Both of Us, Part 2, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 01/15/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering Both of Us, Part 2, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I don’t remember what was playing that Saturday night. Besides, who looked at the movie? You made out – in between peeking at the screen, eating popcorn, sipping Coke from the bottle, or a mixture of Coke and Seagrams 7 sucked up with a straw. I was not overly impressed by my date.  What did I expect: it was Saturday night and she had no date  – …

The Energetic Eighties – Real Women Speak

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering By Gwen Curran Now that my daughters are in what Gail Sheehy calls “the flaming fifties”, I feel I am in the Energetic eighties! This past holiday season was a swirl of shopping, exercise, writing, parties, travel, friends, and family.  All through it, I felt at the top of my game until I caught a cold, and possible strep throat the last day of my visit to New York City to be with one of my daughters and her family. …

AARP Livable Oregon Talks with Mayor Charlie Hales – Livable Oregon

Posted on 01/8/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering   By Elaine Friesen-Strang On November 12, 2014, the Portland City Council received a progress report on what has transpired in our community since adopting a detailed action plan developed by the Age-Friendly Advisory Council. Following brief discussion, Mayor Charlie Hales and council members voted to pledge their continued support of the Plan, extending efforts to make Portland a more livable community for people of all ages.  In his opening comments, Mayor Hales highlighted the need for walkable neighborhoods, accessible …

Both of Us – Part 1, by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering  Editor’s Note: This past December marked the first year anniversary of the death of Dick Weinman’s wife, Ginny. (December 13th, 2013.) AARP Oregon has published Dick’s stories and poems about Ginny and the domination  over her life by Alzheimer’s. (One of these, “I’ll Never Know,” was published in “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” in 2014.)   Now, on what would have been the 59th anniversary of their marriage, we are publishing their story. It will be posted in three parts. Both of …

Who? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity

Posted on 12/15/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering WHO? by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity I stand with my back toward her, my pants tugging my ankles. I bend over, and  grasp the silver-grey, cold metal handicap bar. She wields the toilet paper, extends her arm, and wipes. That’s her job. It’s part of what I pay $4900+ for each month. So why do I gripe? It’s because I wish she and some other caregivers would put more feeling into the job.  I don’t mean they …

75 Most Romantic Places in the World

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Oregon | Comments

Volunteering Frommer’s/AARP Places for Passion by Pepper Schwartz and Janet Lever, PhDs, Reveals the 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World— and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away   WASHINGTON, DC—Pepper Schwartz, PhD, has teamed up with Janet Lever, PhD, her former coauthor of Glamour’s “Sex and Health” column, to release Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World—and Why Every Couple Needs to Get Away. As you might expect from Dr. Pepper, an expert star on …