Take this country music pop-quiz and…!

My friend dared pose this question:  “What country music song best captures your state of mind right now — that is, what’s left of it?” Hmmmm… “Her Teeth Were Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure”?  Only half-true. “If My Nose Were Full Of Nickels, I'd Blow It All On … [Read more...]

I wonder if I will wander

Remember when Academy Award-winning Henry Fonda’s character, Norman Thayer, lamented in "On Golden Pond"? “I couldn't remember where the old town road was. I wandered away in the woods. There was nothing familiar. Not one damn tree. Scared me half to death.” While picking strawberries, … [Read more...]

Noozhawk: Golden Inn & Village Fills With Residents As Rona Barrett’s Dream Comes True

$13 million next phase calls for building assisted-living facility for people with Alzheimer's disease, memory loss     Rona Barrett, famed Hollywood entertainment writer-turned-businesswoman, is the driving force behind Golden Inn & Village, a new low-income senior housing … [Read more...]

Whatever happened to Hedda, Louella … and Rona?

A friend recently asked me to weigh in on the upcoming Fox series "Feud," about the fiery rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford on the set of the 1962 movie "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" Weigh-in is a good word because the series’ subplot is the prizefight between two heavyweights … [Read more...]

‘I used to sleep with my husband …’

“...now I sleep in another room — with a baseball bat." A friend of mine was shocked to hear this revelation from her friend, sole caretaker of her Alzheimer's-afflicted husband of 50-plus years. Recently, he violently attacked her without provocation. This apparently happens in 10 to 12 … [Read more...]

Thanking the village that built the Village

"Rona, you're nothing but a public leaning post!" That was my mother after the gazillionth stranger began telling me his story while waiting at a crosswalk. Or maybe it was in a store, or on a subway, or in a movie line. Since I was nine years old, everywhere I went, people would tell me their … [Read more...]

Maybe it’s just wishful thinking

“To make the world a nicer place to age, one wish at a time.” This is the grand vision of the TWILIGHT WISH FOUNDATION: turning seniors' wishes, unfulfilled dreams, and experiences they've always yearned for into reality. “We have a lack in our country of showing those who have paved the … [Read more...]

It’s A Wonderful Strife!

A colleague of mine claimed that he’s talked me down off the ledge so many times in the past couple of years that I should stay there.  At least,” he joked, “We would know where to find you!” Hey, I had my ledge.  George Bailey had his bridge.  We all have our own toes-over-the edge … [Read more...]

Low-income Seniors move into new homes in Santa Ynez

Low-income Seniors move into new homes in Santa Ynez   SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - A new housing community has opened its doors to 60 senior citizens in need. The seniors moved into the the Rona Barrett Foundation Golden Inn & Village in Santa Ynez in early December. Barrett worked on the … [Read more...]

Low-income Seniors move into new homes in Santa Ynez

Low-income Seniors move into new homes in Santa Ynez SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - A new housing community has opened its doors to 60 senior citizens in need. The seniors moved into the the Rona Barrett Foundation Golden Inn & Village in Santa Ynez in early December. Barrett worked on the … [Read more...]