We could all use some laughs during these times.
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Stay Home, Stay Well, Stay Busy
We are assembling a list of online resources you can try while you are homebound. Take a look.
Local Restaurant Takeout and Food Delivery Suggestions
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has virtual classrooms
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame free learning
Cleveland Metropolitan School District has learning resources
Day by Day Projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing
Cleveland Orchestra online learning
Cleveland Orchestra Teacher Workshops
20 virtual field trips that you can take with your kids
Math Card Games
Cleveland Museum of Art resources
Cleveland Institute of Music concerts
Shaker Lakes Junior Naturalist Activities
Daily Mass online from the Catholic Diocese
Learn or brush up on 40 different languages (including Latin, Navajo and Klingon!)
Cleveland Museum of Natural History new digital series, CMNH@HOME
Virtual Tours of 12 Famous Museums
Cleveland Opera Theater - Opera For All Online
Cleveland Hungarian Museum Virtual Exhibits
Learn to Code, Build Projects, Earn Certifications
Entertaining Math Videos
Web Development Crash Courses
Is God Angry With Us?The COVID-19 virus is a threat and scare for all of us. However, taking all that I have read and heard in review, I read very little about God. I read few emails that discuss prayer and petitions for help and mercy against the virus. This hushed denial and reluctance to bring up God is not just a temporary thing, nor a minor momentary forgetfulness.
Read the rest of Joe Meissner's column
Options for Local Restaurant Takeout and Food DeliveryAs we all work through these challenging times we still need to eat and we should support our local restaurants who are unable to remain open. This is also a great time to try some new food options. We will be posting your recommendations, and opinions on restaurant take out and delivery.
Recommended local restaurant food to take-out or have delivered.
Pearl Asian Kitchen takeout food
Salute and Praying
Gia Hoa Ryan set up a corner flag salute for all, especially patients in hospitals struck by the virus and all the medical heroes.
Gia Hoa Ryan
Joe says "Get out your flags. Fly them high. Ohio Governor encourages us all to fly our flags as a sign of hope and unity, And pray to God for all of us."
Beatitudes for Friends of the Aged
Blessed are they who understand
My faltering step and palsied hand.
Blessed are they who know that my ears today
Must strain to catch the things they say.
Blessed are they who seem to know
That my eyes are dim and my wits are slow.
Blessed are they who looked away
When coffee spilled at the table today.
Blessed are they with a cheery smile
Who stop to chat for a little while.
Blessed are they who never say,
"You've told that story twice today."
Blessed are they who know the ways
To bring back memories of yesterdays.
Blessed are they who make it known
That I'm loved, respected and not alone.
Blessed are they who know I'm at a loss
To find the strength to carry the Cross.
Blessed are they who ease the days
On my journey Home in loving ways.
Murder in the Cultural Gardens
"It just didn’t seem right to DJ. A body found bludgeoned in a place known for “Peace through Mutual Understanding.” But there she was, crumpled behind a bust of composer Franz Liszt in the Hungarian Cultural Garden. He pulled out his cell phone and dialed 911. “What is the nature of your emergency?” the dispatcher queried. With a suddenly very dry mouth DJ managed to get out, “There’s been a murder in the Cultural Gardens.”
That's the beginning of the recently published first novel by Dan Hanson.
The whodunit, titled Murder in the Cultural Gardens
, takes place in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and all 30+ gardens are featured during the mystery. You may even recognize some of the characters.
Click the link above to learn more or to purchase in paperback or Kindle version from Amazon. Or contact Dan via the Murder in the Cultural Gardens webpage
to have a signed book delivered.
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Rebecca didn't until she found a certain page on ClevelandSeniors.com.
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How old is Grandpa?
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events. The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
- polio shots
- frozen foods
- contact lenses
- Frisbees and
- the pill
There were no:
- credit cards
- laser beams or
- ball-point pens
Man had not yet invented :
- air conditioners
- clothes dryers
- and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
- space travel was only in Flash Gordon books.
Your Grandmother and I got married first,... and then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every woman older than me, "ma'am". And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir". We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Bible, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege... We thought fast food was eating half a biscuit while running to catch the school bus.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was junk.
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, .... but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
In my day:
- "grass" was mowed,
- "coke" was a cold drink,
- "pot" was something your mother cooked in and
- "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
- "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
- "chip" meant a piece of wood,
- "hardware" was found in a hardware store and
- "software" wasn't even a word.
And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
How old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old man in mind...you are in for a shock!
Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
Are you ready?????
This man would be 72 years old today.
72 years ago was 1947.
New technology can take some getting used to
Are you Enjoying the Delightful Infirmities of Old Age?
"Do not get old," Mom always advised me. Or was that an actual Motherly command-rather than mere advice? Anyway I have done my best NOT to follow her recommendation. Like the old joke says, "What is the alternative to not getting old?" But to get serious, one only realizes how bad it is to get old when it actually begins to happen to you. I phrase that in terms of something happening to you rather than something you invite or request. I have been fighting old age and retirement for the past decade as I traverse through my seventies...
Read the rest of Joe's column about aging
Is America going in the right direction?
Joe Meissner continues his column about growing old with a look at 10 areas that he sees problems with in modern society.
I can endure all and more of this. Cancers. Heart attacks. Lungs filled with fluids. Use of canes and wheel chairs. Rotting smells and pains from urinary and defecation systems gone awry. All of this we can bear if we see that our society has benefitted in some way from our short depressing lives on this tired planet. "We can take it" if our children are better off. As the world improves, we can rejoice that the future will be better and we have contributed to this. We can thank the Good Lord for our simple accomplishments and not mind as Death fast approaches. But somehow our whole society and even the world seem headed in the wrong direction. If one road heads toward heaven and the glorious city on the hill, the reverse road goes in the opposite direction to hell and toward Lucifer's cheerless realm. That latter is the way the globe seems to be descending...
Read the rest of Joe's column about modern society
'Why did I survive?' an aging Marine asks
"I came back home and eventually left the Marines and the service. I am sorry, however, I did not sign up again. I have always regretted that decision, all my life. I know that sounds strange. Maybe it is all the guys that did not return. They are like ghosts and you cannot run away from them. But I did get back in one piece. Later I got married, settled down, and we had a nice family. "For many years after, " he continues, "The thought would come back to me about staying in. I would have wanted to re-up again. But it was too late. After several years home, another thought began to bother me. "'Why,' I wondered, 'had I survived and the others did not.' That question gnaws at my stomach even right now."
Read the rest of the story about the aging Marine
A Senior Prayer
God, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, The good fortune to run into the ones that I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
Do you need help paying your Medicare expenses?
If you are a low-income Medicare beneficiary, the Medicare Premium Assistance Programs (MPAP) may help you pay some or all of your Medicare cost-sharing expenses (premiums, copays, and coinsurance). MPAP is part of the Ohio Medicaid program. MPAP is sometimes called the “Medicare buy-in” or “Medicare savings” program.
Learn more about help paying your Medicare expenses
Who Needs Advance Directives about Medical Care?
Advance directives help ensure that you receive the medical care you would want even when doctors and family members are making decisions on your behalf. There are two different types of advance directives: Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will.
Learn more about Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Wills
Elder Abuse: What Is It and How to Get Help
It is difficult for people to accept the notion that adult abuse occurs in the elderly, but the sad fact is that it occurs everyday. Last year in Ohio over 16,000 incidents of elder abuse were reported to Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In Cuyahoga County alone, over 3,000 incidences of elder abuse were reported to Cuyahoga County Department and Senior Adult Services, Adult Protective Services.
More about Elder Abuse
Should you purchase prepaid funeral arrangements?
Many people do not like to think about death or funeral arrangements, but some people do make plans for when they pass. For example, some people choose to purchase “pre-paid funeral contracts.” These contacts allow you to make decisions about your own funeral, and pay for it ahead of time. These pre-paid contracts give some people peace of mind. But before purchasing such a contract, keep the following issues in mind.
More about prepaid funeral arrangements
How can seniors learn more about benefits available to them?
BenefitsCheckUp is a web-based service that helps seniors. It is especially helpful for those with limited income and resources, their family members and, social service organizations. It connects people to over 2,000 public and private programs. Many adults over 55 need help paying for basic needs. Some of the benefits screened for are health care services, prescription drugs, rent assistance, in-home services, meals, heat, and energy assistance, and transportation.
Learn more about Benefits Checkup
Grandparent POAs and Caretaker Authorization
Grandparents sometimes find themselves caring for a grandchild unexpectedly. This often happens without any formal court order giving the grandparent custody or guardianship. Without custody or guardianship, the grandparent will face problems getting medical care for the child or dealing with the child’s school.
More about Grandparent POAs and Caretaker Authorization
How do I name a Durable Power of Attorney?
A durable power of attorney can be one of the most helpful estate planning tools a person uses, but it can also be very risky. A durable POA gives a person (who is called an “attorney in fact”) legal authority to act for another person in a variety of matters, including banking, benefits, housing, taxes, real estate, litigation, and more. (The durable POA is different from a Health Care Power of Attorney, which is the form used to appoint a person to make decisions about health care.)
Learn more about Durable Power of Attorney
Are Wills Really That Important?
:When my mother died in 2012, we discovered that her will was from 1959 and had not been updated to reflect the many changes in her life since then: she had four more children, she bought a house, furniture, an automobile, jewelry, and a dog. As a result, my mother died without a valid will. Following her death, bills had to be paid, property sold, her furniture, jewelry, the car divided, and someone had to take in the dog." Read more about the importance of Wills
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Before You Leap
Before You Leap starts on screeching tires, literally—an interstate bridge, a police chase, three men trapped in a car, driving at full speed. The two in the front are arguing, one is brandishing a gun, and the third is bleeding profusely in the backseat. You can’t help but be immediately hooked and wonder, Who are they? And how on earth did they get here?
The novel then takes you back a few days. Greg Cole’s quiet and secluded life is about to be thrown into chaos when he learns that his dead sister’s convicted murderer has been released early.
Before You Leap is absorbing, thought-provoking, and psychologically riveting. I was struck by how the author is able to delve into Greg’s psyche and express his grief over the loss of his sister—and the inner turmoil that overtakes him—with such clarity. What you’re left with is a poignant, complex, nail-biting novel where you watch in a stupor as someone’s life and sanity shatter. And as it crescendos, the story pulls the rug from under your feet and delivers the most unexpected twist—one that took my breath away and left me reeling.
Before You Leap
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