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The Crabby Old Man

Whether it’s a true story or urban myth, this poem I received today is really beautiful. The story goes that when a crabby old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home, the nurses went through his things and found this poem scrawled on a piece of paper. The news of the poem spread and it was eventually published in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health. I share it with you now and ask you to ponder its meaning. The next time you meet an older person don’t forget they still have the spirit of a young soul within: (more…)

Life is a ball…

I came across this beautiful video on  YouTube that was produced by Eskaton, an assisted living provider in Northern California. It is beautifully written and produced. Send a beautiful message about aging and dignity – “It’s not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts!”

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did!

A Blind Date That Turned into 60 Years

With all of the doom and gloom in the news lately, it was great to come across this happy story from NPR:

CLICK TO LISTEN TO BEN & BERNICE TELL THEIR STORY!

They’ve been together for over a half-century — but Ben and Bernice Finn met on a blind date. It was eight months after the end of World War II, and Ben had recently returned home to Brooklyn, N.Y., after serving in the Army.

“My two best friends were Hank and Eddie,” Ben said. And unlike Ben, they both had girlfriends. So, the two asked Ben if he’d like to go out with them — and a blind date.

“In those days, you wore a suit and a tie when you went on a date,” Ben said.

“I didn’t have a suit to my name. So, I bought a suit to match the tie that I had.”

That sparked a memory from Bernice: “Did it have apples on it?” (more…)

Love Songs – Top 10 Through The Decades

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(photo courtesy of ericwg and flickr) 

AARP has a section called Fun and Games. Last week writer, Richard Gehr, wrote an article entitled, “Top 10 Songs Across The Decades”, which I thought would be of interest to our readers. Are you ready for the countdown? Here we go, starting at number 10 is (more…)

After 55 Living Radio – History Passes Away with WWI Veteran from NPR’s “All Things Considered”

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All Things Considered, February 7, 2008 · Ninety years ago, Harry Richard Landis enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was 18 years old and served about 60 days before World War I came to an end.

Landis died in Florida on Monday at age 108. It is widely believed that Landis’ death leaves only one surviving American veteran of the Great War: 107-year-old Frank Buckles of Charles Town, W.Va.

For more than a decade, photographer David DeJonge has been documenting U.S. veterans of the conflicts of the 20th century. He met Landis at his retirement home near Tampa, Fla., last year.

DeJonge tells Robert Siegel that they talked about the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 and the young soldier’s duties during his brief service in World War I.

“We’re trying to capture the rest of these stories, share them with the world, so they can understand this great war,” DeJonge says.

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In Memory of Mom and Dad

Well, it’s that time of year when memories come flooding back so I may as well let the tears flow. I dedicate this song by my favorite male artist, Josh Grobin, and one of my favorite female artists, Celine Dion, to my mom and dad …