Is the digital age really better than the good old days? Continued

IRON MOUNTAIN — The definition of progress is the forward movement toward a destination, or onward in space or time. It also is defined as any path of learning and action that moves in the direction of reducing threats/missed opportunities and increasing our capacity to deal with them. Personally, I like this definition the best. Just because you’re moving forward doesn’t necessarily mean you’re progressing, but the idea that progress is directly related to the reduction of threats makes more sense to me. Progress, in my mind, is supposed to make things better, or at the very least, make it more possible to achieve the “better.” The idea of progress is one that can be debated for hours. What one person considers progress, another considers several steps back, and still yet, the natural progression of the world we live in is so disagreed upon that it’s hard to fully comprehend that anything is moving forward at all.

We live in a day and age when information is abundant and privacy is scarce but do we really know the people that are going through life with us? Social media has allowed a person to create the reality that they want people to see. Rarely do people post up on Facebook or Snapchat a picture of themselves hysterically crying, or having an anxiety attack. Rather, sites such as these are typically filled with “happy” selfies with an inspiring quote on finding the beauty in the little things but is this progress? Yes, progress is real, and the advancement of technology has allowed us the privilege of information, but it can come at a cost.

This past week, I was helping my grandfather with some work at his company, when he tried to call one of his workers on the phone. When his employee didn’t answer, he joked about how he was going to tell him to tie his phone around his neck and never take it off. We laughed at his idea, but I reminded him that not too long ago, cell phones weren’t even in existence. Looking back on my life, I’ve lived longer without a cell phone than with it, and I’m a Millennial. When I was a freshman in high school, I created my email for the first time and had no idea how to use it. I wasn’t allowed to get Facebook until I’d graduated. Smartphones only came out when I was a senior, and I used to relish when the clock struck 9 p.m. because that meant that my free minutes had started, and I could finally call my friends (because yes, believe it or not, that was when texts were charged by the character).

When I said to my grandfather that retrospectively we haven’t had cell phones that long, he raised the question of whether I’d be able to live without my phone or computer. I shook my head. “No,” I said, “but not because I couldn’t. I couldn’t because the world requires that I do.” He asked how that could be true. I told him.

Today, you can no longer apply for a job in person (and if you can, I haven’t found it yet). Instead, you apply online. Usually, you also have to search online for a job listing to begin with. They typically ask for your resume, have you fill out an electronic application, answer a bunch of questions are already answered by your resume, submit, and then interview.

I can’t conduct any kind of business through anything other than email or cell phone, I don’t have a fax machine in my house and many companies are eliminating fax machines. Landlines also are becoming obsolete. I told him that almost everything you need to move “forward” in life goes through the proper “internet” channels. The progression I want to make in my life is hindered by the progression that we as humans have created.

So, can this be considered progress? Are we better off than we were before, with less threats and fewer missed opportunities? Some would say no, and others would say yes. It’s an odd concept that while I’ve been on this earth for less than 30 years I’ve lived both in a digital and non-digital age. It’s true, that there are problems with the advancement of technology. Kids don’t go outside as much because they’re playing video games or glued to the television; people are afraid of real-life conversations because they’re so used to texting and online interfacing that they forget how to speak in person; writing skills are decreasing because computers will fix all your errors for you; and family dinners have gotten a whole lot quieter as most eyes are fixated on handheld devices. However, this progress allows us to see what’s happening in the world; information has never been more abundant, and keeping in touch with loved ones is much easier. The ability to have any question answered at the drop of a hat just by literally asking your phone is an amazing tool. Imagine if in World War II ,when the men of Easy Company parachuted into Normandy and missed their landing site, they’d had had GPS to tell them where they needed to go? Or if Jane Austen had been able to join a dating website and, instead of only writing all her love life wishes, she could have had a better opportunity to live them?

It may not be easy, and on some level, technology will always be both revered and loathed, because it brings with it great highs and great lows. The reality is that no matter what you believe in, and no matter what you think of “progress,” progress will never stop occurring. It’s up to you how you decide to interact with that progress. You can embrace it, live in spite of it, or outright deny it, but one thing is for certain: the idea of progress may be broken, but broken crayons still color. There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. — C.S. Lewis




Scenes and sounds, 11:45 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Sunday: Uno, 1 p.m.; dunking donuts, 2 p.m.; church, 2:15 p.m.

Monday: Pretty nails, 10 a.m.; library cart, 11 a.m.; brouhaha, 1:15 p.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; ice cream, 3 p.m.

Tuesday: Crafts, 10 a.m.; gardening, 11 a.m.; reminisce, 1:15 p.m.; Kentucky Derby, 2 p.m.

Wednesday: Room visits, 10 a.m.; rosary, 11 a.m.; room visits, 1 p.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; movie and popcorn, 3 p.m.

Thursday: Reading buddy, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 11 a.m.; what’s the word?, 1:15 p.m.; pokereno, 2 p.m.

Friday: Neeley Kids music, 10 a.m.; what’s cooking?, 11 a.m.; bunko, 1:15 p.m.; jigsaw brain teaser, 2 p.m.; happy hour, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Meet and greet, 10:30 a.m.; spinning records, 11 a.m.; Daily News, 1 p.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.

Iron County Medical Facility

Crystal Falls

Room visits, 1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Exercise, 11 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Sunday: One-to-one church visitors, 8:30 a.m.; room visits, 9 to 11 a.m.; bingorama, 2 p.m.; Church of Christ, 3 p.m.; St. Peter’s, 3 p.m.

Monday: Memory books, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; room visits, 1 p.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; Sunshine Club, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Library, 9:30 a.m.; Book Club, 10 a.m.; Mass, 10 a.m.; travel film, 1:30 p.m.; current events, 2 p.m.; mystery movie, 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Travel Club, 10 a.m.; Dollar Store, noon; Garden Club/reminisce, 2 p.m.; night bingo, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Puzzler, 9:30 a.m.; bowling, 10 a.m.; wildlife film, 1:30 p.m.; Presbyterian church, 2 p.m.; happy hour, 2:30 p.m.

Friday: Crafts, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; room visits, 1 p.m.; monthly birthday party, 2 p.m.; musical movie, 6 p.m.

Saturday: Word search, 10 a.m.; hangman, 10 a.m.; geri gym, 11 a.m.; intergenerational social hour, 2 p.m.



Wet your whistle, 9:30 a.m. daily.

Movie, 10:45 a.m. daily, and 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Gathering place, 11:40 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Popcorn Day Fridays.

Protestant Church service, 3 p.m. Sunday.

Exercises, 10 a.m. daily.

Sunday: Wet your whistle, 9:30 a.m.; just jokes, 10:15 a.m.; inside out visits, 1:30 p.m.; Protestant Church, 3 p.m.

Monday: Who, what, when, 10:15 a.m.; Crystal Hogan entertains, 2 p.m.; pokeno, 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday: Trivia, 10:15 a.m.; bowling, 2 p.m.; movie and a manicure, 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday: Remembering when, 10:15 a.m.; Soundz of Time, 2 p.m.; flip five on the patio, 5:45 p.m.

Thursday: Crosswords, 10:15 a.m.; Deal or No Deal bingo, 2 p.m.; Randy’s Magic Moments, 5:45 p.m.

Friday: ManorCare monthly, 10:15 a.m.; pokeno, 2 p.m.

Saturday: Current events, 10:15 a.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; movie, 3:15 p.m.

Maryhill Manor

Niagara, Wis.

Rosary, 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Parachute, 1:30 p.m. daily.

Monthly support group for grief and loss, 2 p.m. second Monday of the month.

Weekend pet visits.

Sunday: Mass, 9 a.m.; help your neighbor, 10:15 a.m.; bingo, 1:30 p.m.; Protestant service, 2:30 p.m.

Monday: Travel Club, 10:15 a.m.; ice cream social, 2 p.m.

Tuesday: Men’s breakfast, 7 a.m.; bingo, 10:15 a.m.; old jokes, 2 p.m.; Yahtzee, 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday: You be the judge, 10:15 a.m.; word scramble, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.; fireside, 6:15 p.m.

Thursday: Mass, 9 a.m.; Scattegories, 10:15 a.m.; archery, 2 p.m.; Whammo, 6:15 p.m.; Music in the Park with Larry Jankowski, 6:30 p.m.

Friday: Ball toss, 10:15 a.m.; trivia, 10:30 a.m.; family picnic, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; entertainment, 2 p.m.

Saturday: Derby day, 10:15 a.m.; pamper and polish coffee social, 2 p.m.; Western movie and popcorn, 5:45 p.m.

Victorian Pines

Iron Mountain

Exercise, 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Coffee clutch, 9:30 a.m. daily

Shopping days: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, must sign up.

Sunday: Bible study, 1:30 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Monday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Tuesday: Left, center, right, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Wednesday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Thursday: Communion, 10 a.m.; music with Chris and Larry, 2 p.m.; Rosary, 3 p.m.

Friday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Movie and popcorn, 2 p.m.

Florence Health Services

Florence, Wis.

Sunday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; painting clay pots, 2 p.m.; reading from “The Dog from Rodeo Drive,” 6:30 p.m.

Monday: Out to lunch to Barb’s Café, 11 a.m.; bingo with Bette, 2 p.m.; room visits, 3:30 p.m.; music and movement, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Pastor Doug, 10 a.m.; Jan and Gino, 2 p.m.; social hour, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Chair exercises, 10 a.m.; planting administrator gifts, 2 p.m.; music with Jason and Amber, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday: Lutheran service, 10 a.m.; manicures and massages, 2 p.m.; one on one time, 3:30 p.m.

Friday: Catholic Communion service, 10 a.m.; monthly birthday party, 2 p.m.; happy hour, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; milk chocolate party, 2 p.m.

Pinecrest Medical Care Facility


Life connections, 9:45 a.m. every Monday.

Busy bee, 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Rosary 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Sunday: Grace church, 10 a.m.; Uno, 10 a.m.; Lutheran service, 2 p.m.; one-on-one visits, 2 p.m.

Monday: Beauty shop, 10:30 a.m.; rosary, 2:30 p.m.; mind joggers, 3:30 p.m.; ball toss, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Sensory, 10 a.m.; bingo, 1:45 p.m.; social circle, 3:30 p.m.; word puzzles, 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Casino outing, 9 a.m.; movie, 2 p.m.; one-to-one visits, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday: Manicures, 10 a.m.; bingo, 1:45 p.m.; cards, 3:30 p.m.; movie night, 6 p.m.

Friday: Mass, 10 a.m.; Jerry Beauchamp, 2 p.m.

Saturday: Hand massages, 10 a.m.; life stories, 10 a.m.; one-to-one visits, 2 p.m.; manicures, 2 p.m.


Note: All centers ask for 24-hour advanced reservations for lunch. If you have meals delivered and will not be home, notify the center.

Alpha-Mastodon Center


Meal noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Amasa Center


Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Lunch at noon.

Bingo on Tuesdays.

Free meal drawing on Thursdays.

Breen Center


Meals Monday through Friday.

Pasty sale every third Saturday of the month.

Cards and games available 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m.

Hostess on duty Monday through Friday.

Treats and coffee, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Center retail store is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday; volunteers and donations are welcome.

Birthdays acknowledged every day.

Evening meals are on the first and third Thursday of the month. Salad bar opens at 4 p.m., with dinner at 5 p.m. Donations are $4 for those 60 and older and $5 for younger than 60.

Crystal Falls Center

Head Cook, Lucy Korhonen


Meals will be served on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5 p.m., with the salad bar opening at 4:30 p.m. The dinner donation is $5 for those age 60 and older and $6 for those younger than 60. There is a $1 charge for take-out containers. All are invited.

Cribbage will be played at 1 p.m. Wednesdays and be concluded in time for dinner.

The center is closed Thursday through Sunday.

Monday: Soup, salad, hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, veggies and homemade dessert.

Tuesday: Soup, salad, meatloaf, twice-baked potatoes, vegetables and homemade dessert.

Wednesday: Soup, salad, pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, and homemade dessert.

Thursday: Egg drop soup, salad, stir fry, fried rice and homemade dessert.

A site council meeting takes place at 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.

A blood pressure reading can be taken by request at any time while the center is open.

Crystal Lake Center


The center is closed on weekends.

Monday: Woodcarvers, 10 a.m.; mahjong in dining hall, noon; Les Artistes Art Club, noon; bridge club, 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Billiards, 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday: Spinning Spools Quilters Guild, 1 p.m., crafters, scrap bookers and others also welcome; knitting and crocheting class, 1 to 3 p.m.

Friday: Smear, 12:30 p.m.

Last Saturday of the month: Music jam starting at 1 p.m. Admission is free. No Jam in July or August.

Evening meals are usually on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Salad bar opens at 4 p.m., with the meal served at 4:30 p.m. A donation of $4 is accepted for seniors age 60 and older but not required.

Home-delivered meals are for seniors 60 and older can be delivered seven days a week. Suggested donation is $4 per meal. For information, call Chris Tramotin at 906-774-2256, ext. 235.

Transportation is available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the center to book a ride.

Felch Center


Meals served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Bingo after lunch on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

A congregate jigsaw puzzle is done daily.

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County


Director: Tiffany White

Suggested donation for seniors older than 60 is $4 per meal. Residents younger than 60 must pay $7. Reservations and cancellations needed 48 hours in advance.

The ADRC can assist area seniors and those with disabilities with transportation Monday through Friday. Transportation reservation should be made with meal reservation.

The four senior dining locations are:

Fence Center/Town Hall


Meal at noon Wednesdays only. Reservations are requested. Cribbage and cards are available.

Florence Community Center/Town Hall


Meal is served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Jigsaw puzzles, cards, cribbage and board games are available. The coffee is always on as well.

Senior Dining Center-Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Aurora


Serving lunch at 11:30 am, Monday through Thursday

Tipler Town Hall


Serving lunch at noon on the second Thursday of the month.

Hillcrest Senior Dining Center, Aurora


Meal is served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Jigsaw puzzles, cribbage, cards and board games are available. The coffee is always on as well.

Hermansville Center

Coordinator: Pam Haluska


Meal is at noon Monday through Friday. Suggested donation is $3 for age 60 and older and $7 for those younger than 60.

Morning coffee is available daily.

Fifteen games of “fun bingo” are played each Tuesday and Friday, along with a 50-50 drawing.

Tuesday: Bingo, 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday: Cards played in the afternoon. Call ahead to see if a game will be going on.

Friday: Bingo, 12:45 p.m.

Monday through Friday: Walking in the gym, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A treadmill also is available.

Friendly interaction with other crafters.

Iron River Center


Meals served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; a $4 donation is encouraged from those 60 and older, and a $5 payment is required from those younger than 60.

Thursday meal, 4 p.m. salad bar, with dinner at 4:30 p.m.

DICSA operates all meals and transportation out of the Iron River Center. Rides are $2.50 donation for age 60 and older, and $3 required for younger than 60. Call 906-265-6134 to schedule a ride

Niagara Northwoods Senior Cafe and Center

Corrie Maule, meal site manager, 715-251-1603

Jill Anderson, senior center director, 715-251- 4154

Noon meals served Monday through Thursday.

Transportation to the meal site from the Niagara, Wis., area is offered.

They welcome any senior groups that would like to use the meal site as a meeting place — join them for lunch and then stay for a meeting or social time.

Wii games, cards, puzzles and board games are available to play.

Other activities are in the works — suggestions are always welcome.

Those who have not been at the meal site/senior center are invited to give it a try. Those who haven’t been here in a while are encouraged to come back.

Norway Center

Director: Susie Slining


Monday through Thursday: Meals served at noon, with salad bar. Soup also is available at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Milk, juice, bread, fruit, tea and coffee served daily. Meal donation is $5. Reservation for the meal should be made in advance.

Two special-themed meals take place each month, with bingo, prizes and a 50-50 drawing.

Two evening meals offered at 5 p.m. on the first Monday and third Wednesday of the month, with bingo, prizes and a 50-50.

If Norway-Vulcan are schools are closed due to snow days, so is the senior center. If the schools are on a two-hour delay, the center remains open.

Cards are played daily after the noon meal.

Craft and exercise classes: Mondays and Thursdays.

Ceramic and art classes: Wednesdays.

A senior coloring class meets daily. All are welcome. Some materials will be provided.

Telephone reassurance is available for any senior who doesn’t get out much and would like a friendly daily phone check to see that all is well.

The Iron Mountain Post of the Michigan State Police will have a six-week Citizens Academy at the Norway Senior Center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 15. A certificate will be issued to all participants at the end of the academy, along with cake to celebrate. Those interested can call the center to sign up.

Note: A CSFP food card (green card) is available to income-eligible seniors. Make an appointment to get signed up. File of Life packets available at the center.

Note: Ask about the Medicare Savings Program. This program helps people pay their Medicare part B premium. The local MMAP counselor can be reached at 1-800-803-7174, or dial 211.

Tuesday: Dog Days Dinner featuring brat on a bun, fried cabbage, potato salad, soup and salad bar, fruit, juice and dessert. Bingo with prizes will be played. There will also be a 50-50. Everyone is asked to sign up in advance.

Wednesday: Blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m. to noon.

Sagola Center


Meals: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m.

Cards: Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday.

Commodities every other month and quarterly commodities are every three months.

A puzzle table is available to enjoy.

Volunteers are always welcome.