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Seniors

Setting, following priorities are the building blocks of life

NIAGARA, Wis. — As we work our way through life, we learn the meaning of setting priorities. Oftentimes we learn this lesson the hard way, for when we do not understand this concept, life has a way of biting us in a not-so-comfortable area. Some of us learn how to do this by watching our ...

Guiding the train of your life safely along the track

NIAGARA, Wis. — A couple of weeks ago, I talked about April showers and the fact that everyone’s life gets rained upon once in a while. Today, I want to turn our attention to May flowers; the promised result of that rain. We have all heard the many sayings that have developed over the years ...

The importance of making new friends in our senior years

NIAGARA, Wis. — As we age, we begin to lose friends. Friendships that developed as a result of the various stages of our lives — the stay-at-home mom years or the Cub Scout years — may have disappeared along with that stage of our lives. We drift apart from some friends when we retire ...

UP Reader Volume 5 available May 1

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association presents the fifth installment of the U.P. Reader. This latest and biggest-ever edition of the annual anthology will feature the collected works of 32 authors in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They will again include the ...

Some thoughts on April showers and true happiness

NIAGARA, Wis. — It is spring in the U.P. and that means gray skies, rain ... and sometimes more snow. But, as the old saying goes, “Into every life some rain must fall.” Really? Let’s explore that sentiment a bit. I remember visiting my sister in California many years ago in August. I ...

A few thoughts on building memories

NIAGARA, Wis. — As I age, I find myself intrigued with how our minds work in regard to forming memories. Why is it that I can remember so many events and people from my childhood so vividly, and yet cannot remember a detail from last week? And I now lose my train of thought so easily. If my ...

Life – only time will tell what comes next

NIAGARA, Wis. — There were two instances in just this past week where I was reminded that my husband and I are definitely on the downward slope of our lives. We had been talking about how we wanted to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. I had always wanted to see Montana — something ...

Social Security’s many online services

By EDWARD I. CARIUTY Social Security District Manager Escanaba There’s probably been a time in your life when you’ve wondered, “Can I do this online instead of visiting a Social Security office?” The answer is more than likely yes, and you can find more information about our ...

Getting comfortable with living in the gray areas

IRON MOUNTAIN — No, I will not be talking about our spring weather today, although a look out my window tells me this headline is appropriate for this time of year here in the Northwoods. I am referring to the ability to be comfortable living in situations that do not necessarily match what ...

The impact of physical health on our aging brains

NIAGARA, Wis. — Last week’s column discussed the fact that our brains age right along with the rest of our body. This week I will share some additional information from the National Institute on Aging that discusses how we can prolong the health of our brains as we progress through the ...

Oh, my aging brain: When is it a serious issue?

NIAGARA, Wis. — Several years ago already, my husband and I began communicating in half sentences. Our youngest son was visiting during one of those conversations. It went something like this, as my husband began, “Oh, who is that woman I am thinking of ... you know, the one with the ...

Man as an island – two very different perspectives

NIAGARA, Wis. — In 1969 I was a college freshman. I had looked forward to going to college; the preparation for it and the anticipation of it had kept me going through my senior year of high school. I had envisioned myself sitting in the college pub, walking through campus to the student ...

An important — and very different type of — bucket list

NIAGARA, Wis. — As we go through our lives busily building a career and caring for a family, we all have a “bucket list” of all those items we want to be sure to do before we die. This list may flex and grow as we age, but typically it includes exotic vacations, things we want to learn ...

Recognizing the racism we likely harbor inside

NIAGARA, Wis. — I have belonged to a book club since 2010; I joined one year after the group began and while I was still working. There are eight of us who meet once each month for eight months of the year. We call ourselves the Three B’s, which stands for Books, Brains and Bifocals — we ...

Living the length and width of our lives

NIAGARA, Wis. — A friend of mine recently posted on her Facebook page the following quotation by Diane Ackerman, “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” The more I thought about that phrase, the ...

Blog relives immigrant life in 1904 Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE — A Michigan-born writer is recreating life in Hermansville at the turn of the century by blogging week-by-week through her great-grandmother’s 1904 diary. “Minnie’s Diary” recounts the life of 20-year-old Minnie Gamache on her parents’ farm north of Hermansville. ...

Sharing memories of my brother

NIAGARA, Wis. — January provided a tough start in the new year for me. My brother died suddenly – and, sadly, alone — in his Kingsford apartment. Early on Jan. 13, our breakfast was interrupted by two Niagara police officers knocking on our door. They had been notified by a Kingsford ...

Rules to live by and a word about prayer

NIAGARA, Wis. — Many of you are looking at the title of this week’s column and thinking, “I am well past the midpoint of my life, and now you are giving me a set of guidelines?” Or maybe your thought process goes more like, “At this point in my life, I could give you a list and it ...

Bad habits and the need for New Year’s resolutions

NIAGARA, Wis. — It occurred to me today that I am halfway through my fifth year of retirement; I retired on May 31, 2016, which was 28 years from the very day I had begun my career at the hospital. My hiring had been the best birthday gift I could have ever asked for, and by the time I ...

Bad habits and the need for New Year’s resolutions

NIAGARA, Wis. — It occurred to me today that I am halfway through my fifth year of retirement; I retired on May 31, 2016, which was 28 years from the very day I had begun my career at the hospital. My hiring had been the best birthday gift I could have ever asked for, and by the time I ...