Help Kickstart A Project

I don’t remember where I first heard about Kickstarter. It was probably a link from another site back in 2012. The project seeking funding sounded intriguing. Yes, I want one of those, I thought. I will gamble for a few bucks. My credit card isn’t charged until the project meets …

Live Theater, Film and Music

It has been a week of cultural activities for us. Thursday night we attended the Center Stage production of Next to Normal, the rock musical. This Tony winning and Pultizer Prize musical tackles the family dynamics of a bipolar mother and wife. The two-story set is amazing and worth the …

Elections, No Not Those

We have a big election coming up next Wednesday. For most of the world, it may not be much but for our community, it means a change in the composition of the Residents’ Council. Seven new council members will be selected out of the 14 candidates. As chair of the …

International Extravaganza

Once a year the diversity and inclusion Council at Charlestown holds an International Extravaganza. This year staff were involved with exhibit tables. There were also tasting stations with food samples. Dan and I put together a Celtic Heritage table highlighting the similarilities between the Irish and Scottish heritage. ¬† Posted …

Retire is a Misnomer

When I think about this past month, the term retire just doesn’t fit. The dictionary says RETIRE means leave one’s job and cease to work, typically upon reaching the normal age for leaving employment. It certainly doesn’t reflect what is happening with me. I was scrambling to complete tasks related …

Harmonious Living

What does it mean to live in community? Everyone has their own version of what it means. It helps me to think about the Golden Rule. Always look for the best in others and avoid gossip. There are always people who are unhappy about one thing or another. Management must …

Community Living

I serve on the Residents’ Council of a large CCRC in the Mid-Atlantic area. Group work doesn’t go away in retirement. It continues with 18 committees focusing on dining, finance, housekeeping, conservation, health, communications. grounds, safety and security. I’ll stop there. I don’t want to bore you any more. So …