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Use whatever energy you still have

By June Roberta

Many retired people don’t like change, preferring to stay in their comfort zone. What they fail to realize is how much of life they are missing. It’s important to live life. Doing the same things that we have done for many years is a waste of our minds and bodies. We need to stretch both whenever possible.

True, there are many things we did in our younger years that we are unable to do now. Spend time thinking about what you are able to do at the present moment. If you don’t do them now, next year might be too late.

We were used to getting better and better at all kinds of things. Now, it seems we are going in the opposite directions. I remember a time when I could exercise every day of the week. Each week or so, I could see improvement. Now my physical activity is going in the opposite direction. This might be the right time to try an exercise class never tried before. If you’ve power walked for ages, maybe it’s time to slow down and meander instead. The benefit of this is there is time to visit the sights and sounds not recorded in our minds because of whizzing by.

Taking it easy has its merits but so does learning something new. Relaxing is fine but sometimes it makes better sense to use whatever energy we still have to learn or do something new.

Master the Possibilities

Next week (July 19-23) there are a total of 40 classes, presentations and lectures beginning. This is one of the busiest weeks to date. While there’s still great variety in the offerings, of particular interest are the 26 programs that deal with Health and Wellness. Every day (and some evenings) you’ll be able to hear from experts and practitioners about the most up to date information and a number of health issues. Perhaps most important is the opportunity to question and get clarifications from these professionals.

As always there will be an array of other classes...art, computers and general interest. Don’t miss one of the best chances to learn, grow and have fun...all at the same time. You can register online at masterthepossibilities.com or by phone at 854-3699. This would be a perfect time to bring a friend too!


The OTOW Bowling League is seeking additional bowlers. They meet on Mondays beginning Sept. 13. Singles and couples are welcome. Please call Jerry Roney at (352) 873-4327 or Bill Hamel at (352) 237-8038 if you are interested in joining the League.

Eleventh Show Series

Your Entertainment Group opens their 11th show series Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in the ballroom with the show, “Back Home Again.” A tribute to John Denver featuring Tom Becker, former member of The Legendary Folk Group, “The New Christy Minstrels.”

Tom has appeared with such performers as Gregg Allman, Ray Charles, The Kingston Trio, Jerry Lee Lewis and Willie Nelson, to mention a few of the icons of show business.

Tom and his band bring back the foot-stomping fun of “Thank God, I’m A Country Boy;” “Rocky Mountain High;” “Back Home Again,” “Country Roads” and many other John Denver songs.

Tom says he is privileged to be keeping John Denver’s music alive and to continue his dedication to environmental issues.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the ballroom and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday thereafter, $7 general and $9 reserved. And, as always, the show is for residents of all OTOW Communities with a maximum of four tickets per purchase.

Thanks Doctors Challa and Kandru for making this show possible.

On The Road Again

I ran into Bob Woods the other day and he informed me after a question or two that he still has space available on his Smoky Mts. Show Trip departing Nov. 14 for a 7-day show trip to the Smokies including a total of six shows, guided tour of the Smokies and free time in Gatlinburg.

His other coach trip scheduled for Jan.16 is a great trip to Key West spending three nights in the Conch Capital with many side excursions on the way to Key West and then again on the way home which includes a Jungle Queen Cruise in Fort Lauderdale, air boat ride in the Everglades and a visit to the Thomas Edison Winter home and Museum in Fort Myers.

Bob also told me he is planning a nine-day coach trip to Boston and many historic places in the Massachusetts capital along with a stop in Plymouth. This trip is still waiting for pricing.

Bob also stated to me he has a five-night Western Caribbean cruise sailing from Port Canaveral on the Freedom of the Seas with a $75 shipboard credit per stateroom. This cruise will depart Dec. 18, stopping in Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. A great short trip to get into the Holiday Spirit and a chance to purchase that special gift.

Any questions or flyers, please call Bob at 854-0702. Transportation outside OTOW can be arranged.