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table of contents Coronado Holiday Parade Program


this issue

20| 92 Years of Rotary Santa 33| Holiday Lights Bring Joy To The Neighborhood

48| Eight Of The Best Small Town Squares In America

60| Jane Pollock, Artist your favorites

24| Make It Merry! 39| Mele Kalikimaka 43| Holiday Spirit

Everywhere, Anywhere

68| Island Icon:

Betty Mott Reynolds

72| Don’t Avoid Taboo Topics With Older Parents

82| The Final Word

Cover and above photo by Daniel Toennies

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The First Word Everybody loves a parade! With this issue we celebrate the return of the Annual Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting, a very special way to kick off December on Orange Avenue. The Rotary Club of Coronado gets into the holiday action and brings back 92 years of tradition with local visits from ‘Rotary Santa.’ Holiday lights that brighten up the night (like those on Rachel Bird’s Miguel Avenue home) tell us The Season is here … and music fills the air … Mele Kalikimaka everybody! And that brings us to our word for December … Joy! Joy is elusive to define … like water, it seems to flow and take form wherever it lands. But, the smile of joy is unmistakable. Young and old alike share in this expression of joy, it shines forth like a beacon in the night. This Holiday Season, instead of defining joy for you, I instead wish that you to find the thing that puts a joyous smile upon your face, and share it with everyone you meet. “There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” - Khalil Gibran, The Prophet Spread some Joy this Holiday Season... You’ll know it when you see the smile. Dean K. Eckenroth Jr Editor & Associate Publisher

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o H o H Ho 92 years of Rotary Santas! By Ray Karno and Kitt Williams Now in its 92nd year, Coronado Rotary Santas will be returning to Coronado homes on Christmas Eve to deliver presents to local boys and girls. Lew Barnum wrote up the classic story in Coronado Lifestyles Magazine in 2005 of an early 1960’s Coronado Rotary Santa delivering a real life, four-legged pony to a “shocked, surprised, awestruck, and thrilled” six-year-old boy by the name of Jimmy Cahill. For decades prior to this one-of-a-kind pony delivery tale, and for all the years since then, there have been literally thousands of stories of children being thrilled on Christmas Eve when Santa and his elves arrive at Coronado homes.

Lew Barnum (1937 – 2017) was the driving force of the Coronado Rotary Santa Program for many years. His written description of the program included, “I’ve been a Rotary Santa since I joined the club, back in 1973, and now, with my white hair, all I need is the beard. To me, the Coronado Rotary Santa program represents the essence of Rotary: a combination of community service, youth service, and good will.” There are more than 35,000 Rotary Clubs in the world and as far as we know, Coronado is the only club with a Christmas Eve Santa Program deploying multiple Santas and their elves to local residences.

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In doing research on the history of the program, Ray Karno found a number of magazine and newspaper articles that provided a smattering of clues to the origins of the program. The earliest reference is from The Coronado Eagle & Journal, Volume XVII, Number 51, dated December 18, 1929. The Coronado Rotary Club was in only its third year of existence at that time, and the article describes Rotary Club’s sponsorship of “the beautiful Silver Fir Christmas tree and the Christmas Eve program” held at Isabella and Orange Avenues, what is now Rotary Park. This article goes on to describe how “Santa will bring a small box of candy to all small children appearing by the tree between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.” And in this article is the oldest written clue describing Coronado’s unique program of residential deliveries: “After seven o’clock, however, Santa’s movements are to be secret as he visits the homes of the community.”

Reading through the various historical articles is enlightening. Of note, the Silver Fir Christmas Tree (referenced above) was replaced by a Star Pine that was donated by local Coronadan, Emily T. Thompson, widow of Rotarian Charles Thompson, in 1936. Moreover, there have been as many as 250 residential deliveries made by up to 20 Santas going out all at one time on Christmas Eve. Organizations that have been involved with Coronado Rotary have included the Fire Department, the Police Department, the Boy Scouts, Chase Bank and a large number of individual volunteers. There are many Coronado families with three or more generations of Rotary Christmas Eve stories of their own to tell, but of course it will be hard to top the pony story.

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This year, the Santa program is moving to Chase Bank, 1000 Orange Avenue, where parents, grandparents, guardians and friends may drop off their gifts from Monday, Dec. 13, through Wednesday, Dec. 22, during regular banking hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The deadline to drop off your gifts is Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. All gifts must be gift wrapped, have the child’s name, phone number and address clearly marked on the outside. Keep in mind, one gift per child, dimensions and weight limits (2 feet X 2 feet X 2 feet, 20 pounds), and that Santa prefers to avoid visiting big parties of kids at one home address. All gifts will be logged in by Rotary elves. Ho Ho Ho -- Here Comes Santa Claus!

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Make It Merry!

By Susie Clifford Small touches can help create a memorable evening or gathering. Homemade items, or thoughtful, simple details can make everyday items extra special. And doing things together makes everything more fun. May you enjoy the best this holiday season!

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Charming pinecone elves can add some character to your shelves or mantle. You will need pine cones, colored felt, small jingle bells (for the top of hat), small wooden balls, a felt pen and glue gun. Using colored felt, cut out shoes, mittens, a scarf (fringing the ends), and a triangle for the hat. Here we doubled the felt for the shoes for more stability, gluing them together and to the pinecone base. Glue a mitten to each side of pine cone, thumbs facing up. Glue the wooden ball to the top of the pine cone, wrap scarf around the “head” to help secure it and glue it down. Wrap the triangle felt to form a stocking hat, gluing edges together; glue opening edges to the ball. Glue jingle bell to top. Use felt pen to create the face. P24 | Coronado Magazine

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Tassel Tree Garland To Make:

Needed: heavy string, yarn, wooden stars, wooden beads, small white balls, glue gun. Trees: cut three different lengths of yarn, fold the long ones in half first, then put the second longest length over that, tie yarn towards top then cover with the shortest yarn and tie another piece of yarn around. Glue little balls on, glue stars on top. Assemble Garland: alternate threading beads and tying trees to string, add a touch of glue to hold in place.

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Fancy up your ice cubes - add a few cranberries and a few herbs to your ice cubes.

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- Time to dress up the table! -

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Kisses at Midnight! A twist to tradition - festive milk and cookies and homemade crackers filled with chocolate kisses to open at midnight.

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Holiday Lights Bring Joy To The Neighborhood by Alessandra Selgi-Harrigan

Every Christmas for the past 17 years, Rachel Bird has decorated her house at 1605 Miguel Avenue with lights and inflatables that delight kids and adults alike. Bird looks forward to decorating every year and can’t wait to get started.

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A native Coronadan, Bird lived on G and I avenues growing up, until her parents bought the house where she currently lives in 1980. Bird’s mother was an artist who made clay nativities - once even creating a 117 piece set. Bird has many fond memories of Christmases past - her mother’s nativity sets, windows sprayed with fake snow and putting up lights inside and outside of her house. As an adult she has continued the tradition of decorating and has put her own spin on it. “I’ve always gone all the way with lights,” she said. Every year the number of inflatables grows and she is always on the lookout to buy new ones. Lights inside the inflatables burn out and you can’t replace them, so she buys new characters to replace them. In 2020 she had 30 inflatables. Every year right before Thanksgiving, Bird, with

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the help of her son’s friend Danny Fisher, sets up the lights and decorations, each year just a little differently. Bird loves to see people stop by and admire the lights and that helps put people in the holiday spirit. She enjoys seeing the kids that stop by. Although she admits, “I’m a big kid. I go stand outside, across the street, and stare at my house.” She tells the story of a 2-year-old who once came by her house and hugged every single one of the inflatables. If she happens to see a family with kids looking at her lights and decorations, she’ll go out and invite them in her front yard to see the lights up close. She said parents with little kids are super happy to see their kids enjoy the lights. Bird often sees parents walk by her house with their kids in wagons. Every year Bird receives a prize from a group who calls itself the “Runaway

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Rudolphs Sneaky Santas.” The group has left her Christmas socks and other items as prizes for being a top 10 winner of their holiday lights contest. Bird doesn’t know who the group is, but she knows they come every year. “They come by in a black SUV, come up to the driveway, drop off a present and run away,” she said. Bird gets a kick out of this annual tradition. Bird’s all time favorite inflatable is the Christmas Vacation car which has been placed on top of her roof. Bird’s holiday decor includes things like candy canes, lights, a flamingo, a dog that comes out of a present, many Santas, the Grinch and even an elf riding a unicorn. For the past few years she has found that little kids’ ultimate favorite is Olaf, the beloved snowman from the movie “Frozen.” Bird loves holiday lights so much, she is not just content to see her own. Every year, she and a friend drive to different neighborhoods in San Diego to enjoy other people’s lights. Bird has no plans to stop her tradition. “It’s something for the parents to do with their kids,” she said. “I do it for the families and because I love the lights.” Usually Bird keeps her Christmas decor and lights up until January 6, so stop by and check it out for yourself.

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Mele Kalikimaka By Hattie Foote

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (I hope you heard that in my singing voice - trust me I sound like an angel - very Mariah Carey esque)! I have always loved the holidays, but nothing compares to being a parent and watching the magic through your children’s eyes. I love making new traditions and carrying on old ones. I love eating, drinking, and being merry. I love the Christmas parade; I love “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Old Globe Theater. Again, big fan of the holidays over here, big fan. This year, though, is tinged with a sadness that doesn’t go away. It’s my first Christmas without my dad, and the reminders are everywhere. My journey with grief has taught me that it is so important to keep talking, keep remembering. Although he is not physically here, his memory is alive. One of my favorite stories is when my mom was pregnant with me and she baked dozens of homemade gingerbread men to decorate the tree with. She and my dad went out to dinner and came home to find the tree decorated only with gingerbread men heads; the bodies were all missing. My dad had forgotten to put their Great Dane, Moose, in the yard, and Moose had her own cookie tasting party! Another year my dad went full Clark Griswold and got the largest tree we had ever seen. He resorted to nailing it into our hardwood floors, causing his wife to blow a gasket. Another Christmas Eve I heard a commotion out my window in the middle of the night, peaked out and saw him assembling a massive foosball table that took him all night. By God, if it wasn’t in our living room the next morning with a giant bow. When I was in high school, he bought a home in Kauai; his dream was to retire there. In the meantime, instead of gifts

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we would spend Christmas there. Being the

When my dad was cremated, we had the

tears, happy and sad. The breeze and mai

brat teenager I was, I know I didn’t fully

ashes made into Parting Stones which are

tai’s comforted me, and I could feel him all

appreciate the experience then, but those

solidified remains. They are small, smooth

around us. And chickens. So many chickens.

memories we made are so incredibly special

stones that you can hold, and they have

(If you know, you know.)

to me and it was the best gift he could have

been a huge comfort to me. We decided

Wow, how was that for a festive holiday


to take my dad back to one of his special

story? Geez, nothing says Merry Christmas

places, and show our kids what the island

like a hysterical stranger bringing up her

means to us.

childhood memories and traumas!

Eventually my dad realized he would never retire and sold the house, Kauai continued to be our favorite place on earth

It was bittersweet, so much had changed.

I guess what I am trying to say is be

and we continued the tradition of going

Our favorite pizza spot was gone, our

present, that is the best gift you can give

whenever we could. Chris and I had our

favorite neighbor passed away, and the new

anyone. Enjoy every single moment. Hug

honeymoon there, and we went when I

owners of our house painted the shutters

your family and friends, tell them how

was pregnant with our daughter. Then life

pink which would have infuriated my dad.

much they mean to you. Laugh a lot and

happened. Responsibilities took precedence

But the memories were still there, and new

take all the pictures.

over paradise, but my dad always dreamed of

memories were made. We placed stones in

I am wishing you all special moments and

taking the kids back. Then the unimaginable

all of his favorite places and cried so many

peace this holiday season, happy holidays,

happened and it was too late.

and a happy, healthy, new year.

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Holiday Spirit Everywhere, Anywhere

It seems lately that the holiday spirit is kicking in earlier every year. It’s almost as if we take the Halloween decorations down, but keep the ladder out and put up the Christmas lights. I can’t say there is anything to complain about, really. After all, if it’s the most wonderful time of the year, we should have it around as long as possible, right? What I love most about this time of year are the traditions and how so many of them revolve around spending it with family and friends. It’s a time to reconnect and share in joyous moments. Worldwide, this is one thing that remains consistent. I wanted to share some of my personal favorite holiday traditions, and some I have adapted or loved from other countries as well.

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As a book lover, I love this tradition. This comes from Iceland and is called Jolabokaflod, the Christmas book flood. When import restrictions as a result of WWII meant many commodities were difficult to come by, Icelanders turned to literature and giving books as holiday gifts became a cherished tradition that continues to this day.


Another tradition I find fun and always love to see is an old Greek tradition known as “Karavaki”, meaning little ship and signifying decorating your boat with lights to celebrate the season. The festivity extends to toy and model boats as well, for children or families without boats to participate with their own Karavaki, or Christmas Boat, displays for their homes and use when caroling. The practice of decorating boats (which long predates the modern tradition of Christmas trees in Greece) may have stemmed from the country’s ancient maritime tradition and an integral part this nation, with its many islands bordering the Aegean, Mediterranean, and Ionian Seas. A second theory revolves around St. Nicholas himself, who is considered the patron saint of sailors and would

Each year as the holiday season approaches, each home in Iceland receives a copy of the Iceland Publishers Association‘s catalog of new literary releases and Icelanders rush to place their orders for family and friends. With Christmas celebrations, gifts in Iceland are generally opened on Christmas Eve so that the new books can be enjoyed on Christmas Day in a cozy setting with loved ones. In honor of this tradition, I typically have my book club host a book swap in December so others get a new book for the holidays. It’s nice to have someone else pick a book they enjoyed to share with you and then you can discuss it together later.

explain why boats are decorated on December 6th, the feast Day of Saint Nicholas, and are displayed until the Epiphany. We have a similar tradition here, where you can see many boats in the harbors festively decorated, their colorful reflections twinkling on the water. The 50th Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights is a time-honored holiday tradition and can be seen this year on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. This year’s theme is The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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In keeping with the cooking and baking, this is such a great time to teach someone nearby how to make your favorite holiday treats or simply offer aid in someone else’s kitchen. Spending the time to create something together can be magical. Whether it’s a feast or your favorite cookies, it’s something both children and adults can do together. Cookie exchanges are a centuries-old tradition dating back to medieval times. Did you know December 22 is National Cookie Exchange Day? I have fond memories of this time of year; of the scents that would fill the house, of the sprinkles and flour all over countertops, and holiday music playing in the background. I distinctly remember getting together with Tupperware containers of cookies to exchange with my family, each of us expecting the others’ specialty and looking forward to trying each one.


With the colder, darker days, it’s a wonderful time of year to snuggle in for a Christmas movie. Whether you’re binge-watching Hallmark movies or sticking to the classics, some movies still just give you the warm fuzzies, or leave you laughing. I have always loved introducing my son to a new movie each year, and re-watching old favorites like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the original “Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” the 1964 “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and so many others. We enjoyed the newer Christmas Chronicles movies, too, on Netflix. There’s nothing like watching a movie with the glow of lights and a fireplace.


I’ve seen this next idea going around on social media and really love it. The traditional holiday card has seen significant decline in popularity, due to the digital age and cost of a postage stamp and the overall time some people dedicate to sending them. So imagine how much more it would mean to receive a real card - something happy - in your mailbox this time of year, perhaps with photos, a letter, or a favorite recipe. I remember growing up, cards would start coming in and be taped up along the doorframes or along the banisters in my home. We’d get to walk by and see dogs in Santa

hats, babies in cute outfits, and even take a moment to read how everyone was doing. Consider going old school and sending a card this year, even if you have to limit your mailing list. It could brighten someone’s whole season. Even if you have to type a letter for the convenience, it’s the thought that counts. I have also seen many share a holiday recipe, or a favorite cookie recipe in the cards, signing it so that they can add it to their own recipe collection. If you have to be away from loved ones, sharing the recipe to a meal you’d usually share with them might bring fond memories and a reminder that they’re in your heart.

What I love most about doing these is that they can done anywhere with most anyone. In the military, it can be hard not always knowing where you’ll be or who you’ll be with, but in maintaining things that are familiar we can keep the holiday spirit alive and bring it with us or send it to those we’re missing. Coronado Magazine | P45

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A set of baseline measurements were created for each study participant that included Current muscular fitness: each participant completed one-repetition and five-repetition exercises prior to the study to measure their maximum potential output. Current cardiorespiratory fitness: prior to the study, Dr. Dalleck’s team measured each participant’s maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). Current basic anthropometric measures: each participant’s height, weight, waist circumference, and body fat composition were measured prior to the start of the study. The participants were then separated into two groups: A traditional moderate-intensity weight-lifting group vs a group who performed Personalized ARX training. The traditional workout group, with the guidance of a personal trainer, performed traditional Bench press, Shoulder press, Lat pull-down, Seated row, Bicep curls, Tricep pushdowns, Seated leg press, Seated leg extension, Prone lying leg curl, Seated back extension/flexion. The ARX group completed the same type of movements but instead used ARX’s Adaptive Resistance Training equipment. Midway Results were measured after 6 weeks as well as after 12 weeks at the conclusion of the study. Anthropomorphic and cardiorespiratory (maximal oxygen uptake, or VO2max) results showed a significantly larger improvement among the ARX group participants, with the ARX group demonstrating more pronounced VO2max and body-fat percentage improvements. The ARX group showed measurably larger improvements with greater weight loss and reduction in waist circumference. Muscular fitness outcomes showed a similar trend. At 6 weeks, the ARX group showed greater improvements than the traditional weight-lifting group.

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The Final Results after 12 weeks the study showed that Maximum Results in MinimumTime is real! ARX training almost doubled muscle strength and lean mass gains improvement over traditional training. The study showed that the traditional weight-lifting group spent 3.5 times the amount of time working out that the ARX group did. The ARX group averaged less than 1 hour per week working out versus the traditional groups average weekly personal training time of 3.5 hours. ARX Adaptive Resistance training produces a greater improvement in Maximal Oxygen Uptake (VO2max). This is a key finding according to Dr. Dalleck, who said such improvements are normally the result of cardiorespiratory training rather than resistance training. The study also showed a reduction in body fat among the ARX group that was 2.5 times greater than that of the traditional resistance-training group. Waist Circumference Reduction in the ARX group was particularly spectacular in comparison

to the traditional group, showing over 4 times the reduction the traditional resistance-training group enjoyed. Muscular fitness training is a key, but often overlooked factor in public and personal health. The evidence is growing that greater muscular fitness is associated with a lower overall risk of mortality from all causes. Muscular fitness measurements also show a strong correlation with common cardiovascular health risk measurements, including body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, cholesterol, and waist circumference. While future studies of ARX training versus traditional weight training will certainly be conducted and welcomed, Dr. Dalleck and his team have shown that ARX produces wildly superior results in as little as a quarter of the time normally spent on traditional resistance training. To experience ARX for yourself visit Fit Lab Coronado, located at 1033 B Ave #200 here in the heart of Coronado.

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Eight of the Best Small Town Squares in America Story and photos by Kris Grant Back in the 19th century, small towns were often built around a central gathering spot such as a courthouse or a city park. Many of us are already familiar with Jackson, Wyoming’s town square, with the central park corners graced by elk horns, or the many squares of Savannah, Georgia, and the historic plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico. I discovered several more small town gems on my trip across the United States this year, plus I’ve thrown in a couple of California town squares for some quick weekend getaways. All are filled with a community vibrancy that’s catching, compelling and worthy of a car trip!

Georgetown during the holidays bustles with activity. Photo courtesy of Georgetown Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Georgetown’s past comes alive with reenactors during National Preservation Month.

Georgetown, Texas Georgetown has been voted the best town square in the state of Texas and I could see why! Situated along the former Chisholm Trail just north of Austin, Georgetown Square is the vibrant heart of this town of 80,000, ranked the seventh fastest growing city in the U.S. in 2019. But just as fast as it’s growing, so is the desire of its citizenry to preserve its past. Georgetown was founded in 1848. Washington Anderson, a hero of the Battle of San Jacinto, under the command of General Sam Houston, had settled in the area. He and a crew of men were charged with selecting the site for a new county seat. Legend has it that while relaxing under a large shade tree, Anderson’s cousin and major landowner, George Washington Glascock, rode up to the group and Anderson made him a ready proposition: “George, if you’ll give us all the land between here and the San Gabriel River, we’ll make this the county seat and name it after you.” His cousin promptly agreed, donat-

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ing 173 acres to create his namesake city. I visited Georgetown on a Saturday during National Preservation Month (May) when several of today’s townspeople brought to life characters who worked on the square in days gone by. The annual event is organized by the Williamson Museum, also on the square, which has some fabulous exhibits, including “The Art of Victorian Mourning” and massive overhead murals that depict local events of the 1930s and 1940s. The square features many Victorian-era downtown storefronts, antique streetlamps and brick walkways . More than 180 National Register of Historic Place homes and buildings showcase its eclectic blend of past and present. You’ll find great shopping for gifts, guitars, books and several antique shops, and some mighty fine restaurants, including my two favorites, Sweet Lemon Kitchen for breakfast (try the French toast) and Wildfire for dinner (great USDA aged prime beef steaks, worthy of the Chisholm Trail legacy!).

Dahlonega, Georgia In 1828, nearly 20 years before gold was discovered in California, a deer hunter tripped over a rock in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, in what was then Cherokee Territory of northeast Georgia. Eureka! He found it was filled with gold. Within a year some 15,000 miners rushed to the area and those who found gold brought it to a federal mint set up to coin the gold in the middle of the town square. That building, now the Dahlonega Gold Museum and a State Historic Site, next served as the county seat from 1836 to 1965, and today is the oldest of 136 historic courthouses in Georgia. The town square and tributary streets surrounding the museum make up Dahlonega’s Downtown District that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and fea-

tures more than 100 stores, restaurants, art galleries and hotels. Downtown Dahlonega is also an award-winning Main Street City. I met my friend, Leslie Wade, at the Picnic Café and Dahlonega Dessertery, on the public square. The friendly gent making the rounds of booths with coffee pot in hand was the owner, Sam Norton, who is also the town mayor. When he discovered I was writing a story about his town, he sent me home with a Dahlonega coffee cup. Thanks, Mayor Sam! Dahlonega is also in the heart of Georgia’s wine country, and the home of Northern Georgia University, with beautiful mountain streams and waterfalls surrounding the town. Many of the Hallmark Channel movies have been filmed in Dahlonega, so you know it’s picture perfect all year long.

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Mayor Sam Norton behind the counter.

Oskaloosa, Iowa Strike up the Band! We’re now in Oskaloosa, home of the Oskaloosa Municipal Band, which has been playing every year since 1864, making it the oldest continuously performing municipal band in the country. The small town of Oskaloosa, Iowa was founded in 1844 and was named for a Creek Native American princess. With a population just shy of 12,000, Oskaloosa is located in the mid-Southern portion of Iowa, about an hour’s drive from Des Moines. And while small, music and entrepreneurship are strong among its community attributes. I arrived in Osky, as locals call it, on the best night of the week – Thursday! That’s when the Oskaloosa Main Street organization hosts music in “The Alley” at 4 p.m. Oskaloosa’s Main Street was established in 1986, it’s the third oldest of Iowa’s now 50 Main Street cities. It was amazing to see how the organization transformed a muchneglected alleyway that leads off its Town Square between two historic buildings with murals, artwork, furniture and a wroughtiron entrance way sculpture. Locals turned out in droves to hear a jazz duo, as they visited and drank wine offered by Oskaloosa Main Street, (donations gladly accepted!). And then on this warm and pleasant summer night, it was just a hop across the street to the city park for the 8 p.m. performance of the Osky Municipal Band, truly and rightfully the pride of this city. The band rose to prominence in 1891 under the tutelage of Charles L. Barnhouse who took it to statewide fame when it became the official band of the Iowa State Fair for four years. In 1904, the band played at the World’s Fair in St. Louis. A two-story bandstand erected in 1912 still graces the park with both beauty and fine acoustics. The Osky band was truly terrific, playing wonderful John Phillip Souza marches, and patriotic songs such as “God Bless America” with a dynamic soloist. Oskaloosa’s retail establishments on (and just off) the town square feature some unique offerings. The Book Vault has books, unique gifts, a cozy ambiance and cooking demonstrations. Across from the historic courthouse, you might want

to grab a coffee from Smokey Row Coffee House, the unofficial town gathering spot. Then round the corner to shop at Jennifer Thomas-Maxwell’s “Salvaged Design.” Jennifer’s father “was the trash man for Oskaloosa,” says Jennifer. She occasionally made the rounds with her dad, and was incredulous at what people tossed away. She’s been salvaging and crafting ever since.

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Medina, Ohio For the past eight years, Medina’s Town Square has been operating at 100 percent occupancy. It’s a testament, says Dan Hostetler, who has been with Medina’s Visitors Bureau for 37 years, to what can be accomplished when a city works in concert with its Main Street organization and business community. Any month you visit, you’ll find a host of special events here: an Ice Festival in February, Several “Ladies Nights Out” with specials, food and drinks, a “Kids Day of Play” in June, and a “Pizza Palooza” where several pizza shops compete for best pizza, benefitting local nonprofits. The Community Band has held free concerts on the square for over 150 years. If that’s not enough, add in Jazz Under the Stars, Opera Under the Stars, Shakespeare on the Square, Art in the Park and juried art shows and the biggest event of the year: A Candlelight Walk held the weekend before Thanksgiving that is the kickoff for the holiday season. Speaking of the holidays, a not-tobe-missed attraction is Castle Noel, a Christmas extravaganza that is housed in a three-story converted church. It’s owned by Mark Klaus (pronounced Claus, as in

All Medina Public Square buildings have been renovated to their original Victorian façades.

Santa Claus), an artist and sculptor who collects sets, costumes and what-have-you from Christmas movie classics such as “Elf,” “Christmas Vacation” and “A Christmas Story,” plus animatronic Christmas window displays from New York stores such as Bloomingdale’s. Castle Noel is open year round. “Merchants and visitors want to be here

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because of all the events,” said Hostetler, who adds that parking is a snap, also thanks to the City of Medina, which purchased several land parcels surrounding the square and turned them into parking lots offering up to three hours of parking. Today, there are more than 1,000 free parking spaces around the square and at the adjacent lots.

And the city bought a former bank drivethrough and built public restrooms, and a plaza with a public fountain there, much appreciated by this visitor! Medina was founded in 1818 and, like many of the towns in Northeast Ohio, was laid out in a New England Square format with streets running in a north/south and east/ west direction. In 1848 a fire destroyed the entire business district and an even larger blaze in 1870 destroyed all but the northeast corner. Over the next few years the town was rebuilt in the popular Victorian architecture style of the era. Over the next century, many of the façades were gradually covered up with false fronts in the name of “progress.” That all changed in the 1960s when a Community Design Committee formed and did a rendering of what the fire station could look like if it was restored with vibrant red paint and its bell tower reconstructed. The

committee convinced the City to renovate it and local building owners followed suit, bringing their buildings back to their former Victorian glory. Today, the architectural unity and historic flavor of Medina’s Town Square, a nineblock National Historic District, make Medina an appealing destination for residents, visitors and tourists. The district boasts dozens of restaurants, breweries, ice cream shops and a bakery. I met a friend and former Coronado resident, Val Willis, for dinner on the Square. Val, who owned several shops in Coronado (remember the Country Peddler?) and served as Vice President of Retail Operations at the Hotel del Coronado, has quite an antique business going from her 4,000-square-foot Tudor home in Medina. And now she is eyeing a space on the Square. You know if she does it, Medina will be all the richer!

“Castle Noel” just off the Square, is a Christmas Wonderland of sets from Christmas movies and New York’s famed holiday window displays. Yes! You can slide down the slide featured in the movie, “A Christmas Story.”

Jefferson, Iowa I made a quick stop in Jefferson, Iowa, the county seat of Greene County, mostly to see the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower. In fact, I rode to the top of this 168-foot tower, whose “Westminster Chimes” play each quarter hour. From the observation room, my view took in the rolling agricultural hills that surround this small city, but then my eye settled on the rooftops of buildings surrounding the square. I had to chuckle! There were five murals painted on those rooftops that were visible only from the tower. I wonder how many murals will be added in the years ahead? Lots I hope, mostly because, well, we need more “random” things in life! The tower was built in 1966, years after the death of Floyd Mahanay, a businessman and philanthropist who envisioned a tower and whose $350,000 estate led off the funding for the tower, which wasn’t initially embraced by the townspeople. For its first 50 years, the tower clung to a dirty secret: It wasn’t actually capable of playing music! It was, in fact, a carillon in name only. With only 14 bells, it technically was classified as a chime. The music that emanated from the tower for a generation, chiming renditions of everything from hymns to “Penny Lane,” wasn’t

The Mahanay Memorial Bell Tower is set on the Courthouse Square in Jefferson, Iowa.

real. They were recordings of bells, blasted out over the town through speakers. A carillon capable of playing music needs at least 23 bells. But that all changed in 2017. A campaign that started in 1986 to add bells to the tower ended on a happy note with the unveiling of the current, four-octave, 47-bell carillon. The tower was named rural Iowa’s most outstanding attraction by the Iowa Tourism Office and the Travel Federation of Iowa at

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Rooftop murals on the Square can be viewed from the Bell Tower’s observation deck.

the 2021 Iowa Tourism Awards. There’s more to see in Jefferson, which is another Iowa Main Street City. Stop in at the Thomas Jefferson Gardens and Visitor Center; it’s on East Lincoln Way, part of the original Lincoln Highway that connected New York with California. And, like Oskaloosa, Jefferson has also reclaimed two alleyways. I stopped in at “Sally’s Alley” and admired several of the late Sally White’s photographs of Iowa native birds, gardens and benches that brighten the passage.

Woodstock, Illinois One of my favorite movies is “Groundhog Day,” the classic film starring Bill Murray as weatherman Phil Connors, who wakes up on the same day…over and over and over. Turns out it was filmed at the town square of Woodstock, Illinois. Director Harold Ramis hailed from Chicago and found Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania a little too bland for filming. You’ll find the gazebo in the central park where smug Phil broadcasted the weather and the “Tip Top Café,” now a Mexican restaurant where Phil got to know everyone over the course of morning after morning spent there. Look for markers around town, such as “Ned’s Corner” where insurance salesman extraordinaire Ned Ryerson repeatedly pounces on “Phil? Phil Connors?!”…that is, until Phil turns the tables. Like I said, it’s one of my favorite movies… Orson Wells grew up in Woodstock and honed his craft at the three-story Opera House, the diamond monument on the town square. It was built in 1889 by the city to house its council chambers, fire department, library and the grand auditorium. Wells later returned to direct and star in Hamlet at the Opera House, which has also hosted dozens of luminaries over the years including Mickey Rooney, Paul Newman and Judy Collins. Another longtime resident was Chester Gould, the artist of the comic strip “Dick Tracy” who was often found in Woodstock’s town square, sketchbook in hand, capturing locals in action for his strips. And, this writer was pleased to learn that typewriters, including the Emerson and Oliver lines, were manufactured in Woodstock. You’ll find ample shopping, a homespun diner and an independent bookstore on the square, which hosts twice-weekly farmer’s markets. Oh, one more thing: you might want to stay at the Cherry Tree Inn, the B&B where Phil woke each morning to hear Sonny and Cher belt out “I’ve Got You Babe” as his clock radio struck 6 a.m.

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Sonoma, California One of the largest town squares is located in Sonoma and is rich in California history. Known as “The Plaza,” the large central park houses the city’s original city hall, still in use today. It was designed with four identical sides, so as not to offend any of the surrounding merchants, of which there are many today, both on the plaza and on its tributary streets, including the Williams Sonoma flagship store opened by Chuck Williams in 1956. You’ll find more than 30 wine-tasting shops within a block of the plaza (this is, after all, wine tasting country!). I enjoyed strolling through the many arcades that open off the plaza and meeting my friend, Marcus Thomson, Coronado MainStreet’s first executive director, for happy hour on the plaza. The Plaza is anchored by the northernmost Franciscan mission in California, Mission San Francisco de Solano. The park itself is special, with a stream running through it, a small amphitheater, visitor center and plenty of inviting picnic areas. The Sebastiani Theeatre was built in 1933 by noted theatre architect James Reid. It continues to show first-run films today.

Orange, California If you’re an antique lover, a trip up to Orange (not far from Disneyland), might make for a pleasant day trip. Once upon a time, Orange County was covered in Orange groves and in the heart of it all was the City of Orange. The city was incorporated in 1888 and was the only city in California to be designed around a central park, earning it the nickname “Plaza City.” The Old Towne Orange Historic District is the official name of the one-mile square district around the original plaza, with many of the original buildings still in place. The district was named to the National Register District in California, the largest such district in the state, with the second largest concentration of buildings. If you buzz up to Orange, you might want to step in for a meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner served) at Watson’s Soda Fountain & Café, established in 1899, making it the oldest soda fountain in California. Also, take some time to browse the residential streets around the plaza. While other cities were demolishing homes and putting up tract homes to keep up with the demand from LA commuters, Orange’s city planners were more astute: they preserved many of the city’s Craftsman bungalows, cottages and Victorian homes.

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Bay Books Book Club Corner What books people are reading… The Lincoln Highway

By Amor Towles In 1954, after 15 months of serving his sentence for involuntary manslaughter, 18 year old Emmett returns to Nebraska to pick up his younger brother and head to California to start life anew. Little does he know, two friends from the work farm hide in the warden’s car, setting off a chain of events that leads Emmett to New York City. Told from multiple points of view Towles’ novel is filled with rich settings, fantastic characters, and action-packed adventure.

The Boys

By Ron Howard and Clint Howard Time has brought much success to the Howard brothers, Ron and Clint, who began each of their illustrious Hollywood careers as children actors. “The Boys” talks of the stress and bullying of growing up and surviving in Tinseltown, their parents’ midwestern roots and their tight knit family, and their journey to adulthood. Nostalgic and heartwarming, it gives a solid account of the Howard brothers’ childhoods.

Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars: The Story of the First American Woman to Command a Space Mission

By Col. Eileen M. Collins, USAF (Ret.) and Jonathan H. Ward Eileen Collins is one of the most admired women in the world. She was an aviation pioneer, commanding an America space mission, the first female to pilot the space shuttle and one of the first female pilots in the Air Force. After her retirement, she is a sought after corporate board member and inspirational speaker. This is the story of her achievements from a shy, unremarkable student to an astronaut and a leader.

By Water Beneath the Walls: The Rise of the Navy SEALs

By Benjamin H. Milligan This well-researched book tells the history of how the Navy SEALs became the elite commando forces that they are today. It details the outsized feats of the frogmen forefathers in World War II, the Korean War and more, and also goes into detail on missions of the Marine Raiders, Army Rangers and the Green Berets. Milligan then focuses on the Navy SEALs, some of their past missions and roles in counterterrorism.

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Jane Pol lock, Artist By Linda L. Austin

Taking only a few steps into Jane Pol-

lock’s home, you know an artist must live there. The beautiful, welcoming home seems made to showcase her large canvases with vibrant colors, as each room is dominated by at least one painting, perfectly placed. They beckon you to look closer and examine more than simply the whole, to feel the life they reflect. Like many artistic endeavors, Pollock never has a finished product in mind when she begins. She starts with a color, mixes some, and the painting takes off. “I never know what I’m going to paint,” said Pollock. A contemporary artist, she constantly turns her paintings in all directions as she works since she believes “a painting should look good from any direction” and “It’s not finished until I say so.” Artists from different decades have influenced her style and use of color. Pollock lists a myriad of contemporary artists among her favorites, Helen Frankenthaler,

If the client wants a certain color includ-

to, hence her paintings rarely include a

Wolf Kahn, and Emily Mason to name a

ed or has too many requirements, Pollock’s

recognizable object. An occasional outline


advice is to find another artist; “I’m not the

of the backside of a figure may appear. Her

artist for you.” She needs to do some-

paintings often have interesting textures

for personal enjoyment, shared with family

thing she loves, not create someone else’s

made with paper, wire mesh, aluminum foil

members, displayed in her home or com-

vision; however, if the finished painting

or thickened paint.

missioned work. When Pollock is commis-

is not what the client wants, they are not

During the Covid sequestering, Pollock

sioned for a piece, she does the research.

obligated to purchase it. Many Coronado

occupied herself painting “My Covid 19”

“I look at the place the painting will go,

homes have a Pollock painting. She sold

to depict what covid was to her. “What one

what’s around it,” she said, and then gets

her first one about 18 years ago.

person sees, another doesn’t.” She admits

Her mixed media, abstract art is mostly

her inspiration.

While she can draw, she doesn’t like

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that painting is different from anything

she has ever done, since it has more texture, a painted quilt with each square dramatically different. Several of the texture items were robbed from her husband’s toolbox, interesting things that became part of her project. “I covered it up several times, put it in a corner.” She says it expresses how she was feeling during that period. An earlier painting done in a studio class may be her favorite. “It’s different,” she said. It is rich with blue, black, white, and grey. “When it was critiqued, the instructor said it was the best thing I had done.” When asked the name of the painting, Pollock said her husband names her paintings and keeps a list of them. Sometimes artistic productivity takes a back seat to other priorities. Pollock majored in Fine Art at Washington University in St. Louis where she met her husband. Adam, Devyn, and Beau arrived soon afterwards, so she concentrated on being a wife and mother while her three children were young.

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When the youngest entered school, she took a parttime job which led to other positions. The various jobs may not have utilized all her artistic talents, but each job required an artistic eye to be successful: Channel makeup artist, window dressing and display work for Lord and Taylor, Marshall Fields, Sacs Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus for eight years, as well as owner of several businesses. After a 2000 vacation in Coronado, the Pollocks chose to build a home and enjoy more than just a vacation lifestyle in Coronado. While their main residence is in Houston where Jon built several companies and most of the family lives, Coronado occupies a significant part of the year for them. They feel they have two places to call home. “When we settled here, I got back to painting,” said Pollock. She took a course at the Contemporary Museum, then worked in a co-op of artists in downtown San Diego. Carting supplies back and forth, especially since large canvases are her choice, eventually became cumbersome.

Valentines is a special holiday when Pollock creates her own valentine on canvas and turns it into a treasured valentine for family and friends. She sends out hundreds each year. One person framed a collage of them. Besides art, Pollock enjoys a plethora of other activities: the symphony and other music, sports such as tennis, and sailing. When the grandchildren visit, the

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family kayaks. As a cancer survivor, she and her husband completed all big travel items on their bucket list. Favorite places were Africa, India, and Morocco. Their children and grandchildren enjoy spending time here. When the grandchildren arrive, Pollock has artistic projects ready, which they all expect since everyone seems to have the artistic bent. “One 17-year-old grandson is a photographer, very creative, and plans to be an engineer,” Pollock said. However, all of them paint. For many artists, the talent surfaces in childhood. Since Pollock’s mother dabbled in art as a hobby and her dad did creative woodworking, they encouraged her interest. “I started painting at a young age, signed up for classes at the Museum of Fine Art of Boston.” Her art career may have taken a circuitous route, but Pollock seems to have enjoyed every aspect of the journey. Her paintings are a testament to her talent and a revelation of that moment in time for her.

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Spicy Ginger Ginger packs a powerful punch, despite its unassuming looks. Often called ginger root, it is actually the stem, or rhizome, that we purchase and use in its fresh form.

With a reputation like that, no wonder ginger is found in so many cultures and dishes! And it pairs perfectly with sweet or savory flavors.

Ginger first appeared in ancient China, and China produces most of the world’s ginger today. The stem takes 8-10 months to grow; it is the gingerols, or fine oil of the plant, that give it the spicy flavor, and its healthy properties. It was first known and valued for its medicinal and spiritual uses. Gingerol is very high in antioxidants; it can ease nausea; lower blood sugar and cholesterol; help chronic arthritis and muscle aches; reduce migraine pain; stimulate circulation; and fight germs. It also rejuvenates skin and hair.

Ginger can be found year round fresh, dried, powdered or as an oil. When shopping for fresh ginger, look for smooth skin, a firmness to the touch, and a piece free of blemishes. Sold by the pound, it’s ok to break off what you need. If you are using within a week, ginger can be kept on the counter. Otherwise, store wrapped airtight in plastic wrap in the fridge. You can also freeze ginger, breaking off the pieces you need. Peel skin off with a spoon when ready to use. Add a little ginger to your next meal!

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“Coronado is a great place to grow up and it is a great place to grow old.” By Zoraida Payne Public Historian and Coronado Historical Association Volunteer At the end of the summer of 2021, an elegant Mrs. Reynolds welcomed us to her home on Pine Street and shared her wealth of memories about growing up in Coronado. While surrounded by beautiful decor from her many years abroad with her late husband of 67 years, Capt. Casey Reynolds, Betty Mott Reynolds opened a photo album, and a cascade of vivid experiences emanated. Just before Pearl Harbor, at the age of 10, Betty moved from Saint Louis, Missouri, to Coronado with her mom, grandmother, and sister. On Dec. 7, 1941, running over to their home, their neighbor told them that Pearl Harbor was bombed. She recalled that their home was designated a First Aid Station. There, her nurse mother could assist injured citizens if the expected attack occurred. Other dwellings were selected as bomb shelters, where they could run into and be safe if an air raid occurred. She also remembered seeing a warden in every block, having blackout curtains and barrage balloons flying over San Diego. While all of Coronado was preparing for the perceived imminent attack, life was continuing and kids were still playing in its streets. Betty joyfully reminisced about digging trenches with her friends in the many

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Betty Mott Reynolds

vacant lots and playing a dirt-clod battle

news about the war, and just what kids were

after forming two teams—the good guys

doing, who was doing what, maybe a little

and the enemies. Among other adventurous


pastimes was collecting scrap metals for the

Curiously, skilfully playing with pocket

war effort and proudly posing with the huge

knives at school was another quotidian game

pile for the picture on A Avenue. Though

at the time, “We all took pocket knives to

war preparedness and ubiquitous soldiers

school so we could play Mumblety-pegs at

were in the city, those were exciting times

recess and nobody said anything...Nobody

for Betty and her schoolmates.

tried to stab anybody, we never thought of

During the last months of World War

them as weapons, we thought of them as

II, Betty, with a group of friends, started a

toys.” Pondering about her childhood, she

newsletter called Junior Scuttlebug. With a

shared, “We always went to the children’s

sparkling smile, she shared her fun project.

matinee on Saturdays at the old Coronado

“We were in the eighth grade at that time,

cinema, which is where Lambs is now. Every

and one of our friends had a printer press of

kid went in the afternoon on Saturday. It

some kind; so, we were would-be reporters.

cost 11 cents. We drove our bikes and piled

We would give out all the information…We

them unlocked on the sidewalk.” She also

had a huge group of friends, both boys and

remembered playing hide and seek at the

girls. We would always have a little bit of

Hotel Del during the winter months—

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when the Hotel was hardly occupied at all.

drowning or being caught in a riptide, and

In her sophomore year, Betty took dancing

there were no lifeguards down there. It was

lessons with the famous instructor Arthur

just safe.”

Murray. She animatedly shared, “He and his

A palpable and recurring sense of freedom

wife used to vacation at the hotel every sum-

and safety flows throughout her recollec-

mer. He would teach dancing in the circus


room and he took a shine to me for some

Reflecting on the best advice that she has

reason. So, he would teach me all these won-

ever received, “It was from my mother, she

derful dances...He was always a gentleman.

said, ‘Always be on time,’ and that’s what I

He was a lovely man.”

do, and I passed that onto my three chil-

She joyfully reminisced about Oscar’s

dren; so, I’m always on time.”

Drive-in. After all the football games, par-

Many lessons could be learned from Mrs.

ties, and proms with all the teenagers in

Reynolds’ lively style beyond being on time.

Coronado, this trendy restaurant was the

The importance of playing with friends out-

hang-out place. She also said they would go

doors, enjoying life abroad, and the treasure

to North Beach, where dog beach is today,

of living in charming Coronado. As wisely

early in the morning and play with enor-

expressed in her own words, “Coronado is a

mous inner tubes. Candidly thinking upon

great place to grow up and it is a great place

it, she expressed, “We never thought about

to grow old.”

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Don’t Avoid “Taboo” Topics with Older Parents Presented by Hayley Beard, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones If your parents are getting close to retirement age, or are already retired, it may be time to talk with them about financial and aging issues, some of which may involve difficult conversations. For the sake of everyone in your family, don’t avoid these “taboo” topics. You'll need to be careful about approaching these subjects with your parents. Mention ahead of time that you’d like to talk to them about their future plans and reassure them that you want to understand their wishes, so their affairs will be taken care of as they would like. If your parents are agreeable, choose a location comfortable for them and ask whom they might like to invite (or not invite). Then, think about how to open the conversation, preferably not with what they want to do with their money – this could be interpreted as your seeking information about your inheritance or being skeptical about their financial decisions. Instead, build a broad-based discussion about their vision for their aging years. A series of shorter conversations may allow you to cover topics more comfortably, one by one, rather than trying to solve everything at once. Try to address these areas:

Health Care You’ll want to learn if your parents have established the appropriate health-related legal documents – a health care power of attorney, which gives someone the authority to make important decisions about their medical care if they become unable to do so themselves, and a living will, which spells out the extraordinary medical treatments they may or may not want.

Independence As people age, they may begin to lose their independence. Have your parents considered any options for long-term care, such as a nursing home stay, or the services of a home health aide? And do they have plans in place? If they plan to receive support from family members, do their expectations match yours?

Financial Goals Focusing on the personal and financial aspects of the legacy your parents want to leave can be a valuable conversation. Have your parents updated their will or other arrangements, such as a living trust? Have they named a financial power of attorney to make decisions on their behalf if they become incapacitated? Do they have the proper beneficiary designations on their

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insurance policies and retirement plan accounts? If you can position these issues as being more about your parents’ control over their financial destiny, rather than “who will get what,” you’ll more likely have a productive conversation.

Last Wishes You’ll want to find out if your parents have left instructions in their will about their funerals and last wishes. Express to them that you, or another close family member, should know who is responsible for making sure their wishes are met. Money, independence and aging can be sensitive topics. Don’t think you have to go it alone – you can enlist help from another close family member. Or, if you know your parents are working with a trusted advisor, such as an attorney or financial professional, you could see if they’d be willing to have this person participate in your talks. You might even be able to introduce them to one of your advisors. In any case, keep talking. These conversations can be challenging, but, if handled correctly, can be of great benefit to your parents and your entire family. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

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Joy is living in beautiful Coronado for nearly 50 years during two naval careers that spanned over two decades each. It is being able to raise two sons in the wonderful atmosphere of a small town, giving us the luxury of having our boys bike to school and back, have newspaper routes, join scouts, attend concerts in the park and so many other aspects of this truly remarkable community. Joy is the friendship of our neighbors and colleagues which has led to love and laughter and great memories which will last a lifetime. It is part of the simple pleasure of walking our dog down to dog beach or around town. It is being able to do a myriad of errands like go to the post office, dentist, doctor and supermarket all in the space of a morning because everything is within walking distance or a ten minute golf cart ride away. It is, most of all, the freedom that this great country affords each of us to live our lives as we choose.

When asked about “joy,” the first thing that comes to mind is my 85 year old cousin, Joy Stinger. She personifies her name with an exuberance for life. She lives in an eclectic all brick house built in 1904 that she shares with a museum of collections inside and a small farm, aviary and botanical garden outside in a town just beyond a major city limits, much like Coronado. She treasures her aviary filled with exotic birds, her indoor green house and her chicken coop. She relishes all things living. The abundant bee hives in her urbanesque yard produce 2,000 pounds of honey each season that she mostly gives away and sells as Stinger’s Honey and Beeswax… now that’s a lot of sweetness to spread around! A retired graphic artist she embodies a love of life with a constant creative purpose that I know as “Joy.”

On occasion, but not as often as I should, I’ll slip into moments of full conscientiousness, devoid of pressing thoughts or internal dialogue as I drive westbound across the bridge and descend into Coronado. I’ll take in the view from Imperial Beach to the south and downtown San Diego to the north, and just be present. During these moments, I’ll find myself appreciating everything I’m seeing, the iconic Hotel Del that makes our small community world renowned, the Navy base full of heroes that we know as friends and neighbors, the beaches and bays that are part of our own backyard, and everything in between. Viewing all of Coronado at one time, from this unique perspective, makes me grateful to come home, grateful to know so many amazing people that live here as well, and grateful to experience the lifestyle Coronado offers. This gratitude brings me joy.

Joy can be found anywhere, as evidenced at the library where our humble shelves alone host over 30 books that are titled “The Joy of” [insert just about anything, ranging from cooking through singing to other more private activities]. Although one could argue that the presence of so many “how to” books suggests we sometimes find joy a little elusive, especially lately. When there’s so much stress out there it’s hardly surprising we all turn on each other like two uncles squabbling about family history while the turkey gets cold. For me, one of the great stories of this season is the Christmas truce that took place during World War One, when soldiers paused their bitter fighting to sing carols and play a little soccer in no man’s land. What could be more joyful than taking a moment to bury the hatchet and celebrate our kinship with each other?

Joy! I smile just saying the word. It’s a favorite of mine–-so rich in wonder, delight and hope. Joy is – I can’t seem to pin down words for it. So, since I’m an avid collector of quotes, I’ll let others say it for me. “Be joyful though you have considered all the facts.” Wendell Berry “Joy bursts in our lives when we go about doing the good at hand and not trying to manipulate things and times to achieve joy.” C.S. Lewis “Joy is a mystery because it can happen anywhere, anytime, even under the most unpromising circumstances … with tears in its eyes.” Frederick Buechner “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” Mark Twain “God bless us, everyone!” Charles Dickens

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