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Mature Lifestyles Jan. 2012 Lake/Marion edition

Mar 03, 2016



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    Technology: Of Lovers and Liars Its On the Tip of My Tongue Leaving Your Home He Walked Above the Clouds


    Leeza Gibbons

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    Dear Readers,

    Its that time of year again. No, lets dont try mak-ing actual resolutions, since were old enough to have gone through many stages with the traditional New Years Resolutions thing. There were years we were confident we could really change our weight or our income or a behavior. Other years we were so cynical (or so busy) that we didnt even bother setting a simple goal. All of us have made resolutions which we didnt keep. So Ive made a list of, not really resolutions, but ideas I want to keep reconsidering this year. I want to come back to them every so often as remind-ers of the person I want to be. That way I wont get down on myself if I dont live up to all of them by March 1 or some other self-serving date. Maybe something here will stir you to join me in looking at others and myself in a new and more humane light in 2012.

    1. This year I want to take time to remember that, regardless of what I might think when I ponder on the world situation, God is still in control and we are but a blip on the screen of His time. My part in that? Psalm 100: 4, 5 says, Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithful-ness continues to all generations. So I will be more thankful and praise Him.

    2. I will try to think about caregivers in my community more and do something for them when I can. After talking with TV personality Leeza Gibbons (see the story about her in this issue), I want to help. For me, at this time, it will be something simple that says, I care.

    Some years ago I had a friend who loved to read, as I do. She became caregiver for her husband who had Alzheimers. I would take bags of books to her periodically. It was always a warm feeling to know my book choices were keeping her company during the long days and nights she sat with her husband. Im sure theres another reader out there!

    3. This year I will think local whenever possible in order to boost my hometown economy. I will give gift certificates to locally owned beauty shops, use an independently owned car repair shop and buy my veggies at local produce stands. My home repairs and home improvement work will be done by people who are raising their families within my community.

    4. I plan to do a little more exercise every week than I have been doing. Doctors tell us that just about anything we do to exercise makes a difference in our physical and emotional well-being. I walk several miles a week nowIm just going to add a few more times around the block each week.

    5. This is a hard one, but I will be better off if I cut a few hundred calories a week.

    6. Most of all, I will remain flex-ible! Life is short, circumstances that are beyond my control will come up and my priorities will have to change. I can do this.

    7. Laugh more! Yes, I want to laugh more in 2012.

    8. Years ago Ann Landers advised to Walk tall and smile more. Youll look 10 years younger. (10 years younger? Wow!)

    9. I will say, I love you again and again. They are the sweet-est words in the world.

    Humor Matters And now, just for fun, from the website Humor Matters, take a look as Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D., a Mirthologist and Clinical Psychologist, gives us some just-for-fun affirmations for the new year. Read them and laugh with me. And remember, theyre all in good funnot recommended lifestyle changes!

    I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone elses fault.

    My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of wisdom and judgment.

    I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper and complain.

    I will strive to live each day as if it were my 50th birthday.

    Today I will gladly share my experi-ence and advice, for there are no sweeter words than I told you so!

    I will no longer waste my time reliving the past; I will spend it worrying about the future.

    Before I criticize a man, I will walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he gets angry, hes a mile away and barefoot.

    Now, didnt it feel good to laugh at how we sometimes think!

    Our staff wishes you a blessed and happy new year.

    Note to Self: Things to Think About in 2012

    Janice Doyle, Editor

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    Finding PEace on I-95Road Trip Must-Sees


    When the Martin Luther King Memorial opened recently on the Mall in DC, we started thinking about the other amazing statues you can see right off the exits of I-95. You can turn your next trip into a treasure hunt to find these carved jewels.

    DC King of Peace DC Exit 19B: 27 years in the making, a National Memorial to Martin Luther King opened to the public on the 48th anniversary of his I have a dream speech. The Mall in Washington, D.C., always a sacred place for monuments dedicated to ex-presidents, now honors King for his accomplishments as well. The sculpture shows King emerging from rough stone with his brow furrowed, arms crossed and looking out over the horizon. Long granite walls anking the sides feature 14 of Kings most famous quotes. The Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin wanted to show him deep in thought and named it the Stone of Hope. The words were borrowed from his speech, From a mountain of despair, a stone of hope. King proves that one person can truly change a nation.

    DE Lady of Peace DE Rte. 9 Exit: You cant miss Our Lady Queen of Peace, high on a hill with her arms outstretched in front of Holy Spirit Church, with the sun bouncing off the 33 high stainless steel statue.

    Father Sweeney started the project with the power of prayer. A committee used Rosary Checks to record the number of rosaries that an individual

    prayed for the building of a statue. The goal was for 500,000. Not only did the number of rosaries prayed exceed this, but unsolicited donations came in before any formal fund raising began. This sculpture by Charles C. Parks is sometimes referred to as Our Lady of the Highways, since it sits majestical-ly on the approach to the the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

    MD Disturbing his Peace MD Exit 2A: In the newest city along I-95, National Harbor, see if you can nd the giant who appears to be emerging from the sand, struggling to free himself. Its called The Awakening, and kids use him as a playground. Created in 1980 by J. Seward Johnson Jr., the sculpture is actually ve separate aluminum pieces buried in the sand. The left hand and right foot barely protrude, while the bent left leg and knee jut into the air. The 17-foot high right arm and hand reach farther out of the earth. The bearded face seems to be yelling as he struggles to emerge from the earth.

    NC End of War Beginning of Peace NC Exit 150A: Directly off this exit, at the entrance to the Quantico Marine Base, you can see a re-creation of the famous WWII Iwo Jima Statue created by Felix de Weldon. It is majestically lit up at night. In a 35 day ght for Iwo Jima, an island that was crucial for U.S. bombing raids on Japans main islands, 6,821 marines were killed. On February 23, 1945 U.S. Marines from the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raised the U.S. ag atop Iwo Jimas Mount Suribachi. After being cast in Brooklyn, NY, the original statue actually was driven down I-95, headed to Arlington National Cemetery, where you can still see it.

    NC Keeping the Peace NC Exit 52B: The original Iron Mike is a statue that represents all paratroopers in the U.S. Army, said Paul Galloway of the Airborne and Special Ops Museum foundation. Its a 15-foot statue depicting the air