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often in my ego, but moving steadily toward greater consciousness
Retired, but not too retiring, a work still in progress
Interests: making my home homey, balance, Music (making & appreciating), living and dying well, ta'i chi, dancing, cooking, doing crazy things on birthdays.
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I couldn't resist putting this up, either. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Itsa Village
Only because they are beautiful, and we're unlikely to see them any other way... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Itsa Village
I just came across this article from Insight Timer, an app I use and recommend. The app is available from both Google Play and in Apple's App Store. We have mentioned ritual or Practice or routines a time or two. This article explains some of the reasons that Morning Routines might be very useful and what is going on in our bodies when we first wake. Think cortisol and Circadian Rhythms. I tend to be very inconsistent about my mornings. I blame it on the cat or on laziness or on procrastination... At the very bottom, I think all of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Itsa Village
So it would seem. Check out Sophia's story. (reprinted here; the linked version includes photos and links to a few other stories you may find interesting.) "Over the first weeks of July 2016, a strange phenomenon started to unfold in many parts of the world. A mobile game went viral. Streets in Barcelona, Melbourne, Singapore and New York began to fill with hordes digital wayfaring as part of the augmented reality (AR) game, Pokémon Go. The game popularised the digital overlay technique of AR, in which real-time wayfaring could be converged with digital play. In its hey-day, Pokémon Go searches... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Itsa Village
We did not make quorum for this meeting, but since we never established any guidelines for such stuff, we just carried on. Made decisions and everything! The business part of the meeting included talking about the film Antonia's Line that we will watch at our next meeting on July 12, 2019. As a group, we had not really thought through the idea of watching a film and trying to discuss it, when the film itself is about 1:45hr long. The current plan is now this: We'll have dinner and a Show! The meeting will be back to the usual 3:00... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Itsa Village
This doesn't really have anything to do with our Salon, per se, I just really like it. And think that you might, too. The settings won't allow me to embed it here, but you can see it on Vimeo. Sing the Water Song from Sing The Water Song on Vimeo. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Itsa Village
A Clearer Map For Aging: 'Elderhood' Shows How Geriatricians Help Seniors Thrive June 17, 20191:50 PM ET Heard on Fresh Air (link to podcast of interview) "Dr. Louise Aronson says the U.S. doesn't have nearly enough geriatricians — physicians devoted to the health and care of older people: "There may be maybe six or seven thousand geriatricians," she says. "Compare that to the membership of the pediatric society, which is about 70,000." Aronson is a geriatrician and a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She notes that older adults make up a much larger percentage of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Itsa Village
Excerpts: "Keeping a human body upright and moving is a spectacular feat of coordination and reaction under any circumstances. Doing so in the ninth decade of life magnifies rather than diminishes the beauty of this achievement." "It is true that the second half of life includes experiences related to loss, but it is also true that elderhood is not limited to these things. As we age, we encounter an unexpected and highly significant rise in the power of adaptation. The emergence of adaptability is perhaps the most important and least acknowledged of the virtues of aging." Dr. Bill Thomas is/was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Itsa Village
OK, yes...I'm a little stuck on the Time Goes By blog... but look what I found!! She has a whole category called TGB Interviews, here. Here's a direct link to one with Betty White from 2011, when she was only 88! Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Itsa Village
Not much to be said. I love to hear a song writer sing her/his own material. hmmm... 'their' own material... ? Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Itsa Village
90 year old Hollywood Swing Dance legend Jean Veloz dancing with Lindy/ Swing dance instructor Steve Conrad of the Arizona LIndy Hop Society at FatCat Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ Music by Solomon Douglas. Full disclosure: Ms. Veloz danced all her life, much of it professionally. I found this link to notice of her 95th birthday, which includes links to some of her much older material. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Itsa Village
From a famous Older, here's Willie Nelson's latest effort, published on Youtube only a month ago. He's 86 years old now. Some horse lovers and maybe some old women will appreciate this particular song. Ride Me Back Home: And check out this one, published just Last Week. Hear an Older sing about the passage of time in Come On Time: Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Itsa Village
Clara is dead now. But she was a cool old woman who started posting videos to Youtube 12 years ago. She's funny, and tells stories throughout the cooking process. Clara Cannucciari: 98 year old cook, author and great grandmother, Clara, recounts her childhood during the Great Depression as she prepares meals from the era. Learn how to make simple yet delicious dishes while listening to stories from the Great Depression. Clara passed away in 2013. She left us with her recipes and stories and hoped that they would continue to entertain and teach you and your future generations. a video... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Itsa Village
Lyn Burnstine, among many other things, is an inspiring Elder who has a flair for language, sings, and is a repository of knowledge of American Traditional Folk Music. In this video, she sings with her group, "The Merry Wives". She also writes Reader Stories at TGB (blog-Time Goes By). She's the one in the middle. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Itsa Village
Another great meeting. I just LOVE this little sisterhood we're building!! In new business this week, we shared a little energy with Vanessa who was absent with an illness. We celebrated Nona's absence because she's hosting grandchildren! And we missed Nadette and Jessica. Nadette is also hosting grandchildren. What a great way to spend time. I'll just say, "Let us know if we should ship you some extra energy!!" We miss Jessica most of the time; she's still a working woman, and one of us even in absentia. (and in related news (that has nothing directly to do with us),... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2019 at Itsa Village
Time Goes By and Ronni Bennett For so many of the reasons that we started our Salon, you might want to consider reading this blog. Time Goes By is subtitled "What it's really like to get old", and Ronni tells it like it is. I went there today because I wanted to let you know about her. What I found there caught me up short. Ronnie is going thru her 2nd (and last) experience with cancer. She is terminal now and has been given "months or weeks". I can't say enough good things about this blog, and by extension, its... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Itsa Village
Death Cafe is an organization started in England by Jon Underwood, a thoughtful man who has died. They have a strong presence on Facebook, but I don't spend much time there anymore, so I am linking it here. The website is designed to introduce you to Death Cafe, to teach one how to hold such meetings in their local areas, and to present articles and resources on this subject. There are Many good articles linked on the site. Be sure to tell us of your favorites! Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Itsa Village
We are having such interesting conversations around our Topics of the Day, that our recording secretary (namely, me!) is becoming quite lax about taking notes! Today's topic was facilitated by Nona who asked us to consider Hope. I've extracted this from the email she sent before the meeting: The topic is "Hope as Present Tense." As food for thought, here is a quote from Desmond Tutu that I find profound. It sums up my approach to hope. "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." And here are two other jewels about hope:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Itsa Village
Wrinkles Lines on the face, tattoos of aging Life is proved upon the body Like needle-jabs from a blind machine The older one gets, the more one is conscious of aging. We can barely remember childhood innocence and exuberance. We are surprised by the youthful vitality and unmarked face when we see earlier photos of ourselves. When we look in the mirror, we reluctantly acknowledge the aging mask. It seems that there is no escaping the marks of life. Every experience that we have, everything that we do and think is registered upon us as surely as the steady embroidery... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Itsa Village
What Happens When You Drink a Gallon of Water a Day. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Itsa Village
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May 19, 2019
Our First Meeting They will be held on 2nd and 4th Fridays at my house, from 3:00 to 4:30. We set a timer. We spent this meeting speaking about why I called for it. And why each answered the call. We're all interested in aging until we die, and we recognize that this is often tricky. We spent some time introducing ourselves to each other. We talked about possible Topics (a list has evolved; find it in the sidebar) And we clarified a very few RULES: Avoid giving advice; listen for words like "you should", etc. Don't interrupt each other... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Itsa Village
Our second meeting....still feeling our way NWH had attended a presentation on Opioid Addiction and shared some of what she learned. Several shared experiences they had had. Our group seems fairly well committed to avoiding those drugs already. Kate H. had attended a presentation on Pain Management and shared some of that talk with us. A couple of suggestions that we liked were journalling to track pain and identify patterns in it; to ask for PT rather than drugs when possible; and to ask for what we need from each other, such as help with heavy chores or transportation. We... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Itsa Village
Early days; still. Not many notes. Kate facilitated our topic today, asking us What Matters Most, and What no longer Matters. NWH could not attend, but she texted her comments on the subject and I read that text at the meeting. Her comments struck most of us so I repeat them here: "...what matters to me is to have meditative/contemplative conversations with my body, spirit and soul to create a graceful energy leading to the day when all 3 decide to remain pure energy." We spent some time on introductions with our new members: Revin, Angela and Nona. Someone suggested... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Itsa Village
Six of us were here today. We have an ongoing discussion regarding how big this group 'should' be. And we discovered that I had inadvertently left Kate off our email list! oops! Fixed! Some of us agreed that we would like to know the topic for discussion before we meet and some want a reminder of the meeting itself, since we meet on 2nd and 4th Fridays, instead of every week ... For now, I will send those out: the reminder to be the day or two before a meeting, and the announced topic will be sent to the list... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Itsa Village