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On Life and Love after 50

Tom Blake

In Mature Dating, Does an Age Difference Matter?

Mature dating is a challenge. Toss in an age difference between partners, and the challenge is even greater. Take the case of Ben and Janice, for example. He emailed me, “I am an Arkansas guy in love with a California girl. I am 77 and my lady, Janice, is 68. We are both very concerned about our age difference; therefore, your articles provide us with much insight. What do you think about the age difference?” I asked Ben for more details. He responded: “I was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. I left home for college, the University of Arkansas, at age 17. I was a ROTC cadet and was commissioned in the Air Force shortly after graduation. I am a retired Air Force colonel.

“I was a widower and living in Southern California, when one day I stopped at a Starbucks in Anaheim Hills. I was sitting there with a cappuccino and Janice walked in, and that changed my life forever. “She ordered a coffee and turned around, and I spoke to her. After


an hour of conversation, I asked her to meet for dinner the next Saturday. We had three dinner dates in May 2016, before I left to visit my daughters in Virginia and Arkansas. “I returned to California on the first of August, and we have been together ever since. Janice is the love of my life. “We are talking and planning a

life together. We have agreed that we will set the marriage date and place on July 15, my 78th birthday. We are living in California now but will be moving to my new home in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, in the fall. “Janice is still working and considering retirement this September/October when we marry.” Tom’s response: My feeling is Ben, at 77, and Janice, at 68, should not worry about the age difference. He most likely will pass away first—maybe not—but so what? Why not enjoy these years together? He has found the love of his life; they should enjoy the relationship every minute of every day. An issue bigger than the age difference is the change of lifestyle,

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primarily for Janice. Will she be happy not working? Will she be happy living in Arkansas? Has Janice visited Arkansas yet? Also, since they plan to marry, they both need to agree regarding all legal matters. I suggest both consult attorneys, so both sides are equally represented. The agreement must be in writing. The biggest issue that can cause difficulty with couples is financial, especially if there are children and grandchildren in the mix. The nine-year age difference, in this case, is a non-issue. If two people love each other and

have a wide age difference (even much, much wider than Ben and Janice), the relationship can still work nicely—if they honestly discuss and address the age-difference issues, particularly regarding children, financial issues, potential health problems, and legal issues. Communication in all relationships is critical, and with these two, particularly so. I asked my newsletter readers for their opinions about Ben and Janice. Here is what four of them said: Marta, Montreal: “To each his own. Just don’t grow a ratty, gray

ponytail and date an 18-year-old— then you look stupid!” Terry Lee, financial advisor: “Regarding financials, lots and lots of problems (arise) with everybody when financials are not discussed and written down—and yes, for sure, each meet with his or her own financial person.” Robin, police department administrator: “It has more to do with maturity level in each party. Age shouldn’t have much to do with the dating equation, unless you have one person underage, by law standards.”

Mary Lou, bar exam tutor: “It is very important to get independent legal advice, and get a prenup in writing. That will ease the minds of the children and make for a much less stressful life; plus, they will both be protected in the event things go south.” Mature dating is difficult enough. Forget the age difference and enjoy each other. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to www.

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By Megan Joyce When I met Dean Rust at his home to take a tour of his nearby bluebird boxes, he stepped outside and indicated the borrowed golf cart we would be riding on. I could see him immediately take notice of my lightweight sweater. He expressed concern I would be chilly during our breezy ride. But the unusually warm latewinter weather made it a pleasant excursion through a scenic golf course’s seventh fairway, which adjoins Rust’s backyard and hosts the 43 bluebird boxes he dutifully attends for two hours each Monday morning during spring and summer. His quiet observation and genuine concern for my well-being perfectly mirror the detailed care and devotion he applies to the area’s bluebird population. As president of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the North American Bluebird Society with active members in all 67 counties, Rust chairs the organization’s quarterly board meetings, pens a president’s message for each newsletter, and presides over the state BSP conference each spring. BSP’s mission is to protect, enjoy, and propagate the eastern bluebird, whose population plunged more than 90 percent between 1920 and 1970, likely due to pesticides, changes in farming practices, and lack of nesting cavities. Since 1978, however, bluebirds have made an impressive recovery with help from citizen-science conservation efforts throughout the U.S. and Canada, Rust said. “This problem was answered by encouraging people to build nest boxes for bluebirds from coast to coast. And it was successful!” he said. BSP’s 1,071 members conduct research relating to bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds, including their food sources and

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habitats. Members also build, maintain, and monitor bluebird boxes and trails. “Today in Central Pennsylvania, we have an evergrowing bluebird population,” Rust said. “People are starting to see bluebirds in their yards and farms like the good ol’ times of the 1920s.” Rust’s favorite BSP “job” is serving as the point person for the President’s Hotline Forum on BSP’s website (, where people from all over the country can email him bluebirdrelated questions. “This has allowed me to connect with bluebird lovers all

over the U.S. … People have even joined our organization from other states via the President’s Hotline Forum,” Rust said. “It seems like I am involved 365 days a year in some way as BSP president.” After retiring from his general dentistry practice of 33 years, Rust joined his local BSP chapter in 2005 and became its county coordinator shortly thereafter. He describes himself as having been “caught” by the charm of bluebirds. “I think it is their beauty; soft, warbling song; and their calm demeanor,” he said. “They are also hardworking, dedicated parents when attending to their young.” Surprisingly social creatures that seem to enjoy the presence of people, bluebirds lay an average of four or five eggs per clutch. After the final egg is laid, the female incubates the clutch 12-14 days until the eggs hatch, usually within hours of each other. When monitoring his 16 bluebird trails, Rust checks that the nesting boxes remain intact, clean, and free of predators— snakes can wriggle their way up bluebird-box poles and coil inside, as Rust can attest, having been startled by such an unexpected occupant on at least one occasion. Rust also closely watches the progress of every nest, doing whatever he can to ensure the success of each feathered family. “I never tire of seeing a neat, cup-shaped nest of white pine needles or grasses and five newly laid bluebird eggs shining back at me,” Rust said. After the eggs hatch, both parents feed the young and keep the nest clean for another 17-18 days until the babies fledge and can leave the nest. Then, the parents continue to care for the young for another three weeks, teaching them how to forage for insects. Rust likes to recount the story of one particularly dedicated pair of bluebird parents from please see BLUEBIRDS page 18

It Was 50 Years Ago Today

‘I Got Rhythm’ Randal Hill

George and Ira Gershwin’s iconic “I Got Rhythm” came from the 1930 musical Girl Crazy, which saw Ethel Merman make her Broadway debut and Ginger Rogers become a star. Three versions of the song soon ran up the hit record charts. Fast-forward to 1967. The popular music world is often defined by psychedelic experimentation, drugs, long hair, and funky outfits. Enter a vocal group of four cleancut, short-haired, suit-wearing New Jersey guys, looking more Wall Street than Woodstock. They say they want to record older songs—some from as far back as the 1920s and 1930s—in the hope of achieving success alongside the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and Jefferson Airplane. Hmm. Well, good luck, guys. For the Happenings, this offbeat approach landed them on Billboard ’s Hot 100 nine times from 1966 to 1969. The cocky quartet liked to take “oldies” and add their own spin— rich, tight vocal harmonies wrapped around upbeat tempos, elaborate orchestration defining each punchedup remake, and the strong, confident tenor/falsetto of Bob Miranda out front. Somehow, this worked. “We all came from Paterson, New Jersey,” Miranda explained on “We met one night at a dance in East Paterson. We actually met in the men’s room, ’cause that’s where all the singers were. The echo. We sounded pretty darned good, so we decided to get together.” They became the Four Graduates and for a couple of years sang in Catskills resorts (“for peanuts”) to gain exposure and experience. Miranda later became a $25-a-week songwriter in the music-publishing office of the Tokens, former singers who had hit No. 1 with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” years earlier. When the Tokens started a record label called B.T. Puppy, they cast about for talent. Miranda brought in

kicked into high gear moments later, being odd at his other three best or, at worst, the listener was hopelessly hooked. Graduates and just plain crazy. “‘I Got Rhythm’ was a natural for auditioned. “They loved But the New us,” Miranda explained. “There was so much space in the song for us to put us!” he said Jersey crew these unique vocal hooks … We just firmly believed later. they were on the knew when we played it back that it The Four Graduates right track. For was a hit. It just sounded so natural, their remake, and everything seemed to be there.” morphed And it was. into the more Bob Miranda The original tune was, of course, composed modernunfamiliar to most Happenings fans. a brief sounding Photo taken by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson. When Bob Miranda was asked who introduction: Happenings Bob Miranda of The Happenings, 2008. “In this vast wrote the song and he would answer and were soon that it was George Gershwin, the on their way and troubled “I Got Rhythm” world, we response was sometimes, “Oh, is he in to AM-radio The Happenings the group?” stardom. sometimes lose June 1967 our way / But I For the am never lost; I feel this way because group, choosing to record the jazz Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian …” standard “I Got Rhythm” probably who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be Once the Happenings’ version struck many in the music business as reached at

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Dutch for a Day By Andrea Gross

The day is sunny, the weather a bit chilly but still pleasant. I shade my eyes and look up at a row of four-story brick buildings fronted by a small patch of green grass. The buildings themselves are rather plain; each floor appears to contain two apartments. Here, in Amsterdam’s Rivierenbuurt neighborhood, a 30minute tram ride from downtown, I can see how ordinary people go about their daily lives, oblivious to the touristy hubbub of the central city. It’s the sort of place I might live had I been born Dutch. It’s also the place where 75 years ago this month — in June 1942 — an ordinary young girl celebrated her 13th birthday. Her favorite present was a small autograph book that her father had purchased at the corner bookstore.

The Riviernbuurt neighborhood, where Anne Frank and her family lived before going into hiding, is a middle-class neighborhood of small shops and wide streets. Less than a month later this girl, whose name was Anne Frank, and her family were forced into hiding to escape the Nazi onslaught.

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A statue of Anne Frank stands in the small park near the apartment building where she lived as a child.

For Anne the ordinary pursuits of childhood came to an abrupt end. No more playing marbles with her friends. No more jumping rope in the

summer and ice skating in the winter. Cut off from schoolmates who would have filled her autograph book with best wishes and witty sayings, Anne used her birthday present as a diary, one that has been translated into 70 languages and sold more than 30 million copies. A small child comes over and touches my hand. “You lost?” she asks in halting English. “I’m looking for Anne Frank’s house,” I say. She points to a window on third floor of one of the buildings. “That’s where Anna lived when she was little.” The Franks’ apartment, where they lived from 1934, when they emigrated from Germany, until 1942, when they went into hiding, now serves as a retreat for aspiring writers. Although it’s been restored to look as it did when

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Anne Frank liked to explore the streets that line the canals of central Amsterdam. the Franks lived there, it’s only open to the public on special occasions. The child leads me to a bronze statue at the end of the park. It depicts a teenage girl gazing wistfully at the row of apartment buildings. It is the only official recognition of the fact that this is the neighborhood that nurtured Anne Frank. “Anna is saying goodbye to her home,” says our new friend. She also says goodbye, and my husband and I walk a few blocks to the Montessori school that Anne attended from 1934 to 1941. The building, which is still a functioning Montessori school, is painted in pastel colors overlaid with quotes from the diary of its most famous student. Finally we stop at Boekhandel Jimmink, the corner bookstore where Anne’s father purchased his daughter’s birthday present. We ask if they have replicas of the famous diary. The clerk points to a small stack of books on a back table. “We don’t get much call for these,” he says apologetically. “Not a lot of tourists come here, and among locals Harry Potter outsells Anne Frank.” We continue our search for Anne’s childhood haunts in central Amsterdam, an area that today is filled with galleries and small shops. Anne loved to explore the narrow streets near her father’s offices, which were in stately homes along the Singel and Prinsengracht canals. She also spent many happy hours at the nearby Bloemenmarkt, the only floating flower market in the world.

Anne Frank could glimpse the spires of Westerkerk Church from a window in the Secret Annex. The Secret Annex, where the Franks spent two years hiding from the Nazis, is only a few blocks away. Unlike her old neighborhood, her hiding place is one of the most visited sites in the Netherlands. The line to get in stretches around the block. A few months later, on a different trip in a different country, we attend a talk by a Holocaust survivor. Quite by chance the speaker is Hannah Goslar, one of Anne’s closest friends, the one referred to in her diary as Lies (a Dutch contraction of the name Elisabeth). Hannah was one of the last people Anne saw before she died in the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen in March 1945, a few months before her 16th birthday. “I grew up in the apartment downstairs from Anna Frank,” she begins. “Has anyone been to that part of Amsterdam?” We raise our hands. “I haven’t been back in years,” she says softly. “Tell me, what is it like today?” We tell her that as we walked to the school that she and Anne attended, we saw a menorah in the window of a firstfloor apartment. She smiles. “You know,” she says, “in her diary Anna wrote that ‘despite everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.’ Perhaps she was right.” For an expanded version of this article, go to Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (


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• Always jump in feet first to check the depth before diving into any body of water. • Never dive in the shallow end of the pool or into above-ground pools. Fun on the Water Boating, tubing, and other water sports can be great fun but can also be dangerous. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, nearly 71 percent of all boating fatalities are drownings, 85 percent of which are a result of not wearing a life jacket. Here is what you can do to enjoy the water safely: • Always have children wear a Coast Guard-approved, properly fitted life jacket while on a boat, around an open body of water, or when participating in water sports. • Educate yourself. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 86 percent of boating accident deaths involve boaters who have not completed a safety course. • Always check water conditions and forecasts before going out on the water. Fire Safety Simplified According to the CDC, more than 300 children ages 19 and under are treated in emergency rooms for fire- and burn-related injuries each day. please see SAFE SUMMER page 12

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sleep there. Often you’ll find better hotel rates and cheaper restaurants a few miles outside city limits. Go to the grocery store. Avoid the overpriced hotel gift shops for snacks and drinks. You should be able to find a local grocery store where you can buy cheaper (and healthier) supplies for your travels. Drive efficiently. Before an extended trip, check your engine. Oil, air filters, and other components can affect your vehicle’s performance. On the highway, keep your speed between 50 and 60 mph for the best fuel efficiency. Don’t use drive-through windows at fast-food restaurants; idling your car while waiting for your food wastes gas and pollutes the air.

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June 6, 1:30 p.m. Grief Support Group Phoenixville Senior Center 153 Church St., Phoenixville (610) 327-7216

Coatesville Area Senior Center – (610) 383-6900 250 Harmony St., Coatesville – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. – Going Fit Exercise Program June 1 and 15, 11 a.m. to noon – Veterans Coffee Club June 14 and 28, 1-2 p.m. – Bingo

June 6 and 20, 5-6:30 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Main Line Unitarian Church 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon (610) 585-6604 Nondenominational; all are welcome. June 6 and 20, 6:30-8 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Brandywine Hospital Conference Room 2N 201 Reeceville Road, Coatesville (610) 998-1700, ext. 226 June 7, 6 p.m. Memory Loss and Dementia Support Group Sunrise Assisted Living of Paoli 324 W. Lancaster Ave., Malvern (610) 251-9994 June 12 and 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon Caregiver Support Group Adult Care of Chester County 201 Sharp Lane, Exton (610) 363-8044

June 13, 7 p.m. Hearing Loss Support Group Christ Community Church 1190 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester (610) 444-445 June 13 and 27, 6:30-8 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Jennersville Hospital Conference Room B 1015 W. Baltimore Pike, West Grove (610) 998-1700, ext. 226 June 14, 1:30 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sarah Care 425 Technology Drive, Suite 200, Malvern (610) 251-0801 June 20, 6 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sunrise of Westtown 501 Skiles Blvd., West Chester (610) 399-4464 June 28, 6 p.m. Living with Cancer Support Group Paoli Hospital Cancer Center 255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli (484) 565-1253

Community Programs Free and open to the public June 1, 7:30 p.m. Compassionate Friends Valley Forge Chapter Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 132 E. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia (484) 919-0820 June 3 and 17, 5-10 p.m. Bingo Night Marine Corps League Detachment 430 Chestnut St., Downingtown (610) 429-8174 June 6, 11:30 a.m. West Chester University Retirees Luncheon For restaurant location, please email darsie@

June 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chester County 50plus EXPO Church Farm School 1001 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton (610) 675-6240 June 20, noon AARP Valley Forge Chapter Meeting St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church 203 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon (610) 647-1823 If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to for consideration.

Parks And Recreation June 3, 4-8 p.m. – Community & Trails Day Celebration, Exton Park Site/Chester Valley Trail June 4, 2-3 p.m. – Hike for the Physically Challenged, Black Rock Sanctuary June 10, 10-11 a.m. – Bluebirds on the Farm

Downingtown Senior Center – (610) 269-3939 983 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown – Weekdays, 9 a.m. – Games and Puzzles Tuesdays, 1 p.m. – Quiddler Word Game Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – Historical Study of Biblical Times Great Valley Senior Center – (610) 889-2121 47 Church Road, Malvern Kennett Area Senior Center – (610) 444-4819 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square – Oxford Senior Center – (610) 932-5244 12 E. Locust St., Oxford – Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m. – Paint Class Phoenixville Area Senior Center – (610) 935-1515 153 Church St., Phoenixville – West Chester Area Senior Center – (610) 431-4242 530 E. Union St., West Chester – Thursdays, 1 p.m. – WCASC Chorus Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.

LIBRARY PROGRAMS Downingtown Library, 330 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (610) 269-2741 June 20, 10-11 a.m. – Book Walkers June 20, 6:30 p.m. – Crafters Makers Space June 22, 6:30 p.m. – Reading the Classics Paoli Library, 18 Darby Road, Paoli, (610) 296-7996 Mystery Book Club – Call for dates/times Phoenixville Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville, (610) 933-3013 Spring City Library, 245 Broad St., Spring City, (610) 948-4130 Tredyffrin Library, 582 Upper Gulph Road, Strafford, (610) 688-7092 West Chester Library, 415 N. Church St., West Chester, (610) 696-1721 50plus LIFE u

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Is This Thing On?

Spring into Your Calendar! Abby Stokes

I know that old habits die hard, but sometimes it’s worth the trouble to let the old be replaced by the new. The calendar app on your smartphone and tablet is one of these worthwhile temptations. I’m familiar with that big, old, leatherbound calendar that you’ve used forever—the one where you buy the fresh pages every year to insert. Maybe all of your treasured addresses are in the same book. I had one too. It was my bible, but I got so anxious about losing it that I

would copy pages rather than take it with me on vacation. Well, here’s the great benefit when using technology to keep track of your events, birthdays, and doctor appointments: The information won’t

information into your digital calendar—whether on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—all the events get synched across all your devices almost instantaneously. So, if you lose your phone (heaven forbid!), you can

get lost, and you can carry it in your pocket or pocketbook. When you enter contact

still access the calendar from your computer. If using the app on your smartphone isn’t comfortable because of the phone’s small size, you can always access the calendar on your computer and do your inputting there with that nice, big keyboard. May I suggest what I did to make the transition from paper to digital easier? Keep both the old-fashioned calendar, where you write in and scratch out what’s changed, and the new, digital one simultaneously until you get used to the new system and trust it. For me, that was a couple of months, and then I let the old system take a permanent vacation.


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A Calendar by Any Other Name Is Still a Calendar Depending on your device and your preference, you can set up your calendar to work with Apple’s iCloud, Google Calendar, or Microsoft’s Outlook. Truth be told, most devices are much friendlier now, so any of those choices should work on almost all devices. A good way to make the decision is to think about who is the most likely person to be helpful should you have questions about how to use the

calendar. Ask them which calendar program they use, and you might want to consider using that one too. A great perk about using a calendar and having it be the same program as someone you share your life with is that you can share a calendar with them too. Do you ever wonder what’s on the grandkids’ schedule? Wonder no more. Ask to be included in the family calendar. Everything can be color coded so you can identify which dates are your events and which are theirs. Other Handy Calendar Features … Not only can you share calendars, but you can also send invitations from your calendar or respond to a calendar invitation in an email. Once you RSVP via the email, the event will automatically be entered into your calendar. If an event is something that repeats, such as a birthday, you can instruct the calendar to repeat it every year indefinitely. Or if it’s something you’ll be doing for the next six weeks, on every Tuesday, you can customize that as well. You can even set up alerts so you’ll receive a reminder, at whatever time you desire, before an appointment. So, now’s the time for you to put it in your calendar that you’re going to start using a digital calendar soon! Abby Stokes, author of “Is This Thing On?” A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming and its companion website,, is the Johnny Appleseed of Technology, singlehandedly helping more than 300,000 people cross the digital divide.

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25. Small drum 27. Youngster 32. Wedge 36. Mantle 37. Revere 38. Getaway places 40. Provided with food 42. True heath 43. Pismires 45. Andy’s chum 46. Impertinent 47. Endures 49. Pigpen

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Groups with Big Hits in the ’50s 1. 1951 – “How High the Moon,” Les P _____ and Mary F _____ 2. 1954 – “Sh-Boom,” The Cr _____ Cu _____ 3. 1954 – “Three Coins in the Fountain,” The Four A _____ 4. 1958 – “Tom Dooley,” The K _____ Trio 5. 1959 – “A Teenager in Love,” D _____ and the B _____

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Such is Life

Nobody Wins in an Argument Saralee Perel

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My husband, Bob, was the first non-Jewish person to marry into my strict Orthodox Jewish family. My parents never called him Bob. They called him Farmer. To them, every man who wasn’t Jewish was a cowhand. I remember one Sunday brunch, when we visited them in their condo in Baltimore. While I was helping Mom serve lox, bagels, and tongue, Dad said to Bob, “So, Farmer, you know why they can’t keep Jewish people in jail?” Bob, always polite (another word for “intimidated to death”), said, “I’m afraid I don’t know.” My father, who laughed so loud at his own jokes we could barely hear the punchlines, said, “Because they eat lox.” Bob didn’t understand. Dad, in hysterics, spelled out the word, “Locks.” We laughed, not at the joke, but at my father’s wonderful nature. When Bob looked warily at the tongue, I whispered, “You don’t have to eat it.” Mother, who could hear a whisper from a coal miner at work, said, “Tongue is to our people the way bacon is to your people. You either love it or you’re wrong.” She brought out cream cheese. In her screwball teaching mode, she said to Bob, “The kosher laws don’t allow meat and dairy at the same meal. But while Moses was schlepping those bulky Ten Commandments around, God declared, ‘Who can eat bagels without a schmear of cream cheese? And lox? You have to ask? Fish goes with everything— except olive loaf. Nothing goes with that.’” “Ma,” I teased, “what exactly did God say about tongue?”

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“He told Moses, ‘Tongue is a must-have!’” Then she added, “Shellfish isn’t kosher, but God decided that Maryland steamed crabs are exempt from any kosher laws.” “Mo-ther! You’re making this stuff up.” “Where were you when the disciples were having a nosh?” And so, although my parents are both gone, my memories of them are filled with love and pain. There were many problems.

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Mom said Dad never “allowed” her to do what she wanted. If only I had put my arms around her and told her she had the strength and courage to make her own decisions—but I didn’t. My parents and I argued a lot. Once we didn’t speak for six months. I shamelessly refused to be big enough to take the first step. I will never get those months back. One day, I broke through my self-centeredness. It was on a Father’s Day. Dad was so touched to hear my voice that he just cried. I said, “I love you, Tateleh (the Yiddish term of endearment for a father). I’m so very, very sorry that I took this long to call.” And then I said, “Will Mom come to the phone?” I expected my mother to be distant. But she wasn’t. She said, “I’ve missed you, Saura Leah (my Hebrew name).” We didn’t discuss what happened. We never did. Maybe that was just as well. “I’ve missed you too, Mamala. I’ve been feeling terrible since this whole thing.” “So have I.” “I love you, Mamala.” “Me too.” That was the finest memory of all. That day when the three of us rose above the need to win. That day when nobody needed to be right. That day when we professed our eternal love. And that day when we hugged each other tightly over a telephone line.

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BLUEBIRDS from page 4 the summer of 2015, when the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament descended upon his neighboring golf course, bringing with it tents, modular trailers, scaffolding, and staging areas—not to mention thousands of people and their attendant golf carts and noise. Rust grew concerned the hubbub would disrupt or potentially cause harm to the nearly four dozen bluebird boxes he tends to along the golf course. One July morning, he discovered a sports-news crew had moved one

bluebird box he knew contained eggs. He found it about 40 feet from its original location, stuck in the ground along with a rain gauge, all within 2 feet of a modular home. Furthermore, the box was tipped 15 degrees from vertical position. “After a deep breath, I opened the box to find five bluebird newborn nestlings,” Rust said. “I saw the [mother] up on the corner of one of the modular homes, and she seemed quite relaxed with her new surroundings. I placed some yellow caution tape around the box and rain

gauge and breathed a sigh of relief.” But Rust prepared himself for the worst, wondering if the parent bluebirds would give up on the relocated nest. Two weeks later, however, he came back to five healthy, full-grown chicks inside; they fledged later that day. “They are truly resilient songbirds. The [tournament] changed the open environment that bluebirds enjoy, hunt for, and thrive on,” Rust noted. “This pair of bluebirds had to adjust to very cramped quarters for just over two weeks to feed and care for their

young family of five.” Rust recently channeled his extensive bluebird expertise into a soft-cover book, The Beloved and Charismatic Bluebird, which he selfpublished with the help of his son, Shaun. The book is now in its second edition and is available on and in numerous bookstores, including Longwood Gardens’ garden shop and several local bird stores. The biggest challenge of bluebird conservation, he said, is motivating those who erect bird boxes to maintain

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a conservation standpoint, but it can also be an excellent hobby to share with your children or grandchildren while enjoying nature and the great outdoors,” he said. “My hope is that bluebirds will inspire a new hobby or develop an appreciation for a special creation that God has given us to enjoy while on the earth.” For more information on the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, visit or call Rust at (717) 669-0167.

A Short History of Flag Day President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 to be Flag Day in 1916, commemorating the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by the Second Continental Congress on that day in 1777. The idea of setting aside a special day to celebrate the U.S. flag wasn’t new, though. One of the earliest observances of Flag Day occurred in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1861, at the suggestion of George Morris, to pray for the preservation of the union at the beginning of the Civil War. In 1885, a Wisconsin schoolteacher named Bernard J. Cigrand held a formal observance of what he called

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Jimmy Toland of Little Tommy and the Elgins and Philadelphia disc-jockey icon Jerry Blavat attended the recent Jerry Blavat Dance Party Fundraiser at Downingtown Area Senior Center. Toland, who credits Blavat for giving his Coatesville-based group their first big break 55 years ago, presented Blavat with a copy of Toland’s new book, which includes a section dedicated to Blavat. The dance party fundraiser benefitted seniors who attend Downingtown Area Senior Center.

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June 2017


This Father’s Day, send a special Dad the legendary flavor of

Wild Alaskan Smoked Copper River Salmon $42 $29 Save 30%! 1 lb. Copper River Smoked Sockeye Fillet (Item #1-02161)


Use code FD156 online at

or by calling 855-211-9738

Copper River, Alaska

Copper River, Alaska

Native coastal tribes first smoked salmon on an open fire over 1,000 years ago. Today, the signature smoked salmon from SeaBear is done in the traditional Northwest style, using premier handfilleted wild Sockeye salmon. Wild Sockeye Copper River Salmon has a rich, red color and moist robust flavor. Each salmon fillet is vacuum-sealed in our famous Gold Seal pouch, then gently cooked in its own juices —this preserves the salmon naturally, so no refrigeration is required until you’re ready to serve.

Discount limited to one per order. O�er expires June 18th 2017 or while supplies last.


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50plus LIFE Chester County June 2017  

50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...

50plus LIFE Chester County June 2017  

50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...