Pass the Bowling Ball

When I was much younger, I remember every Thanksgiving was spent eating, cleaning and then heading over to the bowling alley. My dad just loved to bowl! We had a mound of cousins, aunts, uncles—there were way too many of us to fit in the house! So we all went over and bowled. After, we’d…

Birthdays & Ballots

You won’t believe me, I surely don’t, but I’ve lived through 16 presidents. Way back when I was born on November 8, 1921, Warren G. Harding was the president. And every year that I could, I voted. My choices weren’t always the winner, but at least I voted my piece. My dedication to voting stems…

Resist the Rust: Good Busy-ness is a Brain Boost

A moving mind is a healthy mind. When you’re busy, you don’t have time to think about the aches and pains. You’re uplifted by volunteering, good books and group activities. Doctors agree. Research has shown that keeping busy with activities that inspire and challenge your mind are a real brain boost – regardless of your…

Happy Birthday to Me. Happy Voting Day to You.

I still can’t believe it, but my 95th birthday is right around the corner. No need for cards or calls. What’d I’d really like you to do on my birthday is this: Vote. Yep, my big day falls on November 8th. Don’t just focus on the national election—make sure you know where your local legislative…

A Minnesota Goodbye

Recently, one of my dear friends, Helen Van Allen, at Woodbury passed away. Her nicknames here were Helen #3 and Helen the Tornado (My name was very popular in the 1920s apparently!) She didn’t suffer, which is a blessing. I’ll miss her company a lot, but I feel lucky that we were able to give…

That Time I Met the Vikings

I have a little confession. You’re not going to like my answer to the question: “Are you a Vikings or a Packers fan?” Because I’d just respond, “I’m a golf fan.” Despite this, history would prove that I do have a bit of a Vikings fan in me. Over the years, I’ve watched many games…

Chivalry Isn’t Dead. It’s Just a Little Older.

I’m not afraid to admit it, I’m more than a bit stubborn. But even I can acknowledge that I can’t do it all by myself. A kind gesture goes a long way, and saves me a lot of time and trouble. For instance, I’ll always say thank you to the kind young man who grabbed…

Golden Friendships: How to Make Friends as a Senior

Making friends when you were a kid was so simple. They wanted to play kick the can, so did you. Voilà! Friends for life. But when your hair starts to gray, how to make friends becomes a little grayer, too. At least it was for me. Luckily, you have me and 30 years of attempting…