 8.Van Buren 9.W.H. Harrison 10.Tyler 11. Polk 12.Taylor 13.Fillmore 14.Pierce 15. Buchanan 16.Lincoln 17.A. Johnson 18.Grant 19.Hayes 20.Garfield 21. Arthur 22.Cleveland 23.B. Harrison 24.Cleveland 25.Mckinley 26.T. Roosevelt 27.Taft 28.Wilson 29.Harding 30.Coolidge 31.Hoover 32.F. Roosevelt 33.Truman 34.Eisenhower 35.Kennedy 36.L.Johnson 37.Nixon 38.Ford 39.Carter 40.Reagan 41.G.Bush 42.Clinton 43.G.W. Bush 44.Obama 45.Trump------Let's suppose that we must have the list of presidents memorized by this evening.How will you go about it?Pay close attention to the strategy you assume and adopt in this undertaking.It's extraordinary what you learn about your mental prowess.------ Here's a personal strategy which effectively works in me and helps me to rip through the list in about a minute flat during my speekwalk.1) I look at the list and speak it aloud many times over. I then create a list of 1-45 and fill in the "easy" ones. 2) Numbers 10, 20, 30, and 40 seem vital to me for the placement and helpful employment of others.Tyler. Garfield. Coolidge. Reagan.Tyler "Polked" Taylor. Ouch! That wasn't nice, but now I have 3.G"ar"field contains "Ar"thur who quickly follows. Now I have 2.Coolidge begins the triple alphabet of "double oo's" followed by Hoover & Roosevelt. Now I have 3.Reagan is surrounded by Bushes with a Bill in the middle. Now I have 4.------- Assassinated Presidents Lincoln (16th) and Kennedy (35th) were both followed by Johnsons'. Historical trivias and little aids such as these work to cement men together in the mind.Curiosly and interestingly, I noted that the #9's were extremely difficult for me:9+19+29+39Harrison. Hayes. Harding. Carter.Sort of "uneventful" men.But upon recording them I immediately saw that they made me laugh.The three mens' names begin with "Ha."Ha. Ha. Ha. followed by a Ca.And now I laugh at the 4 presidents which precede the 4 "pillared" presidents. The rest is history ... and the "fun pun" is intended. I simply rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse the list until I own it. I flavor it and savor it many curious ways until it almost has a metric sound to it by the time I've properly composed it.My memory comes alive and I do a verbal dance with the Presidents on my daily walks. My next labor is to assign them their rightful dates.Hmmm ... how to work the numbers?I absolutely love words and the challenge of implementing and assigning a strategic method for memory empowerment is wonderfully gratifying.------If you have anything you wish to memorize but can't formulate a strategy for implementation, I beg of you to enlist me in the challenge of it. I promise I shall develop a method in no time and entertain you in the meantime.9+19+29+39.Ha. Ha. Ha. Ca.Laugh with me,utilize your mind ...know your methods. ------605.450.8587Hmmm ... Whose number could this be?