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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region December 2021 | Volume 34 | Issue 12

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These seniors spread Christmas cheer to “kids” of all ages

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6 little-known stories about Pearl Harbor Did you know that Elvis Presley put on a benefit concert to raise funds for the USS Arizona Memorial?

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Pinnacle Dentistry offers comfortable, customized and cost-effective care These stress-reducing exercises will help you enjoy the holidays again

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he Decembers of my childhood meant many extra hours in the car. My dad married a Colorado girl and swooped her off to the Midwest. Mom missed her family immensely, so we’d pile in the car and head for La Junta to celebrate with them. We three kids probably weren’t so wise back then, but we were making our way to a star. Its blue lights shone beautifully, and it was affixed to the hospital at our destination. With 780 miles to cover, Dad drove all night. The plan was that we littles would snuggle into our blankets and sleep most of the way, creating a silent night where all was calm and the stops were few. Safety was somewhat lax in the 1960s. My little sister squished herself into the back window. My big brother took the backseat. I got the floor, with a board strategically placed over the dips. My mom sewed “trip bags” for us and filled them with puzzles, books and treats. My awake and eager brother, squinting in the dark, ate every snack and completed all the puzzles before we even left the state of Iowa. Being the oldest, he came up with a rule for the backseat when we were awake: boys get half and girls get half. Sounds equitable—except there was one boy and two girls. We got snowbound in Milford, Nebraska, all night once. This seemed terribly exciting to me since I didn’t have to notify anyone (pre cell phone!), keep three kids warm and fed, or ensure the tailpipe was unclogged with snow to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. My poor parents. After 14 hours of bickering, the alphabet game and “Are we there yet?” they cheered alongside us when the “Welcome to Colorful Colorado” sign appeared. We were overjoyed to see our beloved grandparents (and get out of the car). Their house

had the intoxicating aroma of Grandma’s banana bread and oak from Grandpa’s woodworking hobby. In a nod to Grandpa’s Norwegian heritage, we opened gifts on Christmas Eve, waiting with growing anticipation. The stipulation was it had to be dark. The basement was a kid’s dream— the Christmas tree lit with Grandma’s favorite blue bulbs and a tangle of toys, cousins and gift wrap around it. Once I noticed Grandpa wasn’t downstairs. I found him in his chair watching TV—“Amahl and the Night Visitors,” the opera depicting the wise men’s star-following journey. I joined him as the blue star aglow from its hospital perch across the street shone through the window. These trips were so utterly normal to me that it seemed they would stretch on forever. Then Grandma got cancer and died when I was 11. We had one last Colorado Christmas. It was heartbreaking to be in the house without her quiet, sweet presence, so we headed for the mountains. The adults, though grieving, still created a cozy holiday. We made our own tree ornaments, devoured peanut butter fudge, divinity and sugar cookies and went on daring tubing runs through freshly fallen snow. My feet got so cold that my toes swelled up like little Vienna sausages. The Christmases that followed on our Iowa farm were good ones. Just different. We mounted our own star of blue lights atop our silo, a beacon for miles around. Hopefully we got at least a little wiser. But I’ll never forget cocooning in the car and marking the miles beneath a moonlit sky, pressing on through the frosty predawn. It was my childhood and life was wide open—hunkered down with my family, presents in the trunk, driving west toward endless possibilities on I-80. ■

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These seniors spread Christmas cheer to “kids” of all ages By Lisa Lowdermilk


lf on a Shelf may cast a watchful eye on today’s children, but Santa—recipient of wishful letters, judge of the naughty and nice lists and traverser of chimneys—has seemingly always been there and still is, with a long and storied history. Many figures, both historical and mythological, have influenced our current image of the red-suited bearded guy hefting a giant bag of gifts. Saint Nicholas, a monk born around AD 280, was renowned for his tradition of secret gift-giving. Father Christmas, a mythological figure with a fur-lined robe, inspired midwinter feasting and revelry. Through these and other incarnations, however, two characteristics remain constant: generosity and good cheer. And three resident Clauses are committed to ensuring that the young (and young at heart!) experience Christmases just as magical as those of their childhoods.


Santa Jim Moncher gives a hearty wave from The North Pole, his home away from home.

Jim Moncher, 62, began playing Santa for his nieces and nephews. After the committee chair for the local Boy Scouts encouraged him to become a professional Santa, Moncher applied at The North Pole in Cascade, which boasts Santa all year ’round. It was an 8-year-old’s fanciful vision of Santa’s village that inspired the blueprints of the Christmas-themed vintage amusement park—a Colorado favorite since it opened in 1956. Ten years later, Moncher still holds court in the enchanting Santa house and loves every moment of it. Kids can visit him or one of the other jolly elves and feed Santa’s reindeer. Seeing their faces light up with joy when they come for a visit never fails to brighten his day. The amusement park has standard safety precautions in place in response to COVID, such as socially distanced Santa visits. Despite the changes, Moncher remains optimistic. “I’m here for children of all ages,” he said, the warmth evident in his voice. “I love what I do all 365 days of the year.” Cathy Kelsay, 69, performs as Mrs. Claus at community events for children and seniors alike. Of the latter, she said, “I love seeing the look of childlike wonder on their faces. When they see me in costume, it’s like they’re transported back to their childhood—back to a time when they still believed in magic.” Kelsay transforms herself into Santa’s better half by combining a Christ-


“Mrs. Claus” Cathy Kelsay performs her Christmas magic for a receptive audience at a local library.

mas tree skirt, nightgown, handmade hat and the Christmas spirit with her acting chops. Kelsay owns Fantasy Forest Entertainment, performing as a variety of characters for over 35 years. In true Mrs. Claus fashion, Kelsay believes you’re never too old to wish for Christmas gifts. “I was walking through Walmart [as Mrs. Claus] when a man asked me for a motorcycle!” she said. Moncher recalled a boy who asked for marbles. When Moncher asked why he wanted them, the boy replied, “Because I’ve lost mine!” Bobbie Moore, 66, started his Santa career last year. His origin story involves him and his wife riding a Harley-Davidson on a highway in Wichita. “A lady asked us to pull over. She told us her parents had an inflatable Santa on a motorcycle that looked just like me,” he recalled. “I was being accused of Santa years before I became him!”

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Unsurprisingly, Kelsay, Moncher and Moore all have fond childhood memories of Santa. Moore’s mother really played into the Santa story by telling him and his older sister that Santa would only visit after they went to bed. He took her words very seriously. “I remember sitting in the living room with Mom and Dad and my sister. I don’t even remember making it upstairs,” he said, adding that he fell asleep almost immediately. Moncher looked back on one Christmas Eve when he and his siblings had chicken pox and his uncle paid them a surprise visit dressed as Santa. “I’ll never forget seeing Santa walk through the front door,” he said. These three seniors’ childhood experiences and earned white hair helps them when they play Santa. “It’s our experience in life. We know more about children and are better able to handle them,” said Kelsay, a former teacher. One year, Moncher met a little boy with leukemia who was so grateful just to be alive. “He was so excited to meet Santa, but he was concerned I might be afraid of his cancer,” he said. “He didn’t want me to get it.” For Moore, a memorable moment involved an inquisitive boy who was more excited about meeting Santa than he was about receiving gifts. “He didn’t even ask for much; he just wanted to talk to Santa,” said Moore. “He had a list of questions all lined up.”

CHRISTMAS OVER COVID All three Clauses are committed to spreading the magic of Christmas, COVID be darned. Moore found ways to safely entertain in person and remotely, swapping his sleigh for a laptop when needed. His young fans responded to his Zoom visits very positively. “Some kids were intimidated by in-person

In 2012, Frank Pascuzzi from Long Island legally changed his name to Santa Claus after three hours in court and a background check. If a child dares to question the identity of this semiretired fire-sprinkler engineer turned Santa, he simply produces his driver’s license to settle the score. There are several Santa schools, but the CWH Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, is the most prestigious and longest running of all (84 seasons). Around 300 jolly students attend yearly. It was founded in 1937 by Charles W.

Bobbie Moore keeps a youngster engaged with his lively rendition of Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem, “The Night Before Christmas.” visits,” he noted. Zoom, however, made them less inhibited. Recording the video for a keepsake is far more interesting than the typical Santa photo. Perhaps as a result of cabin fever they’ve endured during quarantine, Moncher said that he had many kids ask for their own house. “Then they wouldn’t have to do chores!” he quipped. In spite of the pandemic, Kelsay vowed to keep performing as long as she can. “One of the biggest compliments I’ve ever received was from a mother who told me her daughter didn’t feel comfortable participating in programs until she came to my [Mrs. Claus] show,” she added. With these cheerful Clauses in the community, the pandemic can’t dampen the Christmas spirit—so be sure to leave out the cookies and milk. ■

Howard, who was Santa in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade from 1948 to 1965. Howard is quoted saying, “He errs who thinks Santa enters through the chimney. Santa enters through the heart.” Santa suits run from $60 for an economy outfit to more than $3,000 for the fancy fur ones. Accessories range from belly padding to Santa eyebrows. Cascade’s North Pole amusement park has its own post office and receives hundreds to thousands of letters to Santa from around the world.

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6 little-known stories about Pearl Harbor

By Lauren Berg


ighty years later, the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor remains significant as one of only a few times the United States has been attacked by a foreign adversary on its own soil. The tragedy of the attack came not only in the loss of over 2,400 lives, but also in how unprepared the U.S. was for it. Not that they can be blamed; a surprise attack from a nation over 4,000 miles away was previously unthought of. While much has been said about the attack itself, here are some lesser-known facts and stories surrounding Pearl Harbor:

1 JAPAN’S SURPRISE ATTACK CAME IN THE WAKE OF A DEVASTATING AMERICAN OIL EMBARGO In July 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order announcing a freeze on assets with Japan. Now, any business would need to seek the U.S. government’s permission to trade with the country. However, confusion about the order resulted in cutting off all trade with Japan—including the export of U.S. oil, which Japanese naval forces were dependent upon. This led the island country to set its sights toward an invasion of Southeast Asia and its oil resources, though it knew such an act would lead to war against America. As a result, Japan decided to attack America’s Pacific Fleet based out of Pearl Harbor to prevent American interference in its plan for accessing the resources of these other countries.

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2 AMONG THE FALLEN WERE THE REMAINS OF A BABY GIRL In 1937, Chief Yeoman Albert Wagner’s wife gave birth to premature twins, one of whom died two days later. Wagner planned to scatter his daughter’s ashes at sea, storing the urn in his locker on the USS Utah. But he never got the chance. While he survived Pearl Harbor, the daughter’s remains were lost with the sunken ship, along with the lives of 58 sailors. A funeral was never held for baby Nancy until 2003, when her twin sister, Mary, gathered friends and family to the site of the memorial to say an official goodbye. “I feel nothing but pride and pleasure that she’s in such magnificent company,” Mary said. “I could not ask for anything better than for her to be tenderly, carefully looked after by America’s finest.”

LIFE AFTER 50 tions were going and to drop some bombs while there. Less than 90 days after the first attack, Japanese bombs once again fell on Oahu. Fortunately, bad weather stymied the pilots’ efforts and the bombs missed their targets, hurting no one. Though less damaging than “the date which will live in infamy,” the second attack was kept secret from the public for decades.

3 A CONSPIRACY THEORY DEVELOPED ABOUT NEWSPAPER ADS WARNING OF THE ATTACK Two weeks before the December 7 attack, the New Yorker published an ad promoting a mysterious board game called “The Deadly Double,” which featured people in an air raid shelter playing dice—two of which were numbered 12 and 7—and included words like “alert” and “warning.” After Pearl Harbor, people saw the ad in a different light, convinced it was a coded message to Japanese spies warning them of the impending assault. However, the conspiracy theory was quickly debunked when it was discovered that Roger Paul Craig had indeed invented such a game and created the ads, with the numbers on the dice amounting to coincidence. Despite its notoriety, the game never sold well, and Craig ironically ended up working for the Office of Strategic Services—the U.S.’s intelligence agency during World War II.

4 MONTHS LATER, JAPAN ATTEMPTED TO BOMB PEARL HARBOR AGAIN After the success of its initial attack, Japan began plans for bigger targets like mainland America. But first, the military decided to do a reconnaissance flight over Pearl Harbor to see how repair opera-

5 ELVIS PRESLEY HELPED RAISE MONEY FOR THE USS ARIZONA MEMORIAL FUND A few years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the building of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, the project struggled to raise enough funds. Elvis Presley decided to help by putting on a benefit concert, performing classics like “Hound Dog” for thousands of fans at Pearl Harbor’s Bloch Arena. The event brought in more than $54,000 and helped raise public interest in the memorial, which was dedicated a year later in 1962.

6 A JAPANESE AND AMERICAN SOLDIER, BOTH PEARL HARBOR SURVIVORS, LATER BECAME FRIENDS Zenji Abe, a Japanese pilot who dropped bombs on Pearl Harbor, didn’t learn until decades later that the attack had come before Japan’s declaration of war. Viewing Japan’s wartime leaders’ actions as immoral, he worked to engage in reconciliation efforts between Japanese and American veterans. In 1991, at the 50th anniversary of the attack, Abe visited the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii, where he came to apologize to his former foes. He found reconciliation, forgiveness and friendship from American Pearl Harbor survivors like Richard Fiske. Fiske and Abe became close friends and agreed to honor the memorial each month with roses until Fiske’s death in 2004. ■

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Dentists offer comfortable, customized and cost-effective care By G.L. Yenne


f you’ve delayed going to see the dentist during the pandemic, it’s time to get back on track. Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth with the compassionate team at Pinnacle Dentistry. Dr. Thomas Jennings and Dr. Brad Perrett are both extremely personable, attentive and dedicated to excellence without resting on their past accomplishments and certifications. Their team constantly works on bettering themselves and their service. Their passion is to provide advanced care that takes into consideration a patient’s total well-being. They strive to offer customized, comfortable and long-lasting solutions to eliminate unnecessary treatment and help their patients look amazing.

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From the front desk to the exam rooms, the staff at Pinnacle Dentistry provides a warm and supportive environment for their patients, and they have the smiles to prove it! retain more teeth to preserve for a longer life span. “One thing we often see is cycles of retreatment. Our ultimate goal is to interrupt that cycle by doing restorations that last 3-4 times as long and help protect teeth for the future,” added Jennings. “If we fix the problem up front, it will give us the best results with the least longterm expense.”

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Stress less with these 5-minute exercises By Katie Oltz, BAS


arols on the radio, twinkling lights and bustling stores are all indicators that the holiday season is quickly approaching. While festive activities and visiting family can make this time of year exciting, shopping for gifts, coordinating schedules and mapping out travel plans can make it extremely stressful. Stress is a relatively normal response to change. It can benefit

you by helping to increase motivation, adapt to new experiences and overcome challenges. Unfortunately, experiencing stress for long periods of time can result in headaches, agitation, sleeplessness and fatigue, tense muscles or increased anxiousness, which can make the holidays much less enjoyable. So how can we navigate this holiday season with less stress and more joy? During the holidays, our

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thoughts and attention are usually projected toward future events, which may increase stress and worry. (Will I find everything on my shopping list? How will I accommodate family coming in from out of town?) Mindfulness represents the idea of focusing our attention on the present moment. Anyone can practice mindfulness. Here are three exercises that promote mindfulness, which can help you decrease stress and increase your ability to relax and be present. Just dedicating 5 minutes to these practices can do wonders for your mind and body! 1) Breathe deeply. Deep breathing is a simple exercise that helps decrease stress and anxiety by encouraging intentional slow, deep breaths instead of short, shallow ones. � Sit back in a comfortable position and close your eyes, if you’d like. � Inhale. Breathe in slowly through your nose for 4 seconds. � Pause. Hold the air in your lungs for 4 seconds. � Exhale. Breathe out slowly through your mouth for 6 seconds. � Repeat. Practice for 5 minutes.

� Sit back in a comfortable position and close your eyes. � Take five deep breaths through your nose. � Start by bringing your awareness to your feet by wiggling or curling your toes. Focus on the sensations. � Continue to explore and bring awareness to sensations in other parts of the body, such as your hands, arms and abdomen. � Do this for about five minutes and breathe with the sensations you experience.

2) Visualize. Our minds can create beautiful, calming and detailed scenes, which fosters relaxation. � Sit back in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Think of a place that’s calming and relaxing. Perhaps a cozy coffee shop, a gently flowing stream, a day at the beach, or a winter wonderland. � Visualize what you are seeing, hearing, smelling or touching. � Do this for about 5 minutes, allowing yourself to appreciate the scene.

It’s completely normal for your mind to wander when practicing any of these exercises. When this happens, just acknowledge where your mind has gone and gently bring your awareness back. While these exercises can be useful for reducing stress, other activities may be just as helpful, such as listening to music or journaling about what you’re thankful for. Whatever you do, remember to give yourself acknowledgment and gratitude for all the wonderful things you have accomplished. If you find yourself needing support this holiday season, contact the UCCS Aging Center at 719-2558002. ■

3) Body scanning tunes into the body’s physical sensations, such as muscle tightness or warmth. This exercise helps to focus your awareness on those sensations and be present in the moment.

Katie Oltz, BAS, is a clinical psychology master’s student and psychology trainee at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) Aging Center. Contact her at koltz@ or at 719-255-8002.


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ecently, I was headed to meet a friend for lunch and she texted me last minute that she had a migraine. I called her with some tips and when I checked on her the next day, she was much better. She noticed improvement after trying a couple of the hacks I recommended. If you’re prone to migraines, you’ll want to learn what migrenades cause them! “Migrenade” is the term I made up for substances that go off like a grenade in your brain and trigger a migraine. All the pain-causing cytokines in your body should be considered migrenades, because they’re responsible for the pain and inflammation associated with headaches. First, I suggest you minimize or eliminate the following powerful migrenades if you want to get control of headaches once and for all: � Artificial sweeteners and dyes � Any clothing that requires dry cleaning � Monosodium glutamate (MSG) � Vegetable oil containing bromine � Fancy dryer sheets � Perfume that contains synthetic chemicals As for dryer sheets, you can make your own by taking some cotton, putting a few drops of your favorite essential oil on it and tossing it in the dryer with your clothes. The possibilities of using natural essential oils are limitless, and this trick won’t harm your endocrine glands. Low thyroid hormones are one cause of migraines. Iodine is one of the components that helps make thyroid hormones. Iodine or a good thyroid supplement could be help-

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Submitted by Bob Breazeale A redneck who’s had a few too many drinks leaves a bar. He comes back in a few minutes and asks the bartender, “How tall is a penguin?” The bartender says, “About three feet.” The redneck asks, “Are you sure it isn’t about twice that?” The bartender replies, “I’m pretty sure.” The redneck slaps his forehead and says, “You better give me a double, I think I just ran over a nun.” Two boys are talking about what they got for Christmas. One is a city kid who exaggerates. The other is a redneck’s kid. City Kid: I got a new mountain bike that costs $1,000. Redneck Kid: That’s fantastic. CK: And I got a new electric train set with everything that costs $500.

RK: That’s fantastic. CK: And I got a new video setup and 20 games that costs $600. RK: That’s fantastic. CK: So, what did you get? RK: Some clothes and a baseball glove. But my folks have been sending me to an etiquette school for two weeks. CK: That’s too bad. Have you learned anything? RK: Yep. I’ve learned to say “That’s fantastic” instead of “That’s bull $#%&!”


Submitted by Helen Curtis An English schoolteacher was looking for rooms in Switzerland, and she called upon the local schoolmaster to help her find an apartment that would be suitable. Such rooms were found, and she returned to London for her belongings. She remembered that she had not noticed



a bathroom, or as she called it, “a water closet.” So she wrote to the schoolmaster and asked if there was a “w.c.” in or near the apartment. The schoolmaster, not knowing what the “w.c.” stood for, was puzzled. Not knowing she was talking about a bathroom, he sought the advice from the parish priest. They concluded she must have meant a wayside chapel. A few days later she received this letter: “Dear Madam, The w.c. is located 9 miles from the house, in the heart of a beautiful grove of trees. It will seat 150 people at one time and is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Some people bring their lunch and make a day of it. On Thursdays, there is an organ accompaniment. The acoustics are very good. The slightest sound can be heard by everyone. It may interest you to know that my daughter met her husband there at the “w.c.” We are now in the process of taking donations to purchase plush seats. We feel that

this is a long-felt need, as the present seats have holes in them. My wife, being rather delicate, hasn’t been able to attend regularly. It’s been 6 months since she last went. Naturally, it pains her to not be able to go more often. I will close now with the desire to accommodate you in every way possible and will be happy to save you a seat either down front or near the door as you prefer.”


Submitted by Luke Cranston Bill, a 70-year-old and extremely wealthy widower, attended a holiday dinner with a breathtakingly beautiful 25-year-old woman on his arm. She was hanging on his every word. His friends at the dinner were aghast. They finally cornered him and asked, “Bill, how did you get the trophy girlfriend?” Bill replied, “Girlfriend? She’s my wife!” They were stunned. “So how did you persuade her to marry you?”

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they asked. Bill said, “I lied about my age.” “What do you mean? Did you tell her you’re only 50?” Bill smiled and says, “No, I told her I’m 90.”


Submitted by Carolyn Hopping What do you call a pig who knows karate? A pork chop. What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta. What do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator. Why do melons have weddings? Because they cantaloupe. Where does Santa Claus keep his money? In snow banks. What do you call a snowman in spring? A puddle.


Submitted by Bobby Williams Last Christmas, Grandpa was feeling his age and found that shopping for Christmas gifts had become too difficult, so he decided to send checks to everyone instead. In each card he wrote, “Buy your own present!” and mailed them early. He enjoyed the usual flurry of family festivities, and it was only after the holiday that he noticed that he had received very few cards in return. Puzzled over this, he went

into his study, intending to write a couple of his relatives and ask what had happened. Then he cleared his desk, and under a stack of papers he was horrified to find the gift checks, which he’d forgotten to enclose with the cards.

ANYTHING FOR A CAT Submitted by Carolyn Hopping A cat died and went to heaven. God met her at the pearly gates and said, “You have been a good cat all these years. Anything you ask for is yours.” The cat thought for a minute and said, “All my life I’ve lived on a farm and slept on hard, wooden floors. I would like a really fluffy pillow to sit on.” And it was done. A few days later six mice were killed in an accident, and they all went to heaven together. God made them the same offer he made the cat. The mice said, “Well, we had to run all our lives from cats, dogs and even people with brooms. If we had some little roller skates, we would not have to run again.” And it was done. About a week later, God decided to check on the cat. He found her sound asleep on her fluffy pillow. God gently woke the cat and asked, “How have you been doing? Are you happy?” The cat said, “Oh, it’s wonderful! I’ve never been so happy in my life. This pillow is so fluffy, and those little meals on wheels you’ve been sending are soooo delicious!” ■


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ave you ever tried to create an unforgettable Christmas for your family? Perhaps all you got was a huge headache and an even bigger credit card balance. The national delay in our supply chain this year is the perfect excuse to simplify Christmas by giving and receiving gifts that don’t come with a price tag. What do you remember about your childhood Christmases? Maybe it was the fresh scent of pine as you decorated your tree, the sweet and snappy taste of freshly baked gingerbread or the family togetherness before church services. What do you dislike about Christmas now? Perhaps it’s the stressful family gatherings, the constant repetition of Christmas music everywhere you go or the endless stream of holiday catalogs clogging your mailbox. Many don’t find Christmas merry, and depression often worsens during the holidays. Marie Kondo, the guru of organization, says, “If it does not give you pleasure, eliminate.” Likewise, if we focus on a few things that are meaningful and eliminate the rest, we will enjoy a more peaceful season. This might include gathering with those we love, admiring the Christmas lights or attending special services.

PRACTICAL TIPS TO SIMPLIFY As far as gifts are concerned, young children who believe in Santa love to open a brightly wrapped package. Their joy is infectious! For everyone else, how about writing a loving letter on beautiful paper that will always be treasured? Coupons for a massage, tickets to the museum or zoo, or a gift card for gas are a sure-fire hit. Coupons for babysitting mean the gift of time to harried younger couples. A single nice gift for the entire family, such as a puzzle or board game, is a thoughtful gesture. One teenager makes origami birds and boxes for presents. Consumable items such as wine, honey, chocolate, cheese, nuts and soaps are always welcomed. Some grandparents love giving lots of gifts to their grandchildren (hello, grandmothers!), often against the parents’ wishes. Parents might choose to cut back on their own gift-giving to balance the extreme generosity of grandparents. While Facebook might mean fewer Christmas cards, many still enjoy receiving them. Cull your list and mail only to those near and dear. Place cards you receive in one basket and stock another with new cards, stamps and pens. If you receive an unexpected card, you’ll be prepared! Since we live in a texting

LIFE AFTER 50 culture, how about a creative greeting limited to 5-8 short lines? COVID Christmas 2021 Finally retired! First grandbaby arrived in May. Took two road trips to Oregon and Montana. Started volunteering at local soup kitchen. Best wishes for 2022! Decorations are lovely but labor-intensive. Deck the halls in a simple way, with one main focal point per area—a crèche, a brilliant red poinsettia or an evergreen wreath for the front door. Arrange all your sparkly ornaments in a glass bowl as a centerpiece for the dining room. Decorate a tree outside with seeds, berries and nuts for the birds. Keep your artificial Christmas tree up year-round and decorate with seasonal ornaments to celebrate other holidays. With food, loosen your grip on traditions like baking Grandma’s pecan pie. The younger generation may introduce new recipes. If no one has the energy or time for homemade fare, just buy baked goods and “present” them on your own china! Talk to your loved ones about differing holiday expectations. Do you feel stressed by family members staying in your home? Maybe it’s time they check out an Airbnb. You could seek respite at a cabin in the mountains, a monastery, a resort or a farm to gain peace and

spiritual renewal. Entertainment needn’t be costly. White elephant gift exchanges are always fun. Read classic Christmas stories aloud, such as “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Anderson, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, “The Elves and the Shoemaker” by the Brothers Grimm or “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. Perennial TV favorites include “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “Miracle on 34th Street.”

LESS STRESS IS POSSIBLE Restore meaning to the season by studying other cultures that focus on religious themes and simple decorations. No other culture in the world starts the Christmas season in September, as we do here! It’s an irony that we celebrate with overconsumption when the first Christmas took place in a humble stable. How about following your own star this season like the wise men did and stepping out of your comfort zone to find someone to help? Serve at a soup kitchen, carol at a nursing home, support an immigrant family or visit shut-ins or prisoners. Following even some of these suggestions will slow down the pace of your preparations and alleviate that post-Christmas hollow feeling. May serenity and joy be yours this year as you experience a simply beautiful Christmas. ■

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Spend two nights in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District. Guided tour of Charleston, regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in America. Touring and lunch at Middleton Plantation with its beautiful gardens. Visit Beaufort, South Carolina, known for its southern hospitality, historic homes and listed on National Trust for Historic Preservation. Spend two nights at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, once the playground of the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt families. Narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island, a Golden Isle rich with majestic oak trees, Spanish moss and palmetto. Visit St. Simons Island, the largest of the Golden Isles. Spend two nights in the Historic District of Savannah, the “Belle of the South.” Visit Tybee Island and tour the Museum and Lighthouse. Narrated trolley tour of Savannah to learn the history of the city, see the beautiful garden-filled squares and see the places where many famous movies were filmed. Family-style dinner at Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House, steeped in Savannah history and a local legend.

Leave the fast lane behind! Come experience the slow lane on Mackinac Island, where cars have been banned since 1898. After arriving in Michigan, meet your tour director and traveling companions for a welcome drink. The next day you will tour Detroit’s Henry Ford Museum, visit Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in old Frankenmuth, including a delicious, authentic Bavarian dinner and wine tasting. Take a scenic ferry ride to Mackinac Island with a horse-drawn carriage ride from the ferry port to your hotel. With carriages and bicycles as the island’s only means of transportation, you’ll need to fuel up on lunch at the famous Grand Hotel. Buy some of their famous decadent fudge, too! After lunch your carriage tour will take you to Avenue of the Flags, the Governor’s Mansion, and Arch Rock. It’s another beautiful ferry ride back to Michigan mainland. In Mackinaw City you’ll visit Old Mackinac Lighthouse State Park, Legs Inn on Lake Michigan and sample local specialties. Take a scenic drive through Tunnel of Trees en route to the coastal towns of Petoskey and Charlevoix. Sightseeing with a local guide includes Victorian summer resorts and ‘mushroom’ houses. Have lunch and do some shopping in Traverse City, tour the Gerald Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, on your way to Chicago. Take a sightseeing tour of Chicago then enjoy a farewell dinner with a famous dessert at your hotel, the historic Palmer House Hilton.

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A 7-Day Motorcoach Tour to America’s Heartland Day 1: Depart for Lincoln, Nebraska with lunch break in Ogallala and a visit to ‘old west’ Front St. Day 2: Destination Moline, Illinois with a lunch stop in Leighton and tour of Tassel Ridge Winery. You will enjoy a dinner cruise aboard the beautiful paddlewheel Celebration Belle. Day 3: You’ll tour Isabel Bloom’s art studios and tour the John Deere Pavilion, continuing on to Amana Colonies, a historic landmark formed in 1856. Day 4: In the morning, you arrive at Pella, Iowa’s annual Tulip Festival – over 200,000 tulips in bloom! See windmills, antique cars, parades, a sunken garden park, antiques, historic villages, Wyatt Earp’s house, and much more. Day 5: Enjoy morning free time at the Tulip Festival and after lunch head to Kansas City to overnight. Day 6: Visit the National WWI Museum & Memorial and see breathtaking views from Liberty Memorial Tower observation deck. After lunch, shop for sweets at Russell Stover Outlet Store. Day 7: On our way home, we’ll tour the historic Cathedral of the Plains, a lovely church in Victoria, Kansas. *Based on double occupancy, single supp is $375. Deposit $250 per person to secure space. Final payment due 4/1/22. Price includes fully-escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, 6 nights accommodations, all attraction tickets, luggage handling, 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners.

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Singin’ in the Rain & Coors Brewery Tour Based on the most celebrated movie of all time, Singin’ in the Rain is the story of the first Hollywood movie musical. You’ll love each unforgettable scene, song and dance of this MGM classic, including the show stopping dance in an onstage rainstorm. Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ in the Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals. On the Coors Brewery Tour, see and taste traditional brewing in the Rockies - the largest single-site brewery in the world! Since 1873 Coors has thrived on a legacy of quality and innovation. The tour showcases its history and passion for brewing. Afterwards, enjoy beer samples in the Hospitality Lounge and shop in the Coors & Co. gift store. *$195 price includes a fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, excellent seats for the musical performance, Coors Brewery Tour, and lunch consisting of salad, entree, beverage, dessert, tax & gratuity.

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QUALITY INDEPENDENT & ASSISTED LIVING ON ONE CAMPUS “I think we need to do some x-rays.” It wasn’t that Johnny was nearly 16 years old. It was osteosarcoma: bone cancer. After discussing the options with my husband, we chose palliative care for our old boy. Johnny was promptly given a Vetalog shot for quick pain relief. Additional medicine helped him enjoy his life for nearly three more weeks. And then we had to stop fighting Mother Nature. Euthanasia is a word that brings pet owners to their knees. Still, it’s an aspect of veterinary medicine that is necessary when a pet is suffering. With the gentle and compassionate help of Dr. Judith Lee—who knew Johnny Cash from his previous owner—our sweet guy was able to pass here in his home, peacefully and lovingly, into a place where he can run like the road never ends. This holiday season, while we are grateful to celebrate with loved ones, we will miss our gentle giant. Yes, even his copious amounts of curly dog hair. We give thanks for our veterinarians, their staff and all the opportunities that modern-day veterinary medicine provides to help us keep our best friends happy and healthy for as long as possible.




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he International Day of Veterinary Medicine is observed annually on December 9. It is a day that recognizes this amazing field of medicine that managed Ernie’s cirrhosis with a prescription diet, relieved Chip’s arthritis with pain relievers formulated for dogs, and developed the diagnostic tools needed to investigate Johnny Cash’s worsening limp. It also honors the women and men who devote seven or more intense years of their lives to studying the multitude of creatures that inhabit our great big world. It’s not easy being a veterinarian. Their patients usually ignore them, sometimes snap at them and never laugh at their jokes. Regardless, animal doctors must call on their vast array of knowledge, skills and experience—and, frequently, a conciliatory tasty morsel—to treat our furred, feathered and finned friends. They can’t ask, “Where does it hurt?” or “When did your symptoms start?” As pet owners, we know our pooches best. We know their routines, their habits, what they like and dislike. We know when something is out of sorts. It’s our vets, however, who help us put those pieces together when there’s a problem. Johnny Cash—our “Man in Black”—started limping at the end of September. “I’m sure it’s just old age,” I told Dr. Volz. “But I just want to rule out a problem.” He felt Johnny’s shoulder, then looked me in the eye.

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ecorating the house with fresh greenery is one of winter’s oldest traditions. Evergreens have been a part of winter festivals since ancient times. They were used to represent everlasting life and hope for the return of spring. There’s a great feeling of satisfaction in collecting and arranging your own winter decorations. There are no rules—let the assortment you collect guide you.

TIPS FOR ARRANGING Ivy, pine and holly will add a fresh, natural scent to your home and give your arrangements a unique look. Experiment with garlands, swags and centerpieces for indoors, and door toppers of greens and fruits, or containers of greenery, twigs and cones for outdoors. Place a beautiful wreath on your front door. When gathering live greenery from shrubs and trees, remember you’re actually pruning the plants. Consider carefully which branches to cut and which ones to leave. Distribute the cuts evenly around the plant to preserve its natural form, and be sure to use a sharp, clean 2368 Research Parkway pruner. While you’re outside, also Colorado Springs, CO 80920 ® look for acorns, pine cones, dried A Residence of Legend Senior Living hydrangea blossoms, rose hips and bright orange pyracantha berries (but watch out for the thorns).

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When you get your treasures home, smash the ends of woody stems with a hammer and soak them in water overnight before arranging. Tie florist’s wires to sprigs of berries, rose hips, pine cones or acorns to make them easy to attach to your arrangements. Enjoy the fresh scent but know it’s fleeting. To keep your home smelling like fresh-cut pine boughs, pick up a scented spray at a gift shop. Don’t think of it as cheating; think of it as enhancing nature’s bounty. English ivy, Boston ivy and Virginia creeper are common ground covers, and can also be found growing up trees and telephone poles. They make a lovely addition to any arrangement but must be kept in water or they will dry out quickly. Use florist’s water vials to keep them fresh and check the water frequently.

INCORPORATING FLOWERS Just because it’s winter, don’t forget flowers when coming up with unique ways to decorate. Flowers lift our spirits throughout the year and are especially welcome during the hectic holiday season. No matter what colors you choose, adding flowers to your home will make you smile even on the dreariest winter day. Make a jar of water enhanced with floral preservatives to use for the flowers in your decorations.

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as well as candles and winter. But please, do not use candles around fresh greens. Instead, try vases of fresh flowers and candles of different heights together on a sideboard, hutch or entry table. Then, take the mood from festive to magical by standing a mirror behind the arrangement to enhance the glow. Turn down the lights, stand back and enjoy. Winter doesn’t have to be dull. Step outside and gather some fun and interesting branches, twigs, berries and cones. ■


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n a cool November day, our feet touched down upon the old mosaic cobblestones of the Rue Général de Gaulle in Riquewihr, France (population 1,308). Centuries ago these stones had been meticulously laid out in circular patterns. Fall is a good time to visit Riquewihr as it can get crowded during peak times. Parking is outside the town walls, so visitors enter the village through a series of old gates in the large clock and watchtowers. Even though the calendar said late fall, geraniums and other blooms spilled over flower box rims. Hollywood used this fairy-tale town in the Alsace wine-growing region as an inspiration for “Beauty and the Beast.” Hanging wrought iron signs artfully spelled out commercial establishments. The more you looked around, the more details you saw, including building dates and inscriptions going back centuries.

MEDIEVAL CHARM Designs painted on shutters and

balconies utilized bright teals, pinks and yellows. Flower-decked balconies, sculpted windows and old paved courtyards were everywhere. Many of Riquewihr’s shops and restaurants catered to tourism with plenty of outdoor seating. My husband, Kent, and I stepped aside as a sightseeing train rounded the corner in front of us. A few cars and delivery trucks rumbled past. Postal delivery was achieved with a bright yellow motorcycle with attached bags. We watched as a driver unloaded ingredients for Fortwenger Gingerbread and Confectionery, which has been in business since 1786. Ramparts enclose the walkable center, part of Riquewihr’s original medieval charm. Famous for its Riesling and other great Alsace wines, the town looks today exactly as it did in the 16th century. That’s because Riquewihr was not greatly damaged by World War II, with houses dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries still viable. The main street, Rue du Général de Gaulle, is lined with brightly colored half-timbered houses in blues, yellows and reds from the Renais-

TRAVEL sance period. Back alleys branch out from both sides of the street. Follow Rue Général de Gaulle and you’ll end up at the Dolder—a pink sandstone and timber tower that was built as a part of the 1292 fortified wall. The four stories of the tower housed the caretaker and his family, who were in charge of closing the entry gate to the village every night. Beautiful window displays featured the unusual. One showcased a life-size wooden doll set amidst hanging geraniums. There was even a bright red scooter carefully balanced on a balcony. Water spigots jutted out from buildings with the signs reading “non-portabo” (not for drinking). When visiting Riquewihr, don’t hesitate to wander. A stroll down the cobbled streets will take you to colorful and flowery half-timbered houses. The more we looked around, the more details we spotted, including twisting lanes and hidden courtyards. Surrounded by

building that sells souvenirs. Nearby, the proprietor of Les Macarons de Riquewihr was handing out macaron samples, and we even found a foie gras shop (so French!). After speaking to a few of the locals, the following were named as top winners of Alsace cuisine:

vineyards, you can taste the wine at some 20 winstubs—an Alsace cafe, restaurant or bar that specializes in wine. Or you may enjoy “Feerie de Noel,” a Christmas shop extraordinaire selling original, handmade Christmas decorations. It’s more like a Christmas wonderland.

ALSATIAN DELICACIES Louis XIV’s army took possession of the village in 1680 and it joined the French Republic by the Treaty of Paris in 1796. However, the fairytale setting that is Riquewihr is a

blend of both French and German influences. Many residents speak German over French, or a mix called Alsatian. The Alsace region has been controlled by both France and Germany. Eating in Alsace, you get a taste of both French and German foods, as well as a blend of the two cuisines. We discovered La Grappe d’Or where we stopped for lunch. The inside decor was worth a look in itself. Our meandering next took us to Au Four Banal, a pink half-timbered

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Mrs. Emory’s


By Jan Weeks


rs. Emory’s Christmas lights drive me nuts. Ever since Tim and I moved next door to her three years ago, her twinkling red and green bulbs have blinked all night long. Who knew the little old lady next door would be, shall we say, eccentric? If I’d wanted to watch freakin’ lights flash, we could’ve stayed in the city. As the lights burst into life at dusk one hot July night, sending Christmas-colored sparkles into our living room, I slammed shut the book I was reading. “I’m going over and telling her to turn the damned things off.” Tim, my husband, looked at me over the top of his glasses. “She’s a little old lady. Let her enjoy the pleasures she has left.” I could see I’d get no help from him. Muttering, I closed the drapes and grumbled my way back to my book. Occasionally, when we have friends over for barbecue on the patio, her Christmas lights blend with our Japanese lanterns. Sometimes I see her curtains twitch, and I wonder if we should’ve invited her over, but I don’t think she’d fit in with soccer moms and stockbroker dads. Mrs. Emory is ancient. She tends her tiny garden, her wrinkled face hidden by an enormous straw hat. It takes her forever to get from the back porch to the tiny plot where she grows tomatoes, bell peppers and pole beans,

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with some marigolds and cosmos thrown in. We nod and smile over the fence if I happen to be mowing the lawn or playing with the kids, but we’ve never really spoken. I’ve also never seen Mr. Emory. Emma and Sean, my little ones, like Mrs. Emory’s lights. “Look, Mom. It’s Christmas at her house all the time. How come it can’t be Christmas here?” At 4 and 7, their “presents” radar is fully developed. Another thing to thank Mrs. Emory for: a reminder of the eternal search for more stuff. On my more charitable days, I think she’s just trying to keep the Christmas spirit alive throughout the year, but those moments are few and far between. Call me Scrooge, but I believe “To everything there’s a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.” And April and September aren’t the seasons for Christmas lights. Ours is a neighborhood of young people, wanting to raise their children in houses with siding, not stucco; full-grown shade trees, not saplings; front porches, not arched entryways. She’s the only retired person within eight blocks. Most of the older folks moved out when other transplants began to move in, but Mrs. Emory hung on to the family home. Suzanne Taylor’s been in the neighborhood longer than anyone except Mrs. Emory. Her passport’s filled with visa stamps from Europe, Asia, Canada and


South America. Suzanne expands my horizons. But after a leisurely lunch, I usually go home depressed, wishing I’d been able to go, do and see the things she has. Really, though, I wouldn’t change a thing about my life. Except those Christmas lights! “I wish Tim and I’d known about Mrs. Emory’s holiday spirit before we bought our house,” I vented to Suzanne over tiramisu and cappuccino. “We would’ve looked for something a little farther away from Santa’s Workshop South.” She finished her dessert. “You don’t know, then.” I hate it when she pulls that native stuff on me. “No, we’ve only been here three years, not 40-some.” She put down her spoon and looked at me in a way that made me suddenly feel small and petty. “What’s to know?” I said, aiming for bravado but managing only to sound petulant. She gazed out the window. “My mom went to school with her son,” she said. “People had barely heard of Viet Nam when he enlisted. We certainly learned about it when the local paper printed stories of his bravery. He seemed to have a sixth sense about danger that kept his squad from being decimated. We all thought his life was charmed.” She looked at me, her eyes bright with emotion. “Then one day, his squad came back but he didn’t. No one knew what happened to him. Officially

he was listed as MIA. “That was two days before Christmas, 1966. Mr. and Mrs. Emory swore that Peter would have Christmas, no matter when he came.” “And?” I prodded. “The Christmas tree went out to the trash in May,” she said. “Mr. Emory passed away without ever knowing what happened to his only child.” The mist in her eyes trickled down one cheek. By this time, I was tearing up myself. “But that’s over 40 years ago.” Suzanne nodded. She didn’t need to tell me that some things are not measured by calendars, but by the heart. That night I told Tim what Suzanne said. “Aren’t you glad you didn’t go over and complain?” he said. I hate it when he’s right. In between wrapping presents and shoving them in the attic to keep them out of the reach of little hands, I baked double batches of everything. Mrs. Emory was flabbergasted when I showed up with the first plate of cookies. Twice a week I brought something to her, and she always thanked me so sweetly and offered to make some coffee to go with the pastries, if I’d only join her. But I always had an excuse: The kids were home alone; I had just run over for a minute; the next batch was in the oven and I had to get them out. Before I knew it, Christmas was only three days away. I’d just

LIFE AFTER 50 dropped off another plate of cookies to Mrs. Emory and run back home. As I opened our front door, I caught a glimpse of a dark blue car pulling into Mrs. Emory’s drive. Good, I thought. A little company for the old lady. That night, Tim and I lay in bed watching the local 10 o’clock news. The screen was filled with old file footage of jungles and helmeted soldiers with hard faces slogging through a river, rifles held high. “The remains of a U.S. soldier were unearthed 50 miles from Da Nang, Viet Nam, yesterday,” the anchor announced solemnly. “Identification has been withheld, pending the notification of next of kin.” I slammed out of bed and raced through the house. I threw open the doors to the patio and stared into the darkness. Mrs. Emory’s Christmas lights no longer twinkled. Running over flakes that covered the earth like a shroud, I rang Mrs. Emory’s doorbell, hopping from one foot to another from the cold. The plug for the Christmas lights tapped against the house, spinning in the bitter wind. The door opened. Mrs. Emory still wore the clothes she’d worn an eon ago when I’d last brought cookies. Her eyes stared blankly. Then she stepped aside. My wet feet tracked the carpet but we were beyond caring. In a corner of the living room, a table

I SLAMMED OUT OF BED AND RACED THROUGH THE HOUSE. I THREW OPEN THE DOORS TO THE PATIO AND STARED INTO THE DARKNESS. MRS. EMORY’S LIGHTS NO LONGER TWINKLED. lamp cast a dim light. An armchair covered in doilies and antimacassars sat next to the table. Next to it towered a huge stack of presents wrapped in holiday paper, some faded, some new. Mrs. Emory shuffled to the chair and dropped into it. Her lips trembled, and I crossed the room to kneel in front of her. “Was it—?” I struggled to remember her son’s name. “Peter will be coming home soon,” she whispered. “Just not the way I hoped.” Her tears fell like sleet, silver and cold, as I held her hand. I wanted to say something, anything, to help heal the hurt, but I felt like a child whose life experience ends at the back fence. Her empty world spread out before me, solemn and sacred, and the sight scared me. What if a half-grown Sean were called to a war half a world away? What if Emma didn’t come home from school one day? We wept without words, locked in sorrow. At last Mrs. Emory

fumbled a tissue from the box beside her chair and handed it to me, then took one for herself. Her voice rasped. “I’m sorry.” “I’m sorry, too,” I said. “I wish I could have known your son. I wish he could have had just one more Christmas at home.” “I, too—but there’s no use in wishing,” Mrs. Emory said. “Please let me fix you a cup of coffee.” “Don’t trouble—” The look in her eyes silenced me. I helped her to her feet, willing to stay all night if I had to, to help this frail lady survive the blow she’d been dealt. Suddenly a strange glow shone through the windows, soft red and green. I went to the window and looked out and up, and—I swear to God!—saw every light burning.

Mrs. Emory gasped. “I put the extension cord away this afternoon!” I yanked the door open and stared at the lights. The bulbs blinked once, twice, three times. Mrs. Emory’s eyes shone as she stared at the lights, her hands clasped over her heart. I closed the door, and we slipped back to the window. The lights blinked again, three times, then went out. Mrs. Emory moved into an assisted living home in April, and the lights came down. As friends helped her pack, I crossed the yard carrying a plate of brownies. “I have something for you,” she said, handing me a bag marked “Fragile.” I knew what was in it even before I heard the bulbs clinking. We hugged and I whisked a tear away. I always planned to visit her, but life got in the way. Then her obituary appeared in the paper, and I grieved for the time we didn’t have. I didn’t attend her memorial service, but her red and green lights hang on the side of our house facing her old place. Every Christmas season they burn without flickering, lighting the winter nights. ■ Excerpted from “A Christmas Tale and Other Stories” by Jan Weeks. Copyright © 2015 by Jan Weeks

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My dad’s final days By Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D


grew up in in the 1950s and ’60s in a mostly blue-collar community in Newark, New Jersey. My father, Seymour, was a fiercely hardworking guy who wanted to be successful. For him, work wasn’t about “finding his bliss,” it was about being a responsible husband and father. His dad had skipped out on him, his siblings and mother for almost 10 years during the Depression. In contrast, my dad was a reliable family man and wanted our family to live the American dream. Ultimately, Dad rose from selling clothing and home furnishings out of the back of his truck to owning and operating a successful chain of women’s clothing stores. In their mid-60s, my folks retired and relocated to Florida. Throughout my life, Dad and I had a loving but feisty relation-

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ship. He was very opinionated (I guess I am, too) and was skeptical of many of my lifestyle and career moves—from moving to California, from studying physics to the field of psychology and then to gerontology. But he had great love for my family and he eventually developed a deep respect for what I made of myself. In the 1990s, my father started to lose his vision and with it, control over much of his life. Sadly, Alzheimer’s was also chiseling away at my mother’s mind. Dad loved Mom so much that he railed against the dissolution of her memory and her mind. He got depressed and angry. “If I die before Mom, she’ll struggle terribly, and if she dies before me, I’ll go crazy. Just as we’ve lived together, we want to die together,” he said. That was quite a lot for me to digest. One night, he asked me, “If I take


my own life and Mom’s, would that be brave or cowardly?” I said, “I don’t know, Dad. If I was in your situation, I can’t imagine what I’d think or do.” So, for almost a year, every night I’d go to sleep not knowing if my parents would be alive in the morning. In 2013, my brother Alan called me in a state of distress to report that our dad’s blood sugar was going haywire. And to make things worse, he’d lost his balance and fallen on his face, giving himself a big gash on his forehead. Alan was already on his way to Florida. I packed my bags and headed east. Dad’s doctor admitted him to intensive care. He had internal bleeding and had suffered a heart attack. When he realized that his boys were there for him, he called out to us: “What’s going on? Get me out of here!” Dad settled down a bit, and Alan and I went to see our mom. Later that night, the phone rang. It was Dad pleading with us to rescue him.

We shot back to the hospital and went into our anguished father’s room. His arms, chest, face and hair were covered with blood because he kept pulling out his IV lines. In the morning, after a torturous night for both my dad and brother, and a sad night for me and for my confused mother, I returned to the hospital. Alan and I asked: “Dad, what do you want?” “I’m scared,” he said, “but I know this: I’ve lived my whole life on my own two feet, and I’m not going out on my hands and knees. Please help me bring this to an end.” Shortly after, Alan and I met with Dad’s physician. He was a kind and decent man who asked us if we wanted our dad to remain in intensive care or if we preferred to shift him to hospice care. Were we going to battle to keep Dad alive for a few more days, albeit in a ghastly, ghoulish fashion? Or were we prepared to make him comfortable and allow him to die a good death?

LIFE AFTER 50 What would he want us to do? We had Dad transferred to the hospice floor, where the nurses and aides removed all the wires and tubes, lovingly sponged all of the blood off him and even gave him a shave and combed his hair. They asked him what his favorite music was and then put on Frank Sinatra. Next, they began a low dose of morphine to ease his anxiety. My wife and kids all dropped what they were doing to fly to Florida and be with him. As I contemplated the end of my father’s life, I reflected that even though we had often butted heads, there was not one instance in my entire life when he wasn’t there for me when I truly needed him. I wanted to show Dad proper respect and kindness, but not knowing how I should handle the situation with my dad nearing his death, I called one of my closest friends, Stuart Pellman, who had already dealt with the death of both of his parents.

He wisely told me, “Get one-onone time with your dad. Even if he’s unconscious, tell him you love him, ask him to forgive you for anything you may have ever done to trouble him. Tell him you forgive him for anything he might have ever done to upset you, and then tell him you’ll always remember him.” And that’s what I did. Dad and I held each other for a long while, and then I left the room and allowed my brother some privacy to do the same. Later that night, after the other members of my family had gone home, I joined my dad for a very intense and private conversation. I said, “Dad, you’ve never asked me what I think happens when a person dies.” “I’d like to know what you think about that, Kenny,” he responded. “Because I’ve begun to see my brothers and sister and they’re reaching out to me.” My dad had no religious beliefs, but I had some. So I said, “Dad,

I don’t know this for sure, but I believe when a person passes, there is another plane that presents itself. In that place are all the people you have known and loved.” As I began to describe this, he started to cry. Then he turned toward me and told me he was ready. I asked him if I could record the rest of our exchange on my phone so I could always have it to watch when I missed him. He said okay, and this is what transpired: Ken: “Dad, you know that what’s going to be next is going to be beautiful and your vision’s going to be back and you’re going to be a young man again.” Dad: “I’m ready for that, Kenny.” Ken: “And you know we all love you, and you’ve always loved us.” Dad: “I know it, Kenny.” Ken: “So, what you’ll need to do is let go and not worry about anything because everything is going to be looked after. All we need is for you to be relaxed and calm and just drift off into the white light. Can you

do that, Dad?” Dad: “Absolutely.” Ken: “I love you, Pops.” Dad: “I love you, Kenny.” My father died peacefully that night. With help from all of us, he went out on his own two feet. Ultimately, even with all his frustration and anger, my dad died a good death. At the end, his pain was minimal. His mind was calm. He found a way to think about leaving his body as not being frightening. And although he had been blind for years, at the very end, he began to describe beautiful waterfalls, flowers, birds and castles. When my time comes, I hope that my wife Maddy will kiss me goodbye and at least one of my kids—maybe even both—will be there to lovingly guide me out of my body. ■ Excerpted from “Radical Curiosity: One Man’s Search for Cosmic Magic and a Purposeful Life” by Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. Copyright © 2021 by Ken Dychtwald.

Life After 50 wins national awards By Cloie Sandlin


hristmas came early this year for all of us at Life After 50 when our publisher Kevin and I brought home awards from the annual North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) convention in San Diego, California. In addition to enjoying the sights with other senior publishers from across the country, a highlight of the convention is the awards banquet, where senior publications big and small vie for top honors in a variety of categories. Every year, senior publications are independently judged on the quality of their written content, editing, design, photography, advertising and more by the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism. The best are then commended for their efforts with awards. This year, Life After 50 won awards in the following categories:

Most Improved: 1st Place Life After 50, Colorado

Editorial Column Review: 1st Place � Talking Digital by Adam Cochran Personal Essay: 2nd Place � “The cruelty of quarantine: A daughter’s search for compassion in a pandemic” by Melanie Wiseman (October 2020) COVID-related: 1st Place � “The cruelty of quarantine: A daughter’s search for compassion in a pandemic” by Melanie Wiseman (October 2020)

Photography & Design Table of Contents: 2nd Place � Briefs/Shorts: 3rd Place Feature Layout: 3rd Place � “Hike to Hidden History” design by Michael L. Madsen (April 2021)

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od is love! And out of that love, he gives good gifts to his children. He delights to pour out his blessings on all of us. I’ve been given many gifts throughout the years, but the greatest gift I’ve ever received was the precious Son of our heavenly Father, Jesus. That gift is still available to anyone who will ask today. Do you think Mary realized the importance of the special gift that had been given to her so many years ago? The song “Mary, Did You Know?” asks some of the same questions: Mary, did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation? Mary, did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations? Did you know that your baby boy was heaven’s perfect lamb, and the sleeping child you’re holding is the great I Am? There are also other gifts the Lord wants to give us, especially this year. “I am leaving you with a gift— peace of mind and heart and the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27, NLT). If we ever needed peace of mind and heart, it was during these past two years. It has been difficult to

keep our focus on the things of God because we are so distracted by the things going on around us. Believe me, I’ve had trouble keeping my focus on what is truly important—I really have. Yet I recognize how important it is to keep my focus on the Lord and look to him to give me the peace that only he can give. It seems we have lost so much this year, including family and friends. Our whole world is suffering. Still, God has not forgotten us. We must hold tightly to his promises. Just like the song lyrics above say, Jesus is the great I Am and will one day rule the nations. What a day that will be! Until that day comes, hold fast to him and all his promises. Don’t miss out on the most important gift of all: Jesus. Have a very blessed and peacefilled Christmas! ■

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ne of my first experiences as a professional computer guy was helping a family set up a video conference with their son who was serving overseas shortly after September 11. That short 5-minute video call changed how I saw both technology and the internet. My experiences with helping people connect during COVID have been equally eye-opening. In a few short months, even the most averse to technology learned to use video conference software and share their lives via social media. Using technology as a primary means of communication can be a two-edged sword, however. Unlike written letters and video recordings, what’s shared in phone conversations, emails and social media can be very temporary. But, it doesn’t have to be. As 2021 winds to a close, this is a prime opportunity to review your communications with friends, loved ones and cohorts and archive important notes, videos or photos for posterity. Here are a few suggestions to get started. Use cloud storage. You probably have some sort of cloud storage system setup, but you may not be using it intentionally. Anyone with a Gmail or Android account has access to Google Drive. Anyone with an iPhone has an iCloud account. Anyone who uses Office 365 has a OneDrive account. Dropbox and are also popular options. These cloud storage options allow you to upload photos, videos and other files to organized folders in the cloud where they can be protected from a computer crash and, best of all, shared with whomever you choose. Your photos and videos will likely fill up your free account quickly, but

it’s worth the $1-10/month fee for additional storage. Copy and paste emails into Word documents. Email communication can be tricky to backup. Most of the time, emails are only readable using your given email interface. But, you can highlight the text in any email and copy and paste it into a blank word document. This will allow you to save entire conversations in a single word document that can be read on any computer. Send links, not attachments. In the process of archiving your files, you’ll likely run across items you want to share with others, like an entire folder of 300 pictures from your family reunion. There’s no practical way to attach 300 pictures to an email. But, you can upload the folder of 300 photos to your cloud storage account and then share the folder as a link in an email. This allows anyone who receives the email to view all of the pictures and save the ones they want. Request your Facebook archive. Facebook allows users to download all of their activity on the platform in a single file. Here’s how: In a web browser, select the triangle in the top right corner. Next, click Settings & Privacy > Settings > Your Facebook Information. Select View across from Download Your Information. Enter a date range, media quality and format, and then click Create File. The process will take a while to compile, but you’ll be notified via email and Facebook when the file is

Low Vision Specialist and Mobile Optical Service EVEN IF YOU BACK UP TO A CLOUD STORAGE ACCOUNT, ALSO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL YOUR REALLY IMPORTANT FILES STORED ON A FLASH DRIVE OR EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE. ready for download. Once the file is saved, create your own journal by saving the files or copy and paste the important stuff from the database to a Word document. Back up your computer. Even if everything you need is backed up to cloud storage, you should also make sure you have all your really important files stored on a flash drive or external hard drive. I recommend a 500GB or larger solid-state hard drive. These drives have no moving parts, they aren’t magnetic and they’re far more durable than traditional hard drives. It might cost you $50-100, but it’ll likely hold all of your important files for years to come. Store your backup drive in a fireproof safe. Or give it to a family member to keep at their house. I’ve seen a number of people’s homes burglarized or burned down, and both the computer and backup were gone for good. Hopefully, these tips give you peace of mind and allow you to share your memories with others who will appreciate them. That’s a perfect way to end 2021. ■

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December 2 Together in Concert

Experience three times the entertainment when Grammy-award-winning artists Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn and Sara Watkins take the Pikes Peak Center stage. 8 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $50$90 | | 719-477-2100

December 2

Jingle and Mingle Holiday Auction

Bid for the worthy cause of the Sister’s Hope charity at Boot Barn Hall at the Women’s Council of Realtors’ annual event. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | 13071 Bass Pro Drive | Free | | 800285-2955

December 2

Holiday Kickoff Sing-Along

Sing your heart out! There’s cookies and cocoa and a special guest too. This event is part of a monthly community workshop for healthy aging by Journey Care Coordinating. 1-3 p.m. | 1175 Chapel Hills Drive | Free | www.journeycare

December 2-4

Christmas Creche Display

Come to the longest-running community-led Nativity exhibit, held at the LDS Church, featuring over 800 diverse Nativity sets from around the world.

December 3-5

Holiday Food and Gift Festival

5-8 p.m. Thursday, 1-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday | 8710 Lexington Dr. | Free | www.facebookcom/cscreche | 719-761-5375

Browse 150 exhibitors with one-ofa-kind gifts at the Norris Penrose Event Center including art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, woodcraft, music, photography, toys and décor. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday) | 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road | $6 |

December 3-5

December 2-19

Trails End Christmas Market

This Theatreworks performance explores what makes life worth living when a young boy makes a list with the purpose of saving his mother but ends up saving himself. Call for times. 5225 N. Nevada Ave. | $43.75 | | 719-255-8181

December 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 & 23-25

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December 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 22-23, 29-31 “A Christmas Carol”

Bring the whole family to the Butte theater and enjoy Dickens’ classic with a Cripple Creek twist! 1 or 7 p.m. | $22 | 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek | www.butte | 719-689-6402

December 2-31

Bundle up and head north to the Trails End Taproom for vendors galore, drinks, a DJ, shooting fire show and brass bands! Call for hours. 252 Front St., Monument | Free | | 719428-0080

December 3-22

Madrigal Banquet

Step back in time with this 16thcentury-style banquet held at the Glen Eyrie castle featuring a fourcourse dinner, exquisite decor and musical fanfare. 6 p.m. | 3820 N. 30 St. | $144 | www. | 719-265-7050

December 3-5, 10-23, 25-31 Electric Safari

With more than 60 light sculptures and new jumbo inflatable animals to dazzle visitors, it’s no wonder this holiday event is considered one of the best zoo lights in North America! 5-8:30 p.m. | 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road | $1-$19.75 | | 719-633-9925

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Enjoy a bake sale and shop handmade and local items from 140 vendors at Cheyenne Mountain High School. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1200 Cresta Road | Free | | 719-475-6110

Listen to acoustic folk, gospel and ballads by solo guitarist and trombonist Lawrence Shiroma at Third Space Coffee. 3:30-5:30p.m. | 5670 N. Academy Blvd. | Free | www.thirdspace | 719-465-1657

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Jingle it up with Christmas classics sung by the America the Beautiful Chorus at Sunrise United Methodist Church, with guest Velvet Hills Chorus. 2 & 7 p.m. | 2655 Briargate Blvd. | $15 |

Bundle up and head downtown for a mesmerizing assortment of lights, floats, marching bands, animals and Santa himself on St. Vrain, Tejon and Vermijo streets. 5:50 p.m. | St. Vrain St. | Free | www. coloradospringsfestivaloflights. com | 719-649-9111

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Try your hand at three projects every hour on the hour at Nana’s Quilt Cottage, where you can pick up a kit and view a demonstration. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 35 S. 26 St. | $15 | | 719-634-9500

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Mosaic Ornament Class

Learn how to create a beautiful glass tile mosaic ornament to hang on your tree. 12-1 p.m. | 810 Arcturus Drive | $20 | classes | 708-609-7085

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Listen in as Colorado Springs’ talented young instrumentalists bring Christmas classics and seasonal favorites to the Pikes Peak Center. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $24-$27 | www.pikespeakcenter. com | 719-477-2100

Join the fun, fitness and friendship at the Falcon Wanderers Walking Club’s non-competitive annual event. Food and cash donations accepted for the Westside Food Pantry. Please register in advance. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1628 W. Bijou St. | Free | | 719-591-8193

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Reserve and pick up holiday activity kits for the grandkids, including crafts, a science experiment and a recipe. While at the Pioneers Museum, write a letter to Santa and explore local history. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | 215 S. Tejon St. | Free | FestivalofLights2021 | 719-385-5990

December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 Snowy Tales

Find answers to your wintertime science questions through the magic of puppetry in this family-friendly show.

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December 3-22

Christmas at the Ranch

Gather at Flying W Ranch for twinkling lights, mouth-watering smoked meat dinner and captivating music by the Wranglers! See website for times. 3330 Chuckwagon Road | $35-$65, Free 3 and under | flyingwranch. | 719-598-4000

December 5

Children’s Chorale Concert

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December 6 Tuskegee Airmen documentary

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Listen, lunch and learn as UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy lectures on “Navigating the Campus During a Pandemic” at Briarhurst Manor. 11 a.m. | $32 | 404 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs | curiosity | 719-574-1449

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Trombone Christmas

Come enjoy the peals of the brass as the Bare Bones Trombone Choir rings in the season at the Black Forest Community Club. 3-4:30 p.m. | 12530 Black Forest Road | Free | www.trombone

December 6-7

Hormone Health Retreat

Achieve vibrance and longevity by learning how to balance your hormones through food, exercise and supplements. 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday | 1 Lake Ave. | $850 | | 800755-5011

December 8 & 9 Stomp

The award-winning, international percussion sensation brings their panache to the Pikes Peak Center. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $24-$27 | www.pikespeakcenter. com | 719-477-2100

December 9

Holiday Jam-Making

Learn techniques to safely can jams, jellies, conserves, marmalades and chutney and make a jar to take home. Pre-registration required. 2-4 p.m. | 17 N. Spruce St. | $25 | https://elpaso.extension.colostate. edu | 719-520-7690

December 11

Christmas Brass Downtown

Watch and listen for musicians toting trumpets, tubas and trombones along Tejon Street, offering a festive soundtrack to your shopping experience! 1-3 p.m. | Free | Tejon Street

December 11

Winter Wonderland Holiday Market

Support local artisans at Margarita at Pine Creek’s outdoor market featuring Colorado made or grown arts, crafts and food, as well as live music. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 7350 Pine Creek Road | Free | www.margaritaat | 719-598-8667

December 12

Christmas Joy!

Kick off the season with this musical extravaganza, courtesy of First Presbyterian Church, featuring the Big Blue Choir, Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Celtic Mountain Band and more. 2 & 4:30 p.m. | $18-$28 | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | www.pikespeakcenter. com | 719-477-2100

December 10-12

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December 12 & 29

Acoustic Eidolon Concert

Listen to Joe and Hannah Scott’s rich Celtic music on double-neck guitjo and cello at Glen Eyrie Castle. 4 & 7 p.m. | 3820 N. 30 St. | $42-$49 | | 719-265-7050

December 14

Holiday Luncheon Gala

Join the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce for a gourmet festive menu, entertainment and holiday giveaways at the DoubleTree by Hilton. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | $60-$80 | 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. | info@ | 719-442-2007

December 14-15 Holiday Concert

Senior Chorale of the Rockies presents their holiday concert at the Colorado Springs Senior Center. Call for reservations as space is limited. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday/6:30 p.m. Wednesday | 1514 N. Hancock St. | Free | 719-955-3400

December 16 The Fab Four

The Nutcracker Remixed

This Emmy-Award-winning tribute band works their ’60s magic. With their uncanny, live renditions of Beatles’ classics, you’ll think you’re watching the real thing. 7:30 p.m. | 190 S. Cascade Ave. | $30-50 | | 719-477-2100

Join Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King for a magical Christmas adventure featuring dancers, acrobats, martial artists and aerialists in this contemporary reimagining of the holiday classic.

7 p.m. Friday & Saturday/ 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday | 5225 N. Nevada Ave. | $21-$35 | tickets.entcenterforthearts. org | 719-255-3232


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December 16-19 Live Nativity

This drive-thru event shares the message of Christmas with a breathtaking Nativity scene, lights and decorations and free hot chocolate. 5-8 p.m. | 800 Gospel Truth Way, Woodland Park | Free | www.awmi. net | 844-360-9577

December 17

Comedian Tara Cannistraci

Kick back and laugh at 3 E’s Comedy Club with this proud Italian-American funny lady, who riffs on her New York upbringing. 9:30 p.m. | 1 S. Nevada Ave. | $20$55 | | 719694-9911

December 17

Snowflake Pillow Class

Learn to make a cushion at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum, including all design sizes. Sign up online. 2 p.m. | 5611 N. Academy Blvd. | $10 | | 719-597-8888

December 17-19

Spiritual Exercises Retreat for Women This weekend silent retreat at The Hideaway Inn and Conference Center is for women 16+ with spiritual talks and personal meditation

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CLUBS 21st Century Toastmasters meets weekly at Library 21c. Fridays | 1 p.m. | 719-591-8045 ACC Grass Roots 307 Cribbage meets weekly at the Colorado Springs Elks Lodge. Wednesdays | 4:30 p.m. | 719-331-1200 ACLU defends civil rights and liberties. 303-777-5482 Austin Bluffs Sertoma meets twice monthly for breakfast at Hotel Elegante. This community service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 2nd & 4th Wednesday | 7:30 a.m. | 719-460-5561 (Pat) Austrian-American Enzian Club meets monthly at the VFW Post #101. 4th Wednesday | 5 p.m. | 719-380-1163 Black Forest AARP gathers monthly for a potluck lunch at Black Forest Lutheran Church. 2nd Wednesday | 12 p.m. | 719-596-6787 Bridge Players Duplicate plays daily at the Bridge Center. Monday-Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. | Sundays at 1:30 p.m. | 719-634-7250 Bulldog Club meets monthly at Westside Community Center. 4th Monday | 6-8 p.m. | Carnelian Coffee Book Club meets monthly at the Out West Gift Shop. 1st Sunday | 1 p.m. | jpaisley@ppld. org

Cheyenne Mountain Hooked on Crochet meets virtually on Zoom to crochet or knit. 1st & 3rd Thursday | 10 a.m. | | 719-389-8968 Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club for women meets monthly at Broadmoor Community Church. Annual dues: $30 2nd Wednesday | 9:30 a.m. | Colorado Springs Breakfast Club for Singles 50+ meets monthly at Patty Jewett Clubhouse ($18 cash/ check). 1st Saturday | 9 a.m. | RSVP 719-260-0651 or Colorado Springs Chess Club meets weekly in the Acacia Apartments ballroom. Tuesdays | 6 p.m. Colorado Springs Coin Club meets monthly at Fraternal Order of Eagles #143. 4th Tuesday | 6:30 p.m. | 719-433-8417 Colorado Springs Numismatic Society meets monthly at Hilltop Baptist Church. 2nd Sunday | 2 p.m. | 719-433-8417 Colorado Springs Scrabble Club meets virtually weekly for three games on (must create account). Mondays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-332-5141 Colorado Springs Stamp Club meets monthly at Vista Grande Baptist Church. 1st Tuesday | 7 p.m.

Curiosity Unlimited offers fun opportunities for continuous learning with UCCS professor lectures virtually and at the Ent Center for the Arts, Chapman Foundation Recital Hall. Call to RSVP. 2nd Friday | 10 a.m. | www.uccs. edu/curiosity | 719-574-1449 DAV Knob Hill holds a bingo fundraiser at 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. to help aid local veterans. Sundays | 5:30-9 p.m. | 719-591-8787 El Paso Pacers is a walking club that meets monthly. RSVP by email. 3rd Thursday | 9 a.m. | 719-5206977 | Falcon Adult Group meets monthly at High Prairie Library. 1st Wednesday | 11 a.m. Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship meets monthly for breakfast at IHOP, 6005 Constitution Ave. 2nd Saturday | 7:30 a.m. | 719-229-3317 Gleneagle Sertoma meets twice monthly for lunch in the Northgate area. This community service organization helps the hearing impaired and promotes national heritage. 1st & 3rd Wednesday | 11:30 a.m. | 719-331-1212 (Harvey) Gold Camp Victorian Society meets monthly at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center. 4th Saturday | 2 p.m. | info@gold Healing Waters Fly Fishing is for disabled active duty and veterans.

Varied times | www.projecthealing International Dance Club hosts weekly dances. Live bands, variety of styles, family friendly. Cover: $10 members, $12 non-members. Saturdays | 7-10 p.m. | 719-633-0195 Maxi’s Dance Party is held weekly at the Eagles Club. Features music for ages 40+ and food and drinks for purchase. Cover: $5/members, $8/ non-members. Thursdays | 6-9 p.m. | 719-660-1358. Paralyzed Vets of America plays weekly at Bingo World. Tuesdays | 12:30 p.m. | 719-578-1441 Pikes Peak Camera Club meets virtually monthly. Zoom link on website. 2nd Wednesday | 7 p.m. | 719-634-2376 | Pikes Peak Computer Application Society meets monthly at Springs Community Church. 1st Saturday | 9 a.m. | asdtitus@ Pikes Peak Genealogical Society meets virtually monthly. 2nd Wednesday | 6 p.m. | Pikes Peak Over the Hill Gang is for active people 50+ who enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, golfing, camping, etc. (variable times/dates). Membership required. Meets monthly for dinner. 2nd Wednesday | 719-388-1534 |

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Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners meets monthly for dinner and a program at the Masonic Center. Call to RSVP. 2nd Monday | 6 p.m. | 719-473-0330. Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers (of children in the military) meets monthly at the Falcon Police Department. 1st Sunday | 2 p.m. | 719-651-8038 Rotary Club meets weekly for lunch and a speaker at The Antlers. Visit website for Zoom link and to RSVP. Fridays | 12:15 p.m. | 719-338-3239 | Senior Chats occur weekly at the Rockrimmon Library. Tuesdays | 10:30 a.m. Senior Circle Book Club meets monthly at the Woodland Park Public Library’s large meeting room. 2nd Thursday | 10:30 a.m. | 719-687-9281 Silicon Mountain Mac User Group meets virtually monthly. Visit website for Zoom link. 2nd Monday | 6 p.m. | Sno-Jets Ski and Adventure Club meets for ski trips, biking, hiking, dinners and more October through April. Membership is $45 per year.

Visit website for details 1st Thursday | 6:30 p.m. | www. Socrates Cafe meets weekly for discussion at the Monument Library. Tuesdays | 1-3 p.m. | 719-531-6333, ext. 7005 Sons and Daughters of Italy meets monthly at the VFW Post #101. 1st Tuesday | Dinner 5:30, Meeting 6:30 p.m. | 719-290-9586 Sons of Norway meets monthly for a heritage meeting at Viking Hall. 2nd Wednesday | 7 p.m. | 719-574-3717

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What toy did you love growing up? Koni Harper “Barbies. I had 20 ‘best friends’—and two Kens. I was the only girl with three brothers, and we lived on a farm in the middle of nowhere—so they were my lifeline!”

Travel Club meets regularly through the Fountain Valley Senior Center. 719-600-2602 |

Liz & John Dewsnap

Triviality Trivia plays weekly at Gold Camp Brewing Company. Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | 719-319-3798

Liz: “We didn’t have much growing up, so imagine our surprise coming home one time around Christmas and seeing a stack of gifts inside our door! One was a doll that was bigger than we were, whom we named Liza.”

Vietnam Veterans of America (chapter 1075) meets monthly at Colorado Technical University. 4th Saturday | 9 a.m. | 719-650-1513

John: “One Christmas I got a bicycle. I rode that thing all over the small town where we lived. Then we moved, and I rode it all over that town too.”

Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association—Army Women United meets monthly at various homes and backyards. 4th Saturday | 10 a.m. | 719-660-3641 ■

Sue Fiene & Linda Ehgartner

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Sue: “I loved Mr. Potato Head!” Linda: “Slinkys. We had really steep stairs in our house, and we loved to watch them ‘walk’ down each step.”

Are you a Veteran/Retiree? Are You Turning 65 and New to Medicare? Got TRICARE, VA Healthcare or CHAMPVA? Medicare Mentors is available to answer your Medicare questions TUESDAYs 9am to 3pm or attend a Community Presentation

Wednesday, December 1 at 2pm Wednesday, December 8 at 2pm Wednesday, January 12 at 2pm Mt. Carmel Veteran’s Service Center 530 Communication Circle Colorado Springs, CO 80905 To RSVP Call: Nick Palarino, Licensed Insurance Broker 719-301-9525 (TTY 711) or Email to:

Dale Daugherty “I was a huge fan of my Wiffle Ball set. I would go to the backyard and smack that ball endlessly. I also had a set of little green plastic army men. I’d line them up in formation, then throw dirt clods at them!”

FUN AFTER 50 1514 N. Hancock Avenue, Colorado Springs To register for classes, call 719-955-3400 or visit

SPECIAL EVENTS Adam’s Mystery Playhouse (day trip)

3:30-10 p.m. | December 9 | $75

Ping Pong Tournament & Pizza

Wednesdays | January start date | $55


1-2 p.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | January start date | $60

SilverSneakers Stability

Senior Chorale Concert

9-9:45 a.m. | Tuesdays & Thursdays | December 2-December 16 | $50 (Free for members)

Senior Chorale Concert

SilverSneakers Open Gym

1:30-3 p.m. | December 10 | $5 1:30-3 p.m. | December 14 | Free 6:30-8 p.m. | December 15 | Free

Christmas Party

5:30-7 p.m. | December 21 | $10

VIRTUAL Garlic Greatness

1-2 p.m. | December 8 | Free


8:45-9:30 a.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | December 1-December 13 | $50 (Free for members)

SilverSneakers Circuit

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Mondays & Wednesdays | December 1-December 13 | $50 (Free for members)


9:30-10:30 a.m. | December 7 | $5

10-11 a.m. | Thursdays | January start date | $33

Holiday Jam


The Joy of Geocaching

1-3 p.m. | December 7 | $8

The Psychology of Scams

8:30-9:30 a.m. | Tuesdays | January start date | $33

1-2:30 p.m. | December 14 | Free

HEALTH Legal & Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s 9-11 a.m. | December 1 | Free


1-2 p.m. | December 6 | Free

Winter Health Tips

1-2 p.m. | December 8 | Free

The Advantages of Medicare Advantage 1-2 p.m. | December 9 | Free


1628 W. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs To register for programs,call 719-385-7920 or visit

ANNOUNCEMENT Note: Connections Cafe will be the only program held at Westside Community Center on December 9-10. The community center will close for the holidays December 23, 2021 at 3 p.m. and reopen January 3, 2022 at 8:45 a.m.

EXERCISE SilverSneakers Classic

8:45-9:45 a.m. | Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays | $5 if insurance doesn’t cover class

Beginner’s Pickleball

10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Fridays


10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays | 12-3 p.m. Wednesdays | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays

Table Tennis

1-3:30 p.m. Mondays | 12-2 p.m. Fridays


VNA Foot Care Clinic

Call to make an appointment. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Tuesdays | 720392-6701

FOOD Connections Cafe In-Person Lunch Call to make a reservation. 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Monday-Friday | 719-884-2300

Westside Cares Food Pantry 1-3 p.m. | Wednesdays

Colorado Pet Pantry Canceled this month.

OTHER Senior Lounge

9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Monday-Friday


Bible Study

Connecting through COVID Support Group

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Thursdays

Jolly Stampers

6-7 p.m. | Tuesdays

AA New Beginnings Meetings

1-2 p.m. | Thursdays | Free

12-3:30 p.m. | Thursdays | $1

Hand & Foot Card Game

Crafts Unlimited

11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Wednesdays & Fridays | Free

Beginner’s Line Dance

Open Studio Painting

Intermediate Line Dance

1-4 p.m. | Fridays | $1

Second Horizon Quilters 9-11:30 a.m. | Tuesdays | $1

Ping Pong

1:30-2:30 p.m. | Fridays | $1

10:30-11:30 a.m. | Mondays &

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9-11:30 a.m. | Fridays

10-11 a.m. | Wednesdays

3:30-4:30 p.m. Mondays | 2:30-4 p.m. Fridays

Balance and Flexibility 9-10 a.m. | Tuesdays

Blackrose Acoustic Jam December 2: Fiddle tunes December 9: Canceled December 16: Radio Oldies 6-8 p.m.

1300 Higby Road, Monument To register for programs, call 719-464-6873 or visit


11 a.m. | Thursdays

Book Club

11 a.m. | December 10 | 719-3300241


Bring $3 and a snack to share. 1-3 p.m. | December 12

Bingo (must RSVP)

1-2 p.m. | December 15 | 719330-0241 | sue@monumental

Chess Club

Gentle Yoga

10:15 a.m. | Tuesdays


Strengthen your core, lengthen your body, improve flexibility, balance and mobility. 9 a.m. Tuesdays | 10 a.m. Thursdays

Chair Yoga

3:15 p.m. | Wednesdays

Mind Matters

Gentle stretching, breathing techniques, energy exercises, meditation and visualization work. 10 a.m. | Wednesdays

Mix It Up!

5745 Southmoor Drive, Fountain To register for classes, call 719-600-2644 or visit

SPECIAL EVENTS Note: All trip participants must have received their COVID-19 vaccines. This is for the safety of all participants.

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit 8 a.m. | December 7 | $82

Christmas at the Flying W Ranch

Call for time | December 10 | $68

Denver’s Christkindlmarket 9 a.m. | December 14 | $20

Iron Springs Chateau Christmas Extravaganza 5-9 p.m. | December 21 | $50

ART Interpretive Dance

10:30 -11:30 a.m. | Mondays


9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; 12:30-3 p.m. | Tuesdays


8:30-11 a.m. | Wednesdays


8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Thursdays

Card Making

9:30-11 a.m. | Thursdays

HEALTH Chair Yoga

Lunch with Mr. Tim

2:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays | 9-10 a.m. Fridays


12-4 p.m. | Tuesdays

A fun combination of low-impact aerobics, simple weight training and stretching. 8 a.m. | Wednesdays

Zumba Gold

Hand & Foot

Breakfast with Santa/Ugly Sweater Contest

Tai Chi Gong

Call for time | December 15

Christmas Lunch with Barb Bragdon

10:45 a.m. | 2nd & 4th Tuesdays

12 p.m. | Mondays

1-4 p.m. | Tuesdays & Wednesdays


1-4 p.m. | Fridays

EXERCISE Body Shop (muscle conditioning) 9 a.m. | Mondays

Fab, Fit & Fun

Low-Impact aerobics and simple weight training for all levels. 1:30 p.m. | Mondays

Tai Chi Fusion Reduce stress and promote serenity through gentle, flowing movements and deep breathing. 12 p.m. | Mondays


10 a.m. | Mondays & Fridays

Line Dancing

1:30 p.m. | Tuesdays

11 a.m. | Wednesdays & Thursdays


Strengthen your core, improve flexibility, balance, mobility and create a stronger mind-body connection. 9 a.m. Wednesdays | 12 p.m. Sundays

Zumba Gold

9 a.m. | Thursdays

Better Bones & Balance 1:30 p.m. | Thursdays


5:30 p.m. Thursdays | 9 a.m. Saturdays

Total Body Strength

Muscle conditioning class to build strength and endurance. 9 a.m. | Fridays

Call for time | December 9

Call for time | December 16 | RSVP 719-600-2644

Harmonizers Christmas Show

Call for time | December 17

Song Spinners Dinner/Show

Call for time | December 17 | $10

New Year’s Eve Celebration a Day Early 5-8:30 p.m. | December 30 | $ TBD

School District 3 Toy Drive Through December

EDUCATION Legal Assistance

1:30-3:30 p.m. | 2nd Wednesday

AARP Driver Safety Class

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 2nd Wednesday

9-10 a.m. | Tuesdays

Blood Pressure Check Tai Chi

9:30 -11 a.m. | Wednesdays

Low Vision Support

1 p.m. | 3rd Wednesday

Zumba Basics

2:30 p.m. | Thursdays

Active Minds

2:30 p.m. | 3rd Thursday

Chi Kung

10-11 a.m. | Fridays


1 p.m. | 2nd Wednesday

Bingo (and cash prizes) 1 p.m. | Thursdays

Birthday Social

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 4th Thursday

Wii Games

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Fridays



SUPPORT NEWS BITS GROUPS Bleating Heart Night open enrollment for nonprofits

Every Tuesday, Goat Patch Brewing hosts a local nonprofit at its Bleating Heart Night. Patrons learn about the nonprofit and from 5-9 p.m., $1 of every pint sold goes directly to the featured organization. Applications are open through December 23. To apply, visit www. or call 719471-4628.

Volunteer needed for El Paso County Citizen Outreach Group

The Board of El Paso County Commissioners seeks a communityminded citizen volunteer to serve on the El Paso County Citizen Outreach Group. This volunteer will assist with efforts relating to the County Citizens College, the County Fair, finances, taxes and more. Applications for the open position are due by December 8, 2021. Download it at volunteer and send completed application to Board of El Paso County Commissioners, Attn: Ingrid Mobley, 200 S. Cascade Ave., Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 809032208 or email ingridmobley@

Rocky Mountain PACE names new officers

Rocky Mountain PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly), a healthcare provider for seniors, is

adding to its leadership team with the appointment of Melissa Kerr as Chief Experience Officer and Dr. Amy McDowell, MD, as Chief Medical Officer. Kerr brings a wealth of expertise in finance and strategic leadership, and has also served on numerous boards, including Rocky Mountain Options for Long-Term Care. McDowell joined PACE in 2019. In this role, she will oversee senior participant care. For details, call 719-466-8777.

Colorado Gives Day is December 7 is a year-round giving tool that strengthens almost 3,000 Colorado nonprofits. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the $1.6 million incentive fund, increasing the impact of every donation. Colorado Gives Day has raised more than $419 million for Colorado nonprofits since 2010. Visit cogivesday to support local nonprofits on December 7.

Operation Golden Christmas delivers gifts to seniors in care centers Each year Crossroads Ministries purchases, wraps and delivers over 1,500 Christmas gifts to local care center residents, who may not otherwise have a Christmas. This year, the ministry plans to deliver more than 2,000 gifts. Their goal is to

fulfill every request so every senior will feel cared for and valued. To donate financially, or volunteer by purchasing wish list items, delivering gifts or purchasing and wrapping gifts, contact tina@crossroads or 719-635-5767.

Pikes Peak Library events

Some programs are presented virtually and some require registration. Visit or call 719389-8968.

• Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary Commemoration

• Virtual Genealogy Basics December 6 & 18, 10 a.m.

• Share Classes: Baking, Cooking and More (Virtual) December 6 & 20, 1 p.m. Learn share-worthy recipes and tips in fun, interactive kitchen classes.

• Researching Female Ancestors (Virtual)

December 27, 6 p.m. Learn strategies to help you access the records of female family members, with those elusive maiden names.

Florissant Public Library events

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Mondays, 10-11 a.m.

• Family Fun Fridays

• Yarnia! Knitting and Crochet Club December 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

• Craft & Create Adult Program December 22, 1 p.m.

• Friends at the Table Cookbook Club

December 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Read Amok Book Club • Florissant Bookworms

For information about programs, visit or call 719-748-3939.

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December 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

December 13, 11 a.m.

December 4, 10:30 a.m. Come to the East Library to hear the stories of three men with Colorado Springs connections who were there when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Registration is required.

• Tai Chi

• Adult Coloring Club

No meeting in December

Woodland Park Public Library events For information about programs, visit or call 719-687-9281.

• Conversational English with Emilia Paul (Call to register, ext. 103) Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

• Make a Card for a Senior Citizen December 1 and 8, 1-5 p.m.

• Mitten Tree (donations) December 3-30

• Gingerbread House Contest/Display December 4-17

• Free Legal Clinic

(Call 719-748-3939) December 9, 2-5 p.m.

• Book Club

December 7, 10:30 a.m.

• Not So Young Adult Book Club December 1, 11 a.m.

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Polio Survivors Support Group meets regularly. Call for date, time and location. 303-212-0017 PTSD Spouse’s Support meets at UCCS Veteran’s Clinic, 4863 N. Nevada #380, Colorado Springs. Tuesdays | 4 p.m. | 719-255-8003 Silver Sneakers provides free gym memberships to YMCA (and others) for adults 65+ who are insured through AARP, Aetna, Blue Cross, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and United Health Care. Visit website to see if you qualify. TESSA provides a safe house and counseling for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. If you’re in crisis, call 719-633-3819. 719-633-1462 Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group meets virtually through The Independence Center. 2nd & 4th Wednesday | 1:30-3 p.m. | 719-471-8181 ■

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Response: VA does offer survivor benefits By Teddi Kulkoski, Denver VBA Regional Office


’m writing in response to the op-ed published in the November issue, titled, “Opinion: Suicide should not affect VA survivor benefits.” In it, Mr. Jarnig writes, “… if an active-duty military person or a veteran dies from suicide, by rule their spouse and minor children lose all benefits. No survivor benefits, period—even if the soldier was being treated for PTSD.” The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) very mission is to “Care for him who shall have borne the battle, and his widow, and his orphan.” Congress has mandated VA to compassionately consider each claim for benefits. As a categorical statement, Mr. Jarnig’s statement is not accurate. Suicide as the cause of death does not automatically exclude survivors from entitlement to benefits. VA provides benefits to survivors and dependents of veterans who have passed, even in tragic cases of suicide. According to VA regulations, the surviving spouse may be eligible for benefits if VA can connect the suicide to a service-connected illness or injury—the very same consideration afforded to any survivor applying for VA benefits. When the death is determined to be service connected, the surviving spouse and dependent children are eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Education Benefits, Loan Guaranty and other survivor benefits (38 CFR 3.302). If a death is not ruled to be service connected, some survivor benefits are denied. However, basic burial and insurance benefits, such as Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI), are still payable. VA Burial Allowances are flat-rate monetary benefits to help cover eligible veterans’ burial and funeral

costs. Generally, they are paid at the maximum amount allowed by law. Claimants may seek reconsideration of any adverse VA decision using the administrative process managed by the Veterans Benefits Administration and may also file a formal appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Even though the rate of suicide among veterans decreased from 2018 to 2019, veteran suicide is a national tragedy. VA Secretary Denis McDonough is a forceful advocate for victims of suicide and its causes: “Suicide prevention remains a top priority for VA, with the most significant amount of resources ever appropriated and apportioned to VA suicide prevention. Suicide is preventable, and everyone has a role to play in saving lives.” To learn more about VA regulations that govern these benefits, resources are available at www. survivor.asp. In addition, veterans can speak individually with a VA benefits counselor over the phone by scheduling an appointment with a local counselor. The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans and servicemembers in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential 24/7 toll-free hotline, online chat or text. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. ■ Teddi Kulkoski is the Director’s Office CMA and Public Affairs Officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration Denver Regional Office located in Lakewood, CO.

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