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In These Shoes?

  I LOVE WEARING HIGH HEELS.  My women friends admire me.  Not because I am a success at my job or because I have accomplished amazing things.  My friends admire me because I still wear high heels. As a middle school teacher, I’m on my feet most of the day; and I am, on the average, 6½ times older than my students.  But unlike most of my colleagues, I have not given up on shoes with 4” heels.  If...

The Rites of Spring…

  … AND DUCT TAPE Duct tape is like The Force: it has a light side and a dark side and it binds the galaxy together. — Carl Zwanzig Charlie, my beloved mate of 30 years, is firmly attached to many things.  Me, our daughter, his extended family and friends, chainsaws, home improvements, computers, and fondly… duct tape. In spring he can be found wearing a roll of it at his belt, keeping it handy.  Give him that and...

Happy Birthday, Aries!

  ARIES IN THE AIR! Independent, fearless, creative and dynamic—these are just a few of the traits of those born under the sign of Aries.  Consider this extraordinary collection of people born under the sign of the ram, Aries:  Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Aretha Franklin, Goya, Robert Frost, Rafael, Jane Goodall, Henry James, Hayden, Bach, and too many more to mention.   Robert Downey Jr., 50 (b. 1965) These days he’s known as Iron Man but the actor...

The Ageless Beauty of Church Music

  BACH HAD A DAY JOB. He was cantor for the churches in Leipzig, Germany, one of the highest positions in the ecclesiastical hierarchy.  In addition to his many duties, he was responsible for composing a cantata for the weekly Sunday services, and hence, the existence of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, which most of us can hum. Although man has been making music since he could bang rocks together, it took the humble need for a deity to put...

The Thrill Seeker Within

  JUST FOR THE THRILL OF IT! She found her thrill in Blueberry Land.  Once or twice a year, thrill seeker Tamela Rich, 52, leaves her husband.  She packs a couple changes of clothes, dresses in helmet and protective gear and sets off on her motorcycle.   Her sons are grown, her husband loves her and she averages six weeks on the road.  You can follow her adventures on her blog or read her books.  She inspires all, male or...

Older Drivers and New Car Technology

  NEW CARS, NEW TRICKS.  As car manufacturers continue to introduce new technologies in their vehicles, blind-spot warning systems and back-up cameras are the technologies older drivers are most willing to adopt, according to new research by The Hartford and the MIT AgeLab. The Vehicle Technology Adoption Among Mature Drivers study found that mature drivers consistently favor technologies that improve driving safety, but some think certain advancements make drivers too reliant on technology.   Older drivers (defined as drivers ages 50 to 69) are most willing to...

Running a PreSchool in a Nursing Home

  PRE-SCHOOL + NURSING HOME? There’s a very special place in Seattle, Washington that is changing the way nursing homes and preschools operate by bringing the two together.  In other words, the nursing home and the pre-school share space… and much more. Studies have shown that 43% of older adults experience social isolation, which is closely correlated with loneliness and depression as well as mental and physical decline.  And many elderly become lonely when they move into nursing homes....

Turning 60… and Still Smiling

  WELCOME TO THE CLUB! We’ve been through some things together With trunks of memories still to come We found things to do in stormy weather Long may you run I turned 60 last week. I was on the air stepper, doing my usual 1 hour workout, when I heard this classic Neil Young song on my playlist. Oddly, I had just celebrated the day before and one of the loveliest notes I received was from my “baby” brother,...

Don’t Ask Me to Share!

  BUY YOUR OWN! When I was 7, my parents bought a pop gun for my birthday.  I took it everywhere, stalking ferocious grizzlies in the backyard and shooting undergarments off the neighbor’s clothesline. One Saturday, we visited my relatives and I brought my toy gun, only to be informed by my mother and my aunt that I had to share it with my cousin Harvey and his younger brother, Michael.  To me, “sharing” meant they could watch while...

Run, Candidates, Run!

  HAVE YOU NOTICED? I’m a political junkie, totally hooked on the upcoming presidential election. And, boy, is Presidential Election 2016 providing me with a lot of entertainment! No soap opera could come up with a plot like this one!   I’ve lost count but I think we started out with something like 18 candidates between both the Dems and the Republicans. I’m not sure what we’re down to but the number is still “huuuge.”   What stands out to...

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