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What a Mess!

What a Mess!

The experiment to change the theme on this website was a real mess. First, the theme didn't work when I logged out of my WordPress account. I spend a few weeks troubleshooting with the developer. It never worked properly so I tried using a Divi builder...

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It’s Outdated!

I watch entirely too much HGTV. It seems every house is “outdated” in some way. Homes that were perfectly good for us now need granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, space for a “man cave,” and at least two sinks in the master...

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Who Represents Us?

Who looks after the interests of residents living in CCRCs. How about other residents. The Maryland Continuing Care Residents Association  (MaCCRA) is the statewide group of CCRC residents formed into chapters. Right now there are 17 chapters in Maryland...

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Five Year Anniversary

It is hard to believe that five years ago we moved to Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, MD. The move from Warner Robins, GA was smooth. Here is what I wrote in a blog post five years ago. Where does the time go? Here we are heading to a six...

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Sea Days

Sea Days

Non cruisers keep asking me, “What do you do on the sea days?” Not much! That is the beauty of cruising when there are many days in a row with no ports. I like to sleep late, read, explore the ship, try new venues, go to the afternoon movies, walk outside if it is...

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Bermuda

This was our first time in Bermuda. Although we took a van to Hamilton, we didn't spend much time in the city. We did go to the Cathedral for Palm Sunday Mass. The Bishop presided. We walked through town with all the closed shops as we found our way to the...

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Twenty-Five Days on a Ship

Twenty-Five Days on a Ship

TransAtlantic cruising is one of my favorite cruise itineraries. I enjoy the sea days. There is something so relaxing about no schedules, no responsibilities, and no pressure. I do not get stir crazy, I like to see water, and I don't need a constant stream of...

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Task Force Gets Award

Task Force Gets Award

It was a big surprise for me to be called up to the front of the conference center on March 21 to receive the Erickson Living Values Cup on behalf of the Harmonious Living Task Force. This was the first time the cup which recognizes Charlestown Departments...

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Four Years with Apple CHUG

The Apple Charlestown User Group also is known affectionally CHUG marked its fourth anniversary this month. It is hard to believe that I have been organizing programs, doing the website, and sending out notices for four years. [gallery columns="4"...

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Can’t We Just Get Along

Can’t We Just Get Along

We are a diverse community—in beliefs, experience, and background. There is an underlying tension that surfaces when differing viewpoints intersect in the public arena. Case in point; prayer and scripture on the closed-circuit TV channel. A recognized group held...

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What a Mess!

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What a Mess!

The experiment to change the theme on this website was a real mess. First, the theme didn’t work when I logged out of my WordPress account. I spend a few weeks troubleshooting with the developer. It never worked properly so I tried using a Divi builder plug-in that saved some of the design work I attempted. Then my computer started acting up. By acting up, I am talking about my MacBook Pro shutting down while I was at the keyboard. How frustrating! I finally took it to Genius Bar at the Columbia Apple Store. After running the usual...

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It’s Outdated!

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I watch entirely too much HGTV. It seems every house is “outdated” in some way. Homes that were perfectly good for us now need granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, space for a “man cave,” and at least two sinks in the master bath. Web websites need redecorating too. Have you noticed the websites of your bank or shopping site has changed over the years? So has my website. I have tried many different themes over the years. I don’t get enough traffic for people to notice. At least they are kind enough not to...

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Who Represents Us?

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Who looks after the interests of residents living in CCRCs. How about other residents. The Maryland Continuing Care Residents Association  (MaCCRA) is the statewide group of CCRC residents formed into chapters. Right now there are 17 chapters in Maryland CCRCs with many individual members in other communities. I am in the process of recruiting members to form a Charlestown chapter. Why is that important? For the simple reason that our voices need to be heard by legislators and public officials. MaCCRA is the only organization that is solely...

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Five Year Anniversary

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It is hard to believe that five years ago we moved to Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, MD. The move from Warner Robins, GA was smooth. Here is what I wrote in a blog post five years ago. Where does the time go? Here we are heading to a six week mark on the calendar since we moved in. Life is good. The adjustment has been easy for both of us. It has surprised me how fast I got used to having a nice meal every night. We have sampled all the dining venues. We go to the Refectory for dinner before or after Mass, we head to the...

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Sea Days

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Sea Days

Non cruisers keep asking me, “What do you do on the sea days?” Not much! That is the beauty of cruising when there are many days in a row with no ports. I like to sleep late, read, explore the ship, try new venues, go to the afternoon movies, walk outside if it is warm enough, and just relax with the only schedule of getting to meals on time. The gallery of photos are from the days at sea and give you a glimpse of the ship venues. Fort Lauderdale Late Breakfast Atrium Overlook Art Auction Elegant night balloon drop. Celebrated my birthday....

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Bermuda

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This was our first time in Bermuda. Although we took a van to Hamilton, we didn’t spend much time in the city. We did go to the Cathedral for Palm Sunday Mass. The Bishop presided. We walked through town with all the closed shops as we found our way to the ferry. We had discarded that option on arrival but discovered it was the fastest way to get back to the West End. It was cheaper than the van also. It seems like everyone had stopped at the little cafe near the ferry terminal. We were able to get a cold drink and a snack before...

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Twenty-Five Days on a Ship

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Twenty-Five Days on a Ship

TransAtlantic cruising is one of my favorite cruise itineraries. I enjoy the sea days. There is something so relaxing about no schedules, no responsibilities, and no pressure. I do not get stir crazy, I like to see water, and I don’t need a constant stream of activities or ports to visit. I am there to get away from it all. When an email flyer came last fall advertising a 25-day cruise with the return air, travel insurance, and transfers to London, we started talking. We pulled the trigger in October and put down a deposit. The...

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Task Force Gets Award

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Task Force Gets Award

It was a big surprise for me to be called up to the front of the conference center on March 21 to receive the Erickson Living Values Cup on behalf of the Harmonious Living Task Force. This was the first time the cup which recognizes Charlestown Departments exemplifying the Erickson Living Values.

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Four Years with Apple CHUG

Posted by on 4:38 pm in Community, Computer | 0 comments

The Apple Charlestown User Group also is known affectionally CHUG marked its fourth anniversary this month. It is hard to believe that I have been organizing programs, doing the website, and sending out notices for four years. Ann MacKay Dawn Strumsky Hope Tillman Ray Graves & Ann MacKay Our little group has grown from the first meeting with 25 people in attendance to a mailing list of over 100 people. It has been interesting to see the shift from computers to iPads and iPhones. The iPad users dominate the membership. I set up a website...

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Can’t We Just Get Along

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Can’t We Just Get Along

We are a diverse community—in beliefs, experience, and background. There is an underlying tension that surfaces when differing viewpoints intersect in the public arena. Case in point; prayer and scripture on the closed-circuit TV channel. A recognized group held devotions during Advent and Lent last year. Some other residents reacted saying it was not appropriate since they did not share the beliefs expressed in the devotions. Oops! Now what! A focus group was set up representing the various viewpoints. The purpose was to give input to...

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