Archive for September 2012


Sep 21st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Two dates collide in our family every year. Both come in the same month. They mark my father’s birth, September 16, and my parents’ anniversary, September 19. This year marked Dad’s 97th year. He died in 1995. Mother and Dad would have celebrated their 76th year of marriage this year, having been married in 1936. Mother is 92, approaching her birthday on November 2.

That gets more difficult to remember with each passing year. The calendar calls with every turning of the page. It brings us up short to recall the significant events in one family’s history. It nudges us to remember special occasions, events of moment like celebrations, but also passings and pains.


Sep 21st, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Annecy in La Haute Savoir Attracts Seniors Let me invite all senior travelers to the “Venice of Savoie .” I dearly love La Haute Savoie which is a region of France near the Swiss border.  The city I am most acquainted with in the area is called Annecy. To me it is a Shangri-La located [...]


Sep 20th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

What’s Your Favorite City? Money Magazine (Sept. 2012) has done it again and picked the Top 100 cities in which to live in America.  In this article they bring attention to the country’s smaller cities of 50,000 to 300,000 people. I guess that this senior citizen never thought that 300K was “small.” Carmel, Indiana was [...]


Sep 20th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Yesterday in our Just for Sunday article, we spoke of confidence in the public’s’ strength to make a difference in the upcoming election. We looked at the outcome optimistically, if we will exercise our convictions and put down the nay-sayers. It will be difficult to excel, but it is possible. If the negative powers prevail, watch out.

Today, we look to the downhill side. We are on the other side of the mountain, where our momentum will be measured by how fast we run, as we begin our trek to keep from falling, or sliding off the hill.

The downhill side is always a little more difficult to maneuver. Our


Sep 19th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Circle Around Russia I just read recently in one of my travel magazines about what is called the Golden Ring in Russia.  Amid plains, lakes and marshes of vast country, extending from Moscow towards the northeast,  are scattered these old Russian towns known collectively as the Golden Ring of Russia.  Visiting the Golden Ring [...]


Sep 19th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

When the final count is done and the declaration made, will it make any difference who becomes our president? With all the millions being poured into advertising to convince us of the worthiness of one or the other, will all the words, invectives, charges, counter charges and finger-pointing have made any difference at all?

What I’m hearing these days is that with things as bad as they are or seem, after the election, they will be worse, no matter who is elected. Now, isn’t that a sorry state of affairs? Isn’t it sad that our nation has sunk to such despair and disdain over our political condition, that there is decreasing optimism about the outcome of this election?


Sep 18th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Camping, Glamping and Senior Fun My family and I have done our share of outdoor camping, first in a tent and later in our little green Coleman fold-down camper.  All three of our children still love to camp. The mode today for many senior citizens is for an extreme type of camping called “Glamping.” Those [...]


Sep 18th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There is a commercial which depicts a guy loading a truck while in the process of moving. A neighbor shows up, the guy asks ” you wanna help?” The neighbor’s reply, “no, I’m good.” Not very good, if he can’t volunteer to do some heavy lifting.

We had dinner with friends a while back when the subject of our move was brought up. Without missing a beat, one of the guests said, “I’m great at packing. I’ll help.” And she has every day since beginning this arduous task. She and another friend have been here to do the necessary duty of helping us be ready for the movers.
Now that’s friendship! No one likes to move, it is an exhausting, seemingly never ending undertaking. No one likes to lift and wrap and pack and fit items in boxes until it is all done. But, some really do demonstrate a definition of friendship when they step up to the plate and are there for you and with you.


Sep 17th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With only a few short days pressing down upon us before the Auction Crew and Moving Truck arrive, the deadline of having everything packed and in place presses more heavily upon us.

The inevitable looms and with it the pressure of having to do more than human effort should require. The demands, choices and decisions not only create the circumstance, but the will to accomplish what must be done.
It is not helpful to anticipate what awaits at the other end. Its demands and choices will nudge you into accomplishing what must be when the time comes.

Exhaustion notwithstanding the necessity of achievement will prevail.


Sep 17th, 2012 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Flock to Southeast Arizona Arizona is a senior birder’s bonanza. In the southeastern corner of the state, many species found primarily south of the border reach the northern limits of their ranges. Combine this with several mountains that rise like islands from the desert and provide appropriate habitat for hundreds of species, and you [...]