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Deetah

Deetah

Once a month we piled into our black, boxy Dodge towing a trailer full of provisions from my father’s store for the friars and their flock at San Xavier del Bac a mission nine miles south of Tucson.

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School Daze

School Daze

School Daze Nostalgia for academia came over me one day driving by our nearby community college.

Trump's Selfish

Trump's Selfish

Preston Lucas talks about Trump blocking people on Twitter. .

Picture window

Picture window

I woke up to rain this morning, & looking out my picture window I could see Pikes Peak shrouded in clouds.

Growing up in the country

Jill, a resident at AGE of Central Texas reflects on why she appreciates the country..

My Heavenly Father

My Heavenly Father

The Lord Jesus is my greatest Love and heavenly Spouse..

Tangible reminder

Tangible reminder

I've had many life lessons & I've learned from each one of them.

Play Time

I enjoy making time to play with my grandson Jonah.

Enjoying Nature

Enjoying Nature

My aunt taught me that no matter how poor you are, you are rich if you can enjoy nature.

Country Woods

Country Woods

I've lived in the suburbs for nearly 30 years, and though the convenience of being close to the city is nice, I prefer the country.

Piano Time

Piano Time

To relieve stress I play the piano or take a brisk walk or get in the tub with jets..

Solitaire

Solitaire

I play solitaire..

Music relieves my stress

Music relieves my stress

I play the guitar, sing hymns, go for a walk, or work on my 1,000 piece puzzle..

Crying Helps

Crying Helps

Crying, prayer, talking things over with my husband, listening to music, going shopping..

Prayers and Naps

Prayers and Naps

Because I have been blessed with being raised in a Christian family, I usually pray.

Music calms me down

Music calms me down

My answer is listening to relaxing music..

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

The power of being able to seek forgiveness from another (i.e.

In Your Easter Bonnet

One of my most pleasant memories was pretty simple, but we were very poor.

We didn't have much, but there was lots of love

In my memory and being a PK (preacher's kid) raised in a family of 7 children in the end of the Depression years, those were hard times as we did not have special vacations and cruises.

Lake Waccamaw

Lake Waccamaw

When I was little, my dad would drive me and my siblings out to Lake Waccamaw in the summers.

Family is Everything

Family is Everything

Ann Whithaus of Findlay, Ohio says: "The greatest love of my life is my family!".

The love of my family

The love of my family

Nothing is better than the unconditional love of my family..

Parenting

Parenting

Being a parent.

Teach your children well

When our oldest was in 5th grade and the youngest was in kindergarten we had 4 neighbor girls staying with us while their mom was out of town.

Skies of Blue

Skies of Blue

Each morning I wake up and make a conscious choice to have a good day.

Living vs. Existing

Living vs. Existing

Professor, artist and blogger Robert Schrag shares his opinion on the difference between living and existing, along with fond childhood memories..

Promoting equality for all...

Promoting equality for all...

Beginning work towards a Master of Social Work at age 50, I certainly am driven by my dreams.

Brain Exercise

read the paper, think about what you are reading.

On Silence

On Silence

John Neel of North Carolina shares his thoughts on the best advice he ever received..

Blooming Possibilities

Blooming Possibilities

Learning should never stop! There are too many places, people and concepts to learn in one day, rather take small bites and enjoy the flavors! One of my favorite university students was an 85 year-old woman who was determined to get her degree no matter how long it took her.

A World of Writing

A World of Writing

Writer Janet Beech, 65, of Claremont, Calif., leads a memoir writing group out of The Claremont Forum bookstore.

It's What Matters

It's What Matters

Fulbright scholar and activist Donna Ambrogi, 82, of Claremont, Calif., chuckles as she tells her story:"Well my favorite time being arrested was after we had decided to house a group of refugees from Venezuela."For years we had toiled with the relationship with their government and we could not stand idly by as these people were running away seeking sanctuary."But our government didn't like that, so I was arrested and held in prison for 30 days."You do what you have to for what matters.".

Unwelcome Interruptions

Unwelcome Interruptions

I can do without all those pesky advertisements one sees before a movie at a theater, while trying to read an online news article , or view a spot on You Tube.

Learning the Hard Way

Learning the Hard Way

"If you don't continue to learn, you learn the hard way.

Finding Vocation

Finding Vocation

Teacher Ken Frank, 75, of Claremont, California, reports: "Of course I'm passionate about education.

To Be Your Best

To Be Your Best

In my job as a career consultant, I talk to people every day who are returning to school as an older adult to re-tool for today's jobs.

Freedom Isn't Free

Freedom Isn't Free

Jan Cates, 75, a Navy veteran, says freedom has to be paid for.

Make Change From Without

Make Change From Without

Former nurse Roberta Lumsdon, 78, says if you can't make change from within, make it from without..

Tough Love

Tough Love

"Nurture them.

Protect Them First

Protect Them First

"When children are very small, it's all about safety- from supporting their heads to making sure they're eating the right foods and getting enough sleep.

It's About the People

Jeannie Benson, 71, shares her favorite type of meal..

Lack of Respect

Brenda Wahab, 65, thinks a lack of respect is the biggest problem in society..

Don't Drink the Water

Don't Drink the Water

Jim Vowell has lived in central Ohio for most of his life.

ISIS

Isis scares me, and they aren't doing anything about it.

Right to Choose

Right to Choose

Roberta Lumsdon, 78, a retired nurse, shares what issue today she wishes she could change..

Bicycle and Globe

Bicycle and Globe

Tommy Edwards, 60, loved the bicycle he received for Christmas as a child."I tried to ride it in the house.

Immigration

Immigration

Ruth Strickland, 80, of Cary, North Carolina, shares what problem in today's world bothers her the most and what she thinks should be done about it..

So Much to Be Grateful For

So Much to Be Grateful For

"I am grateful for each day, for the police that are trying to protect us ...

Test

Test

Test.

My Pogo

My Pogo

"That was my pogo stick.

An Adventurous Life

An Adventurous Life

It's an unusually cool and rainy day in May, but that doesn't stop Lela Palmer from stopping by her ceramics class at the Cary Senior Center in Cary, North Carolina.

No Lasting Impact

No Lasting Impact

"The Vietnam War didn't change my perspective on authority, but it did change my opinion of that administration.

Wait Your Turn

Wait Your Turn

“For most people, success comes with time and experience.

It's Better Here

It's Better Here

Roberta Lumsdon, 78, once spent five years in Europe while her husband served part of his 23-year stint in the United States Air Force.

Living in the Good Ole U.S.A.

Living in the Good Ole U.S.A.

Every Thursday afternoon, Ruth Strickland, 80, rides a bus to the Cary Senior Center, where she spends her afternoon knitting blankets and writing out Bible verses for veterans.With a son who is a former marine, she says she's most grateful to be living in the U.S.

Understanding Change

Understanding Change

How does Bill "Shep" Shepherd deal with change?"I put it in a little jar in my house," he jokes."Change is something that you're not accustomed to.

My Family

My Family

I can remember teaching a class that requires that students think about how they would like to be remembered.

Italy

Italy

Miriam Dixon moved to Italy with her family at age 14."We moved to Florence for six months," she says.

Three Ingredients

Three Ingredients

happiness, love, and helping others: the three ingredients to success, according to Ellen Poye.

Friendship Matters Most

Friendship Matters Most

Friendship makes all the difference during change, according to Miriam Dixon."It's hard to get through something without your friends and support in general," says Dixon, who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.She remembers when her parents died in 2004 and 2007."A friend told me that they meant to send a card, but they didn't because they didn't know what to say," Dixon says.

True Happiness

True Happiness

"When you reach a place in your life where you feel happy and content with the things you're doing or have done, with the things around you and the people that you love.

Stay Busy

Stay Busy

"Keep an agenda.

Good Health

Good Health

What's your definition of success? "I'm almost 81 years old and still in good health.

Good Deeds

Good Deeds

"I measure success by the amount of good deeds given." -- Bill ShepherdBill "Shep" Shepherd is a founding member of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based reggae band The Amateurs.

Different perspectives

Different perspectives

The Vietnam War didn't necessarily change Mike Corbett's opinion on authority, but it taught him that people didn't always agree with each other"It gave me a new perspective on the range of peoples opinions about authority," he says.

Telephone

Telephone

"The telephone gave us the ability to communicate with other people." - Sondra Mackey Sondra Mackey, 73, lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, Jim..