The Aging Perspective

How do we repair the ridiculous?

How do we repair the ridiculous?

     With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s been four years since my last gratitude luncheon. Oh, how I miss this day, feeling there was much more to be grateful for back then. We made it a tradition. One week before the holiday, clients, families, staff, and friends would all gather to enjoy a meal of gratitude. On our special day, before we ate, we always began with a prayer of appreciation. We were in a place we went to every day where we laughed, ate, and played together. And on this day, the universe seemed flawless, each with our...

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Surviving a hurricane from the Eye of a SWFL Senior

Surviving a hurricane from the Eye of a SWFL Senior

It’s five days since IAN the Terrible ravaged our communities. It tore through our homes, schools, stores, and beautiful island beaches. Having been through a few of these natural disasters before, one should never have to witness these things. How does one get these images out of your head? Go ahead and google, -----“Find the words to describe a category 4/5-hurricane.” One will get explosive, fierce, raging, and relentless; adjectives that define the mass destruction Southwest Florida recently experienced. But, I have trouble coming up with words that describe the understated losses.--- The little things we grieve. As I rode...

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My Visit to Ground Zero

My Visit to Ground Zero

This was a letter I wrote to myself about a trip I took back in 2001 reflecting on my dad and the twin towers.--Jill      Only three months before 9/11 occurred, I made a trip to New York City, where my family gathered together for a small reunion at the Embassy Suites in Lower Manhattan. Our hotel was a few blocks from the World Trade buildings.      So many changes were about to happen.      My father would pass away four months after our reunion, on October 1st, 2001. But during our trip, he loved being in the...

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Let's get serious now--- about CUPCAKES!!

Let's get serious now--- about CUPCAKES!!

As I write this piece, it’s June 23rd, one of my favorite days of the year. It is the day before my birthday. On this day, there are always those feelings of hope, eagerness, and preparation for that big day where I get to be totally self-centered without judgment from others. For me, once midnight comes around on my birthday, I start to feel like it’s almost over, and I have to wait another whole year.  Silly but true. This year I’ve had to cover my ears and look away while living in these times is exhausting. No matter how hard I try to...

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The Envelope Please

The Envelope Please

It's 2022, and like every year, the Academy Awards sneak up on my calendar. "Of course, it's March!!"  I enjoy and look forward to them but not like the many millions that tune in five hours before to watch the fashion critique. ------Okay, I said it, but that's just me. I have my own thing about the Oscars. One of my most cherished Academy Awards nights was in Chicago in 1986. I was visiting my sister and dear friend John who were both there on business. My first trip to the Windy City did not disappoint me. Aside from being...

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