Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
Do you remember the American Motors’ Rambler?
Our next door neighbor, Mrs. Liggett, used to pile us kids in her 1959 grey, three-speed shift on the column Rambler and transport us to and from P.S. 22 in Yonkers, N.Y. For added fun, she’d intermittently push the clutch in and out, thrilling us youngsters in the back seat – and we didn’t even have seat belts!
The reason I bring this up is because of the Christmas Season.
The Miracle of Christmas
Don’t miss this heartwarming story of Clara, a young girl from New York City who has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Forced to visit relatives in Vermont, Clara’s Christmas vacation turns into an unforgettable adventure. Featuring all your favorite carols, the Nativity and even Santa Claus, don’t miss “The Miracle of Christmas,” at the Pines Dinner Theater. For more info: pinesdinnertheatre.com/2014/elements/shows/17.html
One of the best parts of the Fall season is seeing our landscape change color. I do not know anyone who is not impressed by the beauty in our area as trees and bushes change from variants of green to beautiful shades of orange, yellow and other colors. Many of us jump in our vehicles and just drive around the Valley taking in the views. If you want to take a scenic cruise this fall, we have a list and description of our Valley and surrounding area.
Who can forget the pogo stick. When you saw someone bounding up and down it looked so easy. But when you tried it the first few times it was nothing but frustration. You would take two bounces before you went flying one way and the stick would fly away in another direction. It could not be that hard, could it? Of course not. So you went back on and tried again and again and again. Eventually you got the hang of it and were able to go a few rounds with it.
A Veterans Day concert featuring the Lehigh Valley Pops Orchestra begins at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. 610-437-3700. The United Veterans of the Wars Lehigh County will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Lehigh County Government Center, 17. S. Seventh St., Allentown.The Penn State Lehigh Valley veterans fraternity, Omega Delta Sigma, will hold a Veterans Day commemoration at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 11 in Room 135, Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley.
“I don’t want nice memories! I want my daughter!” I was talking with a coworker who had just lost her young daughter in a tragic car accident the night before. She was telling me about the last time they saw each other. When I suggested those were nice memories, she responded with those tear-stained words.
Playwright James M. Barrie wrote, “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” Memory is a fragile tool that allows us to relive the past and call up the ghosts of our experiences. While surrounded by the chill desolation of winter, we can short circuit our eyes and nostrils by painting on the wistful easel of memory the image of the garden of roses we tended last spring.