Archive for April 2011

Seniors Travel to Singapore

Apr 29th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Many of us know very little about Singapore except that chewing gum sales are forbidden, dropping it on the street is unheard of and there is a hefty punishment for improper disposal. Just in case you have never heard of the eight big offenses, check them out here. It is against the law and a [...]



Seniors: Translating Time into Talent

Apr 29th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Have you ever thought about doing something that you never thought you could do? Have you ever considered taking on new hobbies, developing new skills, exploring adventures that you have always put off?

I know a dear saint who has translated her time into the talent of taking care of animals. She volunteers in two communities at the local Humane Society. She and her husband have put their energies, resources and commitment to work caring for and providing for pets, who otherwise would have abbreviated lives. They are saints in the best sense of the word. Their devotion and commitment takes on demonstrable and actual hands on caring. They have plowed resources into facilities and surroundings where pets, waiting for new parents, await.

The result of all of this is that this couple is respected, happy, serene



For Some, Disasters Multiplied and Hope Energized

Apr 28th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

You are one of those who live in the Gulf Coast areas most impacted by the Oil Spill. There has been no settlement. You are on razor’s edge. The perception is that fish from the Gulf can’t be trusted to be safe. Your own situation continues to spiral out of control.

You live in one of those southeastern states recently slammed by a tornado. Some of your neighbors died… teens, children, older people. Homes and communities have been literally wiped off the map. They are no more.

Your son or husband is serving in the military and is being shipped out to one of those tense countries in the Middle East where danger is epidemic.



Seniors Visit Turku, Finland Artistic Haven

Apr 28th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Recently THE WEEK Magazine had a short article on Turku and called the site one of “Finland’s most inviting” cities. Why? It was named by the European Union as one of the 2011′s two Capitals of Culture. It has been for some time one of Nordic Europe’s best-kept secrets.” It was once one of Finland’s [...]



Seniors: Why Take Politics Seriously

Apr 27th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Some declare they pay no attention to politics. Insinuating that whatever happens won ‘t be changed by their involvement in the political rush, they choose apathy and ignorance. Someone, when asked for a definition of apathy, replied “I don’t know and I don’t care.”

The sad part of this posture is that everything political affects us all. Handing over the reins of government to persons, with no checks and few balances, means we are prepared to live with the consequences. That is dangerous. Certainly it is doubly dangerous in a democracy. When the public chooses to disregard its birth right to vote, influence the outcome of negotiations over legislation and hold elected officials accountable, there can be no telling what the results will be.



Senior Travel to Recife… in Brazil

Apr 27th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Recife is a spot in Brazil where seniors will find plenty to do and enjoy sandy beaches and a climate that few can match. This site above claims to have “all that you will need” for your visit.   Recife, the capital of Pernambuco, is one of the largest and most important cities on the [...]



Seniors Visit Los Cabos

Apr 26th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Los Cabos is located 1,000 miles south of San Diego in the state of Baja California Sur, south of the Tropic of Cancer. Los Cabos refers to the two towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, stretching east toward La Paz and north to Todos Santos.  The municipality had a population of [...]



Seniors: The Day Before the Storm

Apr 26th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

What were you doing the day before the storm hit in your area? Likely, you were living your life, acting out your routine, doing ordinary and wonderful things, just enjoying being alive.

But today, how is it? The storm,which gathered momentum and picked up steam and debris on its way to your house or business or neighborhood, has now left its terrible calling card. There is little to salvage, hardly anything to keep, just piles and mounds of lost treasures, forlorn memories, hardly anything worth recovering.

The multitude of things you had rather be doing today has been interrupted by the overwhelming demands of what you must do. Where do you start? People come by, some to offer kind help, others to gawk, others to cry with you. Some, with less damage, just want to be here with you, while you adjust to having lost literally everything.



Seniors: Monday Morning Satisfactions

Apr 25th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Mondays weren’t always like this. When employed, I normally chose to take Mondays as my day off. It was a wise choice, because the weekend, for a pastor, is normally a time of demand, emotional, intellectual and physical. If you aren’t up for the weekend, it is like missing the best shopping day of the season if you are a merchant.

So, now in retirement, Mondays bring with it unusually satisfying hours. It is a time when sleeping in is allowed, although that is seldom done. It is a time when whatever I want to do I give myself permission to do so. Right now, apparoaching noon, I am writing this column. It allows me the chance to be myself, with my thoughts, just to see what comes out of these wonderful keyboard letters.



Seniors Visit Tantalizing Ibiza

Apr 25th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Recently one morning I decided to input ‘Exotic Vacations’ into BING. Up came Ibiza.  I was curious about Ibiza and so here is your invitation to check it out, Seniors. It is a city and municipality located on the southeast coast of the island of Ibiza in the Balearic Islands autonomous community. Although called Ibiza in [...]