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Reflections

September 2017
Telleen-Lawton

Paddling with a Shark

We decided that if people were still in the water, we’d take the chance that the shark wasn’t interested. Even if his appetite had returned, there were lots of folks to choose from.

Truelson

In Memory of My Grandfather

He told me enchanting tales of Ireland and also the atrocities the British committed against the Irish. Almost daily he would challenge me to spell new words and stressed the importance of reading. He encouraged me to take risks, to be independent and adventurous.

August 2017
Bardy
Laverne's View

Let's Trade Places For a Moment

The wrinkles on our faces, and the canes that we lean on are not indicative of who we are. We do not want to be viewed with pity, disdain, tolerance or condescension. We don't want to be a burden. We ask only that you be patient, and understand that while all of this is new for you, it is also new for us.

Beeson
Sam's Side

The Pitfalls of Perks

So what does that tell me? It doesn’t say that I looked like a distinguished senior. It doesn’t say that I carried myself as a somewhat hip and stylish older gentleman. Nope. It told me simply and only, that to the 20-somethings behind the ticket office window, I looked old enough to be their grandfather.

Handler
Leslie Goes Boom

A Trip to Crazy

Then there were the times I drove off with my purse on the hood of the car, couldn’t find the car keys hanging in their regular spot by the back door, couldn’t find my glasses on top of my head, and couldn’t remember why I walked into a room.

Joseph
Senior Moments

Dealing with Diminished Life Energy

Bill’s building that wall, despite his illness, a few stones at a time, inspired me to deal in a positive way with having less energy. I decided that whenever I needed to get something done that I didn’t feel like doing, I would do a “Billy.”

Reed
Life Now

Finding Great-grandma in Interesting Places

You may not consider yourself a museum buff but there are troves of interesting tidbits waiting to be discovered. Historical repositories reflect a view of history that allows your imagination to fill in the story, much like reading a historical novel.

Vossler
One More Story...

Fishy Adventure in the British Virgin Islands

The enmeshed beasts bumped against my legs, probably sharks, or mantas, or eels that would soon take umbrage at a white-legged man shoving them around, and apply a toothy or venomous or electric nip upon my person.

July 2017
Ashley
Add One More Day...

Mean but Spirited

I don’t think I was ever the type to sweet-talk or butter up a situation, no matter its severity, even in my youth. But as I get older, I'm even less inclined to be reserved or apologetically charming … or helpful, for that matter.

Beeson
Sam's Side

Technoidiocy

“Well, first we have to configure the parameters for the wifi conglomerate.” (Note, he did not actually say THESE words. I have no idea what he really said. At this point, it was like Charlie Brown talking to an adult. “Bluh bluh bluh bluuuhhh.”)

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