The Aging Perspective

Never underestimate one single act of kindness. It can last a lifetime.

Never underestimate one single act of kindness. It can last a lifetime.

  Do you realize you can have a lifelong effect on a stranger, by one single act of kindness?  Imagine, years later, they're still talking about it. Imagine, at our age, sitting in a classroom through four periods of eighth-graders substituting and dealing with today’s challenges: cell phones, a disregard for authority, and a heightened uneasiness among students. With only one week into  retirement, I decided to trade in my hat, working with seniors, and take on the daunting task of toiling with today’s youth. I had to ask myself, am I crazy? As I contemplate finding a logical reason for...

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Retirement, My Heartfelt Message to all Baby Boomers’, Friends and Foes

 Contemplating retirement is a long and arduous process for some. There are the usual topics one must consider like health, security, sustainability, and personal pleasures. When I decided to assess each, I felt there must be a measurable formula that predicts when you know it is right. When is the right time?    Will I be ready?     And what will I do? I first searched to find the most inspirational quote, on retirement for which I discovered was nonexistent. I even made a list of synonyms taken from a thesaurus on the word, retire, which only confused and depressed me.----I present these to...

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Joe Spalletta, A True Renaissance Man Finding Your Voice Again- Revisited

Joe Spalletta,  A True Renaissance Man Finding Your Voice Again- Revisited

 Joe Spalletta prefers to remain quiet in the back of our adult day center's living room. Each day he removes his colored pencils from his bag along with his ruler and draws from photographs and puzzle boxes, the images that seem to catch his eye. It is not that he’s just a good artist but that he has only been drawing like this since his life-changing event. Joe is a man of many talents, past and present. Drawing has become his passion now, and while communicating is challenging, he now lets his art speak for himself. If he sees something that...

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Fall in Florida, "the art of subtly"

Fall in Florida, "the art of subtly"

Of all the seasons’ fall is the most poetic. Perhaps this is true as we remember fall’s warm color palette, the sounds and smells that inspires time-honored seasonal traditions, or maybe the season just teaches us the importance of letting go of things. For anyone who hasn’t experienced an autumn season it’s hard to explain. Just try describing its vibrant colorful foliage spreading across the landscape, the sound of falling leaves, apple picking season, nighttime hayrides through a cornfield, a Norman Rockwell Indian summer day, and the sharp crisp flowing air that calls out for an extra layer of clothing....

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What I Learned and Always knew about "Iowa Nice"

What I Learned and Always knew about "Iowa Nice"

SW Florida may be a popular vacation spot, for many, but every year I  pack my bags and hit the road for my summer vacation. It was time for a road trip, and this year’s destination was the Iowa State Fair. My first destination was Minneapolis Mn, a young person's city with independent coffee shops on every corner and a sense of purpose felt by everyone enjoying every minute of outside life before the cold settles back in. A city rich in art, diversity, beautiful lakes, and knowing that Bob Dylan played his early music here makes me smile. On...

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