The Seasoned Citizen

October 9, 2018

You may remember that a few weeks ago we talked about starting a Care Corps. In fact, I was delighted to receive several responses from prospective volunteers. It proves to me that the experts are right: as we grow older social interaction is necessary for well being.  So I’ve come up with a ...

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Burt Reynolds was a man’s man and a woman’s dream man!   In all the articles I’ve read, and all the remembrances on television, they have omitted two things in his life that he would have definitely included.   The first is a film I’ve always loved because he played against “type”:  “Starting ...

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My grandson and his wife recently bought a house in the New Jersey town where he grew up. Having lived in New York City as renters, moving to the suburbs and being responsible for property and all that goes with it, is pretty daunting.   They’ve been in since May, but even before then, due to one ...

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It seems to me that we have gone from the warmth of the 20th century to the cold of the 21st. I’m not talking about wars or politics, but books and telephones and newspapers and board games as opposed to texting and emailing and electronic games and the anonymity of the computer itself.

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Once upon a time, when the tropical heat of summer was becoming a memory, but before autumn’s fingers reached out to touch the land, a murmuring began in the forest. From tree to tree and leaf to leaf the same haunting words were tossed upon the wind and whispered to the breeze: “He Who Comes Once ...

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Is fashion becoming so important today that we must turn our 6 to 12 year olds into fashionistas? I recently read an article about going back to school “in style,” stating the many ways your elementary and middle school students can return to the halls of academia dressed in the “accepted ...

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The other night my daughter, Ilene, and I watched “The Women,” a 1939 film version of Clare Boothe’s hit Broadway show. I was delighted and amused and she was completely appalled.  Having seen the movie many times before, I was aware of the tremendous innovations initiated by director George ...

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Why do certain moments stay in your memory forever, especially when you can’t find a reason for remembering them?   I see myself sitting in Jason’s room at his mother’s house. I’m wearing a beautiful peau de soie black coat dress and Jay is buttoning his shirt.  We were engaged then and still ...

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My daughter, Lisa, said “mama” at the age of five months. (If there hadn’t been witnesses, no one would ever believe me.)  She walked at nine months and by the time she was a year old spoke in intelligible sentences and was even analytical. To celebrate her first birthday we took her to a local ...

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For many years now I have been haunted by a voice pleading through a hospital room  door.  I could tell it was a rather elderly Seasoned Citizen, calling for “someone, anyone,” to her bedside.  I questioned the nurses and they cautioned me not to interfere. “She has dementia,” they said, “She’s ...

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We take so much for granted.  Stocked shelves in grocery stores, full pumps at the gas station, electricity (lights, heat, air conditioning, television), running water (to quench thirst, to shower in, to wash dishes).   This morning I tried to brush my teeth and found just a trickle of H2O ...

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A number of states have now made cannabis legal for both medicinal and recreational use, but 50 years ago it was completely verboten. At that time my next door neighbor was an avant-garde artist, a single mother, and a good friend. We lived on the second floor of a two-story garden apartment ...

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The latest fiasco I’ve read about is the renaming of the “Laura Ingalls Wilder Award” to the “Children’s Literature Legacy Award.” Why? Because the renowned author of Little House On The Prairie portrayed Native Americans (American Indians) in stereotypical language. I must inject a personal ...

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