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...]

Help Santa get a grip!

Everybody, sing! “Up on the housetop slip, crash, crawl, Poor ol’ Santa took a fall …” No doubt someone ran an extension cord to string lights and forgot to secure the cord. What a nightmare before Christmas for the tripped up little old driver who will no longer be so lively and … [Read more...]

The last thing I want to do

A question has been bugging me: Why is it that at this point in our lives, the first section we turn to in the newspaper is the obituaries? I'm dying to know. Seriously, my close-in-age friends testify to reading the obits as religiously as others check the box scores or stocks. My friends and … [Read more...]

Better read than dead

At our age, anything that promises to add more years to our lives catches our attention. A magazine article that caught my eye proved book readers live an average of almost two years longer than those who do not read books. Like most of you, I keep books on my shelves that I revisit as I do … [Read more...]

And the winner is … our senior loved ones

Past Oscar acceptance speeches keep rattling around in my head. Remember Will Ferrell, when the music awkwardly interrupted his fellow presenter Jack Black's speech and he said to Black, "See? You're boring!" I can certainly relate to Sandra Bullock's, "Did I really earn this, or did I just … [Read more...]

If we don’t take responsibility, who will?

The recent death of my beloved friend still has me reeling. Many people, myself included, aren’t fond of even thinking about death, let alone planning for it. We all know our lives are our responsibility. In our early years, making decisions was fairly easy. We went to school, got a job or a … [Read more...]

This orphaned senior was very dear to me

RONA BARRETT’S GRAY MATTERS She cared for my home and she cared for my parents. She loved me and I loved her for over 40 years. She refused to move with us when we came to the Valley because she didn’t want to leave her church. She suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. Every few weeks … [Read more...]

The science of…whatta ya call those things again?

Senior moments. We joke about them: My memory is getting so bad, I'm the only one I know who can plan a surprise party for herself! We deny them: I was just momentarily distracted. We overreact: This is it! I'm done for! I must have Alzheimer's! Yes, senior moments can be … [Read more...]