Ever wondered what you would do, seniors, if you lost your passport while abroad? Most of us have… wondered, that is, but many of us have no idea of where to start. In my many trips abroad with students it was bound to happen. My own son could not find his passport as we prepared [...]
Archive for June 2011
Our vacation is imminent. We are about to spend some well deserved and highly anticipated time with dear, close and long time friends. It will be in a neutral location, one where we have not been before. It promises relaxation, frivolity, enchantment, lazy days and comfortable nights. It will be an opportunity to do what we want. That’s what a vacation should be. That’s why we take them.
It will not be a holiday with heavy expense. It will be within the range of reason and pleasure in such a way that we won’t ruin it afterwards by worrying about how much it cost. We won’t fly. We will enjoy our well performing Toyota Camry Hybrid, which gets almost 40 mpg on the highway. We will prepare most of our meals, engage in entertainment that is suitable and inviting for the area. It will be fun. It will be an occasion for reward, for reinforcing friendship, for laughter, for casual laziness, for comfortable shoes and cool clothing.
How do I know I can trust my family? How do I know that in the face of impending need, an emergency, planning for the end of my life, ordinary day to day living, my family will be there for me, acting in my best self interest? Are there any indicators that something might be brewing which would raise serious questions of trustworthiness?
A recent death brought all these questions to mind. It was not an immediate family member, but a close friend and companion of our family member. Their acquaintance had developed years ago, becoming a friendship which lasted beyond the deaths of both their sp0uses. For more than decade, they had become fast companions, enjoying the presence of each other, while never living together. Their relationship was deep and abiding, genuine and meaningful for both of them. In the intervening years she had moved into an assisted care facility. He maintained his own home, just scant minutes away. They lunched together each week. They shopped and took care of
Dalmatia is an historical region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. It spreads between the island of Rab in the northwest and the Bay of Kotor in the southeast. The Dalmatian dog received its name from Dalmatia, as does the dalmatic, a Roman Catholic liturgical vestment worn by deacons and bishops. The name [...]
Among the protections of editorializing is that it has been perceived as a matter of opinion, written or stated by the author or spokesperson who is brave enough to state a position. Increasingly, some issues, that have been harbored under the umbrella of editorial, are really quite more than that. They may still be dismissed with the flippant, “oh well that is his or her opinion,” suggesting that the force of what is being said is really minimized by all of us having the “right” to our opinion.
What happens, however, when, out there in the public arena, more opinions begin to reflect similar sentiment? What happens when groups of people or large issues begin to shift in their perception by the body politic? What happens when the wave of opinion reflects more support on one side or the other? How does one cope with the paradigm shift that comes when your point of view is no longer sacrosanct?
Malta, officially the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European country consisting of an archipelago situated in the center of the Mediterranean, 93 km south of Sicily and 288 km east of Tunisia, with the Strait of Gibraltar 1,826 km to the west and Alexandria 1,510 km to the east. Malta covers just over 300 [...]
An adventure to add to your senior citizen travel checklist… the Nile. The Nile is a major north-flowing river in North Africa, generally regarded as the longest river in the world stretching north for approximately 4,135 miles from East Africa to the Mediterranean.// Studies have shown that the River (Iteru, meaning, simply, river, as the [...]
The Internet offers a plethora of possibilities for telling your story. Ezine, for example, is one of those. Check it out. Maybe you have more skills than you know. Before that, just begin by drafting a few short tales of your life’s experience. Maybe share it with two or three friends. Allow their critique of what you have to say. Listen to their suggestions of style and content. Before long, you may have the makings of a short story or a magazine article or a novel. Who knows?
Begin making notes to yourself as ideas surface. Keep a journal of your thoughts and rememberings. Soon, a flow will develop, connections will be introduced, personalities will come alive, events can be reshaped. Your story, while never perhaps destined to be a best seller, may be an inspiration to others, whose own story may mirror yours. Don’t aim for huge success at first. Aim only to share your story. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect, just be perfectly content that telling your story allows you a creative opportunity you never
An ongoing difficulty with our previous server, requiring considerable patience to resolve, has eventuated in moving our site to a new server. The result will be better service to our online visitors. Hopefully, our mutual frustrations in being able to access SCJ will now be resolved and the service, articles, columns and quality of SCJ will [...]
Senior finances are always on the front burner for the majority of senior citizens. We look for ways to save money as well as to make the most of our investments and pensions. Social Security is the cornerstone of our financial security for the vast majority of us. Most of us live on fixed incomes. [...]