Saturday, April 28, 2012

Living Life to the Fullest

by Lois Jamieson

 “You cannot make life longer, however you can make life larger and bigger”
-        Yuan

I love this quote, especially now that I’m in my 80s. When I was 75 I started a new volunteering career. Since that time my life had not been made longer, but it is larger.

I had to take a BIG step to turn to working at a school for at-risk kids in a crime ridden area of the city. I started as volunteer librarian and then branched out to starting an etiquette/Fashion class for the high school girls, followed by an etiquette class for the lower grade girls. I have shopped for good used books, read to all ages, and become friends with wonderful kids - I call them kids without stuff.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hurdles - The Perils and Joys of Aging

by Phoebe Maurer

Aging is multifaceted. Sometimes we needlessly worry.

Just last week I was scheduled for a CT scan with iodine that should take 2 ½ hours.
My anxiety had increased when I arrived for the test. I was full of questions. Will it really take that long and what about the iodine? To my surprise I was told, “It will only take 5 minutes and you do not need the iodine. Next I was scheduled to have a pulmonary procedure which turned out to be equally as simple. What a waste of time worrying. That is the peril of aging.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Volunteering, a Way of Life

by Lois Jamieson

I’ve been told that this is National Volunteer Week. I don’t know who in the government sits around dreaming up all these special days, weeks, months. But I do know that this one is very dear to my heart.

Volunteering, as a way of life, is a wonderful way to help yourself by giving your precious time to others in need. When you reach out to the person, animal or organization that is requesting your help, it makes you feel good. If you are a “senior”, say over 65, volunteering is a way to stay young. I know that I receive many blessings from volunteering at StarShine Academy.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


by Lois Jamieson


“The ultimate of being successful is the luxury of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do.”
- Leontyne Price

“Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know that, so it goes on flying anyway.”
-Mary Kay Ash

“Dreams ae renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born."
-Dr. Dale Turner