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Vol. 25 • May 2014
Mothers Do Make A Difference
• Late Bloomers • Happiness Matters • Angels of Bataan
Foster Mother: One of the Many Faces of Motherhood
otherhood can have many faces. I am an adoptive and a biological mother, a mother-in-law Janice Doyle, and a grandmother. Editor At one point, I mothered three students from Estonia. Four years ago I became a stepmother when I re-married. But before any of those, I became Foster Mother to Christy—a relationship that has lasted over 45 years. My ﬁrst husband and I were just 26 when we were asked if we would consider taking a 15-year-old girl into our home. We were told she was very bright. She was responsible for the care of seven siblings, ﬁve of whom were under the age of six. “She needs to be where there are no small children and she can just be a teenager,” the case worker friend said. Christy, angry and suspicious, arrived in a shapeless gray sweatshirt with a scowl on her face. Tom passed her the butter that ﬁrst night at supper and when she reached for it, he pushed it forward so her thumb went into the soft butter. She looked up to see him smiling broadly at his playful welcome and she started laughing. She laughed and laughed—and would later tell us it was the ﬁrst time she’d really laughed in months.
who live interesting, successful and challenging lives like Christy’s. We are close friends, Christy and I, and we both realize not all foster parent/child experiences result in a bond like ours. At the same time, we feel blessed to have this incredible extension to our lives.
Being foster parents was not always easy, but we had the privilege of giving her the space she needed to gain her footing for what became an extraordinary life. We offered her family, extended family, a church family, neighborhood relationships, conversations, canoe trips, books, trips, security and the freedom to be a part of a peer group. And I think we laughed a lot! Christy has what iconic author Gail Sheehy has called “the spirit of survival.” She went to college and then moved to California over 30 years ago; for some years, we had random communications Editor Janice Doyle and her foster daughter Christy before settling into a enjoy a 45-year-long relationship. close adult friendship. In this issue, you will read about Christy earned two masters degrees, some Florida women who choose worked for the Los Angeles Times being foster mothers as their lifestyle. and married a wonderful man. They get up daily and deal head on Two years ago, I went to Los with children of adults who could Angeles for her 60th birthday party. not make life work out to sustain Ten women each told of the gracious, family life physically and emotionhappy and loving friend, companion, ally. We honor them this month of counselor and conﬁdante Christy has been to them. In the group were fellow May for the lasting changes they may bring to even one child. artists, a college dean’s wife, a poet, a librarian, an internationally recognized ukulele player, a sister-in-law, a Bon Apetit magazine editor—all women
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Fossil Clubs Unearth The Secrets of Florida’s Past BY TRACIE SCHMIDT
f you grew up near Venice, you might remember hunting for fossilized shark teeth on the beach or holding one of the smoothly polished bones in your palm, imagining the creature it once belonged to prowling a shallow sea millions of years ago. For some individuals, like Roxane Wilson of Arcadia, this joy of discovery never faded and they remain avid fossil hunters to this day. She’s a member of the Southwest Florida Fossil Society, a group of around 200 enthusiasts that meets every second Saturday of every month in Punta Gorda to discuss all things prehistoric. Wilson has been part of the club since shortly after it was founded in 1983. A typical meeting may involve a guest speaker, a fossil show-and-tell or field trips to local phosphate mines, quarries or rivers. Newcomers are invited to bring their finds in for identification or hunting tips from veterans.
“It’s like a treasure Florida natives haven’t hunt; you never changed much over know what you are the millenia—you’ll going to find,” Wilstill find alligators, son says. It could be snakes and turtle fossils the genuine article or in the mix, and even just an oddly-shaped armadillo-like creatures rock. “We call those called glyptodons. (The ‘leavarites,’” Wilson glyptodon, however, was says, “as in ‘leave the size of a VW bus.) ‘em right where “The coolest fossil I’ve you found em’.’” found so far is a giant So what kinds of sloth claw core,” Wilson fossils can you find said of her collection. Roxane Wilson (R) and club in Florida? No dino- president Chuck Ferrara (L) hunt What do you need to saurs, sadly; Florida hunt for fossils? Aside fossils at a phosphate mine. was underwater when from a mandatory $5 dinosaurs roamed the earth. However, permit, Wilson recommends that you it was high and dry during the Ice Age, be in good physical condition and so a hunter can still find remnants that you bring a backpack, a floating of mastodons or woolly mammoths, sifter (for river hunting), a shovel or saber-toothed cats, horses and more. hand trowel or even just a screwdriver Aquatic fossils are abundant—from for prying up interesting bits. The shells and coral to megalodon jaws—a most important tool is a good eye for prehistoric shark large enough to fossils, something that Wilson says swallow a Great White whole. Other comes with time. “That’s the challenge
of it. I may see something, go and pick it up and say ‘no, that’s just wood.’ You can tell a lot by feel,” she said. Reference books at club meetings can help sharpen fossil-indentifying skills. I asked her what draws people to fossil hunting. “Well, I guess what draws them is—it’s really cool,” she replied. “Our club motto is ‘preserving the past for the future.’ Finding a fossil is like finding a piece of history, and when you discover a piece of an animal that lived millions of years ago, it’s pretty remarkable.” If you want to check out some of their finds, The Southwest Florida Fossil Society and the Manasota Fossil Club have put part of their collection on display through June 4 at the “Digging Up Discoveries” exhibit at the Venice Museum and Archives, 351 Nassau St. S., Venice. 941-486-2487. If you’re interested in learning more about your local fossil clubs, visit southwestfloridafossilsociety.org or home.comcast.net/~ccopas/manasota.htm.
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and 11 “The Merry Widow.” Highlights from Franz Lehar’s masterpiece operetta. Shows at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at Asolo Theater, Sarasota. Tickets/info: 941-360-7399.
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and 20 Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron boating education courses. 13: “Reading Nautical Charts,” 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. $15. 20: “Undertanding GPS,” 6:30 – 8:30 pm. $15. All classes at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Register at 941-795-0482.
“Suddenly Single: Creating A Practical Plan To Move From Surviving To Thriving.” Seminar and support for rebuilding life after the loss of a loved one to death, divorce or dementia. 3 pm to 4:30 pm at North Port Library. RSVP required by May 12 at 941-861-1307.
and 17 Gulf Coast Open Fishing Tournament. Four tournaments, over $50,000 in cash and prizes. Supports Make A Wish. Ramada Inn Waterfront, Sarasota. Details/ registration at gulfcoastopen.com.
Ghost and Spirit Orb Walkabout. Do you believe in the supernatural? Bring cameras with a night flash and find out! 6:30 pm at Bunker Hill Vineyard, Duette. $10. RSVP required at 941-776-0418.
History of Celestial Navigation lecture with John Beale at Florida Maritime Museum, Cortez. 3 pm. Please RSVP to 941-708-6120.
Cat Trivia Contest at Dance Etc. 3372 N. Access Rd., Englewood. $5 per player donation to benefit Puffy Paws cat shelter. 7 to 9 pm. Puffypaws.org or 941-698-4099.
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Dance Party by Manatee Sunrise Kiwanis Club, benefiting Kids Against Hunger. 7 – 10 pm, Moose Lodge 1223, 310 44th Ave. E., Bradenton. Live music, contests, prizes, silent auction, snacks and cash bar. Tickets $6. Info: 941-306-3595.
Selby Gardens Spring Music Series. Concert in the garden from 1 to 3 pm.“Yesterdaze.” $19. Bring blanket or lawn chair. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota. Times subject to change: call 941-366-5731.
and 25 The Palmetto Suncoast Gun Show. Noon to 4 pm at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, Palmetto. $9. (Attendees must abide by State and local firearm ordinances and laws.) Details at 330-963-6964.
The Very Good News about Knee Replacement Surgery While still an option of last resort for those suffering from chronic nee replacement surgery has knee pain, replacement been in the news lately. Or knee surgery is not only more specifically, on the news. far less invasive now, the Well-known NBC Nightly News results are measurably anchor Brian Williams recently better and last far underwent a very public knee longer. Today, many replacement surgery. WilW. Allen Boyce, MD patients can expect to liams—who took a month-long get 15, 20, even 25 leave from his anchor desk—was very good, active years out of a replacement candid about the surgery, explaining knee. That’s compared to only a fivehow his knee pain dates back about 35 to-10 year lifespan for a replacement years to a crushing hit he took as a high knee as recently as a decade ago. school football player in New Jersey. Several factors have converged to make In many ways, Williams did a public this surgery a longer lasting and more service in raising awareness about effective answer to a bum knee. For startthe many advancements that have ers, the materials have improved dramatioccurred relating to knee replacement cally. Today, the combination of ceramic surgery. I did my first knee surgery in and polyethylene is remarkably resilient. the late 1970s—about the same time And with ongoing improvements, it that young Brian Williams crumbled is getting more durable all the time. in pain on that football field. And In addition to those improved materials, indeed, the advancements have been enhanced technology and tools now dramatic and many in the years since. allow a surgeon to be far more effective
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during the procedure. Advanced computer navigation during the procedure allows for increasingly precise surgery. An even more exciting advancement is the development of customizable instrumentation that can be modified for each specific patient. By using tools designed specifically for the patient being operated on, a surgeon truly has the capacity to get the best possible outcome. I have used this technology at Blake Medical Center for three years now, with remarkable results. More precise tools and advanced procedures have also made the surgery far less invasive—a major factor when considering surgery. It used to be that a recovery would stretch as long as a year or more. While recovery is still an incremental process, I have patients who are leading a relatively normal lifestyle within two to three months. Despite all these advancements, knee replacement is still major surgery and should not be rushed into. I have been consistent throughout my career advising patients that surgery is a last resort
after therapy, medication and other treatments yield diminishing or no relief. When talking about his experience, Brian Williams emphasized that he “just knew when it was time” for knee replacement surgery. I have found that to be true with the vast majority of my patients as well. When agonizing knee pain dramatically reduces your quality of life and nothing provides adequate relief, it is then time to talk to a surgeon about your options. Such was the case recently with a 60-year-old patient of mine. She was downright miserable and had started to rely on a cane when we finally agreed the time was right for surgery. Three weeks after the surgery, she was back to work, walking without a cane or a walker—and walking without pain. She was enjoying life again. She remains ecstatic about the results, and once again I was gratified that I can not just address a medical problem, but return real joy to people’s lives. To me, that is really big news.
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We Honor Foster Mothers Who Pick Up the Pieces of Children’s Broken Lives BY JANICE DOYLE
ife is so complex out there. It’s gotten so rough for some of the children,” says Bobbi of St. Petersburg, a foster mother with 31 years of experience. Today’s foster kids come with lots of mental and emotional abuse. “We give them something they haven’t had before. And when they are in my home, they are mine.” Wendy and her pastor husband in Fort Myers have been married 40 years and have raised five kids of their own. Now they are foster parents. She says, “The difficulty comes because the kids all come with some history which may be drug or abuse related. That means they are very scared and very hurt and it takes a while to work through it.” Peggy in Ocala has been a foster mom 23 years. She says, “You don’t do it for the money, you do it for the kids who need love and care.” She’s seen older kids come in from parents who have taught them to do the wrong things and the kids don’t want to change. Peggy gives a hearty laugh and says, “But the little ones are still okay. I’ll take the little ones peein’ and poopin’ any time.” “You have to love them unconditionally so they can heal. They have all been through some sort of trauma and need to heal. We can help that process,” says Joy in Leesburg. “I would say the most important challenge is getting to know and understand each child and what they’ve been through and how it has impacted them,” says Victoria from Ocala. “One of the biggest mistakes we made in the beginning was to have the same expectations of foster kids as we did with our own biological kids.” Lifestyles After 50 • May 2014 • page 6
These women are all foster mothers Eckerd’s Director of Licensing And so, we honor these and around or beyond the age of 50. Laurallyn Segur says, “The older all foster mothers, who know that When their phones ring, they may be foster mothers bring experience and every day really is Mother’s Day asked to provide a safe place to live wisdom. They’ve raised families. when you’re making a difference for children who have been removed They understand parenting and in the life of a child. from their family just minutes or love children. Many have a lot to hours before. Many foster children offer and don’t want a house without have major physical issues. children in it. They’re ‘lifers’ as Experienced foster moms keep stashes far as children are concerned.” of clothes and child care supplies in closets and drawers for children who arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Their needs include support, encouragement, reassurance, self-esteem, selfworth and most importantly, love. Oh, and Victoria from Ocala food, schooling and her family. and toys, too. Foster moms have access to an array of counselors, therapists, Foster mom Bobbi What They Said: doctors and specialists— from St. Petersburg. all a part of the system which • “It’s very fulfilling and I’m never lonely.” tries to pick up the pieces of the broken • “Let it be fun, enjoy them; they will bless your socks off!” lives of families. And at the core of the system is the need for foster mothers. • “Successes come when there’s an adoption that goes well. The last infant I had was adopted, and I see him on Facebook all the time. I’m seeing him grow up.”
• “With five kids, the real challenge here is making sure that each child gets quality time in the evenings. And then on the 8th day …God created bedtime!” • “Every single day, you have to make sure these kids know they are loved and that you are committed to helping them walk through their challenges.” • “When I have a child at home I’m more organized and stay on schedule.” • “We have a young lady we had in foster care for two years when she was 9 to 11 yrs old. She’s come back to us at 22 and wants to be part of our family! She never forgot the influence we were in her life!”
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– 18 Bradenton Arts Movieville International Film Festival 2014. Parties, screenings, expos and more at venues throughout Bradenton. Tickets/ schedule at movievillefilmfestival.com/. 23, 30 Film Fridays. 9: “Hairspray.” 23: “True Grit.” 30: “Mansfield Park.” Drinks/snacks for purchase. 6 to 9 pm at South Florida Museum, Bradenton. $5. RSVP: 941-746-4131, ext. 17.
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What do you call a flower that grows in between your nose and you chin? Tulips What did the bee say to the flower? Hello, honey.
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New Event Center Brings Entertainment and More To Englewood BY TRACIE SCHMIDT
ights, camera, action! In November of last year, Englewood raised the curtain on an all-new event center that has been drawing crowds with a range of performances from stand up comedy and tribute bands to dinner theater. The Englewood Event Center was funded and established by private individuals to bring the arts closer to Englewood. Their goal was to provide not just an entertainment venue, but a gathering place for the community. “We have a wonderful community here in Englewood,” says Loren Berry, Events Manager for the Englewood Event Center, “and up until this point there were few local options for entertainment. I’ve had visitors come up to me and say ‘Wow, this is really nice; we don’t have to drive to Sarasota or Fort Myers to see a show anymore.’” The center comfortably entertains up to 1,000 guests at a time and the space was designed with flexibility in
mind, offering two rooms for rent. A 7,000 square foot space with stage and professional light and sound equipment provides ample room for large events, while a 3,000-square-foot room, also light and sound-ready, is ideal for smaller gatherings. “You name it, we offer it,” says Berry, “anything from concerts, wedding receptions, catering, conferences and dinners to seminars, special occasions, fundraisers, proms and more.” The center also offers a full bar and will open a brand new kitchen in coming months. Visitors have a lot to look forward to when it comes to local entertainment, Berry says. “With many of our guests being retired and some of them on a fixed income, we keep our price point affordable so they can enjoy a night out and take away a great meal and a
great show just down the street from their house, and be home by 10:30.” Guest Lynn Skulski writes: “What an awesome night! The Eagles tribute band was fantastic, and the food and service were second to none.” A sample of their May entertainment lineup includes a Mother’s Day All-You-Can-Eat Prime Rib Luncheon on May 11 with a Michael Buble Tribute; $36/lunch and show, $19 + tax/show only. On May 17, the Center
will be showcasing local bands like Copperhead; and on Memorial Day weekend, May 24 and 25, enjoy a special event that includes fashion shows, motorcycle stunt shows, arts and crafts, food vendors and live music all day—open to the public. Ongoing events include weekly Sleuth Mystery Dinner Shows that invite the audience to join in. I asked Berry what he hoped visitors would take away from their first experience at the event center. “I would say that it is a pleasant experience with value for their dollar,” he replied. The Englewood Event Center is located at 3069 S. McCall Rd., Englewood. For a complete calendar of events or for more information about the center, call 941-270-3324 or visit englewoodeventcenter.com.
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Late Bloomer/Baby Boomer BY PATRICIA FINN
am returning to college. I have advised my adult son of that so he can put SHE GRADUATED on my tombstone. When my peers are retiring, I will be entering the job market. I am learning that if you wait long enough, school becomes fun. Last semester, I sat in a classroom for the first time in thirty years. I loved it. The procedure is so simple. You are given information, you learn the information and then you are given a reward called a grade. You pay money for this, a lot of money. I am pleased to scream from the rooftops that I am an A student. I have heard it said that nontraditional students may have acquired time management skills that traditional students
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lack. My best time management skill has been to take one class at a time. I am taking philosophy. I have become very thoughtful, contemplating such thoughts as: If life is one big school, who is the principal? Am I in trouble? Am I late? Where’s the nurse’s office?
A senior student, not to be confused with a graduating senior, does not have to worry about ruining their future. This is the future. So go ahead, mess up, it is too late to ruin your life. You might even be surprised and earn an A. Once I have my AA, I will get a BA, an MA and then a Ph.D. Unless I get a RIP. I could be teaching in a university when I am in my seventies. Another secret to my academic success is the undeniable parallel between age and the progressive
decline in one’s ability to have wild fun. This is very helpful. I have a definite advantage over the twenty-year-old sitting next to me with her head on her desk.
I am paying for my books by selling t-shirts printed with “Late Bloomer / Baby Boomer” with a picture of a turtle kissing a hare. I draw heavily from preschool influences. I have advice to give to other baby boomers who return to college. We tend to talk a lot. Don’t monopolize the classroom discussions. My next fundraiser is a discussion guide for “Baby Boomers: When Putting Your Foot in Your Mouth Is No Longer Possible.” Older is wiser. Anyone can be a Late Bloomer/Baby Boomer and return to school. Apply, register, do the process. Be proud, stand tall. Order and wear your Late Bloomer/Baby Boomer t-shirt. A senior student, not to be confused with a graduating senior, does not have to worry about ruining their future. This is the future. So go ahead, mess up, it is too late to ruin your life. You might even be surprised and earn an A. You can reach the author at email@example.com.
When Should You Talk To Your Doctor About Hearing Loss? A
re you tired of straining to hear conversation? Do family members become frustrated when having to repeat things to you over and over? If this sounds all-too familiar, you aren’t alone. In fact, the numbers are astounding: More than nine million Americans over the age of 65 (and more than 10 million Americans between the ages of 45 and 64) experience hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic health conditions in the U.S. today. The good news: According to experts, more than 95 percent of hearing loss can be treated. What you may be saying:
People probably know at some level, but will not admit to having a hearing loss. There may be vehement, emotional denial when the issue of possible hearing loss is raised. Others know they have a hearing loss but do not realize it is a problem for them or for others. Sometimes, a physician or other professional gives erroneous and harmful information, such as, “It’s only a mild hearing loss; don’t worry about it unless it becomes severe.” Hearing loss affects others, and people who have hearing loss are often unaware of the adverse effects of it on other people.
family problem. However, research has shown that the use of a hearing device can improve the quality of life of some people and benefit both their mental and physical states by improving communication.
“I can hear just fine.”
“I have too much going on right now to think about that.”
“I will look old.”
There are plenty of people who don’t know they have a hearing loss. Most of the time, hearing loss has a gradual onset and those affected have adapted to each slight reduction in their hearing ability.
Sometimes, people are well aware that they have a hearing loss, but there are other things happening in their lives that have a higher priority, either a physical condition, work or
that leads others to equate poor hearing with “old.” Hearing aids today can be small and discreet. From ones that are nearly invisible to the traditional (yet streamlined) behind the ear aids, hearing aid design has been revolutionized in the past years.
“They’re too expensive for me to think about.”
“They make places noisier and they whistle.”
Cost is a very real issue for many people who do not have hearing aids, but many find them well worth the cost. You can call and ask your insurance company if they offer a hearing aid allowance, reducing the amount you will have to pay out of pocket.
Hearing aids in the past may not have worked well, but today’s hearing aids are technologically advanced products, like mini-computers in your ears. Once they are set correctly to your needs, you don’t have to ﬁddle with them. Some hearing aids adjust automatically and others have features that you may use in different situations. Newer designs do a better job of increasing ampliﬁcation when you need it, while not increasing background noise or annoying “feedback.” Talk to a hearing specialist today.
Needing hearing aids may be an unwelcome reminder that you are aging, but hearing aids are not the only sign of aging. Rather, it is the inability of a person to fully understand what is being said to them
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oday American women serve alongside men in the military and are trained to face combat. In 1941, that wasn’t the case, but 79 Army and Navy military nurses did face combat and near death. They were left behind when MacArthur was forced to retreat from the Philippines. Taken prisoner by the Japanese and subjected to hunger, disease and repeated bombings, the women survived and were saved when the American liberators arrived. Mary Cronk Farrell’s book, Pure Grit, pays tribute to the heroism and determination of these extraordinary women who cared for the sick and wounded while facing their own illness, lack of food and supplies, and the knowledge they might never return home. The stories of the individual women make for fascinating reading. For example, Ethel Thor arrived for duty in 1940 in heels, stockings and gloves. When young Frankie Lewey signed up, she told her mother, “If ever there is a war, I hope I get right in the thick of it.” Peggy Nash had been supervisor of surgery at US Naval Hospital in Guam and was preparing to leave to get married. In October 1941 she was transferred to Manila and became one of the eleven naval hospital nurses incarcerated in Santo Tomas Internment Camp. Maude Denny Williams ended up leaving her soldier husband behind as a patient in Hospital #2 in Bataan when nurses were evacuated to Corregador. Her husband did not survive to come home. Millie Dalton, an Army nurse from Georgia, said, “There was no way in the world we were prepared for war.”
Frances Nash, who learned life and death nursing at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, was told to “prepare to be taken prisoner.” She continued working, destroying paperwork to keep it from enemy hands. When she did get orders to flee, she took enough morphine pills to provide nurses with lethal doses if needed. Maude Davidson refused to leave the Filipino nurses behind when the Americans were ordered to evacuate Manila for Corregidor. Sally Blaine managed her hospital ward lying down on her cot suffering from malaria. The nurses ate meager rations and dealt with discomfort, pain and disease. When their clothes wore out, they made some from what few supplies were at hand. Through it all, they never forgot that they were nurses and made the comfort and care for any of the patients of utmost importance even after supplies and medicine were gone. Their attitude was always “I was just a nurse doing my duty.” When events much larger than they could control took over their lives, they chose to summon pure grit moment by moment… and finally were liberated in February 1945. When the nurses returned home, they began rebuilding their lives. However, there wasn’t the type of counseling or antidepressants needed to help recover (from what today is known as PTSD), so most suffered emotionally in silence the rest of their lives. The book is filled with photos and details based on research and interviews. Editor’s note: This book is written for young people. However, I found it fascinating reading myself and a great book to share with young people.
Seniors are Sweet on Pickleball W
hile it was something of an underground sport for decades, pickleball’s time has finally arrived. A sport that’s been described as being played with an oversize pingpong ball on a badminton-size court with a tennis-size net, pickleball is a hybrid of those sports, with aspects of ping-pong and volleyball mixed in, too. A pickleball court is much shorter than a tennis court and the net is positioned lower, plus the serving is done underhand, so it’s easier on the joints and “tennis elbow” isn’t a problem. Fast-paced and easy to learn, pickleball doesn’t require a big financial investment: just some paddles and balls. Those who’ve tried it call the sport “addictive.” Pickleball was invented 1965 and gained popularity quietly and gradually for decades. But the number of active pickleball players has nearly doubled in the country since 2010. According to the USA Pickleball
Association, there are currently 1,900 places to play pickleball in the US with more courts being added each month. It’s popular with players of all ages, but seniors in particular are sweet on the sport as an alternative to tennis because it’s less physically taxing. Some players who’ve been sidelined from other sports with bad knees or feet find that they can play pickleball pain-free. In West Central Florida, there’s a strong pickleball community. Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation has introduced the sport to some local recreation centers and offers free lessons several days a week at selected locations. The Sun City Center Pickleball Club is one of the area’s largest and Kings Point, Meadow Pointe in Wesley Chapel and Valencia Lakes have pickleball clubs and courts of their own. Pickleball is consistently the biggest event at the Tampa Bay
Senior Games (held each October) according to event organizers. In addition to being an easy sport to learn (some say it takes only five minutes), pickleball is a very social sport. Some clubs allow those with physical limitations to join as social members and each club typically has an active social schedule. The social nature of the sport in part accounts for its rapid spread. Before the US Pickleball Association was formed in the 1980s, the sport spread primarily through word of mouth. The association now has over 20,000 members.
Wondering where to get started in learning about pickleball? PickleballChannel.com is a new website that just launched, aimed at providing resources for both novice and experienced pickleball players. The channel’s Executive Producer Rusty Howes says that with the lightning-speed growth of pickleball, there was a need to provide exciting digital content online to serve the sport’s growing fan base. Each week, the channel will debut new video content, and they’re always looking for new players, teams and organizations to feature. The site offers advice on anything from what shoes to wear for play to game techniques, as well as insight into the people who play pickleball. It may have a funny name, but pickleball is gaining a serious following that looks like it’s here to stay. If you’ve got a great pickleball story to share, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info on pickleball, visit usapa.org/what-is-pickleball.
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Older Americans Month Recognized
ince 1963 the nation has celebrated May as Older Americans Month. Each year the President signs a proclamation in celebration of the achievements and contributions of the nation’s older persons. This year, we are focusing on injury prevention with the theme Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow. Older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the population. Unintentional injuries to this population result in millions of medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year. With a focus on safety during Older Americans Month, the Administration for Community Living plans to use
this opportunity to raise awareness about this critical issue. By taking control of their safety, older Americans can live longer, healthier lives. So, this month, take a fresh look at your surroundings and look for ways you could reduce the risk of accidents. It will help make sure you have the healthiest possible tomorrow.
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Finding Peace and Solace After the Loss of a Loved One BY VICTORIA SCHMIDT
osing someone you love is devastating. You have grief, pain, sadness, bewilderment and, even with the comfort of family and friends, you may feel very much alone. But, you are not alone. There are those you can call on to help you through the four stages of life that lead you to peace and solace…or you may undertake them on your own.
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of your life? Not to worry. The time it takes is different for everyone.
Stage One The First Hurdle: The Shock and the Grief – Grieve. Cry. Talk…a lot. Grieve more. Grieve as long as it takes. Don’t punish yourself. Then, let go of your grief. Laugh, a lot. Evangelist Billy Graham, says, “Sometimes we need to be alone with our grief and memories. We just need to guard against making this our only response, for it’s not healthy.”
Stage Four New Life Options… Adventures – If you are ready to move on there are limitless options to consider: Single? A new significant other or a different type of relationship. Unconditional Love? Adopt a pet. Volunteer work, a new job, your dream job. Pleasurable pursuits, travel, new friends, take in the arts. Pursuits with a purpose, helping others. Pack up and move, when the time is right.
Stage Three The Bridge…The Passage – Have you achieved emotional and physical renewal along with financial security? Are you prepared to move on? Or should you repeat some of the steps in Stages One and Two to assure you are empowered to take charge
Victoria D. Schmidt’s book is “Finding Solitary Contentment: Ways to Handle Grief and Embrace a New Life.”
Stage Two The Renewal – Prepare for your life without your lost loved one. Identity crisis? Learn to know yourself. Go slowly. Set goals. Have a plan. If you are alone, enjoy the unexpected gains of life alone: exercise, meditate, relax, be kind to yourself. Attain financial security.
Experiencing even some of the steps of the Four Stages of Life is, in itself, a distraction from your loss and sadness to help you move on. While you handle your grief, achieve renewal and undertake one or more of the adventures, you may come to realize and accept why it is you who are still here. You have happy memories to cherish, wonders in the world to enjoy and rewards from reaching out to help others. You will find solace and peace. It is just a matter of dedication and time!
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f you’ve been thinking about bringing a four-legged friend into your life, there has never been a better time. Manatee County Animal Services is full and loving homes are needed for dogs. While taking on a dog is a committment, they can provide years of companionship, help reduce stress, ward off depression and keep you healthy and active. Taking home a dog is easy; all adoptions include spay/neuter,
vaccinations, health check and microchip. All a resident must do is purchase a county dog license. Stop by one of the two Animal Services locations: Palmetto, 305 25th St. W.; Bradenton, 1002 B., Manatee Ave. W.; and take advantage of adoption specials today. Every animal deserves a good home. Preview dogs by visiting mymanatee. org/pets, or call 941-742-5933 for info.
Why Happiness Matters
BY HENRY S. MILLER
lthough some would have you think otherwise, the uniquely human pursuit of happiness is not merely some frivolous idle-time activity for the fortunate few. Far from it. Instead, it is a serious pursuit—a duty and responsibility for each of us. Being in a positive, optimistic and happy frame of mind seems to be what allows some humans to be more successful than others in obtaining life’s essentials: food, shelter, social support, even a mate. So it has always been and so it continues today. And if you still doubt the seriousness of pursuing a happier life, consider your loved ones. Fulfilling the duty of being happy benefits not just yourself but also those closest to you. The Benefits Most of the benefits of living a happier life are familiar, yet they are powerful and seemingly endless—and they far outweigh the costs and work needed to achieve this state:
• Success. Overall, happy people are more successful across multiple major domains of life including work, social relationships, income and health. In addition, the relationship between happiness and success seems to be reciprocal: not only can individual success—whether in love or at work—contribute to feelings of happiness, but happiness also results in more success. • Personally. Happy people more frequently exhibit characteristics such as being strikingly energetic, decisive and flexible. They are more creative, more helpful to those in need, more self-confident, more forgiving, more charitable, more sociable, and more loving. Compared to unhappy people, happier people are more trusting, more loving, and more responsive. They have greater self-control, can tolerate frustration better, are less likely to be abusive, are more lenient, and demonstrate enhanced coping skills.
• Socially. Happy people have more friends, richer social interactions, correspondingly stronger social support and experience longer and more satisfying marriages.
• Work. In addition to bringing all their positive personal attributes to work, happy people have been proven to be more likely to perform better, achieve greater productivity and deliver a higher quality work product. They tend to receive a higher income as a result. • Physical health. Happy people experience less pain, are often in better health, are more active with more energy and even, not surprisingly, live longer. They have lower stress levels and stronger immune systems that fight disease more effectively. By comparison, stressed and depressed people are more vulnerable to various illnesses. • Mental health. Happy individuals construe daily situations and major life events in relatively more
positive and more adaptive ways that seem to reinforce their happiness. They are also less likely to exaggerate any criticism, however slight, that they may receive, as opposed to unhappy individuals who react to life experiences in negative ways that only reinforce their unhappiness. What’s at Stake Remember that one day, you will be sitting on that proverbial rocking chair on some front porch or veranda, maybe overlooking the ocean, and a stranger will sit down beside you and politely ask: “So, what did you do in your life?” What will you say? The stakes are high. The price of unhappiness is steep. And life is short. (Excerpted from the book The Serious Pursuit of Happiness: Everything You Need to Know to Flourish and Thrive)
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Wherever You Live In Manatee County There Is A Walgreens Store Nearby
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Healthy Ways to Spice Up Your Summer BBQ
n old-fashioned summer cookout is not always a healthy affair, but you can convert a fatty-food blitz into a healthy and tasty menu:
Blueberry-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
It is not every day that you get a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce that also boasts a healthy dose of antioxidants. Try it with beef, chicken, pork or grilled shrimp.
• Throw some unexpected foods on the grill, like peaches, asparagus or even bread. • Incorporate veggies into your BBQ menu by making kebabs instead of burgers.
Recipe • Cut the calories in your potato salad, coleslaw and macaroni salad by using mustard, vinegar or lowfat yogurt instead of mayonnaise. • Chicken gets a fresh burst of flavor when you cut back on salt and season it with fresh or dried herbs, vinegars or citrus juices.
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1 Tbsp canola oil 1 small red onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 to 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped 1/2 c bourbon 2 c fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries 1/2 c ketchup 1/3 c cider vinegar 2 Tbsp brown sugar 1 Tbsp molasses 1/8 tsp ground allspice Cook onion in oil over medium heat 2 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeno, stirring and cooking, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bourbon, increase heat to high and bring to a boil; cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Stir in blueberries and remaining ingredients; return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes. May be made ahead and refrigerated.
Asian Barbecue Sauce
1/3 cup ketchup 1/4 cup Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce 2 Tbsp rice-wine vinegar 2 tsp minced fresh ginger 1 1/2 tsp chile-garlic paste
Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl. Brush on meat before grilling. May be made ahead and refrigerated.
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y the time the Country Music Cruise docked in Fort Lauderdale this past January, passengers had taken to calling it the greatest fan fest on the high seas. They were surprised, and then some, that their weeklong cruise through the Caribbean wasn’t just back-to-back concerts, perfect days by the pool and visits to postcard-perfect island towns. Already the stuff vacation dreams are made of, the Country Music Cruise turned out to be seven days of getting up close and personal with country superstars who dropped by cooking seminars, classes on songwriting, guitar playing and jewelry making, line dancing lessons, and even each other’s concerts. “The level of interaction between our guests and the country stars was amazing,” explained Mike Jason, Senior Vice President of Live Entertainment, StarVista Entertainment/ Time Life and Executive Producer of The Country Music Cruise. “We’re so excited about it that we’re planning even more events for the 2015 cruise, with special meet and greets, autograph sessions, photo opportunities, panels where artists share their stories in front of audiences and live interviews. At last count, we had 30 events scheduled and are still developing more.” That’s music to any country fan’s ears, who will get to sail with Martina McBride, Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Asleep At The Wheel, Restless Heart, Wade Hayes, Bryan White, The Roys, Canadian newcomer Brett Kissel and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys when the Country Music Cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on January 18, 2015. Lorianne Crook of the long running “Crook and Chase” television show will return as the special cruise host.
“To be able to have this many country stars in one place and to really get to sit down with them and talk to them about old times and memories that we’ve shared together is incredible,” said Crook about the star-studded cruise. “It’s great to be in such an intimate environment and so close to the audience,” added Martina McBride, who is planning something special for fans during her performances on the cruise. “We are incorporating some of the hits into the new show. They will be slightly different arrangements, but of course still recognizable. Me and the band are looking forward changing it up a little bit.”
blue water, this wonderful ship, the great events, the fabulous food, old friends, new friends, what could be bad about that? I love it.” The 2015 Country Music Cruise will sail from January 18 through 25 with concerts that quite literally fill the days and nights. With more than 50 shows in all, the “floating Nashville” is topped off by a Gospel Hour and a surprise tribute to a country music legend that will bring many of the Country Music Cruise artists together on stage for one all-star performance. Fans will hear 62 number 1 hits and 164 Top 10 smashes, and will have fun guessing which of Charley Pride’s 29 number 1’s he’ll be packing in his suitcase. The karaoke club, pool parties, trivia and dance contests, country music-themed films and documentaries and the nowlegendary Corn Hole Tournament keep the party—and the fun—going. And the food never stops coming, capped off by a Red, White and Blue Barbeque Martina McBride and special southern food selections at every meal. Charley Pride This year guests will enjoy a special exclusive afternoon on the private island of Half Moon Cay with its white sand beaches, glittering ocean bay, tropical fare and spirits. Holland America’s m/s luxurious Eurodam ship will travel from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau (Bahamas), St. Thomas, St. Croix and Half Moon Cay before returning to Fort Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Lauderdale. Cabin rates start at just The Gatlin Brothers had such a $2,150 per person, and include tickets great time on January’s cruise that to every single concert, all meals they’ll be coming back to perform and a wide selection of activities. on the 2015 voyage. “When I was Cabins on the Country Music a little boy and they told me ‘we’re Cruise 2015 can be booked going to pay you to sing’—I knew by visiting the website www. that was a good deal,” Larry Gatlin CountryMusicCruise.com or by joked. “When you throw in all that calling (toll-free) 855-332-6868.
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life-size model of a cosmonaut floats near the ceiling. A few feet away a green Statue of Liberty holds aloft a plasticized chocolate sundae. And sitting next to me are two men who might, just might, be making a deal that will change my life. This is Buck’s of Woodside, a restaurant in the hills surrounding California’s Silicon Valley. It’s a place known for comfort food, quirky décor and big deals, like the ones that resulted in funding for Hotmail, Netscape and PayPal.
This transformation from a region of bountiful orchards to one filled with some of the world’s most renowned high tech companies began just a few miles from Buck’s in a small garage at 367 Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. In 1939, Stanford graduates Bill Hewlett and David Packard pooled their life savings ($538) in order to start a small electronics company. Today Hewlett-Packard ranks 43rd on Fortune’s 2013 list of the world’s largest companies, and the small garage is on the National Register of Historic Places. The sign out front dubs the garage the “Birthplace of Silicon Valley.” My husband dubs the $538 a good investment.
“The Valley,” as it’s generally called, is centered in the fertile farmland between Palo Alto and San Jose. “This area was paradise back in the Sixties,” says Phil Consentino, who owns J & P Farms, the last commercial orchard in San Jose. Since then, the valley’s population has increased six-fold, and flourishing fruit trees have been cut down to make room for middle-class homes and apartments.
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Comfortable shoes are a necessity here where workplaces are not clustered in high-rises but sprinkled across “campuses”—a word that connotes low-slung buildings interspersed with large open spaces and youth and conviviality. Some companies provide their employees with bicycles. Except for the Apple store, the buildings are closed to visitors, so we move on to Castro Street in the town of Mountain View.
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• The 400-year-old King James Version of the Bible is far from dead (half of the individuals and twofifths of the congregations surveyed still prefer the King James Bible). • Among African Americans: 70 percent said they read the Bible outside of public worship services (compared to 44 percent for whites, 46 percent for Hispanics and 28 percent for all other races).
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• Roughly half of Americans have read religious scripture outside of a public worship service in the past year. • Most of those people read at least monthly, and 9 percent of all Americans read every day.
• Women were more likely to read than men; older people were more likely to read than younger; Southerners were more likely to read than those of any other region. • Psalm 23 – which begins “The Lord is my shepherd” – was the most popular Biblical passage.
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Fur Pet’s Sake dominant anti-cat personality, he and The Girls were not disturbed by the other’s presence. We Are Family! Frankie Sparks flew and His Sisters and Me between Zoe and ove over, sister The Girls, howSledge! There’s a new ever. Lesson: family in town. And, there’ll opposite sex be no “Cats from Hell” in cats have greater this family, Jackson Galaxy! acceptance of Over the past two months each other. I have shared my story of After two The Brown Feline Family inheriting two cats, and my weeks, the attempts to integrate them Cat Cave door into my existing two-cat was open full time (except at meal family. Most people thought me time). The cat tower was moved to crazy to take two sets of older adult the back porch, with The Girls using cats, throw them into a small home the cat door to access it (dumb and and expect them to live a harmonidumber Zoe and Frankie haven’t ous indoor life together. Well, the figured it out yet). Feather and mouse cats have taught this so-called cat toys were used to entice Zoe and expert a few things along the way, The Girls to bond and display their and I’m thrilled to tell our story. cooperative hunting skills, while Since cat societies are femaleFrankie watched (typical). Everyone centered and hostile to cats unfamiliar got a chance to claim their favorite to the colony, I prepared my home litter box (with no accidents!). Catnip and my cats before moving day. I created abusive drunks, so the home created a safe room (the Cat Cave) for was made drug-free. Bullies were my new additions, and enriched my banished and fed last. Undercats home to provide areas to hide, perch, (feline underdogs?) were rewarded play and enjoy the outdoor wildlife. with treats, other privileges, and fed Pheromones and Prozac, and Cabernet first. Little by little, everyone learned Sauvignon were used to reduce to play nice with one another. their and my anxiety, respectively. Eight weeks later, all four kids act Lucy and Libby (The Girls) moved like they’ve lived their entire lives into the Cat Cave, separated from together. Three sleep with me and Frankie and Zoe by a door with a they share their toys, food bowls and screened viewing window and curtain. mom. Rarely is a cross word heard. Libby retreated to the closet and Lucy to the vanity cabinet. Within days, The Girls emerged and started pushing the curtain aside to check out the home and their step siblings, with much trash talking resulting. They checked out the views of the bird feeders and bath and explored the shelves and high perches. I ate breakfast Kate Brown, DVM is the owner and read the newspaper in the Cat and medical director of Brandt Cave so they could get used to me. Veterinary Clinic in Nokomis, Florida, After one week, I began to leave the a Cat Friendly Practice awarded by door open under supervision. Zoe the American Association of Feline threw a couple of harmless punches Practitioners. Visit their website at at Libby, and Frankie checked out www.brandtvetclinic.com or email their food bowls. Despite Frankie’s her at firstname.lastname@example.org. BY KATE BROWN, DVM
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Memorial Day is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
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1,000 kids (50 percent) in Sarasota County are on free or reduced lunch during the school year. During the summer, when school is out, those kids may go without regular meals. We are encouraging residents to “empty their shelves” and make a cash gift so no child in our community goes hungry. Here are ways you can help:
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