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Garden Wisdom

Garden Wisdom

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

The weathered driftwood sign has greeted friends for over twenty years. “Welcome to the garden,” it invites. This garden, or any garden, welcomes with or without signage…color beckons, birdsongs summon, butterflies encourage my curiosity. Enter, follow, and observe bright wings on the pink burst of peony petals or the perfumed purple buddleia bush. What makes a garden a place of peaceful contemplation and healing that it often is?

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Lessons Learned in a Downsizing Dash

Lessons Learned in a Downsizing Dash

| July 24, 2015 | 2 Comments

Time for full blogging disclosure – my blog published last month was written nearly a year ago when we were “dallying” on our way to downsizing. Shortly after writing that it became a dash, when we purchased a condominium that came so close to meeting all of our needs that we couldn’t say no. Close to a year later I believe we have recovered from the insanity of emptying our home in 31 days. But, to help you avoid doing the same, my counsel is to start now.

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ADJUSTING TO CHALLENGES AS WE AGE

ADJUSTING TO CHALLENGES AS WE AGE

| July 14, 2015 | 1 Comment

If I’m spending time with you these days, it’s because you mean a lot to me. Family, friends and hobbies can fill the days of a retiree. For me, volunteer opportunities receive the same scrutiny I would apply to employment; is it worth my time – will I impact others in a positive way?

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“The Age of Active Wisdom”

“The Age of Active Wisdom”

| July 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

Mary Catherine Bateson names this time of life the Age of Active Wisdom. She also refers to it as Adulthood II. Bateson, author of Creating a Life Further: The Age of Active Wisdom, invites us to discover what we are really passionate about. Once we do that, she encourages us to use that passion, along with our time, talent, and skills to contribute to a more positive world.

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The Power of Good

The Power of Good

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Nicholas Winton-The Power of Good won an International Emmy in 2002. The Columbus Dispatch published an article on July 2, 2015 that describes the heroic actions of a young British man named Nicolas Winton. He was born in London in 1909 to parents of German Jewish decent but raised Christian. He saved 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia by transporting them from Prague to Britain

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War Story

War Story

| July 1, 2015 | 2 Comments

Recently I was invited to speak to a third year American History class at New Albany (OH) High School. Teachers Eric and Christine presented several topics to their students during the school year, one of the last before summer break being the war in Vietnam.

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Boomers and the Radio–A Match that Keeps Evolving

Boomers and the Radio–A Match that Keeps Evolving

| June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

As you’re reading this blog post, you’ll recognize that you’re doing so in part due to the influence of radio. Next Avenue is a product of PBS, and NPR is a sister media channel. Here in Columbus, Next Avenue Cbus is linked to WOSU Public Media, and WOSU radio is a major part of this important community entity.

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10 Tips for Managing Multiple Injuries

10 Tips for Managing Multiple Injuries

| June 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

Every day I wake up in the morning and take inventory of my body to find out what I’ll need to address that day.

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Who says you are too old?  Deciding not to act your age.

Who says you are too old? Deciding not to act your age.

| June 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

One way to stay vital as we age is to keep learning. So what is your curriculum at this stage of your life?

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Downsizing – More of a Dally Than a Dash

Downsizing – More of a Dally Than a Dash

| June 19, 2015 | 2 Comments

I imagine you can see how much the road to downsizing twists and turns, and how many temptations there are to dally. There are files for each of my ancestor’s surnames, complete with reams of notes and stories typed or handwritten by my Mother; these are part of my heritage, and will find a new home wherever we do.

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