Retirees can learn from youngster’s philosophy

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By June Roberta

“Let’s take the bouldering mistakes of the past, and the road-blocking challenges of the present, and build them into stairs that support our climb into the future.”

The author of those words, Mattie J. T. Stepanek, died at the age of 14 of a rare case of muscular dystrophy. Stepanek had a great head on his shoulders and was old beyond his years.

His statement can be taken a great many ways. It brings to mind the ways some of us have been out of balance in our lives. The future doesn’t have to be a repeat of the past.

We are retirees who shouldn’t have a poverty of time but an excess of it. Unfortunately, we don’t always use it to benefit our lives or the lives of others. When we burn the candle at both ends trying to take in too much, we short-change other parts of our lives. Many times, it’s an overabundance of what each of us counts as play. Too much of anything is too much. Self-care, like getting enough sleep, eating good food at home instead of relying excessively on restaurant meals, making the time to exercise, are important ways to balance all that play.

We can no longer blame work or children for not having balance in our lives. We can build those stairs, one at a time to a better, more balanced future. “And a child shall lead them.” It applies in this case.

Golf Carts

A couple living here had a problem with a golf cart crossing in front of their car, necessitating them to press the brakes real hard. This happened in the Winn Dixie parking lot. It was suggested that those driving a golf cart should be more careful. They should make it a point of being more aware of their surroundings.

There are some who no longer can get a driver license because of poor eye sight, etc. They then drive a golf cart. It might be a good idea if a license was required to drive them as well.

Farmers Market

There is a stall that sells unusual jewelry called Bodacious Beads. The beads are made of Polymer Clay. It comes in different colors, which are combined to make different types of beads. Each bead is unique, which makes this wearable art a one-of-a-kind piece. 

Salita Timmermeyer creates these items. They can be sets of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pins. Some sets are of only two or three items. To learn more, go to http://www.bodaciousbeads.biz.  Salita gives free demonstrations and has given one to the Red Hats.

Master the Possibilities

The Master the Possibilities Education program begins April 13. With more than 125 classes, lectures and presentations this spring, you should register now…they’re filling up fast. To review the offerings, please go to masterthepossibilities.com or stop by the education center at 8415 S.W. 80th St. and pick up a copy. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience life long learning at its best!

The Ivory Show

Do not make plans for April 3 and 4th unless they include going to The Ivory Show.

Overlooking this production will result in a loss of entertainment. Not only will you deprive yourself of seeing and hearing songs and skits, but you’ll miss instructions on how to cure baldness, decode hieroglyphics, and use new inventions. There are no tickets; this is a freewill offering from The OTOW Theater Group. Friday and Saturday in the Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. (Donations will be accepted)

Cultural Center

An annual art exhibit which includes works by local artists from the surrounding neighborhoods will be April 4 at the Cultural Center. It’s called Hands across the Highway Art Exhibit. Spend some time checking it out. You will be glad you did.

Music of our Time

Music of Our Time on March 22 was a real hit in the community.

Ruth Goldstine came on stage at one point to let the audience know that OTOW has so far donated close to $100,000 this year to Hospice of Marion County for Legacy House. A donation was suggested and given at the end of the program by the attendees.

Carol Slimm and Tony Donato sang. Jean Muncy accompanied them at the piano.  Previously, Tony sang with the Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus, was a member of two male quartets, and sings with our Sunshine Singers.

Carol has studied music on and off for over 60 years. One of her teachers also taught Mario Lanza in his early years. She is a member and soloist of several church choirs.

Just about all the songs were from the 30s and 40s. Some of them were The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha, ‘Neath the Southern Moon from Naughty Marietta, Climb Every Mountain from Sound of Music, If I Love You from Carousel, You Are Love from Show Boat and many more.

Kiwanis Sidewalk Sale

The Kiwanis Sidewalk Sale will be April 25 at Park Avenue Bank. Merchandise donations would be appreciated. Funds are used for community projects.

“And this too shall pass.”

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 solitude-won@juneroberta.com, with community news. Deadline is a week prior to Friday publication.