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She’s serious about horsin’ around

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By June Roberta

Most people when they’re young can’t wait to grow older. Many when they are old wish they were young once again. Both ways are not a good way to be.

Every stage in life is different. Each has its own gifts and qualities. It’s best to let go of each stage so the next one can happen.

Accept impermanence, realizing nothing is forever. Learning to live in the now makes for a fuller, more contented life.

To be happy we must come to understand that “this, too, will pass.” What’s important in life is to live it well being happy and fulfilled. 

Reaching old age, we can now understand what kind of person we have become over the years. We have the leisure to determine what we really believe and why.

If we find we aren’t happy with what we’ve become, we still have some time to change it. It’s never too late to become who we really want to be.

Hobby Horse

Oddly enough, in the middle of “Horse Country,” it’s becoming more difficult to find a boarding stable for equines. Most of those facilities are far from the Corridor, in places like Belleview, Summerfield and Anthony.

But OTOW resident Lorraine Rourke has found a nearby home for her thoroughbred, Willie. He is a 16-hand gelding that won a number of races and was retired.

Lorraine boards him at Arc-Angel Farms where the owner trains horses for hunter (English) riding. After a lot of patience and hard work, Lorraine and Willie started to compete at riding events.

The pair recently took two first place finishes in English hunter events in Williston. Lorraine and other OTOW women volunteer in the Stirrups N’ Strides therapeutic riding program near Citra.

Submitted by Mike Roppel.

Ballroom Dance Club

The OTOW Ballroom Dance Club has announced that beginning Jan. 15, 2009, the club will have dance classes in the H & R ballroom. The fee is $20 per month.

Lessons will take place from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on the last three Thursdays of each month. A dance will follow immediately, hosted by instructor Trish Sands. Cost of the dance is $5 per person for members and $6 for non-members.

It is not necessary to come for the lessons. If you prefer only to dance, come at 7:45 p.m. You do not have to be a member of the club to attend the dances. For more information, call Joe Furfaro at 237-6900 or Janet Juhlin at 854-0708.

Mater the Possibilities

The January, February and March classes will be online Dec. 29. Those without a computer can read about all of them in the OTOW News on Jan. 1, 2009. There will be about 175 classes and about half of them will be new.

Financial Meltdown

On Nov. 21, at the Candler Community Center, Keith Nagel gave a talk with slides on the “Financial Meltdown” which has been unmatched in American history. He thinks next year will be worse than 1935.

Following are some of his views on the meltdown. The only reason we’re not in a recession is because China is bailing out Wall Street. The average wage earner’s take home pay was $42,000 last year.

For 232 years America was a market economy – but that is no longer true. This crisis has been coming since 1997. It didn’t happen overnight.

He discussed what he calls the Wall Street ponzi scheme and credit default swaps. The problems started with J. P. Morgan and the credit default market.

London is now the financial center of the world and not Wall Street.

AIG received altogether a $150 billion bailout. Credit default swaps are $681 trillion worldwide. Our great grandchildren will pay for this. J. P. Morgan’s share is $10.2 trillion.

Another cause of the financial problems is that sub prime mortgages and the credit card industry are totally unregulated.

Since 1929, America has been bailing out banks. Fannie May was started in 1938 and Freddie Mack in 1970. It was to bail out the banks that dominated the mortgage market.

Till next week – let’s live in the moment, letting the future take care of itself.

June Roberta is retired and lives in OTOW. She enjoyed a diverse career, including being a legal secretary to a theatrical attorney on Madison Avenue. Call her at 237-9208, or e-mail OTOW news to her at jroberta@cfl.rr.com. Deadline is a week prior to Friday’s publication.