The Seniors Choice Newsmagazine
Between You and Me
Making Changes and Moving On

Well, what a year 2008 has been, and it's only July! Talk about living in interesting times!
It is impossible to even try to predict what the next six months will bring but one thing does seem certain – whatever the changes are, they will cost more. Newspapers, radio and TV are filled with the gloom and doom side of the high price of oil and the cost of global warming, so there is nothing new to be said there. Maybe we should look at the other side of the coin, instead.
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JULY 2008
JULY 2008
Dodi Morrison
My little sister, Heather Spears—artist and poet.
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She was born in Vancouver. I was thirteen, and had always longed for a little sister. My mother had died young, and it was some years before my dad remarried. The first child of their union was a boy—now a very dear brother. I can well remember the evening fourteen months later. I had just gone upstairs to bed when the phone rang. It was answered by...

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Travel
Theatre Hub of the North-West
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On our many return driving trips to the southern States, little did we know what cultural Mecca awaited us in downtown Spokane, Washington.
Its “Welcome to Our Town” magazine was huge and with good reason. There are 40 museums, theatres and galleries within a few blocks of the Davenport Hotel Tower where we stayed.

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RoseTown Reunion
Rosetown Reunion

Sample Image“We've turned into our mothers,” she stated as she looked at her female classmates of '48.? She probably should have said, “We look like our grandmothers,” because all of this group consisted of graduates from Rosetown, Saskatchewan High School sixty years ago. All have grandchildren and some have great-grandchildren.


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Travel
New Flight Plan a Pathway for Avian Survival
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Staring up into the rainforest canopy, it's almost like looking into a living Impressionist painting, your eyes dazzled by the flash of colors, your ears picking up the extroverted squawks and screeches of green and blue colored Macaws, orange and green Motmots, and multi-hued Toucans.
You're in Central America's first bird route. Now th...

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Focus on the Arts
Irwin Hobden – Penticton Vision Impaired Artist of Fine Woods
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While wandering through the Craft Markets one will occasionally see handicrafts that draw one inexorably to a closer view if not to touch the items. It is always that way with finely polished woodwork. It isn't just the intricate artistry of the wood grain or even the intensity and depth of the various coloured woods used to highlight the various...

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Perennials
“Green Thumbs” run in this Family!

Sample ImageDML Gardens located at 316 Hyslop Drive in Penticton is a 2008 offshoot of Spartan Gardens which was established seven years ago on the West Bench.

Both gardens are owned and operated by members of the Ludington family. Mark Ludington was the head grower at Spartan Gardens, owned by brother Don.
Don has suspended operations at Spartan fo...

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Gardening
Lovely Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel Shrubs ‘Laurus nobilis' are related to rhododendrons and azaleas, but are not related to bay Laurel or Kalmia latifolia.
They are evergreens, like rhodos and azaleas and have lovely glossy green leaves so the shrub is attractive in all seasons.? Native to eastern US, Mountain Laurel grows best in acidic, moist but well drained soil, and like their relative, Mountain laurel prefer shade to part shade and a sheltered spot in the garden. They are zoned 5-9 and some ...

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Senior Sports Personallity
Gordon and Lucille Beach (Sailors)

Sample ImageSenior Sports Personality of the Month –Gordon and Lucille Beach (Sailors)

Our story on sailing and learning to sail took us to the South Okanagan Sailing Association (SOSA) on Okanagan Lake near Summerland where we encountered our senior sports personalities. They were busy with an Open House and because they were providing ‘familiariz...
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ACT III
Ron Rubadeau – Sailor, Educator, Woodworker, Musician
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In describing Ron Rubadeau and his many interests and talents, the list of adjectives is long. Trying to nail down a single word to describe his passion is a little like trying to harness the wind without a sail. ?



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Senior Sports
Local Sailing Associations
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It is said that you are only as old as you think and that thinking young will keep you that way. Well, many do not see that happening in their case but we know many people who are physically younger than a lot of folks their age and they attribute that fact to remaining active in active sports.

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Gray Matters
THE PARTY’S OVER


Wasn't that a party? The world was our playground and we wanted for nothing.? We built enormous homes with multiple cars in multiple garages.? We ate exotic foods which somehow found a way to our lavish supermarkets, and we took holidays to where those foods were common.? We bought frivolously and thought we always could..? We sent our children to universities on the other side of the continent where they married and settled, but family separation didn't worry because we could be togeth...
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