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...]

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...]

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...]

Golden Inn and Village residents moving in this month

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Alzheimer’s Association Event; Montecito Miscellany

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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...]

A Golden day for Rona Barrett

A Golden day for Rona Barrett   Ribbon cutting at Golden Inn & Village opens doors to seniors, families Len Wood, Staff Rona Barrett speaks as Santa Barbara County Supervisor Doreen Farr, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson and Congresswoman Lois Capps, from left, listen during the … [Read more...]