Twiggy - Cat Teaches Appreciation

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Apr 122015

Twiggy is as happy in Albuquerque as she was in Chicago. In fact, it doesn't take much to keep her happy…a bowl of water, a bowl of food and a clean litter box.

Some people prefer dogs. WhilTwiggy-Sleepinge I've had several dogs in the past, I've come to appreciate the mellow disposition of cats.

They are the perfect pets for those of us who spend time doing crafts or writing. And they're perfect pets for those of us who have arrived at the point in our lives when we can finally learn that life doesn't have to be busy all the time. They remind us that quiet time is time to connect with our inner selves – a time to appreciate who we are rather than just what we do.

I recommend that those who are adjusting to an empty nest, consider a cat to fill the void.

Seniors' Greatest Gift

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Jan 302013

If you're a Senior Citizen, you may find yourself doubting your value and your ability to contribute in this highly technical world. The doubts are particularly difficult to bear if you have been trying to find work and you're "over qualified".

Don't despair.

You have a great deal to offer. You've spent a lifetime learning how to cope in a rapidly changing world. Your knowledge and skills are very much in demand.

The key is to remember not to look back. Forget "the good old days". There was lots that wasn't good back then, just as everything is not peaches and cream today. The trick is to take all that experience and knowledge and adapt it to today's environment. Your challenge is to adapt….find ways to apply your experience and knowledge to your current life and the lives of the young'uns around you.

Sure they may be a lot more familiar with technology than you are. But all that newfangled software is pointless if a person doesn't apply good common sense and basic best practices principles that have guided you through the turbulent years of the last century.

The best gift a Senior Citizen has to offer is his or her ability to teach and guide those who are just now coming up in the world. It satisfying to help those youngsters to succeed, and more than that, it is the key to remembering that you are every bit as productive now as you ever were.

Memory Lane - Getting Older

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Jan 262013

Does this sound familiar? It can happen at any age….

We call it a senior moment, but when you're going a mile a minute, it takes time for the old brain to catch up. Some days are just like that. It doesn't pay to fret. Just take it all in stride There's nothing to worry about, just slow down a moment and have a little patience.

The video isn't great but the sentiment is genuine.

Winter's Time for Learning

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Jan 242013

 Chicago has had an incredibly mild winter this year. But if you're like me you probably start thinking about hibernating when the temperatures dip below freezing. Winter for some is a time for skiing and sledding. For me, it's time to do crafts and to curl up with a good book.

You can find countless hours of entertainment and even the equivalent of an advanced degree at your public library if you don't mind getting out from time to time to exchange reading materials. That's good, of course. However, now we have a wealth of reading materials at our fingertips and available right in our own homes. The internet has a number of outstanding libraries. Some of my favorites include: 

And, of course, if you have a Kindle you can find countless free books at Amazon.

It's really quite a change for us seniors to be able to read on a computer. There are definite advantages, what with the ability to adjust the size of the fonts to accommodate our aging eyes. And, there's definitely a much different feel to reading on a screen – whether it be a kindle or a computer screen. I particularly appreciate the ability to pick up a book and start reading exactly where I left off (even when I don't remember to bookmark the page). More than that  I find learning much easier when I can simply let my computer find what I'm looking for.

I still love old fashioned books. The look and feel of a book in my hands is comforting. I am one of those who enjoyed having a library of books on a bookshelf to admire. But I find that those old loved books don't get much use after all. Once they were read and put on a shelf, I rarely went back to read them a second or third time. I now wonder what the sense was to having them sit there gathering dust. The more comfortable I get with my laptop and kindle, the more I enjoy the luxury of reading whatever my heart desires without leaving the comfort of home and without hunting for the passages buried in one of those books somewhere – if only I could spend the time hunting for it..

Whether you prefer the look and feel of a physical book, or you are adapting to the new digital books…

Whether you're interested in pure entertainment or in acquiring uncommon wealth of educational materials…

Winter in the digital age is a great time for those of us who don't cotton to the cold.

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